Initial indications, though, suggest that Casey will indeed be back next season, according to the latest whispers on the Toronto grapevine. The fact Ujiri scheduled his end-of-season press conference for Tuesday, instead of taking an extra week to evaluate things like Sam Presti did in Oklahoma City, would also seem to bode well for Casey.
October 6, 2015 | 9:55 pm EDT Update
Charlotte Hornets forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist underwent successful surgery today to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder. The procedure was completed by Hornets team orthopedist Dr. Marcus Cook at Novant Health Charlotte Orthopedic Hospital. Typical recovery time for this procedure is approximately six months. Kidd-Gilchrist suffered the injury with 46 seconds remaining in the second quarter in Saturday’s preseason game at Orlando.
Sam Mitchell told his former SiriusXM NBA Radio pals today that he “absolutely” plans to start Zach LaVine over vet Kevin Martin at shooting guard.
Mitchell told Martin of the decision before the Wolves began camp practices last week. We’ll see what that means for his future here. He’s in the same position as Corey Brewer was last year — able to opt out of the final year of his contract after this season — and Brewer was traded in December. Until today, Mitchell had only said opening night is a long way off when asked about who’ll start where, although he made it pretty clear he’s committed to the team’s youth.
Third-year swingman Shabazz Muhammad walked out after practice today with agent Rob Pelinka, who also reps Jones. Muhammad apparently switched agents over the summer, from Bill Duffy (who has Wiggins and LaVine among many, many others) to Pelinka.
October 6, 2015 | 6:53 pm EDT Update
Byron Scott publicly challenged him to either play defense or get comfortable watching from the bench. “It was the first time a coach has called me out in the media or, in a larger scale in the media,” Young said. “Because everybody pays attention to the Lakers and L.A. is L.A.”
Young said Scott is not asking things of him that other coaches did not, but that Scott has gotten through to him. “He finds ways to motivate players,” Young said. “And right now I’m very motivated to prove him wrong and prove the world that doubted Swaggy wrong.”
October 6, 2015 | 5:59 pm EDT Update
No way even guessing that, although I gather the Pistons are monitoring the Markieff Morris situation in Phoenix. There is interest there.
The anger mismanagement, though, will always draw eyes from a public that Cousins can’t stand for craving negativity. “I’ve got to be patient, knowing it’s not going to completely change,” Karl said. “It’s not going to go from a difficult attitude to a good attitude. It’s going to be steppingstones.”
Two years ago, Len progressed to being a No. 5 draft pick and entered a preseason game in awe of being matched up against Duncan. This summer, the idol became a mentor. Len visited San Antonio for three days in August to work with Duncan, a 19th-year Spurs star — from the dark side for Suns fans — helping the bright future of the Suns’ 22-year-old center. “He was super-cool about it,” Len said. “He was one of the nice players I’ve ever met in my life. He is one of the most humble superstars you’ll ever meet. He’s like Tyson (Chandler). He’s always happy to answer any question. He genuinely wants to help you.”
The Achilles tendon tear. The fractured knee. The torn rotator cuff that ended his season last January, this less than two weeks after he had admitted that the rash of injuries had sparked a natural and constant fear that the next setback was just around the corner. Yet now, as he told USA TODAY Sports at Lakers camp, he’s at peace with this idea that even he can’t know how this will end. “I just let (the concerns) go after a while, man,” said Bryant, who will be a free agent next summer and has made it clear he’s unsure whether he’ll retire. “You have to ask yourself, did you do everything you possibly could to prepare for the season? And I have. I’ve trained really hard to get to this point, and you have to be comfortable with that. Whatever happens is really beyond your control.”
Would you have used social media in your day? Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Absolutely. It would have given me more access to talk to the fans directly rather than be filtered through the biases of reporters. A lot of reporters wanted to have something juicy to write about, so they would try to provoke a reaction from me. No matter what I said, they could put it into any context that suited them and there wasn’t anything I could do about it. Imagine having the world know you only through the words of people looking to write the most provocative stories they can. Today athletes can directly interact with the fans which takes away some of the power of the press.
October 6, 2015 | 5:33 pm EDT Update
Justin Termine: Sam Mitchell told @Jumpshot8 & I @ZachLaVine will start the season as the SG for the @Timberwolves #NBARadioTCT #TWolves
Jorge Castillo: Kelly Oubre (ankle) and Martell Webster (hip) are out tonight. So are Ish Smith, Dudley and Anderson. Wittman said Oubre turned an ankle yesterday. Called Webster’s injury a strained hip.
October 6, 2015 | 4:53 pm EDT Update
David ‘Dubi’ Pick: Kostas Papanikolaou is not – at this time – signing with Crvena Zvezda.
As reported by Juanjo Lusa, Spanish Gipuzkoa will replace Ivan Johnson, who’ll be waived soon, with former Knicks big-man Travis Wear. Travis has a twin brother, David, who’ll play with Fuenlabrada this season, so both brothers will play in Spain.
Ian Begley: For Draft gurus, here’s Kristaps Porzingis on Dragan Bender: “I liked what I saw. He’s kind of similar to me, long, skinny, very talented.”