Coaching change or not, there are rival executives out there who believe that the Grizzlies will ultimately be forced to look hard at trading Mayor of Memphis, Zach Randolph, if they want to commission a serious shake-up that leads to a roster infusion of youth and athleticism. As shocking to the system as that would be for many Memphians, Randolph is the player on the roster most likely to fetch a difference-maker in return. So we have to keep a lookout for that as well, should the Grizz decide they need to make a more drastic move than their interest in Mario Chalmers we reported earlier this week.
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“I think he’s really matured as a person,” Colangelo said. “He understood after going through some early struggles with us he was going to have to get himself ready to play, fit in and make adjustments, and he did all of that. “So he shows up to camp here in great shape. He’d been working for some time to get himself in shape. And attitude-wise, he’s in great shape, in my opinion. This is something he really wants. I just wish he could take part of the culture we have established here and take it back it home with him. It would help their entire organization.”
Cousins’ first taste of international play with the National Team came in 2014, when the United States won the gold medal at the FIBA World Cup. But it wasn’t the Olympics. The prospect of winning an Olympic gold medal excites Cousins. “It’s already crazy that I’m one of the select few to be able to represent the country,” he said. “So to come home with a gold medal is something I can tell my kids, grandkids. That’s a story I’ll always be able to share.”
But there was no tension between KD and Oladipo, no deep-rooted history to create it. Oladipo remains pumped about the Thunder, he says. Even sans Durant, the trade still surrounded him with a better roster, complete with a superstar, Russell Westbrook, he emulates. “We could do something really special,” Oladipo said of the Thunder’s potential backcourt. “I really believe we can. I think it’s gonna be crazy to watch, crazy to be a part of. We could overwhelm guys on both ends of the floor.”
Oladipo has also started to cultivate a relationship with his new coach. Two days after that failed free agency trip to The Hamptons, Billy Donovan went to Orlando for summer league. While there, he met up with Oladipo, who drove him out to a dinner that Oladipo said went “great.” “I’ve known Billy since I’ve been in college actually,” Oladipo said. “He recruited me, but kinda late. So he didn’t get a chance to get me. But when we first talked, he said, ‘I couldn’t get you in college, but I got you now.’ I love his intensity as a coach, love how he builds relationships with players. Love his offenses.”
MKG’s mixed bag of an NBA career has included averages of 9.1 points and 6.1 rebounds for the Charlotte Hornets, along with a concussion, a stress fracture in his right foot that limited him to 12 games in 2014-15 and a shoulder injury that knocked him out for the season this past year after just seven games. “I just fell on my shoulder,” he said of his most recent injury. “It was a freak accident.” So, understandably, the first question Kidd-Gilchrist was asked Saturday concerned his health. “It’s good,” he said. “I’m all healthy. I’m 200 percent … ready to go.”
Just two games into the U.S. basketball team’s pre-Olympic tour, coach Mike Krzyzewski already sees the start of something big. Kevin Durant scored 19 points, Klay Thompson added 17, and the Americans rolled to a second straight blowout exhibition victory 106-57 over China on Sunday. DeMar DeRozan scored 13 points in his hometown, and DeMarcus Cousins had 12 points and seven rebounds in the second stop on the five-city tour leading the Americans to Rio de Janeiro.
Kevin Durant and Draymond Green were booed by the sellout crowd at Staples Center before Team USA’s 106-57 win over China on Sunday. They didn’t notice. “I did? Huh,” Durant said of being booed. “I didn’t hear it.” Golden State Warriors general manager Bob Myers did, though, and he had a theory. “I think it’s Clipper fans because they cheered DeAndre [Jordan],” Myers said. “That’s just my guess.”