Appearing in the broadcast booth with Marc Zumoff and Malik Allen on Wednesday night, Iverson revealed that he would like to join the Sixers front office. “I have a relationship with these fans like no other. And with this city and with this organization,” Iverson explained of his ties to Philadelphia. “Anything I can do to help, I’m here.” The conversation then turned to Iverson’s post-retirement plans, and if he would like to remain around the game, potentially in a front office capacity. “I would like to be even in that war room,” Iverson replied. “Even if they don’t go with my decision or whatever, just to have an opinion and putting out what I think and trusting the organization to do what’s right.”
August 27, 2015 | 4:48 pm EDT Update
The Cavaliers plan to work Kyrie Irving back into playing condition carefully and methodically as he recovers from a left kneecap fracture suffered in Game 1 of the NBA Finals. Multiple league sources say his rehabilitation is going smoothly, but that the chances are slim of him being in the opening-night lineup against the Chicago Bulls on Oct. 27. One source said he could very well be unavailable up until January.
With Irving’s status in doubt for the first couple of months of the season, the Mo Williams acquisition was a tremendous pickup by the Cavs this off-season. The move shored up the team’s point-guard rotation, and when Irving does return, he will be an offensive threat regardless of which player is on the floor. Having two point guards who can score is a luxury not too many teams possess. Irving is attacking his rehab, we’re told, and everyone is optimistic that once he takes the court, he’ll be back to eluding defenders with his crafty dribbling.
Q: Al-Farouq Aminu’s contract: Why is that a good value contract for the Trail Blazers? Olshey: “In two years the cap’s gonna be 108 million dollars. With the cap going up, the deal will be less than what the mid-level will be in two years. His growth as a player was accelerated by playing for Rick Carlisle in Dallas…. We felt he could play multiple roles with LaMarcus or without.”
At around the 20 minute mark of the podcast, Olshey also talked in detail about the type of deals both Aminu and Ed Davis signed. With both contracts being descending deals meaning the money is front-loaded where the players earn less each year after the first year of the contract. Portland did this because they had to max out Damian Lillard who is on an ascending deal, meaning the money is back-loaded and he will earn more in each year of his deal. The Blazers felt this gave them more balance and flexibility if they want to make trades or sign other players down the road. This portion of the podcast is definitely worth listening in on.
In his first live appearance as Dame DOLLA, Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard took the stage and performed in front of the crowd at Portland’s Holocene. Here’s a quick look at a clip from Lillard’s performance, courtesy of We Out Here Magazine and Team Lillard on Twitter.
Nets Daily: NBA very concerned about sudden death in very tall men. There are studies underway. Ex-Nets Jack Haley, Armon Gilliam, Yinka Dare all gone
August 27, 2015 | 2:36 pm EDT Update
Darryl Dawkins, known for his thunderous dunks and flamboyant nickname, has died. A source confirms that Dawkins died today. Following his professional playing career, Dawkins made his home in the Lehigh Valley. The 58-year-old made history in 1975, when he became the first player ever drafted directly from high school to the NBA. The Orlando native played 15 seasons in the NBA, spending the majority of his career with the Philadelphia 76ers and the New Jersey Nets.
Bojan Bogdanovic tweaked his ankle in Croatia’s “friendly” against Bosnia in prep for Eurobasket. Croatia was playing Bosnia, who was without former Brooklyn Nets forward Mirza Teletovic, as prep for Eurobasket 2015. Bogdanovic scored 10 points before leaving the game after tweaking his ankle in the third quarter.
August 27, 2015 | 1:32 pm EDT Update
Why did you choose to re-sign with the Kings? Casspi: I like Sacramento. I felt like I had a really good connection with the coach last year. I feel like the direction of the team is going, it’s finally moving and getting some speed in the right direction. I feel like we have a good team. I felt I want to be a part of something that’s growing and competing for the playoffs next year and being in the playoffs, putting ourselves in a position to win championships. And I didn’t want to leave. I trust our organization, I trust our coaches. We have the best center in the league. Obviously we’re going in the right direction.
You’ve called DeMarcus Cousins a “brother for life.” Why? Casspi: Me and DeMarcus met, it was my second year and it was his first. We had a good connection, you know? It’s like with your family; you can tell them everything. They trust you and you trust them in the same way. If you do something wrong, they’ll tell you and vice versa. He came all the way from the United States to see my family and meet my family. Seeing him having dinner and talking to my mom and dad and my sister … we have a special bond and I love him. So he’s my brother.
So while Thomas may face a tenuous numbers game, Van Gundy emphasized the flip side to him, that a guaranteed contract isn’t a roster guarantee. “The day I signed my contract, he told me, ‘Hey, I know you’re looking at the roster, at 17 guaranteed guys, and you’re the only non-guaranteed guy or partially guaranteed guy.’ ” Thomas recalled. “He said that anything can change. He said, ‘We’re looking to make some changes soon. We’re not really focused in on who’s on the roster right now. We’re going to let go of maybe some guaranteed guys, or we’re making some changes soon, or trades could be made.’ ”
In the podcast, “The Big Podcast With Shaq,” the two expressed regret over the feud. “A lot of stuff was said out of the heat of the moment,” O’Neal said in an excerpt from the podcast that was played on ESPN Radio on Wednesday. “I guarantee I don’t remember a lot of stuff that they said, because I changed my thought process of, you know what, we won three out of four, what the hell are you all talking about? This is not really even a story.”
Said Bryant: “Here’s the thing, though. When you say it at the time, you actually mean it, and then when you get older you have more perspective, and you’re like holy s—. I was an idiot when I was a kid.
“To me, the most important thing was really, ‘just keep your mouth shut.’ You don’t need to go to the press with stuff. You keep it internal, and we have our arguments and our disagreements, but I think having our debates within the press was something I wish would’ve been avoided. But it did kind of create this whirlwind around us as a team with myself and Shaq and the press and the media that just put so much pressure on us as an organization.”
Orazio Cauchi: #Pelicans big man Alexis Ajinca won’t play at Eurobasket with France NT due to an injury. He returned to the United States. #Eurobasket2015
FOX Sports Southeast announced on Aug. 27, 2015 that Dell Curry will be returning for his seventh season as analyst on the FOX Sports Southeast telecast team, joining Eric Collins and Stephanie Ready in the broadcast booth. Matt Rochinski of hornets.com caught up with Curry to talk about heading into his seventh season with the Hornets. On his excitement to be returning for a seventh season, as well as taking on a new role with the team: I’m very excited, first about my new role with the Hornets as Ambassador and Special Projects Advisor. It gets me a little more involved in the Hornets and what they do. It lets me float around the office a little more freely, so I’m looking forward to that. And then also doing what I love, just calling the games and being involved with the games on that side. I’m back for my seventh year and I’ve really enjoyed every year. I’d like to think I’ve gotten better, and it keeps me involved in the game in a certain way where I can enjoy the entertainment and relay that back to the fans.
FOX Sports Southeast announced on Aug. 27, 2015 that Stephanie Ready will make the move from the Hornets sidelines to the broadcast booth with Eric Collins and Dell Curry, becoming the first full-time female NBA game analyst. Matt Rochinski of hornets.com caught up with Ready to discuss her historic move. On making the move to the Hornets broadcast booth: I am thrilled – I’m over the moon with excitement. When I was a coach and considered getting into television, this was the job that I wanted. This was the reason that I got into sports broadcasting, because I wanted to be a game analyst. Even though I’ve done it all these years – some college games and some NBA games on a fill in basis – this will be the first time I get to focus primarily on the job that I love the most in television. I couldn’t be more excited.
Bulls guard Derrick Rose is being sued by a woman who alleges Rose and two other men drugged her and later broke into her apartment and raped her. In a civil lawsuit filed Wednesday in the Los Angeles County Superior Court, the plaintiff, identified as Jane Doe, alleges that Rose and his childhood friends Randall Hampton and Ryan Allen assaulted her in August 2013.