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.
July 28, 2016 | 1:56 pm EDT Update
During an appearance on The Vertical Podcast with Adrian Wojnarowski, Rivers stressed he intends to keep Griffin in Los Angeles and believes the Clippers could take another step forward with their current core. “Danny and I have talked twice this summer,” said Rivers, who controls Los Angeles Clippers personnel decisions in addition to his duties as the team’s head coach. “One (conversation) was about the British Open, and one was about another golf tournament. That’s about it.”
“I’m confident (Griffin and Paul want to stay),” Rivers added. “Probably the same way every team’s confident that they’re going to be able to keep their guys. I do think we have an attractive place. We have a new owner. It’d be interesting if Steve Ballmer wasn’t the owner, I don’t know how confident I’d be. But with Steve I’m extremely confident that we can keep both.
“You know, listen, winning is the key. The better we play on the floor, the better chance we have of not only keeping those guys but actually adding to our basketball team. And so that’s always the key factor in this. Quality of life is important, being comfortable, getting along, players getting along with the staff and each other, all that goes into it. But I think we’re in a good place there. I know both of them have said they want to play here, they want to play with us forever. But you’ve got to do your job. Like, your job never stops. You can never relax. You can never take a player for granted. If I have (not) learned that over the years, I have not learned anything. That’s something you just have to keep coaching them, but you also have to keep bringing them in and keeping them in.”
With Marc Gasol out of the picture, Spain have announced their final roster for the Rio Olympics that start in just over a week. Eurobasket 2015 MVP Pau Gasol is included and Minnesota Timberwolves guard Ricky Rubio makes his return to the international fold after two years. He also makes his first Olympic appearance since the 2008 Beijing Olympics after missing the London Games with a torn ACL. Veteran Juan Carlos Navarro makes his fourth Olympic appearance in what is likely to be the EuroLeague’s all-time leading scorer’s final international showing.
The Chicago Bulls announced today their 2016-17 preseason schedule. This preseason, Chicago will play four home games, two away games and one neutral site game in Omaha, Neb. All Bulls preseason games will be broadcast on TV and radio via Comcast SportsNet Chicago, WGN-TV and WLS-AM 890. The Bulls will host a Windy City Bulls theme night on Oct. 14 vs. the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Windy City Bulls are the official NBA D-League franchise of the Chicago Bulls located in Hoffman Estates, Ill.
Clean the World, the leaders in global hygiene revolution, collects thousands of these essentials from hotels across the U.S. and then distributes them both domestically and internationally. On Thursday, July 28, the Orlando Magic assisted in the process. Community Ambassadors Nick Anderson and Bo Outlaw and other Magic volunteers helped sort, package and box thousands of products. “This is great to see all the volunteers giving their time and efforts to help distribute these products to the less fortunate,” Anderson said. “I’m just happy to be a part of it and to help others get things that we take for granted.”
It’s a basketball brotherhood troika. Latvian-born NBA star player Kristaps Porzingis just scored a new pad in Midtown West. The 7-foot-3-inch player has leased a corner penthouse that was asking $8,000 a month at Sky, the mammoth rental tower at 605 W. 42nd St. He also nabbed another two high-floor units for his two brothers, Martins and Janis, because “they are close and like to be near each other,” a source said.