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July 6, 2015 | 12:02 pm EDT Update
And that first one will be Joseph. Toronto-born Jamaal Magloire played his final season as a Raptor, but was far from his former all-star form by then, whereas Joseph remains on the rise so fits the bill as an impact Canuck. “There’s nothing like coming home. It’s just unbelievable to get the chance,” Joseph told the Toronto Sun a day before he played his first game as a Spur in Toronto.
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July 6, 2015 | 8:49 am EDT Update
During the presser, Olshey fired back in fierce denial, saying: I spoke with LaMarcus… I actually asked him, “how would you like me to address this?” And he said, “Just say it’s not true. You and I know where we are right now.” It was misreported. It’s not true. I can tell you he has not informed anybody in this organization of his intention not to return to the team. How much of this was true? According to our source, some…depending on perspective. Both sides knew at that point that Aldridge was gone. Olshey was painted into a corner, having to defend something that he couldn’t tell the whole story about. The source also shed some light on official procedure. Usually if you’re a pro about it, you place a phone call to the team you’re leaving first then you call the other team and accept. Olshey hadn’t received that official phone call.
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Integrating any new major piece takes time, toil and patience. Just ask the Cleveland Cavaliers, who struggled to adapt to the arrivals of All-Stars LeBron James and Kevin Love early last season. Aldridge’s game, built on post-ups and mid-range jumpers, can at times lend itself to ball stoppage, a no-no in Popovich’s world. “He’s used to being the man, and he’s going to kind of get out of that mode,” one Eastern Conference coach said.
What emerges might be an amalgam of the “beautiful game” offense the Spurs rode to the 2014 NBA title and the Tim Duncan-centric offense that led to championships before that, this time with Aldridge at the core. “He’ll fit into their offense really well,” one Eastern Conference scout said. “He’ll be very good in what they do. It will be so easy for them it’s not even funny.”
After a while, though, he set up closer to the rim, and there, even tired and moving as if he were underwater, Okafor showed what the Sixers and everyone else around basketball saw from him at Duke and could see coming from him in the NBA: the balletic footwork in the lane, his touch returning, all 6-foot-11 and 270 pounds of him a smooth, synchronous machine. “My goal is to be the best,” Okafor said in an interview after he’d finished. “That’s my thing I want to achieve – the best that I can be, and hopefully that’s the best player in the NBA. I know it’s a long way to get to that point, but that’s what I want to get to.”
July 6, 2015 | 7:57 am EDT Update
The Serbian giant had an excellent season with Crvena Zvezda smashing several “haunted” records in the Euroleague. His name has been linked with many top European teams, like Barcelona and Efes, but his desire is different. As he says to “I know about the prospects that exist in Europe, but I want to play in the NBA. I want to wait and if a good proposition comes from there I want to try and play in the NBA.”
July 6, 2015 | 5:07 am EDT Update

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