Jared Zwerling: The Pelicans have signed Toney Douglas for the rest of the season, via source. Had been on 10-days.
October 9, 2015 | 12:01 pm EDT Update
Sefolosha wiped away tears of relief as he listened to the verdict, which the jury of three men and three women reached after less than an hour of deliberations. Prosecutors had charged Sefolosha with three misdemeanor counts, alleging that he disobeyed orders to move away from a crime scene and then resisted arrest.
As Demps tells it, the Pelicans will return the same core of players based in part on their own recommendation. “We felt our group played with a sense of desperation in the latter part of last season,” Demps said. “And at the end of the year, in talking to the players, we felt—and they expressed to us orally—that they enjoyed playing with each other and wanted to continue that. We listened.”
Now he wants to get back to playing basketball with the Hawks. Sefolosha hasn’t fully recovered from the injuries apparently suffered when a police officer kicked his right leg. He has been cleared for all basketball activities and has participated in training camp before leaving this week for the trial. He hopes to be ready when the Hawks season opens later this month. “I hope I still have a long career,” he said.
The reminders are constant. They also reinforce the stylistic compromise that Gentry and his staff have made in ramping up the tempo and relinquishing micromanagerial authority. “People can talk about wanting to go fast,” Pelicans assistant Phil Weber said. “At the end of the day, many coaches—I don’t want to label all coaches, but many coaches—invariably want to control. “[Gentry] is a special type of a coach.”
October 9, 2015 | 11:25 am EDT Update
Curry didn’t so much as revisit the topic as search for reasons why Harden did. “I don’t know,” Curry said. “Different guys find different ways of motivating themselves. I’ve never been one to just . . . I’m obviously confident in what I do, and I know he’s confident in what he does. It might come out in a different way. “I try not to do a lot of talking, especially (regarding) things that have passed. Obviously, you’ve got to motivate yourself and I’m sure he’s motivated this year to do some special things. I’m the same way.”
Rivers also revealed to the actress that he and the rest of the NBA watch the ABC hit show. “That is true,” Kimmel said. “A lot of guys in NBA watch Scandal.” When the audience thought the host was joking he re-assured them, saying “I happen to know that for a fact.”
October 9, 2015 | 10:34 am EDT Update
Jeff Zillgitt: Thabo Sefolosha found not guilty on all three charges opens door for his civil lawsuit against NYPD. Incident jeopardized his career.
Michele Roberts: THABO AQUITTED! JUSTICE PREVAILS! THABO HAD THE COURAGE TO FIGHT THE CHARGES – WE ARE SO PROUD! #NOTGUILTY
As the stories in Bristol go, Skip Bayless is less than thrilled with the current setup of First Take. He shows up hours before the show goes on air and huddles with producers to go over topics they will cover, as it usually works in television. According to several people at ESPN interviewed for this article, Smith is said to regularly saunter into the morning meetings a half hour before the show, leading Bayless to ask colleagues at the network why he has to do all the work. On more than one occasion, Smith has called into said meeting from his bed.
October 9, 2015 | 10:01 am EDT Update
Such a turn of events would be a godsend for some Lakers fans, many of whom worship at the altar of Bryant. Numerous people around the NBA, however, say Bryant deciding to play beyond this upcoming season would be the Lakers’ worst nightmare. “They’ve got to get rid of Kobe,” a scout said. “You let him walk,” an agent said. “Get rid of Kobe by whatever means necessary,” an executive said.
Many insiders doubt Bryant will take a backseat to anyone, let alone young players. “That’s why I wouldn’t want him on the team,” one executive said, “because I don’t think he’d accept that role.” “When has he ever embraced anything even close to that over the last two-to-three years?” one scout asked. “I don’t think you’re going to be able to change him to be in a role that he’s never been in.”
Talked briefly with Celtics center Tyler Zeller after his team’s win vs. Real Madrid. On the potential stress of contract extension talks: “No stress. I got one more year in my contract. I know I’m going to be here anyway. It’s not like the situation Tristan Thompson is going through in Cleveland. I’m just going to go out and play my game. It’s great if I get (a contract extension) and it’s great if I don’t. Next summer I’m going to be a restricted free agent and it’s kind of an open market and we’ll see what happens.”
Alex Kennedy: Recap: AmeriLeague says they signed Terrence Williams, Dajuan Wagner, Antoine Wright, recruit Ted Kapita. Tree Rollins hired as first coach. Oh, and I left one former NBA player off of the list of players the AmeriLeague announced: former Indiana Pacers big man David Harrison.
Gibson joined Power 105’s “The Breakfast Club” radio show in New York City Friday morning to announce he was leaving the NBA to pursue a career as a rapper. To be clear, Gibson hasn’t played in the NBA since a stint with the Cavs during the 2012-2013 season. Thus, some people on Twitter are suggesting the NBA actually quit Gibson before he could quit the NBA. “I’m gonna give up my NBA career to start rapping,” Gibson said on air. The response from “The Breakfast Club” host Charlamagne Tha God was somewhat comical:
“They’ve been trying to get me to (be aggressive), and now I’m just getting back to it because I didn’t want to come in being aggressive and then be too aggressive,” Aldridge told USA TODAY. “I think it’s better to be passive (at the beginning), and then kind of get into it more, so they’ve got me back to (thinking), ‘You’ve got to still be yourself, but take the good pass and make the great pass,’ and that’s what I’ve been doing.
“People told me that I’m not going to fit in because I’m ball-dominant, I’m a ball-stopper, so I’m not worried about that,” Aldridge told USA TODAY Sports. “I feel like if the Spurs didn’t feel like I fit in, then they wouldn’t have gotten me. I think the things that they wanted was someone who could play in pick-and-roll. I do that. Someone who could score on the block. I do that.
The fan was referencing Bryant’s No. 93 ranking in ESPN’s #NBArank project, which counts down the NBA’s top players for this upcoming season. Bryant, a five-time NBA champion and the third all-time leading scorer in NBA history, laughed when asked whether he’d heard such comments from fans defending him. “Yeah, I heard a couple of them,” he said with a smile after scoring 16 points on 5-of-11 shooting in nearly 22 minutes. “I don’t need to defend that [ranking]. Nobody does, really.”