Matt Moore: Otto Porter (?!) is averaging 15-8 with two steals, shooting 54% from the field and 41% from 3-point range. Zach Lowe: Two front office execs in last 24 hours predicted to me he’s getting a max. He’s been really good.
February 28, 2017 | 9:31 am EST Update
With your body, wingspan and potential, some people talk about you the same way they talked about Giannis Antetokounmpo. Is he someone who you can model your development after a little bit? Thon Maker: Definitely. You see the things he’s doing now and people are like, ‘How the hell did he do that with all of that length?!’ For me, we have similar builds so I try to look at [what he does] and just mirror it. In practices, I’m trying to do all of the same things. Then, I want to put it to work in games.
After announcing earlier in the day that the Sixers phenom would be kept out indefinitely due to soreness and swelling in his right knee, host Michael Barkann asked Colangelo why the team wouldn’t just have surgery on Embiid and get it over with. “Are you a doctor now?” Colangelo shot back at the host. “With all due respect, medical injuries are injuries that require care and attention.” “When I take information that comes from the medical team, including doctors and the training staff and the physiotherapists, we apply it as instructed and we do that to protect the athlete,” Colangelo added. “In a case of jumping into someone’s knee to operate, when the circumstances are known but the conditions and how he’s reacting to certain things are still unknown, I think you go through the planned progression of steps as prescribed and evaluated by doctors, not by a general manager and certainly not by a television co-host.”
On the HBO series “Game of Thrones,” he played a colossal, bearded creature named “Mag the Mighty,” a beastly-looking character draped in bones who rode atop a mammoth in the fantasy world created by George R.R. Martin. Off screen, Neil Fingleton, who stood 7 feet 7 inches tall, was more than a remarkable physical presence. His boisterous personality, sharp wit, and compassion for those around him could be towering as well.
“I have never been self-conscious about my height,” Guinness World Records quoted him as saying. “I am more conscious of going bald, so that should tell you. I never let my height play a negative part in my life. I always do what I want. Some tall people may be restricted, as they are constantly stared at or people ask the same questions over and over. This is the only bad thing about being tall — the stupid remarks and questions. Other than that, being tall is great.”
February 28, 2017 | 7:05 am EST Update
One player to keep an eye on? New Orleans point guard Jrue Holiday. League sources familiar with the matter say that some in the Knicks organization view Holiday as a target in free agency this summer. Team president Phil Jackson expressed interest in trading for Holiday earlier in his tenure, so the Knicks’ current interest in him makes sense. Holiday will likely have plenty of suitors, though.