David Kahn: Jeff Austin, who I'd known casually, had re…

David Kahn: Jeff Austin, who I’d known casually, had represented Dell Curry when he was a player. He had been handed Steph due to his connection to Dell and told me this was a family request. “I really need your help on this,” Jeff said, explaining why there would be no visit and perhaps even hell-to-pay. (As it turned out, this was the only time when I was with the Wolves that I ever ran into this type of draft problem.) The back-channel message would have weighed heavily in my decision-making process under any circumstances, but especially in Minnesota. Immediately after my hire, I was spending nearly every weekday morning in the team’s conference room, listening to team business partners and season-ticket holders lament over coffee and pastries. “You’ll never attract free agents here,” they said, practically in unison. “Players don’t want to play in cold-weather places.” Doomsday all around.
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October 22, 2017 | 5:00 pm EDT Update
It’s clear Russell Westbrook is adjusting and adapting to George and Anthony. Westbrook has repeated through the years that he just “reads and reacts” and that “the game will tell you what to do. It’s the same thing [as last season],” Westbrook said. “Basketball’s been the same for years. It’s still the same game. Obviously different players, but the game still tells you what to do. If you need to score, you score, if not, you don’t. It’s very simple. I just play my game, man. And like I said, the game will tell you what to do regardless of who shoots. Doesn’t really matter to me.”
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“He’s trying to figure out how he can best work in the entire group,” coach Billy Donovan said. “He’s really, really an unselfish person and an unselfish player. Because what he’s doing right now is saying, ‘OK, how do I help the group? How do I make the group better? What do I need to do?’ And I think he’s just working through trying to figure that out. “I think with this group he’s trying to figure out what the best way he can help the team reach its potential, and that’s a process he’s going through,” Donovan said. “He’ll come out of this game, he’ll learn, he’ll figure out something new, and he’ll be able to apply it to the next game, the next practice.”
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October 22, 2017 | 3:36 pm EDT Update