New York Liberty head coach Bill Laimbeer joined The Dan Patrick Show on Thursday morning, and he didn’t mince words when the conversation inevitably drifted to the NBA’s inescapable binary question: Jordan or LeBron? “There’s no question I would take LeBron James,” Laimbeer said. “He can do more. Michael Jordan could score and make big shots and look spectacular at times with wild-flying dunks, but LeBron can get you 18 rebounds. LeBron can get you 15 assists if he chooses to, or he can score 50 if he wanted to. “So the triple threat he poses is just phenomenal, and then the size that he’s got — he just physically dominates. It’s impressive.”
October 9, 2015 | 1:15 pm EDT Update
Kevin Love is eager to get back on the floor — perhaps even in time for the Cavaliers’ opener on Oct. 27. About six months after a shoulder dislocation ended his playoff run in the first round last season, Love feels optimistic about the start of this one. “I feel pretty good,” Love told Sporting News. “As far as the opener goes, I am not completely sure. I’ll probably get with the doctors and see what they have to say. I know that my six-month post-op is coming up here pretty fast. As far as getting the strength back, getting the range of motion, I feel pretty good, so I am looking forward to getting into some more contact, getting into a rhythm and getting out there as quickly as I can.”
“(Six months is) just a ballpark figure that has generally been thrown out there by anybody who has talked about the rehab process for this kind of an injury,” Love said. “I like to think that I am ahead of the game, but there’s different tests and the due diligence that the doctor will go through and the training staff will go through. So all I can do is go out there every day and attack my rehab and hopefully I will be able to go out there and help these guys as soon as possible.”
Boston Celtics center Tyler Zeller has said he would like to sign a contract extension this month, but knows he should be in good shape even if he doesn’t. “No stress,” Zeller told HoopsHype on Thursday. “I got one more year in my contract. I know I’m going to be here anyway. It’s not like the situation Tristan Thompson is going through in Cleveland. I’m just going to go out and play my game. It’s great if I get (a contract extension) and it’s great if I don’t. Next summer I’m going to be a restricted free agent and it’s kind of an open market and we’ll see what happens.”
That moment will happen when the Lakers host the Raptors Nov. 20. Still, Williams stressed he does not hold a grudge against Toronto for allowing him to sign with the Lakers to a three-year, $21 million deal despite posting a career-high 15.5 points per game last season and winning the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year award. “I don’t think about it now,” said Williams, who is close with Raptors guard Kyle Lowry. “I’m over it. They’re over it. Everybody has moved on.”
Williams acknowledged it was “weird” how the situation turned out. But there were practical reasons for the breakup from both sides. “They were in a position where they were trying to get better at every position,” Williams said. “I was looking to make a decision faster than they were prepared to do so. We had a deal on the table, and they weren’t ready to make a decision. So I told them to go ahead.”
“There’s definitely more pressure now,” he told The Post after Tuesday’s practice. “You need to show people that you’re worth that money. I know I have my spot, but you need to prove to everybody that you deserve it. “There’s pressure, and you need to deal with it. I can do that.”
LeBron James appeared in a GQ video, and as one of the hosts discussed his leather jacket, LeBron noted he should’ve ridden his motorcycle to the set. It seemed the Cavaliers star might have been joking, but a few seconds later, he explicitly said he owned a different, three-wheel motorcycle. Asked what the team thinks of his riding, LeBron said: Oh, man. They’re like, “What are you doing?” I’m like, “What you think I’m doing? I’m getting a breath of fresh air. You know? I’ve got one life with this, man. So, that’s what I’m doing.”
October 9, 2015 | 12:01 pm EDT Update
Sefolosha wiped away tears of relief as he listened to the verdict, which the jury of three men and three women reached after less than an hour of deliberations. Prosecutors had charged Sefolosha with three misdemeanor counts, alleging that he disobeyed orders to move away from a crime scene and then resisted arrest.
As Demps tells it, the Pelicans will return the same core of players based in part on their own recommendation. “We felt our group played with a sense of desperation in the latter part of last season,” Demps said. “And at the end of the year, in talking to the players, we felt—and they expressed to us orally—that they enjoyed playing with each other and wanted to continue that. We listened.”
Now he wants to get back to playing basketball with the Hawks. Sefolosha hasn’t fully recovered from the injuries apparently suffered when a police officer kicked his right leg. He has been cleared for all basketball activities and has participated in training camp before leaving this week for the trial. He hopes to be ready when the Hawks season opens later this month. “I hope I still have a long career,” he said.
The reminders are constant. They also reinforce the stylistic compromise that Gentry and his staff have made in ramping up the tempo and relinquishing micromanagerial authority. “People can talk about wanting to go fast,” Pelicans assistant Phil Weber said. “At the end of the day, many coaches—I don’t want to label all coaches, but many coaches—invariably want to control. “[Gentry] is a special type of a coach.”
October 9, 2015 | 11:25 am EDT Update
Curry didn’t so much as revisit the topic as search for reasons why Harden did. “I don’t know,” Curry said. “Different guys find different ways of motivating themselves. I’ve never been one to just . . . I’m obviously confident in what I do, and I know he’s confident in what he does. It might come out in a different way. “I try not to do a lot of talking, especially (regarding) things that have passed. Obviously, you’ve got to motivate yourself and I’m sure he’s motivated this year to do some special things. I’m the same way.”
Rivers also revealed to the actress that he and the rest of the NBA watch the ABC hit show. “That is true,” Kimmel said. “A lot of guys in NBA watch Scandal.” When the audience thought the host was joking he re-assured them, saying “I happen to know that for a fact.”
October 9, 2015 | 10:34 am EDT Update
Jeff Zillgitt: Thabo Sefolosha found not guilty on all three charges opens door for his civil lawsuit against NYPD. Incident jeopardized his career.
Michele Roberts: THABO AQUITTED! JUSTICE PREVAILS! THABO HAD THE COURAGE TO FIGHT THE CHARGES – WE ARE SO PROUD! #NOTGUILTY
As the stories in Bristol go, Skip Bayless is less than thrilled with the current setup of First Take. He shows up hours before the show goes on air and huddles with producers to go over topics they will cover, as it usually works in television. According to several people at ESPN interviewed for this article, Smith is said to regularly saunter into the morning meetings a half hour before the show, leading Bayless to ask colleagues at the network why he has to do all the work. On more than one occasion, Smith has called into said meeting from his bed.