August 29, 2015 | 6:58 am EDT Update
Chinese powerhouse Guangdong Southern Tigers is considering to sign Jamaal Franklin as second foreigner. The player arrived for the training camp and coach Du Feng already told the decision on him has not yet been taken.
Former Dayton Flyers guard Jordan Sibert traveled to Florida on Friday and will sign soon with the Orlando Magic, he said. He will compete for a spot on the team during training camp. “New journey. Same mission,” he wrote on Instagram.
Dexter Pittman: «LeBron doesn’t need to work so hard because God gave him all for basketball. LeBron is like Superman. Some years ago there were LeBron and Kobe, now he’s above everybody. He’s a great basketball teacher and if I speak a lot with my teammates is because he taught me how to read the game. Only Chris Paul is as intelligent as him; he sees what will happen before it happens.»
Pitino’s debut at the Pan Am Games in July underscored just how daunting a task he had undertaken. It featured a 92-59 drubbing at the hands of Brazil. Then came another 30-point plus loss to Team USA. However, since then that initial rag-tag Puerto Rican squad has been upgraded for the next week’s FIBA Americas Championship Olympic qualifier in Mexico City. But the reality is the team is overmatched. Just don’t tell that to Pitino. “I don’t regret this at all,” Pitino said. “Coach K [Mike Krzyzewski] and Brett Brown both told me I’d learn a lot — and I have.”
While Pitino’s family couldn’t quite comprehend (and still can’t) his reasons for this summer-long commitment, Pitino decided to coach Puerto Rico for several reasons: (1) to learn new ideas; (2) the sheer challenge to get Puerto Rico into the Olympics and (3) it offered his new-look Louisville team valuable experience playing against a group of pros.
In addition to considering streaming options, the team has had meetings with a number of traditional cable outlets. The Clippers’ local TV rights represent a major return on Ballmer’s $2 billion purchase of the team. National rights for the league have skyrocketed, with the NBA scoring a nine-year, $24 billion deal from ESPN and Turner Sports that begins with the 2016-17 season.
If the Clippers decide to pursue online broadcasting, a hybrid method is a strong possibility. The team could still air games via traditional methods while offering enhanced viewing options to online subscribers. It’s also possible the threat of taking the Clippers online is merely a bargaining chip for Ballmer.
Luol Deng of the @MiamiHeat fled South Sudan as a child with his family and has been working tirelessly to end the conflict there ever since. Luol has directly engaged opposition and government leaders to lobby for a sustainable peace in the country. He’s leading South Sudanese youth and the diaspora in advocating for unity with his South Sudan Unite initiative. That’s why today, he met with President Obama in the Oval Office to discuss the situation in South Sudan. After the meeting, Luol said the President thanked him for his efforts and asked for his advice on how the United States can best support the peace agreement signed this week.
2K Sports has now revealed the NBA 2K16 player rating for Kobe Bryant. Some might say the rating is too low for someone as talented as him. Ronnie2K tweeted out the photo you see above. The “Black Mamba” has a player rating of 85. This is the lowest rating he has ever received in a NBA 2K game before.
After privately expressing a great deal of interest in former Bleacher Report NBA writer Ethan Skolnick and ESPN’s Israel Gutierrez as Dan Le Batard’s successors in afternoon drive, The Ticket has decided to open up the search and consider other options, in addition to those two former Miami Herald sports writers.
August 28, 2015 | 5:35 pm EDT Update
Toure’ Murry, who spent five games with the Wizards last season on a 10-day contract and joined them for the Las Vegas Summer League, will return on a non-guaranteed deal for training camp next month, CSNmidatlantic.com was told by a person with knowledge of the situation.
August 28, 2015 | 4:09 pm EDT Update
Charles Barkley, appearing on the Dan Patrick Show, talked about how he never found Dawkins in a bad mood — he was always “jovial.” Dawkins had become an ambassador of the game, someone beloved by all. And someone who will be missed.
August 28, 2015 | 3:33 pm EDT Update
But Barkley didn’t appreciate everyone’s help at that time. The former NBA star informed Patrick that he would not greet his former agent, Lance Luchnick, warmly should he see him agin. “Probably the only mistake I made was I didn’t sign with one of those three agents, I ended up signing with a scumbag agent and I don’t want to mention his name – Lance Luchnick – he stole all my money, he’s a scumbag, if I see him this day I’d blow his damn brains out. I hate that SOB.”
Patrick tried to save Barkley from himself by asking incredulously, “You don’t mean you would shoot him?” That’s exactly what Barkley meant. “I would if I had a gun,” Barkley said. “I would beat his ass down like a dog. That’s the worst thing you can do for somebody, Dan, is steal from them.”
August 28, 2015 | 2:24 pm EDT Update
Adrian Wojnarowski: Yahoo Sources: Likelihood is free agent Carlos Boozer waits for NBA season to start, sees where a need and fit develops with playoff team.
After a busy summer that included his wedding, some basketball and, last night, throwing out the ceremonial first pitch at a Hillsboro Hops game, Meyers Leonard is fired up for another NBA season. And fired up to help Damian Lillard with leadership on this year’s team. “Obviously, Dame and I are the guys who have been here the longest and he’s going to be our leader. But I hope to be right there by his side, kind of a co-leader, right there having his back through the ups and downs,” Leonard said Thursday night in Hillsboro.
The Atlanta Hawks Basketball Club has made hires to its Athletic Performance Team, it was announced today by President of Basketball Operations/Head Coach Mike Budenholzer. Keke (kay-kay) Lyles has been named Executive Director of Player Performance, Art Horne Head Athletic Trainer, Mike Roncarati Director of Rehabilitation and Chris Chase Athletic Performance Coach. They join Assistant Athletic Trainer Scottie Parker on the staff. “The health and well-being of our players are a critical component of our ability to succeed,” Budenholzer said. “Our Athletic Performance Team has a wealth of experience working with high-level athletes in injury prevention, treatment and development that will serve us well and keep us strong over the course of a long season.”
What’s the best thing you’ve eaten so far? Andre Iguodala: Last night I ate Yakiniku. It’s like Japanese barbeque. They bring you a steak, and you grill it on your own in front of you. The food last night was amazing. And cow tongue—we had cow tongue!