Dario recently did an interview with Croatian newspaper: Here is my rough translation of the quote regarding Sixers. “Next summer I will, probably, finally go where I want, to the biggest basketball league in the world, NBA. Imperative is to spend another year in Efes, and then is (time for) America. We have tried to do something this year, but since Efes demended for me to stay as an important player, I was forced to stay. Finally, I see the point in staying ”
October 5, 2015 | 3:14 pm EDT Update
Charlotte Hornets forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist will undergo shoulder surgery and likely miss the entire season, a league source told Yahoo Sports. Kidd-Gilchrist is expected to miss six months with the injury, which wouldn’t allow for a possible return until the final weeks of the season in April. It leaves little hope that Kidd-Gilchrist can return to the lineup this season. Kidd-Gilchrist suffered a separated right shoulder in Saturday’s preseason victory over Orlando, and an MRI on Monday in Charlotte revealed the need for surgery. Kidd-Gilchrist, 22, signed a four-year, $52 million contract extension in September.
October 5, 2015 | 3:08 pm EDT Update
The Charlotte Hornets plan to sign former N.C. State player Damien Wilkins for a preseason look, an NBA source confirmed Monday. Wilkins, 35, has played in China, Puerto Rico and the NBA’s development league of late after a 10-year NBA career with five teams. He last played in the NBA for the Philadelphia 76ers in 2013.
“When I was a kid I was trying to look like Toni Kukoc and try to play like him,” Bender said. “I try to watch Dirk Nowitzki and Nikola Mirotic right now. Dirk is a famous NBA player and he’s playing like a stretch-4 like me. Mirotic came last year to the NBA last year and (I’m) trying to look at how he adjusted to the league.”
“Closet thing to Pau (Gasol) I’ve seen,” one Eastern Conference general manager told SheridanHoops. “He plays hard and has great anticipation defensively. The play when he caught a bad pass just inside the 3-point line and with one dribble did an up-and-under layup was incredible.”
October 5, 2015 | 3:01 pm EDT Update
Adrian Wojnarowski: Charlotte’s Michael Kidd-Gilchrist will need shoulder surgery and be sidelined six months, league source tells Yahoo Sports.
Candace Buckner: Paul George spoke after #Pacers practice today. Of course major point of conversation was his Saturday night comments on playing the 4. Paul George said he spoke with coach Frank Vogel & team prez Larry Bird re: his role. However, clipped the details while speaking w/ media. Paul George on meeting w/ Vogel & Bird: “There was clarification on what we’re (doing) going forward. That’s what it was, just clarification.” I asked Paul George if there needed to be clarification, what did he believe his 4 role was in first place? Paul George: “Not sure. That’s where everything was clarified on. We know where we’re at, within our locker room.” Then I asked if part of that clarification by Vogel or Bird was about him not publicly voicing a complaint… Paul George: “It’s no complaint. I gave my opinion. That’s no complaint. Y’all asked me a question, I gave my opinion and that’s it.”
Candace Buckner: In today’s session, Paul George was brief w/ comments but was most vocal when trying to express that he’s on board w/ everything. Paul George: “I’m going to give my opinion. This is what the media is for. I’m going to give my opinion… I’m not going against my teammates, I’m not going against this organization. I’ve always been a part of this team Day 1… The reason why I chose to stick around and stay in this organization – I’m just giving my opinion.” – Paul George
Charles F. Gardner: “I’m not playing,” Parker said. “I want to wait until at least we play here (in Milwaukee) first, if anything. I want to show my loyalty. All my loyalty is in Milwaukee and I can care less about Chicago right now.”
October 5, 2015 | 2:29 pm EDT Update
October 5, 2015 | 1:24 pm EDT Update
Ian Begley: Carmelo Anthony says “hell no” when asked if he thinks he’d get to a point where he’d ask for a trade this year. “I already came this far.”
Me: What is different about the offense that will benefit the personnel you have? Jimmy Butler: Spacing. I think offense is a lot about spacing. Last year, at times, our spacing was terrible. We might get a basket out of it, just because we’ve got really good players. Now, with the spacing we have, there’s going to be more driving gaps for people that drive the ball good. It’s all about that spacing. It’s going to make things easier for everybody. And, you’re going to know where everybody’s going to be on the floor. When you drive baseline, you know there’s going to be a guy over there in the drift spot. You know there’s going to be a guy over there in the slot. So if everybody pays attention and gets to the right spot, it’s almost like you can pass the ball without even looking.
When Joerger talks about getting more easy baskets, Green’s dynamic ability is at the front of his mind. “Jeff has all the tools,” point guard Mike Conley said. “He’s a phenomenal athlete and he can shoot the ball, too. He’ll be the first one to tell you that he knows he could have played better (last season). That’s given him a chip for this season.”
Standing on a fresh gray blacktop, Kevin Durant dedicated his first outdoor court in North America on Monday at North Highland Elementary in Oklahoma City through his foundation’s “Build It And They Will Ball” initiative. “One day I was reminiscing and I felt that being outdoors molded me into the person I am, the player I am and I wanted everyone feel the same thing I did,” Durant said.