Aldridge called his then agent Arn Tellem (who has since joined the Pistons as vice chairman of Palace Sports & Entertainment). Tellem’s solution? Meet with Pop again. So on July 3, Aldridge sat down with Popovich for lunch (later joined by Udoka and Spurs executive Sean Marks) in Beverly Hills. After more reassurances, Aldridge left this meeting feeling better. Later, on the plane back to Dallas, Udoka reinforced the Spurs’ agenda. “I told him, If you want to be coached, if you want to be challenged, Pop is the guy for you.” As the plane descended toward Dallas, Udoka still didn’t know which way Aldridge was leaning. “I had a good feeling,” says Udoka. “But you never know.” As the two disembarked, Aldridge finally turned to Udoka. “I’m coming,” he said.
February 17, 2018 | 10:10 pm EST Update
Ryan Wolstat: Devin Booker wins the three-point shootout with 28, beating Klay Thompson and Tobias Harris. Klay had 25
Derek Bodner: Devin Booker: “My preparation was none. My rookie year I stayed at the gym extra, shot off the rack a lot more. This time I just got here, practiced right before I went out there and ended up coming out with the win.”
Mark Medina: Klay Thompson on if he will play 3-point shootout in Charlotte next year. “Maybe. We’ll see. It’s a long ways away man. Just trying to get through the weekend.” Steph expressed uncertainty earlier this week, too.
Chris Dempsey: Jamal Murray wants to participate in it again. “I want to do the skills again. It’s a fun event. A lot of people want to pass over the skills and just go to the dunk contest or the 3-point contest. But to watch it and be in it are two different things. It was a lot of fun.”