By the time the break was over, Lillard said more than his ankle had healed. He had become liberated from a burden he had carried for much of the season. “A weight,’’ Lillard said, “was lifted off my back.’’
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.