One might imagine the Bucks are set at the point guard position, especially after making a midseason trade for Michael Carter-Williams and Tyler Ennis. There are some NBA officials, though, who contend the Bucks aren’t totally sold on Carter-Williams, just like they weren’t completely sold on Brandon Knight, whom they dealt to Phoenix in the deal in February.
September 2, 2015 | 5:26 am EDT Update
But Rubio, in Dubai to add star power to the BasicBall Academy summer camps at the Dubai World Trade Centre, denied he was about to move to the Big Apple or anywhere else. He told Gulf News he believes he will stay with his first and so far only NBA team. “I have confidence that the team wants me but you know in this league anybody can get traded,” said the flashy playmaker. “You don’t listen to the rumours. You just live day-by-day and that’s it.” When asked if he wanted to stay with the long-suffering Timberwolves, Rubio gave a firm: “Yes.”
O’Neal asked Bryant if he saw the “next Kobe” out there. “Man, nah, I’m kind of old-school, man,” Bryant said. “You have certain players that have that aggressiveness and that mentality. It’s tough to tell. It’s a different generation. I grew up playing against Michael and [Gary Payton] and all these stone-cold assassins. John Stockton and all these guys. So I had that mentality. You don’t really see that kind of mentality around the league nowadays. Everybody is buddy-buddy and don’t want to hurt each other’s [feelings].”
Suns guard Eric Bledsoe said this year’s team has the talent to make the playoffs – and they won’t be satisfied to simply sneak into the postseason. “We’ve definitely trying to make a run at a playoff spot. We’re not trying to get the last spot, either,” Bledsoe said Monday at Larry Fitzgerald’s 7th Annual Supper Club event. “We’re trying to get a high spot. We’re definitely looking forward to it.”
Ankle injuries cost Rubio the majority of the previous campaign. But, after months of rehabilitation, the Olympic silver-medallist says he is determined to lead his team into the play-offs for the first time in his career. “We can be as good as we want to work for,” he said. “Training camp will be the key for us because we have to adapt to this league really quickly with this young talent. Luckily, we have signed a lot of veterans like Kevin Garnett, Andre Miller, Tayshaun Prince, who can really help this team. “My goal is to bring this team to the play-offs. It has been my dream for four years. In my first year, I almost did it, but then I got hurt and everybody got hurt too so we couldn’t do it. “It’s too early to talk because we haven’t been through training camp yet. The Western Conference is really tough, but we want to dream big.”
Though Jack is more than confident he will be able to prove his detractors wrong, he’s also aware that no matter what he says now, those questions won’t be answered until the regular season begins. “It does [motivate me], but it’s not like I’ve got the article pinned up on my wall,” Jack said Tuesday after an appearance at a Nets basketball camp in Southampton. “But my thing is that all you can do is show and prove … wait for the opportunities and then take advantage of it, and just help your team win. That’s the only way you’re going to get people to realize it. “When the season comes and I have my opportunities to go out there and show them that I believe different … that’s the response. You don’t have to respond to it, because your play is going to be the response to whatever they think.”
LeBron formed yet another super team with Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love. Didn’t win a title. But – at least in LeBron’s eyes – that doesn’t mean those teams necessarily fell short of greatness. LeBron, via Bleacher Report: If you don’t know the history of the game, man, you’ll forget how many great teams didn’t win championships. And that doesn’t mean they wasn’t great, though.
“Kevin McHale, he’s a cool coach,” Lawson said in an interview with FOX 26 Sports. “I sat down and had dinner with him, probably like a week ago. “He just keeps everything real. He’s played before, so he knows what we’re going through. He makes everything straight forward, no grey areas. It was fun. We talked about everything, not just basketball, just life. He even had some stories when he used to play. It was a fun dinner. “So I’m excited to play for him.”
September 1, 2015 | 8:26 pm EDT Update
Luis Scola had 35 points and 13 rebounds, and Argentina beat Canada 94-87 on Tuesday in the men’s Olympic qualifying tournament. Scola, a 35-year-old NBA veteran who just signed with Toronto, was 13 for 26 from the field. Nicolas Laprovittola scored 20 points, and Andres Nocioni finished with 15. Argentina improved to 2-0 in Group B. Venezuela (1-0) is second, followed by Puerto Rico (0-1), Canada (0-1) and Cuba (0-1).
No Timofey Mozgov, who underwent knee surgery in early July. No Sasha Kaun, who just signed with the Cavaliers No Sergey Karasev, who dislocated his patella and tore his MCL in March. Not even Alexey Shved, the former Knick who is suffering from back pain. Russia announced its roster for EuroBasket, and it doesn’t include a single NBA player.
September 1, 2015 | 6:03 pm EDT Update
The NBA today released its 2015 preseason schedule that tips off on Friday, Oct. 2 and features three top international teams — Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul, Maccabi Haifa, and Paschoalotto/Bauru — traveling to the U.S. for six games against six NBA teams. Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul, a six-time Turkish League champion, will be the first international team to play in the U.S. this preseason, taking on the Brooklyn Nets on Oct. 5 at Barclays Center before meeting the Oklahoma City Thunder on Oct. 9 at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
September 1, 2015 | 4:00 pm EDT Update
But there is one near certainty: Tomas Satoransky’s arrival. Wizards officials met with Satoransky, 23, earlier this month when his native Czech Republic played against Marcin Gortat’s Polish national team in preparation for the upcoming EuroBasket tournament and Washington expects him to join the team next summer, according to a person with knowledge of the situation.
Satoransky is now entering the second and final year of his contract with FC Barcelona in the Spanish League. He has started 42 of 71 games for Barcelona, one of the top clubs in the second-best league in the world, at point guard last season, averaging 8.1 points and 3.3 assists in 20.3 minutes. He shot 54.2 percent from the floor, including 43.5 percent from beyond the arc, and 83.9 percent from the free throw line. Satoransky figures to become John Wall’s primary backup. Wall’s current backup, Ramon Sessions, is in the final year of his contract.
Carmelo Anthony has teamed up with VICE SPORTS for a series of videos — called “The Clubhouse,” looking at the intersection of sports and culture — and in the first one ‘Melo heads to Cuba to talk about how soccer has caught on with the youth of that nation. For years, when you thought of sports in Cuba you thought baseball and boxing, but a younger generation has started playing soccer in the streets, and the popularity is growing.
September 1, 2015 | 1:29 pm EDT Update
Consider one example: Durant’s max salary for 2016-17 will be about $25 million, leaving $15 million or $20 million to split between Wade and Whiteside. That won’t do it, unless Wade takes a massive hometown discount. (By the way: Rail against the Durant rumor mill if you want, but you’re kidding yourselves if you don’t think Riley will set Miami up to make a run at him.)
To get to the MAX level money Thompson’s camp is said to be seeking, the Raptors have to pass on retaining DeMar DeRozan and renounce his rights to clear his $15 million cap hold. The Raptors would also have to not extend Terrence Ross now, which opens up a bidding situation to retain him next summer. And they likely have to decline the options on their two promising Brazilians. All of that could get them within the margin of error on a starting salary in the $16 to $18 million range.
It’s not impossible to think the Raptors would make those kinds of sacrifices, especially if Thompson continues his upward trend. But it is somewhat off base for anyone to believe that the Raptors have the cash to add Thompson. Raptors President Masai Ujiri has been pretty adept at finding creative ways to land players he covets, but it’s not a home run that Thompson can just walk to Toronto without the Raptors having to make some hard cap decisions, even with the salary cap expected to balloon to roughly $90 million next season.
The Heat have tried to trade Chris Andersen and Mario Chalmers to anyone who would have them, per sources around the league, but if they deal them now to trim their repeater tax bill, they’d also thin their bench to red-alert levels. Gerald Green and Tyler Johnson will help, but it’s too early to count on them.
In signing LeBron and Bosh, Riley engineered the greatest free-agency coup in sports history, and as February’s trade deadline approached, other suitors for Dragic backed away, sensing the Heat’s don had the Suns point guard in the bag for the long haul, according to sources across the league. The Heat deny they discussed Dragic’s next contract during trade talks — “There was no deal,” a Heat spokesman says — and the league says it never received any official complaint about tampering. Dragic may have liked the Heat from the outside, but things can always go haywire once a player actually arrives on a team. Miami wagered on its culture and the lure of the five-year contract only it could offer.
Former Georgetown player Patrick Ewing Jr. has joined coach John Thompson III’s staff as Director of Basketball Operations. The program is set to make a formal announcement Tuesday afternoon. Ewing Jr., the son of legendary former Hoyas center Patrick Ewing, played for Thompson’s 2007 Final Four team. He graduated from Georgetown in 2008 and briefly played in the NBA before professional stops overseas.
The Charlotte Hornets and Lowe’s today announced they will award $50,000 for education-related projects in Mecklenburg County this fall as part of the longtime partners’ education grant program. For the third consecutive year, the grants will fund high-need projects at public schools and nonprofit education programs in the Charlotte area. Charlotte-area public schools (K-12) and all 501(c)(3) organizations that support public education in Mecklenburg County are eligible to apply for a grant at hornets.com/2015-16-education-grant-application. The application period is open now and will run until September 25. Proposals will be evaluated by a review panel established by the Hornets and Lowe’s, and grant recipients will be announced during the 2015-16 NBA season.