“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.’ ”
August 5, 2015 | 6:34 am EDT Update
Kenneth Faried hears all the noise, but he didn’t need to. He already knew what he had to work on this summer. “My defense, I’ve focused on that,” Faried said in a phone interview from Johannesburg, where he played in NBA Africa Game 2015 on Saturday. “I’ve been watching film on guys that I consider my toughest matchups, and I’ve been able to dissect them so that when the season comes around I’m able to guard those players — and become the player I want to be, and that’s hopefully defensive player of the year one day and first-team all-defense.”
Jazz teammate and fellow Boomer Joe Ingles spoke to Exum soon after he suffered the injury from Sydney. “He was obviously pretty down,” said Ingles, who is sitting out the Boomers’ qualifying campaign to recover from a tough first NBA season. “It didn’t look great but obviously you hope for the best and hope it’s not (a torn ACL). “Me and Dante are really good mates, roommates, and obviously playing in Utah this year, it was another step of our friendship.
The Washington Wizards are expected to return to their Baltimore roots when they hold the early portion of training camp at Towson University this fall, a source with knowledge of the situation said Tuesday.
August 4, 2015 | 9:12 pm EDT Update
Jeff Zillgitt: LeBron James officially informs USA Basketball he will attend next week’s mini-camp in Vegas, per person w/info. Yahoo reported last week.
August 4, 2015 | 8:06 pm EDT Update
August 4, 2015 | 6:46 pm EDT Update
Jody Genessy: Initial concern is that Dante Exum might have suffered a torn ACL in his left knee, per a source. Jazz will know more when he’s evaluated.
Basketball Australia will hold a press conference on Friday at 1030am when the Boomers return. Further details will be about the press conference will be provided later today. The entire Basketball Australia family wishes Dante Exum well on his return to Utah and hopes for positive news on his injury.
Nike is unsure if it’s gonna just do it with James Harden — TMZ Sports has learned the Swoosh isn’t jumping to top his $200 million Adidas offer. We spoke with some Nike honchos who told us they held a war room style gathering in the wake of Adidas trying to nab last year’s MVP runner-up, and former Nike client. We’re told they were unable to reach any consensus about a counter offer amount, or if they even want to make a counter.
His “massive” closet turned out to be too small to contain his collection of more than 150 pairs of shoes. In a new video interview with Slam Magazine, the NBA player says his solution is to build a mini-house behind his regular house to act as “a little showroom” for his footwear.
August 4, 2015 | 5:58 pm EDT Update
The L.A. Clippers announced today the team has signed guard Pablo Prigioni Prigioni, 38, joins the Clippers after playing in a total of 67 regular season games (three starts) last season with the Houston Rockets (24 games) and the New York Knicks (43 games), averaging 4.1 points, 1.8 rebounds and 2.6 assists in 17.9 minutes.