Hidayet Turkoglu: “I have not decided yet what to do when the contract with the Clippers expires. I will play again in the NBA? I will return to Turkey? I will play again basketball? I don’t know. I’ll decide about my career in August. If I return to Turkey I’ll play just for Fenerbahce” Turkoglu said (via Ajansbasketbol).
September 30, 2016 | 7:46 am EDT Update
Though Tim Duncan decided to call it quits over the summer, Ginobili said his future wasn’t influenced by his longtime teammate. “Those type of decisions that defines your future … and family and all of that usually doesn’t depend on what Tim does,” said Ginobili. “I just felt like I still wanted to do it. That I can help the team. That I enjoy it. That I’m healthy. That was the main key.” Asked if he has a time frame on how long he wants to continue playing, Ginobili responded: “Not at all.”
Manu Ginobili has a blueprint that he uses to determine how long his playing career will extend. It’s pretty simple: If Ginobili continues to have fun coming to work everyday, retirement will be delayed. “As long as I’m happy and enjoying [basketball] on a daily basis,” said Ginobili after a team practice on Thursday. “That’s [been] my goal in the last two or three years.”
Of the 18 players in camp, 15 have fully guaranteed pacts, including big men Lou Amundson, Marshall Plumlee and Maurice Ndour. Hornacek said eating contracts is not a problem. “We have a lot of guys under contract and fighting for a place,’’ Hornacek said. “Nobody’s guaranteed. The Knicks organization, they’re not afraid to cut a guy with a guaranteed contract if there’s another player who’s better.’’
Pierce, who plans to retire at the end of the season, said he didn’t think he would have a “farewell tour” around the league this season. He did say, with a laugh, he would accept going-away gifts from any team that wants to offer.
Swingman Quincy Ford was held out of the Jazz’s evening practice Wednesday after being hit in the head during the team’s morning session, but had returned to play by Thursday morning. The 23-year-old rookie free agent out of Northeastern signed a three-year deal with the Jazz earlier this month, though only $75,000 is guaranteed.
As people around the Clippers have hoped over the past three seasons, Griffin seems ready to take his game beyond the 3-point line. Now, it’s on him to take the shots when they present themselves. “I want to be someone who shoots from there confidently, for sure,” Griffin said after Thursday’s practice at UC Irvine’s Bren Events Center. “A lot of us power forwards, our strength is inside or our versatility. You look at the best power forwards, Anthony Davis, LaMarcus (Aldridge), Draymond (Green) … they can all shoot but they can all put the ball on the floor and they can all score inside. I don’t necessarily think falling in love with the 3-point shot is a good idea, but shooting it confidently from there is great.”
Walton conceded Russell had “some questionable moments” during Wednesday’s scrimmage before refering to some defensive miscues as “normal stuff.” Russell has sought advice from veteran point guards Marcelo Huertas and Jose Calderon on how to run pick-and-roll properly. And the Lakers will try to balance between coaching and empowering him to run the offense as he sees fit. “I always felt I had the leadership qualities as far as being a leader or leading a team. But at the end of the day, I’m a young guy,” Russell said. “I don’t really know what it takes to be as successful as I want to be. Then you have veteran guys that do. It’s about listening to those guys, learning from your mistakes and learning from the coaching staff. There’s a lot I can really gain.”