And Fizdale’s not going to stop demanding that his best players, Gasol included, be a bigger part of decision-making. He’s committed to building a strong, collaborative culture, similar to the one he saw thrive in Miami. “The culture is not going to be compromised. That’s just what it is. That is being put into place for longevity, the way we conduct ourselves, compete, the way we are as professionals, the way we treat each other and interact with each other, that’s a staple. It’s always being tested, especially in adversity, but that’s what culture is there for. The teams that don’t have a culture, they will break in moments like this. The teams that do, they weather this stuff, and they’re better on the back side for it. I’m expecting this team to be better on the back side for this.”
August 18, 2017 | 8:35 pm EDT Update
Darren Wolfson: Told former #Twolves forward Adreian Payne is close to signing a 1-year, 2-way contract w/ Orlando. @David ‘Dubi’ Pick first to hint at Magic news.
Erik Horne: Morrow, a free agent, is living and training in Charlotte. Still “wait and see” as far as next season and where he’ll be.
Candace Buckner: Some tidbits from John Wall event: the annual team mini-camp is supposed to be next week in LA. Wall has spent many weeks in Miami (every morning riding bikes for at least 18 miles). You’ve seen Sheldon Mac w/ him via Instagram. However I was told Kelly Oubre Jr. also came down to Miami for some of those workouts..
August 18, 2017 | 6:26 pm EDT Update
Michael Beasley: “I’ve always been the quiet, not-stand-up-for-myself-kind-of-guy. Not being disrespectful. But I want my respect. For the last nine years, I’ve been a walking bucket, man. Anytime you want a point, I’ll give you a point, no matter what the circumstances, who the player is defending me.’’
A series of marijuana incidents and being scrutinized under the lens of a No. 2 pick, Beasley suggests, has prevented the 28-year-old old from getting his due on the court. “It’s exactly the reason,’’ Beasley said. “People meet me. First thing they say: “You’re totally different than I thought you are. A large part of my career is due to perception, what people think what I am or should be. My past is my past. They keep harping on it.