Kobe Bryant has a chance to be a member of the 2016 U.S. Olympic team, even though he is not attending Team USA’s minicamp this week, USA Basketball Executive Director Jerry Colangelo told SheridanHoops Tuesday. “If he had a great year, it would be a great story for him to try to close out his career by winning a gold medal,” Colangelo said.
August 31, 2016 | 10:10 am EDT Update
With Chris Bosh going on the offensive this week, the message to the Heat is clear: Getting salary cap relief for Bosh’s contract, if he isn’t cleared to play, is going to be a mighty contentious struggle. We’re told the Bosh camp remains frustrated with the Heat’s handling of his situation, and that’s part of the reason Bosh and wife Adrienne have gone on a social media blitz this week. As one NBA official said, Bosh wants the public to know he wants to play amid the Heat’s silence.
According to sources near the player, even if he is waived, Pleiss will be fully paid for next season ($2,8 m.) and he is not eager to sign with a European team. At this point after all only Barcelona and Maccabi Tel Aviv have front line oppenings, but also an almost complete roster.
The time was right. The pro ladder didn’t have more rungs for Gomes. “Last year, when I was in Spain, I really didn’t play,” he said, “and I didn’t want to walk away from the game that way. If this coaching opportunity came last year, I might have said, ‘I want to play one more time.’ “But now, I walked away from playing the game.” So this past summer, Gomes reached out to the NBA. He queried former coaches and teammates and general managers. Always a popular man in the clubhouse, a fan favorite in every city he played with a tireless work ethic for community outreach, Gomes is a no-brainer as the right man to develop future NBA talent. “I am ready to hit the playbook,” Gomes said on Monday, “give advice to the team and the player, and see where that may lead.”
August 31, 2016 | 8:51 am EDT Update
Former Kansas basketball forward Perry Ellis, who had successful sports hernia surgery Tuesday in Philadelphia, will attend preseason training camp of the NBA’s Charlotte Hornets and attempt to make the team as a free agent, his agent, Mark Bartelstein, told The Star on Tuesday afternoon.
The 6-foot-8 Ellis averaged 5.0 points and 2.8 rebounds per game for the Dallas Mavericks during the NBA summer league in Las Vegas. He’s expected to miss three to four weeks of individual workouts prior to training camp following surgery. “It’s a really good fit. They like him a lot. They’ve talked about him all summer,” Bartelstein said of the Hornets. “We think it’s got a chance to be a really good opportunity for him. Coaches there are excited to have him. He has to get himself healthy here the next couple weeks. Then he’ll go into camp and compete.”
“There were a number of teams interested,” Bartelstein said. “They (Hornets) showed a lot of interest. Obviously you can only pick one. You’ve got to weigh everything. We looked at the coaching staff and the way they want to play and what they are looking for. We think he’s a really good fit for them. “There were a lot of people overseas that called about him. His heart right now is set in the NBA,” Bartelstein added.