Adam Zagoria: Villanova’s Josh Hart and Oregon’s Tyler Dorsey will work out for the Nets on Thursday, per league sources.
December 15, 2017 | 5:04 am EST Update
Kelly Iko: “If he were to leave Cleveland, LeBron James would likely join a team where he would be considered the “missing piece”, and not a young team”–Ramona Shelburne on SportsCenter, according to her league sources.
James downplayed the L.A. connection on Thursday. “I see all the stupid noise that happens,” he said. “You know I can’t buy a home in L.A. I can’t live in L.A. It’s funny noise. But I don’t get involved in it. When I post things, I don’t look at comments because I’m so far removed from the white noise and the noise doesn’t matter to me.”
James finished with 25 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists to move into a tie with Larry Bird for sixth place on the career triple-doubles list. James also put the Lakers away in the final minutes with a dunk and short runner, leading Cleveland to its 10th straight home win. For Ball, his first on-court encounter with James was eye-opening. “Watching him doesn’t do him justice,” Ball said. “He has that size, that speed. I’d say he’s the best player in the world right now.”
Out of the early-season rotation — watching Derrick Rose, Iman Shumpert and others get their chance first — Calderon has shown why the Cavs were so dogged in their offseason pursuit. “He’s an oldie but goodie,” Kevin Love said. “Whether he’s playing five minutes or 35 minutes, he’s going to be Jose and go out there and knock down shots, play with a lot of poise. He’s been great for us. “He’s really getting us off to good starts and making big plays, getting us in our sets and being super scrappy, picking up full court on the defensive end. He’s just done a really, really good job for us and he had a great game tonight.”
Calderon scored a season-high 17 points on 6-of-9 shooting and 5-of-8 from 3-point range to go with six of the team’s 32 assists. That kind of game would typically earn him a meeting with the media. But when the locker room finally opened following the Cavaliers’ 121-112 win against the young Los Angeles Lakers, Calderon was already gone. “That’s typical Jose,” one team member said with a laugh.
Dribbling an oval ball whose general shape isn’t much of a departure from an American football isn’t easy, but Simmons bounces the Sherrin against the hardwood with the same ease as when he dribbles a regulation, 22-ounce Spalding. He holds the ball over his thigh, kicks it with his right foot, repeats the sequence with his left. He demonstrates the art of the hand pass, punching the ball underhand in Embiid’s direction, volleyball-style, as if he were a teammate advancing downfield. His positioning on the ball is perfect, his hand passes sharp. When Embiid sends him errant kicks and passes his way, Simmons gobbles them up.