Former Syracuse Nationals legend Dolph Schayes died Thursday morning at the age of 87, said his son, Danny. The NBA star and Central New York icon was diagnosed with terminal cancer six months ago.
September 27, 2016 | 7:05 pm EDT Update
Will Barton, meanwhile, is in constant search of a chip on his shoulder to lean on. Years past it has been easier to find. Now he’s being praised after a breakout season that landed him in the thick of the conversation for postseason awards, that had other teams offering first-round picks to nab him, and that had opponents highlighting him on scouting reports as a player to stop. “People know I can play,” Barton said. “They won’t be surprised.”
Ronnie Price has been on teams with Damian Lillard, Deron Williams, Steve Nash and Kobe Bryant, but picked Westbrook as the best. “Russ is hands down the best player I’ve ever played with,” Ronnie Price told the media after Thunder practice on Tuesday.
“Absolutely. Russ is hands down the best player I’ve ever played with. I played with Kobe – Kobe was at the end of his career. Steve Nash was towards the end of his career. Russ is a superstar. So being able to compete against him in practice, of course it helps me. It energizes me to prepare for practice, and if I can stay in front of Russ 30 percent of the time, then I’m doing OK. He helps me and I hope that he understands that me competing against him in practice, I’m just trying to help him as well.”
Call it: Ty’s tax. After the Cavs’ 112-97 win at Golden State in Game 5, coach Tyronn Lue entered his jovial locker room and asked for $100 from everyone. Not just from LeBron James, or Kyrie Irving, or Kevin Love — you know, the players who print money. But everyone in the room, from owner Dan Gilbert (also not poor) down to Cavs’ public relations staffers and equipment managers. Lue took the wad of cash — senior vice president of communications Tad Carper says it was $4,500 — and hid it in the ceiling of the coaches’ dressing room in the corner of the Oracle Arena visitor’s locker room. “They were like, ‘Where is the money going?'” Lue said Tuesday, following the Cavs’ first practice as defending champs. “I’m like, ‘It’s going to me and I’m going to wrap it up and put it in the ceiling in the coaches locker room and we’re going to come back, get our money and get our trophy for Game 7.'” And that’s what happened, kind of. The Cavs did indeed return to Oracle and win Game 7, 93-89, thus collecting the Larry O’Brien trophy on the Warriors’ court. As for the money, well, “we got it back to the right people,” Lue said.