Giannis Antetokounmpo: The Bucks and John Hammond chose me in the draft, got me in the NBA, kept me in the team with a role from my very first season and they are my basketball family. Not only that, but already at this young age, they have enough faith in me as a leader and they are doing everything in order to develop all of my potential. From my side, I feel that I want to be playing in the Bucks. I’m not talking about my next contract. The way I feel now, I want to keep playing for the Milwaukee Bucks for the next 20 years! You never know how life turns out. Three years ago I was thinking that I might be playing for Filathlitikos forever! All of a sudden, the draft emerged, the NBA, the Bucks and everything that followed. I don’t know how I’ll be feeling and thinking in 2, 3 or more years. Right now I feel like I want to play for the Milwaukee Bucks forever.
February 9, 2016 | 9:04 am EST Update
Steve Kyler: No guarantee Lee and Celtics do a buyout, but yes, the preferred method would be wait for him to get bought-out twitter.com/WayneTurner34/…
Teammate Jared Sullinger, another former Buckeye, committed to attending the ceremony as soon as he discovered the plans to honor Turner’s memorable three-year career. The two grew close during Turner’s days at Ohio State, when he became an honorary member of the Sullinger clan. “That’s like a brother to me,” Sullinger said. “When he first got to Ohio State he really didn’t have, like, a family to lean on in Columbus. And my family took him in like a brother. So it’s awesome. I want to support something that’s beautiful like that. He deserves every bit of it.”
February 9, 2016 | 7:35 am EST Update
The Knicks have a real chance to sell Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook in 2017 – New York and Porzingis have his attention, yes – and Jackson ought to start constructing an elite coaching staff to begin that process with Westbrook and with free agents beyond him.