The tension between Rondo and Carlisle about play-calling had been brewing for a little while, team sources told ESPNDallas.com. It reached a boiling point when Rondo appeared to blow off a play call from the bench, prompting Carlisle to storm onto the court while calling a timeout and shouting at Rondo, who responded in kind.
October 4, 2015 | 8:42 am EDT Update
“I don’t know if this is my position. We’ll sit and watch tape and I’m sure I’ll talk with coach (Frank Vogel). I’ll talk with Larry (Bird) as well to get both their inputs on how the first game went but…I’m still not comfortable with it regardless of the situation. It’s still something I have to adjust to or maybe not. Or maybe it’s something we can go away from.”
Through his four completed seasons with Indiana, George had grown accustomed to a shot going up and letting the bigs battle and box out. Then with his athleticism and quickness, George would swoop in and grab the rebound. Not so now. “Can’t do that at the four spot,” George said. “These guys are strong, they’re big. It’s almost like I’m just trying to keep them on my back but they got me in size. That’s the toughest part.”
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On Saturday, as the Warriors concluded camp, Bogut again turned heads. “He went three-quarters of the court, coast-to-coast, to finish with a floater,” Steph Curry said. The Warriors, it appears, have a brand new Bogut. Players and coaches are noticing. Bogut says he lost about 22 pounds, resulting in improved agility and stamina. Most of the credit, according to Bogut, should go to Is Sugar the New Fat?, a documentary he watched on Australian TV in August.
There was a moment when it all clicked for Paul Pierce, when he knew he was no longer an all-star, no longer the man on his team. He was just a guy, a part of the machine, trying his best to help a team win. For Pierce, this was, ahem, a joint decision. “Something did click – my knees started clicking … then my ankles … then my elbows,” he joked. “That’s what clicked.”
“I think it is (easy) being that I understand the game, understand my role at this stage,” he said. “And, I understand this team is all about our stars and the stars in the league. I’m just trying to fill in and play off of Chris (Paul), off of Blake and off of (DeAndre Jordan), just fill whatever kind of role they need me for. “But I think the transition is going to be easy – get to the corner and make 3-pointers.”
Gentry said Gordon’s career is back on track, perhaps to stardom, and that he is in better shape. Along with Anthony Davis, who could win the MVP award this season, Gordon has been asked to be a vocal leader by Gentry. “He’s let me play a bigger role,” Gordon said of Gentry. “We’ve been through a lot of ups and downs here these past few years, but with him being here, I expect nothing but great things.”
“No, I’m definitely playing,” he told reporters with his trademark shake of the head. “(I didn’t) come all the way out here, (where) people are going to be coming to the game, and you’re going to be sitting on the bench? That’s not cool.” It’s expected to be a sellout crowd at the Stan Sheriff Center, where the Lakers have been enduring two-a-day practices during training camp this past week and getting ready for their latest daunting challenge. From general manager Mitch Kupchak on down, there has been talk of them pushing for a playoff spot in the loaded Western Conference.
Russell, the No. 2 draft pick out of Ohio State, will share the backcourt with second-year guard Jordan Clarkson. Bryant, meanwhile, will get a chance to play off the ball in ways he swears he has longed for. “I don’t understand why you guys can’t figure this out,” he joked with reporters. “I do not like setting up the offense. I hate it. (Former Lakers coach) Phil (Jackson) made me do it years ago, and I had to learn how to do it years ago to set up the triangle. I haven’t played with point guards who were playmakers at heart, and D’Angelo is a ridiculous playmaker, man.
He now has a two-year guaranteed contract for $1.96 million with the Kings, assuring he will be on the opening night roster against the Los Angeles Clippers. But that’s not how Curry, the younger brother of Golden State star Stephen Curry, is approaching the season. “I wouldn’t say more relaxed,” Curry said after Thursday’s practice at UC San Diego. “I think it just gives me a sense of trying to fit in with the team and find my role instead of just trying to make the team. But I still have the same sense of urgency that I’ve had in the past.”
Jerebko seems perturbed that his NBA success, as the lone player in the league from Sweden, has gone unnoticed back home. During NBA All-Star Weekend, thousands of international media cover players from their countries. Jerebko said he hasn’t received much attention from Swedish media. “It’s an honor [to play in the NBA] but at the same time somebody has to show the Swedish kids that anybody can do it, no matter where you’re from,” he said. “Swedish people are very locked in to their sports. It’s tough for a sport to break through when the media is not really into it.”
Being a high school basketball player in a country where soccer, hockey, and outdoor winter sports rule was difficult for Jerebko. “It’s a small sport in Sweden but I played all kinds of sports,” he said. “Basketball is a growing sport everywhere, but in Sweden it seemed to be put on ice. You barely played basketball in school, it was soccer, hockey, handball, floorball. There’s sports that you don’t even know about that are bigger than basketball in Sweden.” What’s more, there are professional floorball leagues in Sweden. It is similar to field hockey but played indoors. “It’s laughable,” he said. “You have no idea but it’s bigger than basketball.”
Gilchrist was curling off a screen late in the second quarter when he tumbled to the ground after absorbing a foul by a Magic player. He stayed down for several seconds, and got up holding his right shoulder. He was immediately helped to the locker room and subsequently taken to the hospital for further evaluation.
Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said Derrick Rose’s follow-up exam went well and he is scheduled to be cleared to watch practice beginning Wednesday. The two-week timetable until Rose is cleared for basketball activity, issued after his Wednesday surgery to repair his left orbital fracture, remains.
The Magic lost 106-100 and allowed the Hornets to make 45.3 percent of their shot attempts. “It’s an interesting thing,” Skiles said. “We just got beat. Our main players didn’t play very much in the second half, and God bless our fans, they’re lining up in the tunnel down there [near our locker room] cheering for us and everybody’s back there shaking our guys’ hands and everything. At some point, we have to get past that everything is OK. We did not start the second half with any sort of energy whatsoever; [the Hornets] did. And that is not OK. If you want to win, that’s not OK. We need to understand that.”
As the son of an NBA head coach, Nuggets head coach Mike Malone has seen his fair share of players with leadership traits. The best, in his opinion, is Chris Paul. “All I can speak to from my experience, he’s probably the best leader I’ve ever been around,” Malone said.
I’m also into fashion. Walking the runway during Fashion Week was pretty tough, not knowing what to do. They’ll prep you and all that stuff, but once you get right there before you walk … the spotlight is on you. People say, “You play in front of 15, 20 thousand people, and this is only 100 people!” But it’s a different realm. It’s a big difference.
Rockets rookie forward Montrezl Harrell said he had no knowledge of parties alleged to have been held at the University of Louisville in which a former staff member is accused of paying escorts to have sexual relations with players and recruits. “I don’t know anything about any of that,” Harrell said. “Apparently, my name is in there. I don’t have anything to do with that. U of L is doing their job, holding an investigation, looking at it. That’s where I’m leaving it. Simple as that.”
Former Celtic Antoine Walker has worked to educate current professional and college athletes on the responsibility of handling money and wealth during their careers. Walker, a three-time All-Star, earned an estimated $108 million during his career, only to face bankruptcy and massive debts. He has worked his way out of his financial issues and produced a documentary about his NBA life, entitled “Gone In An Instant.”
A little more than a month after vanquishing the Dominick’s supermarket chain in a high-profile court battle, basketball great Michael Jordan is in settlement talks with Jewel-Osco for a similar allegedly unauthorized use of his name in a 2009 issue of Sports Illustrated.
Lawyers for Jordan and Jewel on Wednesday morning confirmed that they are discussing a possible deal during their first appearance in court since the mammoth $8.9 million judgment against Dominick’s Aug. 21.
October 3, 2015 | 8:25 pm EDT Update
Last season, Antic thrived on offense by setting screens for ballhandlers and slipping out for a jump shot. Splitter’s role will be to set a pick and then make himself a target for a pass while stepping toward the rim. Head coach Mike Budenholzer thinks the change will help put pressure on the rim on offense. “I think we’re going to have just a little more pressure on the rim with both Tiago and Edy, and their ability to roll and collapse the defense and put pressure on the rim and play around the rim,” Budenholzer said.
Schröder will still get to the rim this season, but in doing so, he will be making far more pick-and-roll plays with Splitter. To get ready for the adjustent, he prepped by studying video of Tiago’s former running mate. “Tiago is a good player,” Schröder said. “He did it with the Spurs, and I watched a lot of film of Tony Parker and how they play pick-and-roll. I look forward to playing with him in the pick-and-roll. Either he’ll get the pass or I can go to the basket if I’m open.”