Jeff Goodman: Bucks workout today: Hamidou Diallo, Deng Adel, L.J. Peak, Nigel Hayes, Sterling Brown and Jalen Moore.
July 21, 2017 | 4:54 am EDT Update
Darren Wolfson: Back on MN soil. Was curious if ex-#Twolves wing Brandon Rush has a market. Told the Mavs, Heat, + Pacers are among a few teams to check in.
JJ Redick: “The side of professional [basketball players’] wives that sort of gets glamorized and there’s a perception that their lives are easy. But the reality is for the most part, they’re single parents for nine months out of the year. When I’m on the road, she’s on her own. The night before a game when I’m home, I’m thinking about the game. It’s hard for me to say this and admit this, but I don’t even know if I’m present half the time.
JJ Redick: “I really care about my family. I really care about my kids. I really care about my wife. And I really care about their happiness. It’s a part of the decision. If I’m being completely honest, it’s 30 percent winning, it’s 30 percent salary, it’s 30 percent fit or enjoyment of playing/how I think I’ll like playing there. And the other 10 percent is how do I look out for my family and their lifestyle? And my wife wants me to be happy. I think that’s the main thing. She knows how much I put into this, and so she wants me to enjoy playing.”
Henare was hopeful the Rotorua native would be available for New Zealand at next month’s Asia Cup in Lebanon where the Tall Blacks will make their debut in the new look FIBA Asia zone. However, Henare opted to go with youth for the tournament, deciding not to select any American based player for the tournament and go with young talent playing in New Zealand. As Adams was not selected, the seven-footer’s next chance to don the black singlet for the first time will have to wait until next year’s June-July international window. “I sat down with him (Steven) a few weeks back and he had a look at the program over the next few years,” Henare told Newshub.
Meanwhile, Adams is currently in the Philippines to help promote the NBA 3v3 tournament this weekend and told Philippines website the Rappler that the time has to be right to represent his country. “Yeah, definitely. When the time is right, I may be suiting up,” he told reporters in Manila on Tuesday “We’re just talking about when’s a good time because they understand my commitments with the NBA. Obviously, that comes first.”
Kyrie Irving said he wants to create a “self-sustaining community” that would live off a giant piece of farmland he plans to buy with his fortune. Irving, the Cavs’ star point guard, unveiled his strange designs during his appearance on the Short Story Long podcast when host Chris “Drama” Pfaff asked if he had any “big aspirations” for the next 20 years or so.