Cousy lives in Worcester during the summer, but he winters in Florida so he watches his share of Heat games on television and he was impressed when Whiteside came off the bench to record a triple-double on Jan. 25 against the Bulls with 14 points, 13 rebounds and a franchise-record 12 blocks. “I have never said this in the 40 years since I retired,” Cousy said in a recent telephone interview, “but he is the first big guy, not (Patrick) Ewing, (Hakeem) Olajuwon, Shaq (O’Neal), who reminds me defensively and on the boards of Russell. He runs the floor well, he has excellent timing, he blocks shots and keeps them in play the way Russell did.”
October 28, 2016 | 6:08 pm EDT Update
Joe: Any word on Iman Shumpert trade. Or Cavs trade for a point guard? Alex Kennedy: I don’t think we’ll see the Cavs make any kind of move just yet. It’s possible that they’ll weight their options as the deadline gets closer, but trading Shumpert right now wouldn’t be too smart since his value is extremely low.
As reported by Gigantes del Basket, Spanish powerhouse Barcelona is interested in bringing back Pablo Prigioni to Spain. The point-guard, recently waived by the Rockets, could be the right addition for the team, considering that they have lost Pau Ribas. Prigioni is considering the proposal and will take time to make a decision.
The Chicago Bulls announced today that the team has exercised its fourth-year option on forward Doug McDermott, and the third-year options on guard Jerian Grant and forward Bobby Portis. By exercising these options, they will be under contract with the Bulls for the 2017-18 season.