Isiah Thomas is back at Madison Square Garden. Thomas has been hired to be president of the New York Liberty of the WNBA. Thomas also will have an ownership stake in the team. Garden CEO James Dolan, who owns the Knicks and Liberty and is an unflinchingly loyal Thomas supporter, said he began discussing the role with Thomas in the fall and he has been pleased with the results. “Now, we’ve agreed that it is time for him to take a lead role with the team as president, and through his ownership interest. He’s an excellent judge of talent, and I’m confident that he will put all of his energy and experience into making the Liberty a perennially competitive and successful team,” Dolan said in a statement.
October 10, 2015 | 10:27 am EDT Update
Joe Harris isn’t playing his best, but he’s not at risk of being a roster casualty. This post is to clear up any confusion fans may have as to who is on the bubble to make the Cleveland Cavaliers’ 15-man regular season roster. Harris’ salary for this upcoming season is guaranteed at $845,059. The second-year guard is a lock to remain on the squad, team officials insist.
The young point guard and the sharp-shooting veteran had several conversations throughout the year about working out together this offseason. Schroder wanted to improve his jump shot and who better to seek his tutelage? So this summer, Schroder visited Korver in Santa Barbara, Calif. for nearly two weeks of instruction and additional workouts at renowned performance facility P3. “We just worked on his mechanics to tighten a few things up,” Korver said. “Dennis has great natural talent and ability. His release is really good. We can all get better. We worked on his feet and his legs a little bit, maybe things we don’t always think about.
The Knicks have been quick to point out that Porzingis is probably a couple of years away from being a key contributor. In the meantime, they’re bulking him up to be able to bang with NBA big men. How do you add mass to a Latvian giant? By aiming to load him with close to 5,000 calories a day—more than twice the recommended daily amount for the average person. In the past two and a half months, Porzingis has put on about 11 pounds, bringing up him to 237 at the start of the preseason.
After morning practice, he goes back to his hotel for a shower and more food. Porzingis: “I’ll try to eat a lot of meat to get my carbs. Chicken, steaks—I love steaks. But mostly a lot of chicken. Pork sometimes. I try to balance it out so that I don’t eat too much of one food, and switch it up a little bit.”
Instead of climbing walls at the Bucks’ practice facility south of Milwaukee, though, Parker just stood against one and outlined his vision with a thousand game stare. “I’m looking long-term,” said the product of Chicago’s Simeon High and Duke University, the No. 2 pick in the 2014 Draft. “I really don’t want to risk coming back and lingering on if I’m not ready. I just want to be as productive as possible. There’s no use in me playing if I can’t contribute the way I want to.”
“We don’t know,” coach Jason Kidd said when asked about a timetable. “We’re going to take it week by week — for us, it’s day by day but at the end of the week we’ll see how he feels. We’ll continue to keep with the game plan of loading and giving him more things to do, and see how his body responds to it. So far his body has been great.”
Former Cleveland Cavaliers guard Daniel “Boobie” Gibson said Friday that he has no problem with what Barnes did because he would have done the same thing. “You don’t want nobody that’s been around you’’ dating your former girlfriend or wife, Gibson told Power 105.1 radio. “You crossing the line’’ by dating them. Asked what he would do if he was in a similar situation, he said, “I’m doing it, too,’’ referring to the attack.
October 10, 2015 | 6:08 am EDT Update
Jordan made specific mention of Jeremy Lin, who joined in the Hornets from the LA Lakers this summer. Jordan saw it a successful deal, “We just got Jeremy Lin, who I think is going to be our biggest acquisition. His penetration, his shooting capability, his point guard savvy, he can really pass the basketball, his energy about the game of basketball something,” Jordan said.
“It was really good,” Upshaw said. “I finally got to get my feet wet, go out there and play some good basketball and just keep up the energy.” Outside of the locker room, Lakers coach Byron Scott spoke in a more solemn tone about Upshaw’s performance. “He was okay,” Scott said. “He made a ton of mistakes on both ends of the floor. That’s probably to be expected in his first game.”
James discussed his newest Nike shoe – the LeBron 13, due in stores next week – he suggested that when he sees opponents wearing his signature Nike shoe it gives him an advantage. “If you just a guy that’s just like, you actually just go to Foot Locker or somewhere, you just get a pair of ‘Brons and you want to wear ’em on a Tuesday night vs. me — I’ma bust your (butt),” James said. “Straight up.” “It’s disappointing,” Nowitzki said. “Honestly, you’d wish more guys would be doing more, at least more contact or run more. But that’s not the case. Some of these guys have had major, major surgeries. And whatever the doc tells them, you got to take it slow. “Obviously, Parsons and Wes are both guys that want to be here for a lot of years. It would be wrong to push it too much in October and not have them later in the season. You want to take it slow and progress week to week, and whenever they’re ready, they’re ready.”
House Republicans currently have no speaker to replace John Boehner. Cuban gets asked all the time to run for President of the United States. “I get asked every day,” Cuban told CNBC.com recently. “It’s a fun idea to toss around. If I ran as a Dem, I know I could beat Hillary Clinton. And if it was me vs. Trump, I would crush him. No doubt about it.”
Former Kansas men’s basketball standout Bill Bridges, 76, passed away on Sept. 25 in Santa Monica, California, after a prolonged battle with cancer. A 6-foot-6 power forward from Hobbs, New Mexico, Bridges earned All-American honors in 1961, when he averaged 16.1 points and 14.1 rebounds per game. That single-season rebound average still ranks third in the KU record book. Bridges earned a berth on the All-Big Eight Conference team after each of his three seasons at Kansas (1959-61).
Dave Meyers, the star forward who led UCLA to the 1975 NCAA basketball championship as the lone senior in coach John Wooden’s final season and later played for the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks, died Friday. He was 62. Meyers died at his home in Temecula after struggling with cancer for the last year, according to UCLA, which received the news from his younger sister, Ann Meyers Drysdale.
Washington Wizards forward Bradley Beal is primed for a big season and New York Knicks rookie Kristaps Porzingis found out the hard way Friday night at Verizon Center. Beal drove to the rim and sped past Porzingis for a one-handed slam in the third quarter of Washington’s 115-104 loss. Beal finished with 12 points and eight rebounds in 24 minutes. Porzingis finished with nine points and 10 rebounds in 21 minutes.
October 9, 2015 | 7:42 pm EDT Update
John Reid: Sources say forward Greg Smith is expected officially join the Pelicans on Saturday for practice at their facility in Metairie.
Yet, World Peace maintained he preferred taking that path to prove to himself that his diminished statistics stemmed more from sacrificing on NBA teams than any erosion of skills. So much that World Peace said he turned down a chance to sign with the Clippers during the 2014-15 season. “In China, I had to get my game back,” World Peace said. “Doc [Rivers] asked me to come to the Clippers. I told him, ‘I’m going to China first. When I come back, I’ll come to the Clippers.’ I want to get my game back on.”
Klay Thompson issued a retort to Doc Rivers after the Los Angeles Clippers coach commented on the Warriors being lucky they faced neither the Clippers nor San Antonio in the playoffs. “Didn’t they lose to the Rockets? Exactly,” Thompson said, laughing in reference to Houston coming from behind to beat the Clippers in the Western Conference semifinals. “That just makes me laugh. That’s funny. Weren’t they up 3-1, too? Yeah, tell them I said that. That’s funny, man. That’s funny.”
The night was “(a) little overwhelming because it doesn’t really hit you until you really go put on the jersey and then you go play,” Aldridge said. “I knew I was in San Antonio, but it doesn’t really hit you until you’re on the court trying to figure out how to run an offense again and things like that. But I think the process has been going well so far.”