JR Smith: Happy to say that I am returning to the Cavs! It’s been a long ride this summer but I can say for sure, well worth the wait. When I opted out of my contract, I wanted to understand the landscape of the NBA and where I fit best. The Cavaliers had things they needed to do in order to piece together a championship caliber roster. I ended up deciding that instead of potentially securing a larger deal elsewhere, I wanted to rejoin an incredible organization in pursuit of the ultimate goal, an NBA championship. Thank you to the Cavaliers for making this happen. Can’t wait to get started! #TheLand http://instagram.com/p/6oG0NDNfH-/
September 2, 2015 | 10:30 am EDT Update
Given what Ray had been through, just making it to summer league was a remarkable feat — something no other Philippine-born player has done.1 But “first Filipino to play in NBA summer league” is a backhanded compliment of a career achievement, and Ray, driven by the memory of his father and the support of millions of Filipinos, said he’s aiming even higher: “It’s something that I really, really want — to make it to the NBA. It started off as just me and my dad with a dream. Now it’s the whole country behind me.”
“Every day he’s getting better,” Altamirano said. “He’s more relaxed, he’s more assertive. I think, down the line, you can see that he can play in the NBA.” And for now, that remains Ray’s plan. He kept his name out of this year’s PBA draft, which means he’ll hope for an invite to an NBA training camp, and if he can’t make a team outright, then he’ll look to gain further seasoning in the D-League or in Europe. Because he showed the ability to compete with world-class talent at the high school level, there’s reason to hope that Ray’s game might blossom as he acclimates to elite professional basketball.
It was an impossible decision. When Parks Sr. had moved back to Memphis in 2005 and eventually had Ray join him, it was with his son’s basketball future in mind. “The dream was always for Ray Ray to play in the U.S. NCAA and eventually the NBA,” said Ronnie Magsanoc, Parks Sr.’s friend and former PBA teammate. Relocating to Manila would limit Ray’s exposure to other athletes with NBA-caliber size and athleticism, and perhaps make it impossible for Ray to return to elite U.S. basketball. At the same time, Parks Sr. had a family to support, and the opportunity in the Philippines would allow him to do that. Not to mention that forging close ties with the Sy family could benefit his family for decades to come.
It was the beginning of a 12-year career in the Philippines for Parks Sr., who transferred to Shell Rimula-X (owned by the gas company) and became the team’s regular import, teaming with locals Ronnie Magsanoc and Benjie Paras to form the PBA’s “Awesome Threesome.” He won the league’s Best Import award a record seven times, and he won all seven in a row. He posted the gargantuan numbers that were expected of PBA imports in that era: Averages of 43 points and 16 rebounds during his Best Import streak and a career-high scoring average of 52.6 points per game in 1989. He set the bar for himself so high that in 1992, the PBA yearbook lamented that Parks Sr. “averaged a mere 39.9 points per game.”
The Utah Jazz today announced that Jordan Brady has been named an assistant coach on Idaho Stampede Head Coach Dean Cooper’s staff. Brady replaces Andrae Patterson, who joined the Jazz front office staff as player personnel/player programs coordinator earlier this offseason. Per team policy, terms of the agreement were not announced. “Jordan has a bright future ahead of him,” said Stampede coach Dean Cooper. “He brings a lot of D-League experience from being both a coach and a player. He’s a talented young coach who will be a valuable part of our player development.”
How can the potential lockout be avoided in 2017? “Sitting down at a table already now with the NBA to understand what worries the owners and what worries the players. In the past very few attempts to speak in advance of the problems that led to the lockouts have been made. Whether Both commissioner Silver and myself want to do everything possible to prevent the NBA to stop: the only way is to negotiate. We have already started, we will meet again in early September with the hope to announce within the end of the season that the union and the league have solved their problems. ”
The executive director of the NBPA, Michele Roberts, was interviewed by Davide Chinellato of La Gazzetta dello Sport. Below you can read the translation of her interview. “I was born and raised in the Bronx, in the public housing (projects). In my life I have overturned the odds: as a woman, as African-American, grown as a person in poverty. My story is very similar to the players’ one, and for this reason they chose me. ” The most powerful woman in the NBA is called Michael Roberts, 58 years old, a little more than a year ago named as the executive director the NBPA, the players union.
Who is the most “unionized”? “The desire to be part of the union is a widespread feeling. There are players completely immersed in the union activities (Chris Paul is the president, LeBron James and the first vice President, and in the executive committee there is also the mvp Steph Curry (editor note)). It would be easy to think that players with huge financial success are not very interested, but it’s just the opposite. ”
September 2, 2015 | 9:44 am EDT Update
But LeBron already re-signed, and Thompson continues to wait for a max offer. Crisis averted? The Cavs apparently didn’t think there was one to begin with. Ric Bucher of Bleacher Report: I’m told that, privately, the Cavaliers are convinced that LeBron cannot afford to break Cleveland’s hearts a second time and leave and therefore does not have the leverage that everybody supposes he has.
Luis Scola, like just about every 35-year-old who’s played in more Olympics and World Championships and FIBA Americas than he’d probably care to remember, knows all the tricks of the trade. He’s sneaky and rough and he’s been around long enough to know what he can get away with then, as he pointed out after the game. “When you play in a lot of these tournaments you kind of take a little bit of advantage. You know what’s going to happen, you know how the refs are going to call, you know the other team. Like for me, I was playing against NBA guys and that was a good thing for me because I’m used to it. For those guys, they are playing Argentina, Brazil, Spain and they’re playing different basketball. So it takes a little time, it takes a couple games and I’ve played a couple of those.”
Kenny Anderson: (Jesus) would be awesome. Better than Michael Jordan, Kobe, LeBron. No doubt. He blessed all of them to play the game, so He would be the top player. Top rebounder, top offense, top crossover, top 3-point shooter. He would be able to do everything. He could be like, “I want to win ten championships,” and He’s going to win ten championships. If He wants to do it, He’s going to do it. So it be cool.
Kenny Anderson: That Dude is going to have some Jumpmans. Michael Jordan. He’s going to have some extra Jumpman’s on. He’s going to be wildin’ all over the place. He’ll be doing something real unique and different. It would be crazy! If He put the extra power in his mind and do something like, “Yo, I’m just going to fly from one foul line to another and dunk the ball.” He’d do stuff like that and everyone would be like, “Yo, this guy got some extra power!”
Kenny Anderson: Knowing Jesus, if he was playing the game, he’d probably lose sometimes. Just to say, “Hey, you know I’m not that nice, I lost tonight.” Then He’d recover and win a championship. Somehow it would be a teaching point. B-ball, football, golf—whatever it was, I think He would really teach guys how to be a team player.
September 2, 2015 | 5:26 am EDT Update
But Rubio, in Dubai to add star power to the BasicBall Academy summer camps at the Dubai World Trade Centre, denied he was about to move to the Big Apple or anywhere else. He told Gulf News he believes he will stay with his first and so far only NBA team. “I have confidence that the team wants me but you know in this league anybody can get traded,” said the flashy playmaker. “You don’t listen to the rumours. You just live day-by-day and that’s it.” When asked if he wanted to stay with the long-suffering Timberwolves, Rubio gave a firm: “Yes.”
O’Neal asked Bryant if he saw the “next Kobe” out there. “Man, nah, I’m kind of old-school, man,” Bryant said. “You have certain players that have that aggressiveness and that mentality. It’s tough to tell. It’s a different generation. I grew up playing against Michael and [Gary Payton] and all these stone-cold assassins. John Stockton and all these guys. So I had that mentality. You don’t really see that kind of mentality around the league nowadays. Everybody is buddy-buddy and don’t want to hurt each other’s [feelings].”
Suns guard Eric Bledsoe said this year’s team has the talent to make the playoffs – and they won’t be satisfied to simply sneak into the postseason. “We’ve definitely trying to make a run at a playoff spot. We’re not trying to get the last spot, either,” Bledsoe said Monday at Larry Fitzgerald’s 7th Annual Supper Club event. “We’re trying to get a high spot. We’re definitely looking forward to it.”
Ankle injuries cost Rubio the majority of the previous campaign. But, after months of rehabilitation, the Olympic silver-medallist says he is determined to lead his team into the play-offs for the first time in his career. “We can be as good as we want to work for,” he said. “Training camp will be the key for us because we have to adapt to this league really quickly with this young talent. Luckily, we have signed a lot of veterans like Kevin Garnett, Andre Miller, Tayshaun Prince, who can really help this team. “My goal is to bring this team to the play-offs. It has been my dream for four years. In my first year, I almost did it, but then I got hurt and everybody got hurt too so we couldn’t do it. “It’s too early to talk because we haven’t been through training camp yet. The Western Conference is really tough, but we want to dream big.”
Though Jack is more than confident he will be able to prove his detractors wrong, he’s also aware that no matter what he says now, those questions won’t be answered until the regular season begins. “It does [motivate me], but it’s not like I’ve got the article pinned up on my wall,” Jack said Tuesday after an appearance at a Nets basketball camp in Southampton. “But my thing is that all you can do is show and prove … wait for the opportunities and then take advantage of it, and just help your team win. That’s the only way you’re going to get people to realize it. “When the season comes and I have my opportunities to go out there and show them that I believe different … that’s the response. You don’t have to respond to it, because your play is going to be the response to whatever they think.”
LeBron formed yet another super team with Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love. Didn’t win a title. But – at least in LeBron’s eyes – that doesn’t mean those teams necessarily fell short of greatness. LeBron, via Bleacher Report: If you don’t know the history of the game, man, you’ll forget how many great teams didn’t win championships. And that doesn’t mean they wasn’t great, though.
“Kevin McHale, he’s a cool coach,” Lawson said in an interview with FOX 26 Sports. “I sat down and had dinner with him, probably like a week ago. “He just keeps everything real. He’s played before, so he knows what we’re going through. He makes everything straight forward, no grey areas. It was fun. We talked about everything, not just basketball, just life. He even had some stories when he used to play. It was a fun dinner. “So I’m excited to play for him.”
Carmelo Anthony is Vice Media’s newest teammate. Anthony, the New York Knicks star, has joined Vice’s sports site as a founding partner of The Clubhouse, a new channel where well-known athletes, including Anthony and Rob Gronkowski of the New England Patriots, will host their own video series. DraftKings, the daily fantasy sports website, has signed on as a sponsor.
And more recently, Apple showed interest in signing up former ESPN star Bill Simmons to an exclusive audio podcast deal. Apple media boss Eddy Cue discussed the idea a couple of times with Simmons this summer, say people familiar with the talks, who say that they were preliminary at best.
Dawkins’ funeral and burial Wednesday will be private, for family only. But Tuesday afternoon was a public viewing and for four hours in 95-degree heat a steady stream arrived by shuttle bus or walked up the hill from the parking lot at the Catasauqua Park to pay their respects. Ex-76ers teammate Maurice Cheeks filed through the line and then sat in a pew about halfway back in the church. Former heavyweight boxing champion Larry Holmes, a resident of Easton, stopped at the gold-colored casket, where the flamboyant Dawkins wore, of course, a bright red suit with silver pinstripes.
“I’m so happy to see so many people here for Darryl,” said Dawkins’ wife Janice. “Not just the people from the world of basketball, but the people who knew him away from the game, just for who he was.”
“I came out of the house one morning and looked down and there is this giant guy,” Charlie said. “I went in and told my wife, ‘We have Chocolate Thunder for a neighbor!’ “We got to chatting and became friends over the years. He was always so friendly, always so happy. He’d be out walking his dog and stop to talk with anybody he met.” “We have four boys,” said Natalie, “and they’re taking this hard. The second one says, ‘Who’s going to play ball with us? Who’s going to give us T-shirts? Who’s going to give us rides to the gym on the cold days in winter?”
September 1, 2015 | 8:26 pm EDT Update
Luis Scola had 35 points and 13 rebounds, and Argentina beat Canada 94-87 on Tuesday in the men’s Olympic qualifying tournament. Scola, a 35-year-old NBA veteran who just signed with Toronto, was 13 for 26 from the field. Nicolas Laprovittola scored 20 points, and Andres Nocioni finished with 15. Argentina improved to 2-0 in Group B. Venezuela (1-0) is second, followed by Puerto Rico (0-1), Canada (0-1) and Cuba (0-1).