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September 2, 2015 | 11:38 am EDT Update
Sumerlin also spent time this summer in L.A. with Pelicans veterans such as Anthony Davis, Tyreke Evans, Eric Gordon, Jrue Holiday and Quincy Pondexter. In a July conference call with Pelicans season ticket holders, Alvin Gentry said Evans has lost 12 pounds. “Tyreke has lost weight and is leaner,” Sumerlin said. “Eric looks great too and has gotten leaner. He has a strength coach (in California) who I am close with and has done a great job with Eric. Everyone is looking good and guys are excited about the season.”
Nowitzki ranked second on the team behind Chandler during the regular season, pulling down 5.9 boards an outing. He attempted to shoulder more of the rebounding responsibility in the playoffs, pulling down 10.4 boards a contest as the Mavs eventually fell to the Rockets in five games. The 7-footer now says it will take a collective effort on the glass for the Mavericks to compete against the upper-echelon teams this season. “I mean, there’s a lot of good teams,” Nowitzki said. “The top teams are pretty loaded, so we’ll just keep working and hopefully get better as a team. On the defensive end, rebounding is going to be a challenge for this team every night. And if we do those two things, we feel like we can compete at the highest level with any team.”
Losing starting center Tyson Chandler, who averaged a team-best 11.5 boards a game last season, certainly won’t help the Mavericks in their attempt to improve in the rebounding department. However, according to Mavs coach Rick Carlisle, improving the rebounding numbers will take top billing for the new-look team as it tries to turn a weakness into a strength. “We’ve got to get some monsters that push and shove, throw people out of the way and go get the ball,” Carlisle confessed when addressing the rebounding concerns last season. “We’ve got to get more of those guys. We’ve got to block out and we’ve got to have five guys going (for the rebound) all the time. And when it matters, we’ve got to get the rebounds.”
September 2, 2015 | 10:30 am EDT Update
Given what Ray had been through, just making it to summer league was a remarkable feat — something no other Philippine-born player has done.1 But “first Filipino to play in NBA summer league” is a backhanded compliment of a career achievement, and Ray, driven by the memory of his father and the support of millions of Filipinos, said he’s aiming even higher: “It’s something that I really, really want — to make it to the NBA. It started off as just me and my dad with a dream. Now it’s the whole country behind me.”
via Grantland
“Every day he’s getting better,” Altamirano said. “He’s more relaxed, he’s more assertive. I think, down the line, you can see that he can play in the NBA.” And for now, that remains Ray’s plan. He kept his name out of this year’s PBA draft, which means he’ll hope for an invite to an NBA training camp, and if he can’t make a team outright, then he’ll look to gain further seasoning in the D-League or in Europe. Because he showed the ability to compete with world-class talent at the high school level, there’s reason to hope that Ray’s game might blossom as he acclimates to elite professional basketball.
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It was an impossible decision. When Parks Sr. had moved back to Memphis in 2005 and eventually had Ray join him, it was with his son’s basketball future in mind. “The dream was always for Ray Ray to play in the U.S. NCAA and eventually the NBA,” said Ronnie Magsanoc, Parks Sr.’s friend and former PBA teammate. Relocating to Manila would limit Ray’s exposure to other athletes with NBA-caliber size and athleticism, and perhaps make it impossible for Ray to return to elite U.S. basketball. At the same time, Parks Sr. had a family to support, and the opportunity in the Philippines would allow him to do that. Not to mention that forging close ties with the Sy family could benefit his family for decades to come.
via Grantland
It was the beginning of a 12-year career in the Philippines for Parks Sr., who transferred to Shell Rimula-X (owned by the gas company) and became the team’s regular import, teaming with locals Ronnie Magsanoc and Benjie Paras to form the PBA’s “Awesome Threesome.” He won the league’s Best Import award a record seven times, and he won all seven in a row. He posted the gargantuan numbers that were expected of PBA imports in that era: Averages of 43 points and 16 rebounds during his Best Import streak and a career-high scoring average of 52.6 points per game in 1989. He set the bar for himself so high that in 1992, the PBA yearbook lamented that Parks Sr. “averaged a mere 39.9 points per game.”
via Grantland
The Utah Jazz today announced that Jordan Brady has been named an assistant coach on Idaho Stampede Head Coach Dean Cooper’s staff. Brady replaces Andrae Patterson, who joined the Jazz front office staff as player personnel/player programs coordinator earlier this offseason. Per team policy, terms of the agreement were not announced. “Jordan has a bright future ahead of him,” said Stampede coach Dean Cooper. “He brings a lot of D-League experience from being both a coach and a player. He’s a talented young coach who will be a valuable part of our player development.”
How can the potential lockout be avoided in 2017? “Sitting down at a table already now with the NBA to understand what worries the owners and what worries the players. In the past very few attempts to speak in advance of the problems that led to the lockouts have been made. Whether Both commissioner Silver and myself want to do everything possible to prevent the NBA to stop: the only way is to negotiate. We have already started, we will meet again in early September with the hope to announce within the end of the season that the union and the league have solved their problems. ”
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The executive director of the NBPA, Michele Roberts, was interviewed by Davide Chinellato of La Gazzetta dello Sport. Below you can read the translation of her interview. “I was born and raised in the Bronx, in the public housing (projects). In my life I have overturned the odds: as a woman, as African-American, grown as a person in poverty. My story is very similar to the players’ one, and for this reason they chose me. ” The most powerful woman in the NBA is called Michael Roberts, 58 years old, a little more than a year ago named as the executive director the NBPA, the players union.
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Who is the most “unionized”? “The desire to be part of the union is a widespread feeling. There are players completely immersed in the union activities (Chris Paul is the president, LeBron James and the first vice President, and in the executive committee there is also the mvp Steph Curry (editor note)). It would be easy to think that players with huge financial success are not very interested, but it’s just the opposite. ”
via Sportando
September 2, 2015 | 9:44 am EDT Update
Kenny Anderson: That Dude is going to have some Jumpmans. Michael Jordan. He’s going to have some extra Jumpman’s on. He’s going to be wildin’ all over the place. He’ll be doing something real unique and different. It would be crazy! If He put the extra power in his mind and do something like, “Yo, I’m just going to fly from one foul line to another and dunk the ball.” He’d do stuff like that and everyone would be like, “Yo, this guy got some extra power!”
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September 2, 2015 | 5:26 am EDT Update
But Rubio, in Dubai to add star power to the BasicBall Academy summer camps at the Dubai World Trade Centre, denied he was about to move to the Big Apple or anywhere else. He told Gulf News he believes he will stay with his first and so far only NBA team. “I have confidence that the team wants me but you know in this league anybody can get traded,” said the flashy playmaker. “You don’t listen to the rumours. You just live day-by-day and that’s it.” When asked if he wanted to stay with the long-suffering Timberwolves, Rubio gave a firm: “Yes.”
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O’Neal asked Bryant if he saw the “next Kobe” out there. “Man, nah, I’m kind of old-school, man,” Bryant said. “You have certain players that have that aggressiveness and that mentality. It’s tough to tell. It’s a different generation. I grew up playing against Michael and [Gary Payton] and all these stone-cold assassins. John Stockton and all these guys. So I had that mentality. You don’t really see that kind of mentality around the league nowadays. Everybody is buddy-buddy and don’t want to hurt each other’s [feelings].”
Ankle injuries cost Rubio the majority of the previous campaign. But, after months of rehabilitation, the Olympic silver-medallist says he is determined to lead his team into the play-offs for the first time in his career. “We can be as good as we want to work for,” he said. “Training camp will be the key for us because we have to adapt to this league really quickly with this young talent. Luckily, we have signed a lot of veterans like Kevin Garnett, Andre Miller, Tayshaun Prince, who can really help this team. “My goal is to bring this team to the play-offs. It has been my dream for four years. In my first year, I almost did it, but then I got hurt and everybody got hurt too so we couldn’t do it. “It’s too early to talk because we haven’t been through training camp yet. The Western Conference is really tough, but we want to dream big.”
via Gulf News
Though Jack is more than confident he will be able to prove his detractors wrong, he’s also aware that no matter what he says now, those questions won’t be answered until the regular season begins. “It does [motivate me], but it’s not like I’ve got the article pinned up on my wall,” Jack said Tuesday after an appearance at a Nets basketball camp in Southampton. “But my thing is that all you can do is show and prove … wait for the opportunities and then take advantage of it, and just help your team win. That’s the only way you’re going to get people to realize it. “When the season comes and I have my opportunities to go out there and show them that I believe different … that’s the response. You don’t have to respond to it, because your play is going to be the response to whatever they think.”
via New York Post

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