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.
August 25, 2016 | 12:05 pm EDT Update
Stephen Jackson on potential free agency destinations and ring-chasers: “I love the Knicks, I love Chicago, even love New Orleans. I think those are great places where I can be a great teammate and also help the team become a better team. I’m not one of those guys that’s chasing the ring. I have one so I’m not one of those guys looking to be part of a championship team and get the ring and not really earn it.”
In an interview with Spanish newspaper L’Esportiu, Grizzlies center Marc Gasol talked about his injury, the Team USA-Spain game and more. On his foot injury: “I’m really well and looking forward to starting (the season). I miss the competition, playing and enjoying basketball. All indications are that the foot is fine. I’ve practiced with the (Girona basketball club) juniors all I could, especially half-court sets.”
British basketball fans will finally get to see NBA star Ben Gordon in a GB vest this weekend. The London-born, US-raised shooting guard is part of head coach Joe Prunty’s squad for two friendlies against the Netherlands at Belle Vue’s National Performance Centre on Friday and Saturday. Supporters could have been forgiven for thinking they would never get to witness the sight of the former Chicago Bulls and Detroit Pistons scorer in the colours of his country, with GB bosses pursuing him for almost a decade.
August 25, 2016 | 8:37 am EDT Update
Speaking of the seven years with the Thunder, did you have a sense that Kevin Durant was going to leave? Serge Ibaka: No, not really. And it’s tough for him. It’s tough to make that kind of decision and it’s not easy, but at the end of the day he needs to do what makes him happy. What he thinks makes him happy, makes his family happy, that matters. We have to accept that and from the position of Oklahoma City, from the team, it’s tough if your star leaves like that and I understand that. But, there’s some stuff in life that we can’t control. The fans in Oklahoma City and the team can’t control that and if that makes Kevin Durant happy, then good for him.
Were you personally surprised by his move? Serge Ibaka: Yeah, of course you’re going to be surprised. But, as I say again, if that’s going to make him happy then that’s good. Everyone should be happy, that’s why we play this game. To have fun and if that’s the case for him, then good for him.