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.”
April 27, 2017 | 10:39 pm EDT Update
Mark Berman: 2016 2nd-round pick Zhou Qi in Houston from China. Agent Tony Leng:”He comes here to train & we’re looking forward to sign w/ the #Rockets “
Marc Berman: Tony Leng, Zhou Qi’s Chinese agent: “He comes here to train, and obviously we’re looking forward to sign with the Rockets and that’s what he came here for, to be able to play in the NBA and to achieve his childhood dreams, playing in the NBA. Until that contract is signed we cannot say that. He’s just come off a very successful CBA season, got a championship for his club in China. Just wants to get here and train and get better.”
Ballmer, the former Microsoft (MSFT) CEO who purchased the Clippers for an NBA record $2 billion, said his team will likely lose money as it spends on talent to win. But NBA teams will be worth more in the long run, offering a big return on his investment if he ever decides to sell.