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.
August 23, 2016 | 10:16 pm EDT Update
Bleacher Report: Are you at all concerned about Turner’s departure, or do you see Marcus Smart and Jaylen Brown being able to replace a lot of what he did? Isaiah Thomas: We’re going to miss Evan. He’s a guy who can not only make a play for himself, but a play for his teammates. When we played together, I played off the ball and let him make plays. We’re definitely going to miss that, but [his exit] is an opportunity someone else can take advantage of. I know Marcus Smart is going to be ready and is working hard. Another guy, my guy, Terry Rozier, is going to surprise people. I think he’s ready to make an impact. And then there’s Jaylen Brown. He’s going to be as ready as he has to be, and he’s going to help us wherever he can fit in. I’m excited at the opportunity to be competing with these guys. I’m excited to see who’s gotten better and what guys have worked on.
Bleacher Report: Was Jae Crowder actually disappointed or kidding about you guys divulging too many basketball trade secrets during the meeting with Kevin Durant? Isaiah Thomas: I honestly don’t know who he was talking to, but hopefully he was joking. Knowing Jae, he’s a competitor. Little things like that could have made him upset. If it did, I know he’s working and getting better this offseason to show the world how he’s improved.
It sounds almost unreal, however according to reports from the Greek island of Mykonos, US gold medalist Kevin Durant and DeAndre Jordan have already arrived from Rio, Brazil, to celebrate their success! As you see in the footage, there’s no doubt that Durant and Jordan were filmed in Mykonos partying, still the question is if the date on this video is true. Still their mood is great and you can enjoy the video.
The #SoFarGoneChallenge has slowly but surely been taking Instagram by storm and NBA players are getting in on the mix. Dame Lillard and Dwyane Wade both did their thing, but Rasheed Wallace may have trumped them both. While riding in his car, Sheed busts a quick freestyle to let everyone know that he hasn’t lost a step. Peep the raps below. (H/T @phillykmorris and @realness30)
August 23, 2016 | 8:33 pm EDT Update
The high temperatures outside the arena at Las Vegas summer league, where John Wall sat courtside to watch the Wizards play, were punishing. Bradley Beal walked in with his girlfriend, fresh off agreeing to $128 million max contract, and when he sat down there was a gulf of unfilled chairs between the two. The two self-described “cornerstones” of the Wizards couldn’t have been farther away from each other. It’s no secret that the Wizards’ future — and two best and highest-paid players — have work to do with builidng their relationship. It’s Wall’s seventh season and Beal’s fifth.