Kevin Love talks getting healthy for the new season. “I feel great. I actually spent three weeks in Park City, Utah at the Olympic training facility there, rehabbed my shoulder, got in great shape and now I feel great. I’m probably about a month, month and a half away, I don’t want to set an immediate deadline now but I really feel great.”
October 25, 2016 | 9:44 am EDT Update
Phoenix Suns General Manager Ryan McDonough told ArizonaSports.com that Archie Goodwin had asked to be traded, and when the team was unable to move him before Monday’s roster deadline they waived him instead. “Not that these decisions are ever easy,” McDonough said, according to the report. “We felt like we got down to 16 really good, quality NBA players. Archie and his agents for the last few months asked us to accommodate a trade request. With that in mind, we told Archie and his agent we’d try to help him move to a team where he’d have an opportunity and play. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to work out a deal. This time of a year, it’s hard.”
They relied heavily on Jackson to dribble and prod, often in succession several times after, until he found an open teammate or an open shot. Now he sits sidelined, at least for another month, maybe another six weeks, recovering from plasma therapy to treat lingering tendinitis in his left knee, leaving Detroit to diversify some. “We’ve tried to do a little bit of that in the preseason,” Van Gundy said. “Still run our 1-5 pick-and-rolls, and obviously get the ball to our centers down low some. Running a lot of stuff for our forwards, them in pick-and-rolls, them isolating and posting. Trying to run some catch-and-shoots, running KCP and Reggie Bullock off screens.”
New York Knicks emerging star Kristaps Porzingis was the biggest sneaker free agent of this year — and adidas just officially signed him to a mammoth 7-year footwear and apparel endorsement deal. It’s the richest shoe deal ever given to a European player, expected to pay Porzingis between $3- and $6 million annually, depending on a variety of on-court performance incentives that he can meet. “I’m happy to be here and it just felt right to be with adidas,” beams Porzingis. “There’s a lot of excitement right now, and I feel like it’s the right fit for me.”
For tonight’s NBA season opener, Porzingis and the Knicks will take on the Cleveland Cavaliers in the league’s marquee kickoff game at 7:30 PM EST on TNT. You can expect to see the rising phenom in one of the below player exclusive editions of the adidas Crazy Explosive. Each pair features a variety of Knicks hues, along with a custom “KP6” script wordmark on the right tongue tab. Along the insoles, you’ll notice some added personal details, as the right sockliner features a depiction of Latvia and its flag, with “KP-6” text below. On the left insole, the brand has incorporated the Coat of Arms of the city of Liepaja, his hometown.
According to The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport, the NBA was 74.3 percent black during the 2015-16 season and 81.7 percent were people of color. The study said that the NBA was 18.3 percent white last season, which was 5 percent less than the season before. The league was also a record 22.3 percent international last season.