Durant, who is one of Nike’s most well-known endorsers and a former NBA MVP himself, said in a late August podcast with Bill Simmons: “Nobody wants to play in Under Armours.” After hearing what Durant said secondhand, Curry said he went back to listen to the original Simmons podcast to make sure he understood the context. Then he and Durant talked it out. “I told him that he has a certain opinion based on his experience growing up in the Nike business,” Curry said of Durant. “What that means when it comes to the competition among shoe brands and universities and the whole grassroots system and whatnot – he’s entitled to that opinion obviously. … But when it comes to what I’m trying to do with Under Armour, and what the Curry brand means and what Under Armour basketball means, that statement does not ring true at all.”
November 24, 2017 | 6:18 am EST Update
Asik hasn’t played in a game since February 2017 after falling ill during last year’s All-Star break, and just getting back to this point has been an incredible journey for him. Gentry said the veteran center has worked “extremely hard” to get healthy enough to start working out again and the team hopes to get him back in the rotation within the next few weeks.
“He’s getting really close, I think, to being able to play a few minutes here and there,” Gentry said. “Obviously, the guy’s been out since February. He hasn’t been able to run or condition or anything like that. Even when he’s released to play, it’s going to take a while for him to be able to play anything other than really short spurts.”
The documentary offers a look at Thomas reacting to being traded, his rehab from the hip injury that has kept him out, as well as life after the loss of his sister Chyna. You might need tissues for this one. The opening scene of the documentary shows Thomas describing the phone call he got from Danny Ainge learning he was traded.
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Still, Fournier isn’t feeling too cheery or in the spirit of the season now considering the current plight of his Magic. After all, when you pour as much into your profession as Fournier does, life just isn’t too much fun when things are going unexpectedly poor. “Right now, it’s just like a spiral because losing is bad,’’ a dejected Fournier said late Wednesday after the Magic (8-10) lost to Minnesota and dropped their sixth straight game. “You wake up in the morning and you feel (sickly). Every time you watch the film session everybody is down. It’s just an awful feeling and I can’t wait to get a `W,’ man.’’
It will take a certain level of desperation to win and Fournier hopes his Magic will treat the games ahead that way. Otherwise, Orlando will be left with more misery to digest with its Thanksgiving Day leftovers. “Play like it’s a playoff game for us – that’s the only way I see it right now,’’ Fournier said with conviction. “We have to play extremely hard and with confidence. We’ve just got to find a way to get a `W,’ get this streak over and bounce back.’’
Coach Jeff Hornacek wasn’t happy with New York’s effort on defense, and he wasn’t shy about sharing his thoughts. “We came in here, we watched film and Coach kind of got on me. I really didn’t like what was being said,” Courtney Lee said. “… [It was] a little explicit. I don’t think I can repeat what he said to the media. But we exchanged words and we went from there.” Where the Knicks went from there was remarkable. They outscored the Toronto Raptors by 31 points in the third quarter, at one point scoring 28 straight en route to a 108-100 win.