Lillard asked that the issue remain private, but he admitted it had seeped so deeply into him that it affected his sleep, his focus, his persona, and ultimately, his play. “It wasn’t like I was going through something off the court, then it was working out on the court,’’ Lillard remembered. “It was like – we’re losing games, we’re not performing like we need to, I’m not playing my best basketball, and I’ve got things stressing me off the floor. It was kind of a tough spot.’’
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.