“The fifth Italian in the NBA is going to be Alessandro Gentile. He will move to the Rockets this summer” said Hackett. Alessandro Gentile signed a contract extension with EA7 last summer and he was supposed to remain in Europe for two more years before moving overseas. But his plans seem different now and he is ready to join the Rockets in 2015.
October 21, 2016 | 6:24 am EDT Update
Westbrook was asked Thursday if he’s ever been frustrated with the way the Thunder has built its team, be it through trades, the draft, or free agency. “No, man,” Westbrook said. “Honestly, the part with trades and all that stuff is a part of basketball. That’s a part of how things go in this league.”
Tayshaun Prince joined CBS Sports Digital Thursday and told host Nick Kostos on the Crossover that the Pistons could have won as many as four championships if they had drafted Carmelo Anthony with the No. 2 pick instead of Darko Milicic. “I think if we did take Melo, maybe two, maybe three, maybe four championships,” Prince said. “And then after my fourth or fifth year, now you have to decide what you want to do. But at least you know going in, if you take Melo we got a guy. And who knows, he comes off his bench the first year or two, or maybe they insert him into the starting lineup, whatever. “But we knew coming in, if he could come in off the bench and accept that sixth man role, we’d be pretty awesome for the next five or six years before they make the decision if they’re going to keep me or him.”
Zubac believes he can bring the skyhook back to the Lakers. “That’s going to be my move,” Zubac said. The 19-year-old naturalized Croatian, drafted by the Lakers with the 32nd pick in June, practiced the move while overseas, but he wasn’t encouraged by coaches to try the shot in games. “When I was joking around, I was always shooting the skyhook,” Zubac said. “I knew I could hit it, but in Europe, you don’t have freedom to do things like that. When I started working with [special assistant to the general manager] Bill Bertka, we were watching film of Kareem, and he asked me if I can shoot the skyhook, and I said, ‘Yeah, why not?’
Three days later, Swift, now 30, reflected on that experience. “Overall the workout went well,” he told The Japan Times. “I haven’t been able to train at that high of a level in some time, so it took a bit to get readjusted. But once I did I felt comfortable on the court again. My conditioning was good, my body didn’t hurt, and I enjoyed playing with the other guys in the court both with and against. “After the last few years of training for this, it felt good to actually have the opportunity to possibly play again. I can only offer my opinion but I believe that I showed that I am ready and willing to play again. And I can’t thank (Santa Cruz coach) Casey Hill enough for allowing me just the opportunity to come to the tryout.”
Everyone from bloggers to reporters to opposing NBA personnel has been speculating on Brown’s job security. Some have stated that the 55-year-old is embarking on a bona fide make-or-break season. “I love my job and the spirit of this city,” Brown said Thursday. “I have no further comment.”