Shams Charania: Milwaukee’s O.J. Mayo has suffered fracture in leg and will miss rest of season with possible surgery, league sources tell The Vertical.
August 27, 2016 | 6:25 am EDT Update
Did Durant deceive the Thunder in any way? Donovan, via Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports: I think Kevin on the front end was very, very honest. When the season ended, he was going to go through this process, and he was going to take a meeting with us obviously first and then he was going to have some other teams he was going to meet with. And I think a little bit later on, after the season ended, they decided to do it out in the Hamptons. But I thought the meeting that we had went very well. I think we talked about basketball. We talked about our team. We talked about direction, talked about obviously his leadership, his role – all those kind of things. And I think, leaving the meeting, it was very, very, I thought, positive. I thought it was very, very clear. I think there was direction on both sides.
And the one thing I think with Kevin was that going through nine years with the organization, he was at a point in time where he was allowed obviously to be this free agent and go through this process and start to gather some information. We were the first meeting. So, obviously, I think, being in college for so long and you go through recruiting, you know that during that process things can change through some of these different meetings. And obviously, after meeting with Golden State, things probably in his mind probably changed.
Appearing on the “Jim Rome Show” on CBS Sports Radio, Bryant said that he is happy for Durant and that it is the type of offseason move that would bring out his competitive edge. “I was happy for him. This is something that he wants to do man, he’s happy with his decision,” Bryant told Rome about Durant. “So as a competitor you have to look at that and say ok, how can I figure out, I have to figure out to take apart that team, and so now the challenge becomes how to find cracks within their system within their personnel, how can I take them down.”
The newly retired Bryant spent each of his 20 seasons in the NBA with the Lakers, but loyalty never came up when he spoke about Durant on The Jim Rome Show Thursday (via Andre Vergara of Fox Sports). Rather, he spoke about how he would’ve reacted as a competitor. “I would have thought less about myself if I looked at that move and said, ‘That’s unfair,'” he said. “If you’re a real competitor, you look at that and say, ‘OK, lace ’em up. Let’s go. I don’t care how many players you have over there; we’re still going to take you down.'”
Turkish powerhouse Anadolu Efes has announced the signing of free agent guard Bryce Cotton. Spain’s Baskonia and Russia’s Khimki were rumored to be in the mix for the services of Cotton, who played summer league with the Atlanta Hawks last July.
Reggie Bullock has had to live with the murder of his transgender sister for more than two years. He talked about it at length Friday, appearing on “The Herd” show on FS1. The Detroit Pistons forward opened up about his brother-turned-sister Mia Henderson, how he found out about the 2014 stabbing in Baltimore that left her body unidentifiable, and accepting the LGBT lifestyle. “He taught me how to be myself, he taught me how to take care of the family, how to just be — he was happy with the way he was,” Bullock said. “He wasn’t worried about how others felt about him. A person who could isolate the whole world about other peoples’ feelings is a strong person to me. That was one of the biggest things I got from him.”
For former NBA player Eddy Curry, basketball has been his life for as long as he can remember. The husband and wife team visited Metea Valley High School in Aurora this week to bring a positive message to start the school year and talk about how they have overcome struggles and encourage students to make good choices. While his wife spoke to a group of girls, Curry, 33, talked to roughly 30 athletes, most of them male, about pursing their dreams while avoiding the pitfalls that may come along the way. At the onset, the 7-foot basketball star looked much more comfortable proving himself on the court than in front of an audience an inspirational speaker.