Vucevic: “That’s the worst part of it. Those players are going to give their best in order to qualify and then they will have to be give their place to players who come from the NBA or the Euroleague. It’s unfair and it does not really make sense. You are going to have two different teams. And even for the fans. You organize games where the best players of each country will not be there. I understand that they wanted to do it like football, but in this case it was necessary to agree with everyone. If it’s not possible for everyone to be there, then we have to keep the system we had before, I think it worked well. I do not see where the problem of playing during summer is, it always worked”.
September 26, 2017 | 3:44 pm EDT Update
Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said Dion Waiters and Justise Winslow looked good and showed no ill effects from their season-ending injuries last season in their first full practices back with the team Tuesday morning at Florida Atlantic University. “[Winslow has] been scrimmaging for a while. It was important for him to get those live reps. You would never be able to tell by his aggressiveness that he brought to this practice that he was coming off any kind of injury anywhere on his body. People felt his presence.”
Waiters, who signed a four-year, $52 million deal this summer, revealed at Heat Media Day Monday he still feels discomfort in his left ankle, which he badly sprained and cost him the final 13 games of the regular season. “It’s aching a little bit. But if I take a little Tylenol, I’ll be alright,” Waiters said Tuesday. “It’s going to be a process. But we know what we got to do, so it’s manageable. We just got to make sure we keep our eye on it and just keep getting treatment.”
What did Goran Dragic think of his backcourt mate on Waiters’ first official day back? “He looks amazing to me,” Dragic said. “His ability to break down people and explode, he always had that. I didn’t even see that maybe he’s feeling the ankle a little bit. You watch him, he’s the old Dion.”