Michael Scotto: Source: The Bucks and Orlando Johnson have agreed to terms. Milwaukee has 15 guaranteed contracts, but is looking at ways to add wing depth.
October 22, 2017 | 3:36 pm EDT Update
Kristaps Porzingis started off like ‘the Unicorn’ in his first two seasons. Then he faded into mortality in the final months, largely because of fatigue or physical ailments. “I was like a rabbit,” he said. “I was doing all kinds of stuff. Running all day. They were killing me, putting things on (my chest), taking blood.”
Here’s what the Spanish doctors determined, according to Porzingis: he needs to cease “overtraining. “Like not coming in super early in the morning after a game to get a workout in,” Porzingis said Sunday. “That doesn’t help my weight either. I keep losing weight. Those things add up and by the end of the season, I’m drained. The doctor said it too. My resistance is good. I don’t need to be running ten miles a day. …I was always doing too much.”
Dwight Howard is no dinosaur. His 20 points and 15 rebounds in Friday’s Charlotte Hornets victory over the Atlanta Hawks shouted that. “He’s a true post-up center: Size, strength, skill,” said power forward Marvin Williams. “I’ve never played with anyone quite like Dwight.”
“Most (big) guys, when they catch the ball at the top (of the key) or in pick-and-roll, they’re looking to get off the 3,” Dwight Howard said. “Back when I first came in, it was look first inside-out. It’s an adjustment – I get it. I talked to some of the guys (Friday) night: ‘There are going to be points when I’m frustrated, there are going to be times when you’re frustrated.’ We’ve just got to stay patient with each other – understand it’s a process and to play together.”
The 76ers realize how demoralizing Saturday’s 128-94 loss to the Toronto Raptors appeared. “I knew the first three games were going to be difficult,” Brown said. “I knew coming into this building [on the second night of] a back-to-back was going to be difficult. But you are certainly not expecting it to be that margin of a deficit.”
Tony Parker has a good idea when he’ll be able to get back on the floor again. “When Dr. Popovich says so,” Parker said with a chuckle. That day is still more than a month away, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich says, but it is coming more quickly than anyone envisioned when Parker went down with a ruptured quadriceps tendon in last season’s playoffs. The next step is a return to full-court 5-on-5 scrimmaging, which Parker hopes to do this week.