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.
November 29, 2015 | 9:09 pm EST Update
Devin Kharpertian: Wayne Ellington said Kobe told him when Lakers came to BK that this was his last go-round. Good secret-keeper.
Bryant remains in contention for a spot on Team USA’s 12-man roster for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo told ESPN’s Marc Stein. Colangelo said Bryant’s announcement “doesn’t have any bearing” on the star guard’s status for the Rio Games. “We have this whole season to look at all of our players,” Colangelo said Sunday. Even before he publicly confirmed this season will be his last, Bryant said earlier this month that playing in Rio, which would give him an opportunity to win a third gold medal after triumphs in Beijing in 2008 and London in 2012, has great appeal to him. “It would mean the world to me to be around those guys,” Bryant told the Associated Press earlier this month.
Bucks coach Jason Kidd benched Carter-Williams and forward Jabari Parker and inserted veterans Jerryd Bayless and O.J. Mayo in the starting five. Mayo played 44 minutes and Bayless 43, while Carter-Williams played 16 and Parker 17 off the bench. “The past couple games my play has been down,” Carter-Williams said. “If I’m a coach, I wouldn’t start me, either. Whatever minutes I get, I’m going to come in and try to help the team, cheer from the bench and try to cheer my teammates on. I know it’s hard right now. I think things will get better.”
Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens said he tried to put James Young into Friday’s lopsided win over the Washington Wizards but was told the second-year swingman couldn’t play due to a sore shoulder after sleeping on it wrong. “He told me his shoulder hurt; couldn’t play,” said Stevens. “He went through some rehab that day, went through some rehab [Saturday] morning, practiced, though we didn’t go full speed [Saturday], and is available [Sunday versus the Magic] pending his warmup. I tried to put him in [on Friday] with six minutes to go.” Young, the No. 17 pick in the 2014 draft, has played only four minutes in two appearances this season and made the only shot he took — a 3-pointer during three minutes of trash time in a loss to the Atlanta Hawks last week.