David ‘Dubi’ Pick: Sasha Pavlovic has left Partizan Belgrade, a source said.
February 18, 2018 | 11:09 am EST Update
Alex Kennedy: Harden on playing with CP3: “We’re both so competitive and just want to win. I’m willing to take a backseat to him if he’s got it going and he’s willing to [do the same]. We know the game really well, so both of us can see things before they happen.”
Alex Kennedy: James Harden on adding Joe Johnson and Brandan Wright: “We needed them. Those are experienced vets who both have playoff experience. We have a roster full of guys who are hungry and ready to compete at a high level. We have reallllyyy good depth now.”
So James, knowing that Irving asked to be traded from the Cavaliers because he no longer wanted to play with James, could’ve steered clear of Irving during the team drafting process last month. “If he was available I was taking him,” James said. James and Irving were on the court for Team LeBron’s practice Saturday. Irving said “it’s pretty awesome” when asked what it was like to be teammates with James again, and said the conversation was “just normal.” “Sorry, I know that sounds like not a lot, but it’s just normal.”
“It might not have been a bad thing to get some fresh faces in there and guys from situations where they really wanted to win,” Love said. “I think first and foremost, seeing those (new) guys in Atlanta, they didn’t play, but they got there right after the trade and they just said they want to win. You can tell when somebody says it, you can tell when somebody means it. They really meant it and it felt good to have that there.”
“You can just never forget where you came from,” Antetokounmpo told ESPN. “I know that they’re going to go out there and they’re going to sell it, but I used to be that little kid or that little guy that was selling stuff in the street. “So, just growing up and going through life and how tough life was for me and my family, I’m always going to stay humble. Even now, it doesn’t really matter if I’ve got a $100 million contract or a $100 million Nike contract, it’s the way I grew up, it’s the way I go through life. I’m not changing.”
“I was young,” Antetokounmpo recalls. “I was selling stuff probably since I could remember, like 6 or 7 years old. I was always out there helping my mom and dad sell watches, glasses, CDs, DVDs, stuff like that. Whatever we could put our hands on. I did it until I was around 17. But I was just doing it because I had to. There was no other option. If we didn’t sell that night, we wouldn’t have food. Or if we sold, we’d have to think if we’re going to pay the rent or buy some food. It wasn’t easy. And that’s something that wasn’t long ago. Like five years ago, six years ago; it’s not easy to forget.
But taking it easy is not what got him here. He doesn’t know any other way but to work hard and give it his all. Those are principles instilled by his father, Charles, who died of a heart attack on Sept. 29 at age 54. It’s a tragedy with which Giannis is still trying to cope. “It’s tough for me,” Antetokounmpo says, “it’s tough for my family. As I move forward, it’s going to be a lot easier. But you know, my dad is always going to be in my heart, he’s always going to be on the court, he’s always going to be in the stands sitting right there watching me play. He’s always with me right now, and all I can do is help support my mom, try to support my family, be a leader, make sure my little brother is doing well in school and that’s all I can do right now.”