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Ezeli’s rookie contract runs up next summer, when he could become a restricted free agent. If he remains healthy, Ezeli could land a big payday — either replacing Bogut as the Warriors’ starting center or signing elsewhere. For now, he’s focused on rebooting the Warriors’ title hopes and still keeping a close eye on Vanderbilt’s upcoming season. “I love coming back to Vanderbilt, especially in this light (as a champion),” Ezeli said. “Part of what drives me is that (Commodores) fan base. Those fans saw me grow up at Vanderbilt as a little freshman kid to an NBA player. So it’s still home to me.”
via The Tennessean
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Ian Clark knows he’s facing long odds, but that’s nothing new to him. One of five training-camp invites among a six-player competition for the final roster spot with the Warriors, Clark has made a career out of beating the odds. “For me, it’s just about playing with confidence, knowing what I can do and what I can’t do, and improving the things I need to do better,” Clark said before Monday’s exhibition opener in San Jose. He went scoreless in eight minutes, missing both of his shot attempts, one from beyond the arc.
via San Francisco Chronicle
Goran would have preferred having his brother around, but was realistic about the team’s perspective and Zoran’s viability in the NBA. Zoran logged 75 minutes in his first year in the league. “I was sad, of course,” Goran said of the trade. “I know how much he wants to be part of a team in the NBA, but I understand this is a business. That’s a better situation for him right now. He’s gonna get playing time. He signed a good deal in Russia. He’s happy. That’s a good thing.
via Palm Beach Post
Backup center Alexis Ajinca is expected to miss four to six weeks with a sprained right hamstring, the team announced Monday, and coach Alvin Gentry said after practice that Ajinca’s absence could lead to more small-ball lineups. “We’ll just try different combinations of players,” he said. “One of the things that we’ll do is we’ll experiment a little bit with (Anthony Davis at center) and then play even a small lineup where Dante Cunningham may even (play power forward), and three guards — Tyreke (Evans) and Jrue (Holiday) and Eric (Gordon) or Norris (Cole) — in there.”
via The Advocate
Danilo Gallinari sat down for an interview with Gazzetta dello Sport about the upcoming season for the Denver Nuggets, as well as his Eurobasket experience. (…) Q: Malone said he’s gonna use you as a SF and as a “stretch four”, like Americans say. Do you have a preference? Danilo Gallinari: Well, we have already talked about it a lot, we have already planned situations in which I’m gonna start as a SF, then I can be used as a 4 as the game goes on. It depends on the team we’re facing, the trend of the game, but often I’m gonna play as a stretch four, as he says, spreading the floor. We’ve already tried most of these schemes, so basically I already have these situations set in my mind.
Cleveland opens the preseason Wednesday night against Atlanta in Cincinnati. Cleveland plays at Philadelphia on Thursday. It’s unlikely James will play in both games. “It has not been discussed yet, but I probably won’t play in one of the two games,” James said. “I’m not sure if it’s the front side or the back side. It would probably make more sense (to play) in Cincinnati since they don’t get to see us a lot and then we go to Philly, and I’ll probably be there in the regular season.”
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The Cavs’ doctors were concerned enough with the severe cramping that they called for a stretcher and sent him to the Cleveland Clinic for overnight IVs to get him rehydrated. He wasn’t released until the following afternoon. “I probably pushed it a little. I thought I’d pushed it before but there was just so much on the line,” Dellavedova said. “I wasn’t scared. What was scary was how am I going to prepare for the next game? I only had one day’s rest between the games. I told them I didn’t need to go to the hospital, but then I thought to myself ‘What would happen if these cramps happened again in the middle of the night?’ I would’ve been screwed.”
Walton said he has been too busy coaching to call his former coaches for advice. “As a staff, we feel confident that we can make this thing keep going,” Walton said. “It’s been a little crazy, but it’s been a good experience. It’s been fun. “We’re leaving Steve alone. We don’t need to bother him with all the little things that are going on day-to-day. We’re hoping and waiting for him to get healthy.”
via San Jose Mercury-News
The hippest guy in Salt Lake City ever, by the way, explained to media that his decision to go on Cowherd’s show would be considered a “countergank,” a strong pushback, in the videogame world. Being Mr. Hip wasn’t always the case for the guy who got teased relentlessly earlier in his career for eating ate an Olive Garden in New York City instead of visiting one of the thousands of non-chain restaurants. Even Hayward, who joked that he might’ve “hit puberty sometime (in his NBA career),” can admit that he’s different. “I got married,” Hayward joked. “My wife has changed my appearance a bit.”
via Deseret News
Sydney Kings import Josh Childress is also a former teammate of Warrick, with the two Americans playing together with the Phoenix Suns from 2010 to 2012. “Josh helped me a lot, like I said, he was actually trying to get me out last year and he told me what to expect.” said Warrick. “He really helped me transition for a guy coming in from the same situation as him: an NBA guy coming over for the first time. So it’s good to have a guy who’s gone through what you’re about to go through.
Opening statements are set to begin in the trial of a professional basketball player charged with resisting arrest and other crimes following a confrontation with police officers outside a trendy Manhattan nightclub in April. The Atlanta Hawks’ Thabo Sefolosha, who suffered a season-ending leg fracture in the struggle, has pleaded not guilty to the charges, which also include misdemeanor obstructing government administration and disorderly conduct. He has rejected a plea offer from prosecutors and his attorney, Alex Spiro, has said his client is going to trial to clear his name.
via ABC News
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