The Knicks are campaigning openly to see if they can find a new starting point guard next season. Carmelo Anthony lobbied for free-agent-to-be Rajon Rondo earlier in the road trip — and he will grace the Garden on Sunday when the Kings face the Knicks. According to an NBA source, Rambis is high on Rondo and what he can do in the triangle. Earlier this week, the Knicks officially signed former Sixers point guard Tony Wroten, who is not expected to play this season as he rehabs from last season’s ACL tear but will be brought to summer league. However, Wroten has a tiny guarantee for next season, and only if he is invited to training camp.
Kobe Bryant and Tim Duncan have already retired after this past season, and Kevin Garnett still hasn’t decided whether to return for another year. “It may go down as the greatest retirement summer in NBA history,” Rivers said, hailing the competitiveness of that group. “The biggest thing, I think, those guys knew how to play. Kevin’s knowledge of the game — and Kevin doesn’t want to hear it, I literally talked to Kevin last night — but Kevin could be the greatest big man teacher in the game right now if he wanted to be. Whenever he did do it in practice there’s no one better than that. Paul Pierce is an NBA encyclopedia. You can ask Paul Pierce any historical question about the NBA. He knows it, he studies it, he loves it. Duncan’s the same way. What’s neat about all three of them (is) they’re all completely different individuals. I’ve never seen three different people, and Kobe can be four different individuals, yet all great in their own right.”
Rivers has discussed Garnett’s impact on the Celtics organization plenty of times before, but reflected on it again with Wojnarowski. “I’ve never seen anything like it,” Rivers said. “It’s the biggest culture change that I’ve ever seen by one NBA player. Now I didn’t believe it from afar. I always looked at Kevin like, there’s no way some guy’s that excited every night and that nuts. And when he joined our team, his energy at practice, his energy on the airplane — I used to get on our guys, they played cards and stayed up talking about the game the entire East to West flights. And I used to get concerned, like guys, you’ve got to sleep at some point. That team never slept. It was a crazy ride and a great group, but they lived on something else because when Tom Thibodeau is sleeping more than the players you know something’s wrong. And that was the group. It was just a great group, but it was all driven by Kevin, his willingness to sacrifice. The biggest thing with Kevin that I wish the stars understood the most is he had this ability to be coached and to trust. And when he gives his trust to me as a coach, then it’s easier to coach the team. I mean complete trust. Duncan (was) very similar in that right.”
“Every coach, and I say this whenever I speak at clinics, should have had the right to coach Kevin for one minute,” Rivers added. “It would have made their lives better. It would have made them better coaches because when you can get on him — and I got on him — and he says yes sir, I’m sorry, my fault. Some of the times later when I watched I may have been wrong. He still took it. It makes your job really easy.”
The 2016 NBA Champion Cleveland Cavaliers have re-signed forward Richard Jefferson, Cavaliers General Manager David Griffin announced today from Cleveland Clinic Courts. Per league and team policy, terms of the contract were not released.
“RJ’s versatility on the court and leadership off it were core parts of our identity and success last year,” said David Griffin. “In many respects, his impact was greater as the stakes got higher. His NBA Finals performance is a testament to his dedicated, steady approach and his presence in our locker room throughout the year and postseason cannot be overstated. We’re very thankful he decided to continue his career and we know that his teammates appreciate what he brings to this team at a very deep level.”