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 8, 2015 | 4:12 pm EDT Update
Memphis Grizzlies forward Matt Barnes said Thursday he went to his ex-wife’s home to check on his 6-year-old twin sons, and not to confront New York Knicks coach Derek Fisher. Barnes told ESPN that he was at his home in Marina del Ray around 10 p.m. Saturday night when he got a text from his son Carter that immediately concerned him. “I’m like, first of all, why are you still up? It’s like 10 o’clock at night?’ ” Barnes said. “So I text back, ‘I love you and I miss you, too.” Then I FaceTimed him. I’m just like, ‘Hey, what’s up buddy?'” “Now, Carter is like the rambunctious one. He’s always jumping off the walls. And when I saw his face, he was just sitting there and I knew something was wrong. I was like, ‘What’s wrong, Carter?’ and he shook his head, ‘No.’ Then he lays his head down on the couch, puts a pillow in front of his face and says, ‘Mommy’s friend Derek is here.’
Barnes said he lives about 15 minutes away from his ex-wife. The family had traveled together from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles earlier in the day after Barnes completed training camp with the Grizzlies. Previous reports had indicated Barnes drove from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles to confront Fisher and his ex-wife. “I can’t believe people think I was some maniac driving 95 miles and listening to Tupac to go beat somebody up,” Barnes said. “No. I live 15 minutes away and I was going over to check on my kids because they seemed uncomfortable. That was my main reason for going over there.”
“In terms of distraction and how players feel about distraction, etc., we’ll see how it goes for our team,” Fisher told a slew of media, including cameras from ‘Inside Edition’ and Fox 5 News. “It’s unfortunate but it is what it is at this point.”
Asked if he felt he did anything wrong in the Barnes situation, in which he was allegedly attacked during a barbecue at the home of Barnes’ estranged wife, he declined to comment. NBA security is reportedly investigation the situation. “No, I appreciate the question,” he said. “It’s still something I can’t comment on until the situation or the process plays completely out, so if I decide to or have the opportunity to address it later, I guess I will.”
Fisher acknowledged that he had spoken about the matter both with Knicks President Phil Jackson and his players. “Private conversations between organizational staff happen all the time about basketball and life, etc.,,” Fisher said. “As far as I’m concerned it will stay that way. If Phil chooses to comment on it at any time that’s obviously his choice.”
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Ronald Tillery: Barnes says he hasn’t spoken to NBA but they are investigating
A sneaky choice for the most helpful move might be trading a top-55 protected second round pick for Moe Harkless. The rumors coming out of training camp are that Harkless has been wowing his teammates with his athleticism and that his three-point shot has returned.
Had you and Jamison talked about how to handle Arenas before the gun incident? Caron Butler: “It was just kind of something we knew. It was like, ‘Go talk to him.’ [Or] ‘I didn’t talk to him, you talk to him.’ It was just one of those things. But I will say this: whenever you talked to a guy like Gilbert, he always listened. He respected our voices, Antawn and myself. He always listened. And the other guys always listened to us, as well. And just on that particular incident that day, it went too far.”
October 8, 2015 | 12:00 pm EDT Update
Still, he doesn’t know how it’s going to end up. He is one of four players with non-guaranteed contracts trying to lock up one of the team’s final two available roster spots for the regular season. ”I’ve seen everything you can see in this league,” Douglas-Roberts said. ”I don’t feel any NBA pressure like I used to feel. But I’m different now. I go back to the hotel meditate and read. You know Zen Master stuff. ”I just kind of settle myself down, cross my legs and not think of anything.That really works for me because this is a crazy business. This is a crazy lifestyle and you can get caught up and you can get lost in the sauce. I just like peace and quiet. I like to get in tune with myself with mother nature and just the universe.”
Trail Blazers power forward/center Ed Davis would get text messages some mornings from his father Terry, who played for four teams during a 10-year NBA career. Terry wasn’t a particularly heralded player, though he managed to carve out a career that included 275 starts despite going undrafted out of Virginia Union University, perhaps by following the cautionary words that he’d send to his son in those morning texts. “I remember growing up, my dad used to text me all the time ‘You’ll never get better laying in bed.’” recalled the younger Davis. “’You don’t want to get up today? Well, somebody else is getting better.’ That always stuck with me. So every day I got up and made sure to grind.”
“All the guys who made it to the NBA whose fathers played in the NBA, they put in that work,” said Davis. “Nothing is given to you, especially in the NBA. They don’t give you anything, you have to earn everything. That’s the thing that the average person doesn’t understand. You look at me and say ‘He’s 6-10, his dad played in the NBA, he just walked in the door.’ That’s not the case. They don’t see the hard work in 7th, 8th grade, getting up in the morning to run and workout and things like that. They don’t see that grind.”
But when Love was on his own time this summer, he pushed his limits. He spent nearly a month in the thin air of Park City, Utah, along with Cavs strength and conditioning coach Alex Moore, on an aggressive rehab excursion. “It was all broken down to a science,” Love said. “[My shoulder] wasn’t quite where I wanted it to be and I wanted to get ahead of the game so I just put muscle on, really worked on my flexibility, range of motion and I came back from there and I really felt great about where I was and that has carried over. “What do they say? Train high, live low. And I was training high and living high for three-plus weeks and your hemoglobin mass goes through the roof. Your red blood cell count [increases]. And going up there, it’s like putting a hand or a pillow over your face and trying to breathe. So when I came back down to sea level, it was a big increase and I felt really great.”
The 201-game Garden sellout streak dating to 2010 is over. The club announced a crowd of 19,037 — below the sellout number of 19,812 — for Tuesday’s preseason opener against Brazilian team Bauru. The sellout streak had included preseason, regular-season and playoff games. The Knicks still will promote their regular-season/playoff streak that stands at 97.
LeBron James has decided to leave guaranteed endorsement income on the table for a potentially much bigger piece of the pie down the road. James has decided not to renew his option with McDonald’s; he will lend his name and marketing power to fast-casual pizza franchise Blaze. In 2012, James became an original investor in the parent company, which is one of the stronger players in the assembly-line pizza concept.
Neither the company nor Carter would disclose the exact stake James has in Blaze, but a source told ESPN.com that he owns more than 10 percent of the company, which is separate from his stake in Chicago and Miami franchise rights.