While Smith still has a lot of acclimating to do in Dallas, there’s at least one familiar face: Mavericks assistant coach God Shammgod, who has been mentoring and training the young point guard for nearly five years. Shammgod and Smith first met at the Under Armour Elite 24 Camp, where Shammgod put him through some on-court work. “I met him when he was in 10th grade,” Shammgod said. “He’s always been amazing. He’s a special kid, on and off the court. Early on, [our relationship consisted] of a lot of mentoring and some on-court work. Now, there’s obviously a lot more live work. He’s like a brother to me.”
January 22, 2018 | 10:03 pm EST Update
Adrian Wojnarowski: The Cleveland Cavaliers held an emotional team meeting prior to Monday’s practice, where several players challenged the legitimacy of Kevin Love leaving OKC loss on Saturday ill and missing Sunday’s practice, league sources tell ESPN.
Adrian Wojnarowski: In a locker room increasingly full of finger-pointing, Love defended himself and explained his side to teammates, coaches and management, sources said. At end of meeting, there was a sense with some that team had worked out some issues, but that ultimately remains to be seen.