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July 7, 2015 | 10:58 am EDT Update
July 7, 2015 | 10:58 am EDT Update
The Big Ticket is back. Long expected to re-sign in Minnesota for at least another year at age 39, Garnett’s contract is “done,” according to 1500ESPN contributor Darren Wolfson. Terms of the deal were not immediately known. “I’m incredibly excited and rejuvenated to be a part of this talented, committed team,” Garnett said, in a statement passed along to Wolfson. After a midseason trade that sent Thaddeus Young to Brooklyn and landed Garnett back in Minnesota, KG missed a lot of time with injury.
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I’m also going to miss getting to watch Kyle Korver shoot the ball. There was this one shooting drill we had in practice, and Kyle would just dominate everybody. It took me a while to even build up the courage to challenge him. I practiced for a couple of weeks and was hitting most of my shots, so I called Kyle over and said I was ready to take the throne. I told him I’m the Black Kyle Korver. We each took turns putting up five threes, and when I made four out of five, he’d make five out of five. If I hit three out of five, he’d make four out of five. No matter how many times we played, Kyle always found a way to beat me by one if I missed a shot. He told me to try again next year when I was ready. Well, I’m telling him now that Black Kyle Korver will get his revenge. It’s on. Finally, to the fans, thank you especially.
Kenny Atkinson pushed me to take my game to another level. Darvin Ham shared the tricks he picked up during his long NBA career to help me develop my skills around the basket. And then there was Quin Snyder, who was the first coach who took me under his wing while he was an assistant here. The big difference between regular NBA players and superstars isn’t just talent, but the way they train. Quin and I just kind of clicked right away when I came to the Hawks, and he began working with me to develop skills that I hadn’t really touched before. His belief in me built up my confidence so much.
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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is having a rough year … the NBA legend got into a car wreck at UCLA yesterday … and TMZ Sports has the pics. Kareem was arriving to UCLA Medical Center, where he underwent quadruple bypass surgery earlier this year, when he got into a collision with another vehicle. Sources connected to the Hall of Famer tell us he’s doing OK — no major injuries — and it appeared the other person in the wreck was also fine.
July 7, 2015 | 9:15 am EDT Update
SLAM: Specific skill-wise, what are you going to be working on this offseason? Bradley Beal: Putting the ball on the floor a little more, being able to create more to help John out a little bit, to create for my teammates a little bit better and for myself as well. Defense is also a big one. SLAM: How do you work on that? BB: Just working on my moves, just doing whatever it takes. Just making sure I’m doing the right thing. Just basic stuff, it’s really more confidence than anything. Just making sure you have good belief in yourself when you handle the ball that you’re not going to turn it over and that you’re going to make the right decision. That’s something that needs to get better.
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The former Jazz center was back in Utah to preview the first night of the Utah Jazz Summer League, sign autographs, pose for photos and even give some advice to Utah’s latest crop of young talent. “I’m blessed, coming out here,” Okur told KSL Sports. “Believe it or not, from the first time I got here, to get to see the same fans and new faces, it’s great to be back, get to know them and sign pictures and basketballs. “I’m excited. I’m really looking forward to seeing them play in the coming season. They’ve been incredible, fun to watch, and we’ve got new draft picks that should be a lot of fun.”
July 7, 2015 | 4:00 am EDT Update
Leandro Barbosa reached agreement on re-signing a one-year contract with the Warriors, the guard said Monday. The deal is worth $2.5 million, according to ESPN.com. “I’m just very happy to renew my contract and be able to stay with the Warriors family, stay in the Bay, where I already consider my home,” Barbosa wrote in a message. “That’s what I wanted the most. I just follow my heart. What we had accomplished is very special, the most important title of my career.”
J.J. Barea is sticking with the Dallas Mavericks. The point guard said via text message on Monday that he will sign a new contract with the Mavericks starting at $2.8-million for the coming season. The deal is for two years, the maximum length allowed for the cap-room exception. The total worth is believed to be slightly over $5.6-million. “It’s not official yet,” Barea said. “But yeah, I’m coming back to Dallas.”
The Trey Lyles contract situation may be quickly headed toward a resolution. “We’ll have some news for our fans here real short, so no worries,” Jazz general manager Dennis Lindsey told 1280 The Zone on Monday evening. Lindsey has previously said that, while there were some ongoing negotiations, the primary the hold-up in getting the team’s first-round draft pick signed lay with Jazz management, who wanted to keep the player temporarily out of contract in order to maintain a small amount of extra cap space.
Speaking on Tim and Sid on Sportsnet on Monday, Williams admitted he was “kind of a little disappointed I wasn’t allowed to stay in Toronto, but things happen, you move forward.” Williams said he even offered the Raptors a chance to match the Lakers deal, but Masai Ujiri and Co. told him to take the offer. “I think the playoffs just left a sour taste in everybody’s mouths,” Williams said, before adding, “we were all disappointed with how the playoffs ended. When things like that happen, you don’t know what to expect. I really wanted to be a part of what they were building there.”
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Manu Ginobili: Out of respect for the franchise, I couldn’t delay my decision much longer. They need time to form a new team. If I decided to stop playing, they had to look for another option. I could wait and see what happened with Aldridge, if he was coming or not. That was my deadline. Once he said yes, it was my turn to decide. I’m staying in because I don’t see myself away from basketball yet. Two months passed, enough time to stop the ball and think.
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Manu Ginobili: I believe this is a nice opportunity. I am excited about the new team and I didn’t want to miss the fun. Knowing that they were so sure about keeping me in the team was definitely a crucial factor. If they harbored doubts, the decision making process would have been faster. But knowing that they wanted me was nice, it made me feel respected, and the decision comes more freely. It must be pretty hard to retire because you don’t have the choice to continue. Luckily, that was not the case. I didn’t watch the second round of playoffs, nor the Conference finals. I was still I bit hurt. Then, when I watched the finals. I missed it a little. I felt that itch telling me I wanted to play again. The fire is still burning.
Jackson doesn’t have to wonder where the next transfer takes him now. He’s Stan Van Gundy’s man to run the Pistons’ offense. “I’m just blessed, not just because of the money, but because they wanted me here, and I wanted to be here,” Jackson said here Monday during Orlando Pro Summer League. “A chance to do some special things in Detroit in the next five years is everything I could have asked for.”
The Lakers did not accumulate the talent they wanted, striking out on free agent bigfish named LaMarcus Aldridge, Greg Monroe and DeAndre Jordan. But the Lakers collected a decent consolation prize in Lou Williams, the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year who could ease Bryant’s workload because they both share the same position and love for scoring. “When he goes out, I’m sure I’ll be coming in,” Williams said of Bryant in a phone interview on Monday with Los Angeles News Group. “That’s how it will work. We won’t have too many lapses. We’ll be able to keep the scoring level going and give him an opportunity to get a breather and then he’ll come back in.”
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Randle then had graded himself a “C,” believing the lack of training stemmed from a contract delay and rehab surrounding his right foot slowed his progress. But Randle also followed through on the Lakers’ insistence, led by strength and conditioning coach Tim DiFrancesco, to cut out sweets in place of grass-fed food. Randle reported those efforts ensured that he lost 15 pounds in fat, resulting in a slimmed down and chiseled frame that can adapt both to Byron Scott’s conditioning-heavy practices and actual games. “The credit goes to my coaches for staying on me and not letting this down time being injured be a step in the wrong direction,” Randle said. “I’m taking advantage of it the most that I could. It’s also me with my drive and will and people supporting me. The credit goes to all of them.”
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