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Every strong defender has a selfless component because of the effort it takes, and Atkinson said McDaniels fits the culture the Nets are building with his humble demeanor. “That’s something I always had,” McDaniels said. “I was told I couldn’t play in the league, that I wasn’t supposed to be here. I just stayed humble most of my life and kept working and kept trying to prove everyone wrong who said I couldn’t. The fact that I’m in my third year in the NBA is a big accomplishment for me personally. I just have to keep going, keep staying humble and keep getting better.”
Booker became just the sixth player in NBA history to score at least 70 points in a game. It’s an accomplishment that not even the great Michael Jordan was able to achieve. “I didn’t see it, I just heard it this morning,’’ Mavs guard J. J. Barea said. “I’ve got to see what happened, but 70 is 70. “I heard they lost (130-120), so that makes it a little bit (good news/bad news). But 70 is 70, so congrats to him.”
Elfrid Payton can add some more hardware to his trophy case, but his newest award has nothing to do with his recent run of triple-doubles. On Saturday night, the Orlando Magic named Payton the winner of the 2016-17 Rich & Helen DeVos Community Enrichment Award for his community service work. “I think it’s just part of my duty,” Payton said Saturday night. “I really do. The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh. He’s blessed me with this opportunity. I know where I came from. I know what I didn’t have. I know people that didn’t have things, and all they wanted was some hope and somebody to let them know that they’re there for them or that they care about them. I know that stuff goes a long way.”
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