So, if I’m really being honest with myself, I want to play basketball, but if I had to sign today or tomorrow, the answer would be “No!!” I look at it like this: I’m not willing to play the role that I’ll be needed for right now, which is to provide veteran leadership, a locker room presence, insurance in case someone gets hurt, etc. In a few months, if the right team that has an identity and a need for what I bring calls me, then maybe. Rosters are full and everybody is trying to figure out what type of team they want to be. I’ve watched training camp practices on NBA TV and I don’t have a desire to go through that right now. I don’t think I need to be on a roster – and go through pre-season – for a team that doesn’t quite need me yet, doesn’t have an identity or know what they are going to be in the future. I have an identity and I know what I bring to a team. I’d rather sit back and enjoy my family and see my kids off to school every morning than sign with a team that has so many unknowns.
October 10, 2015 | 6:08 am EDT Update
Jordan made specific mention of Jeremy Lin, who joined in the Hornets from the LA Lakers this summer. Jordan saw it a successful deal, “We just got Jeremy Lin, who I think is going to be our biggest acquisition. His penetration, his shooting capability, his point guard savvy, he can really pass the basketball, his energy about the game of basketball something,” Jordan said.
“It was really good,” Upshaw said. “I finally got to get my feet wet, go out there and play some good basketball and just keep up the energy.” Outside of the locker room, Lakers coach Byron Scott spoke in a more solemn tone about Upshaw’s performance. “He was okay,” Scott said. “He made a ton of mistakes on both ends of the floor. That’s probably to be expected in his first game.”
James discussed his newest Nike shoe – the LeBron 13, due in stores next week – he suggested that when he sees opponents wearing his signature Nike shoe it gives him an advantage. “If you just a guy that’s just like, you actually just go to Foot Locker or somewhere, you just get a pair of ‘Brons and you want to wear ’em on a Tuesday night vs. me — I’ma bust your (butt),” James said. “Straight up.” “It’s disappointing,” Nowitzki said. “Honestly, you’d wish more guys would be doing more, at least more contact or run more. But that’s not the case. Some of these guys have had major, major surgeries. And whatever the doc tells them, you got to take it slow. “Obviously, Parsons and Wes are both guys that want to be here for a lot of years. It would be wrong to push it too much in October and not have them later in the season. You want to take it slow and progress week to week, and whenever they’re ready, they’re ready.”
House Republicans currently have no speaker to replace John Boehner. Cuban gets asked all the time to run for President of the United States. “I get asked every day,” Cuban told CNBC.com recently. “It’s a fun idea to toss around. If I ran as a Dem, I know I could beat Hillary Clinton. And if it was me vs. Trump, I would crush him. No doubt about it.”
Former Kansas men’s basketball standout Bill Bridges, 76, passed away on Sept. 25 in Santa Monica, California, after a prolonged battle with cancer. A 6-foot-6 power forward from Hobbs, New Mexico, Bridges earned All-American honors in 1961, when he averaged 16.1 points and 14.1 rebounds per game. That single-season rebound average still ranks third in the KU record book. Bridges earned a berth on the All-Big Eight Conference team after each of his three seasons at Kansas (1959-61).
Dave Meyers, the star forward who led UCLA to the 1975 NCAA basketball championship as the lone senior in coach John Wooden’s final season and later played for the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks, died Friday. He was 62. Meyers died at his home in Temecula after struggling with cancer for the last year, according to UCLA, which received the news from his younger sister, Ann Meyers Drysdale.
Washington Wizards forward Bradley Beal is primed for a big season and New York Knicks rookie Kristaps Porzingis found out the hard way Friday night at Verizon Center. Beal drove to the rim and sped past Porzingis for a one-handed slam in the third quarter of Washington’s 115-104 loss. Beal finished with 12 points and eight rebounds in 24 minutes. Porzingis finished with nine points and 10 rebounds in 21 minutes.
October 9, 2015 | 7:42 pm EDT Update
John Reid: Sources say forward Greg Smith is expected officially join the Pelicans on Saturday for practice at their facility in Metairie.
Yet, World Peace maintained he preferred taking that path to prove to himself that his diminished statistics stemmed more from sacrificing on NBA teams than any erosion of skills. So much that World Peace said he turned down a chance to sign with the Clippers during the 2014-15 season. “In China, I had to get my game back,” World Peace said. “Doc [Rivers] asked me to come to the Clippers. I told him, ‘I’m going to China first. When I come back, I’ll come to the Clippers.’ I want to get my game back on.”
Klay Thompson issued a retort to Doc Rivers after the Los Angeles Clippers coach commented on the Warriors being lucky they faced neither the Clippers nor San Antonio in the playoffs. “Didn’t they lose to the Rockets? Exactly,” Thompson said, laughing in reference to Houston coming from behind to beat the Clippers in the Western Conference semifinals. “That just makes me laugh. That’s funny. Weren’t they up 3-1, too? Yeah, tell them I said that. That’s funny, man. That’s funny.”
The night was “(a) little overwhelming because it doesn’t really hit you until you really go put on the jersey and then you go play,” Aldridge said. “I knew I was in San Antonio, but it doesn’t really hit you until you’re on the court trying to figure out how to run an offense again and things like that. But I think the process has been going well so far.”
“Honestly I don’t know,” assistant coach Ettore Messina, subbing for Popovich, said when asked for his estimation of how long it will take Aldridge to feel comfortable with the San Antonio system. “All of us are getting to know each other, day after day. The good thing is that he seems at ease with the team, with the staff, with everything. Nobody is forcing nothing. I think it will come naturally …”
Moe Harkless on Friday missed his second day of basketball workouts as he continues his recovery from a concussion. The Trail Blazers’ small forward sustained his injury during a Wednesday morning practice at the team’s practice facility in Tualatin and he has not played since. Harkless has not spoken to reporters in three days and coach Terry Stotts said he wasn’t exactly sure when and how Harkless suffered the concussion. “He got hit in practice,” Stotts said. “I’m not sure how.”
Stotts said Harkless would “most likely” travel with the team Friday, when it leaves for a two-game trip to Sacramento and Utah. His status for Saturday’s game against the Kings is dependent on how quickly he clears the concussion protocol.
The National Basketball Players Association is working on a program that would fund cardiac screening and supplemental health insurance for its retired players, an initiative expedited by the recent sudden deaths of legends Darryl Dawkins and Moses Malone. The joint effort between union executive director Michele Roberts and NBA commissioner Adam Silver — at a time when there still may be potentially acrimonious labor negotiations looming for their sides — is intended to ease the health concerns of its retired players.
Silver said the NBA is prepared to provide the union with both financial support and a vast array of medical resources, including a prodigious network of cardiologists who have been affiliated with the NBA for years. Roberts and her staff presented their vision of comprehensive screening for retirees to current players at their annual Las Vegas meeting in July. While union officers (among them president Chris Paul and vice president LeBron James) were keenly receptive, they pressed for more specifics and wanted assurances that the program would be sustainable.
Either Chicago Bulls forward Pau Gasol is just trying to walk in the footsteps of last year’s MVP Steph Curry or he really is a big Mumford & Sons fan as the two time NBA champion tweeted today that he’s bumping the band’s latest Wilder Mind on the way to the airport to head to Minneapolis to face the Timberwolves. “Listening to @MumfordAndSons on our way to the airport! I love this band. #WilderMind,” Gasol tweeted today.
October 9, 2015 | 3:36 pm EDT Update
New Orleans general manager Dell Demps signed 6-foot-10 power forward Greg Smith to a non-guaranteed deal on Friday afternoon, sources confirmed to The Advocate.