“No matter how (the season) ends, I think Timmy is going to look at (retirement) again,” Popovich told USA TODAY Sports on Tuesday. “And if you ask me, my guess is that he’ll go for another one because he has been so consistent this season. It’s just consistent stuff: another double-double, over and over and over again. Because of that, I think in his mind that if it continues through the rest of the year, I think he’ll say, ‘I’m going to go another year and see what happens.’ Because what he has told me is that the minute he feels like he’s a hindrance to his team or he’s not on the positive end or helping him, he’s going to walk right off the court. It might be during the third quarter of a game. He’s not going to hang on to finish a contract or make the money or have the notoriety that you know he doesn’t give a (expletive) about. So the way he’s playing now, he’s going to look in the mirror and say, ‘Hey, I’m doing all right.’ ”
October 4, 2015 | 4:41 pm EDT Update
When a reporter joked if they will have to cover another free agency in four years, Anthony laughed and said, “I’m here to stay.’’ Of course, he will feel less willing to finish his contract here if Porzingis turns out a bust.
As I started to settle in, I’m sure that you have heard about my struggles getting into the arena. The security lady was giving me a hard time so I tweeted it out and it picked up way more publicity than I anticipated. The media did exaggerate it a little bit. The conversation went something like this: Her: Hi how can i help you? Me: Hi im trying to get into the tunnel. Her: It’s only for players. My Friend: He plays on the team. Her [scans car]: Who?? Me: I do. Her: What team?!? Me: Uhh, Charlotte Hornets. Her: Players can’t park here today (there was a conference). Park across the street. Funny thing is I have experienced this multiple times in New York, Houston, and LA. I’m not sure if she believed me but I’ll give her the benefit of the doubt!
October 4, 2015 | 3:47 pm EDT Update
“I’m not going to go to them and tell them what they should do,” James said regarding the Cavs. “That’s their job, they know how to do it very well and they’ve done that to this point. They’ve brought in and did what they had to do for us to be a contending team. Obviously Tristan is a big part of that run we want to make. I believe that something will happen.”
LeBron James said friend and teammate Tristan Thompson’s contract holdout is a “distraction” and he’s calling for it all to end, but the Cavaliers’ superstar also insisted he wasn’t trying to apply pressure to the front office to accept Thompson’s demands. “That is not what I’m saying. Like I said, I believe both sides will get something done. Throughout the negotiation process, it’s always both sides. It’s not just one sided,” James said Sunday after Cavs’ practice, the seventh Thompson has missed this season. ”
James’ Instagram post – from the wedding of Majestic Steel president Todd Leebow – was perceived as his first formal application of pressure for the Cavs’ to accept Thompson’s terms. Thompson’s been seeking a maximum salary (an average of about $17.5 million per season) over five years or three. James, though, was steadfast in that he remains neutral in the negotiation, and team sources say James hasn’t pushed the issue internally.
The more you hear from 76ers coach Brett Brown, the more you realize that he’s not in denial about where the team is going this season. And you realize he’s the right person to coach the team through this rebuilding process. “When you lose the volume of games we lost over the years . . . holding a locker room together [is key],” Brown said Saturday at the conclusion of training camp at Stockton University. “The pain of losing is real. So you need spirit throughout. It’s my job to keep them together and keep them moving forward.”
October 4, 2015 | 2:09 pm EDT Update
October 4, 2015 | 1:08 pm EDT Update
Kidd-Gilchrist was transported to Florida Hospital South for X-rays, that were negative. The Hornets announced Kidd-Gilchrist’s injury is a dislocation. He is scheduled to fly back to Charlotte and be re-evaluated by doctors on Monday. The Hornets didn’t estimate how long Kidd-Gilchrist might be out, but typically a dislocation takes three to 12 weeks of recovery time before a patient can return to normal activity. That figures to cost Kidd-Gilchrist the rest of the preseason and quite possibly regular-season games. The Hornets’ regular season starts Oct. 28 in Miami and the first three games are versus Southeast Division rivals the Heat and Atlanta Hawks.
October 4, 2015 | 8:42 am EDT Update
“I don’t know if this is my position. We’ll sit and watch tape and I’m sure I’ll talk with coach (Frank Vogel). I’ll talk with Larry (Bird) as well to get both their inputs on how the first game went but…I’m still not comfortable with it regardless of the situation. It’s still something I have to adjust to or maybe not. Or maybe it’s something we can go away from.”
Through his four completed seasons with Indiana, George had grown accustomed to a shot going up and letting the bigs battle and box out. Then with his athleticism and quickness, George would swoop in and grab the rebound. Not so now. “Can’t do that at the four spot,” George said. “These guys are strong, they’re big. It’s almost like I’m just trying to keep them on my back but they got me in size. That’s the toughest part.”
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On Saturday, as the Warriors concluded camp, Bogut again turned heads. “He went three-quarters of the court, coast-to-coast, to finish with a floater,” Steph Curry said. The Warriors, it appears, have a brand new Bogut. Players and coaches are noticing. Bogut says he lost about 22 pounds, resulting in improved agility and stamina. Most of the credit, according to Bogut, should go to Is Sugar the New Fat?, a documentary he watched on Australian TV in August.
There was a moment when it all clicked for Paul Pierce, when he knew he was no longer an all-star, no longer the man on his team. He was just a guy, a part of the machine, trying his best to help a team win. For Pierce, this was, ahem, a joint decision. “Something did click – my knees started clicking … then my ankles … then my elbows,” he joked. “That’s what clicked.”
“I think it is (easy) being that I understand the game, understand my role at this stage,” he said. “And, I understand this team is all about our stars and the stars in the league. I’m just trying to fill in and play off of Chris (Paul), off of Blake and off of (DeAndre Jordan), just fill whatever kind of role they need me for. “But I think the transition is going to be easy – get to the corner and make 3-pointers.”
Gentry said Gordon’s career is back on track, perhaps to stardom, and that he is in better shape. Along with Anthony Davis, who could win the MVP award this season, Gordon has been asked to be a vocal leader by Gentry. “He’s let me play a bigger role,” Gordon said of Gentry. “We’ve been through a lot of ups and downs here these past few years, but with him being here, I expect nothing but great things.”
“No, I’m definitely playing,” he told reporters with his trademark shake of the head. “(I didn’t) come all the way out here, (where) people are going to be coming to the game, and you’re going to be sitting on the bench? That’s not cool.” It’s expected to be a sellout crowd at the Stan Sheriff Center, where the Lakers have been enduring two-a-day practices during training camp this past week and getting ready for their latest daunting challenge. From general manager Mitch Kupchak on down, there has been talk of them pushing for a playoff spot in the loaded Western Conference.
Russell, the No. 2 draft pick out of Ohio State, will share the backcourt with second-year guard Jordan Clarkson. Bryant, meanwhile, will get a chance to play off the ball in ways he swears he has longed for. “I don’t understand why you guys can’t figure this out,” he joked with reporters. “I do not like setting up the offense. I hate it. (Former Lakers coach) Phil (Jackson) made me do it years ago, and I had to learn how to do it years ago to set up the triangle. I haven’t played with point guards who were playmakers at heart, and D’Angelo is a ridiculous playmaker, man.