The Mavericks agreed to take Pachulia and send a future second-round draft pick to the Bucks in the wake of DeAndre Jordan’s decision to walk away from the verbal commitment he gave Dallas last week.
October 16, 2017 | 10:59 pm EDT Update
LeBron James says that Kyrie Irving will be “fine” when he is received as a visiting player in Cleveland for the first time Tuesday when the Cavaliers host the Boston Celtics and does not draw any parallel to when he returned to Cleveland for the first time as a member of the Miami Heat.
“Everybody’s good. Everybody’s good,” James told The Jump’s Rachel Nichols as a part of a joint sit-down interview with him and Dwyane Wade that aired during Monday Night Football on ESPN. “KD (Kevin Durant) last year in Oklahoma City, Paul George going to go back to Indiana, you know, D-Wade’s going to go to Chicago, Kyrie’s coming back to Cleveland. No (it will not compare).”
“They will be fine,” James said of Irving and the Celtics. “People were throwing batteries at us.” The atmosphere was so charged that the person playing the Cavs’ mascot, Moondog, wore a bulletproof vest under his costume when he took the floor for the national anthem, according to “The Blueprint: LeBron James, Cleveland’s Deliverance, and the Making of the Modern NBA,” by Jason Lloyd. “I’ve never seen nothing like that in my life,” Wade added.
After rehab — and a three-week vacation in his native Serbia — Bjelica has been working out in Minneapolis waiting to get back on the court and regain a feeling that, last year, was so fleeting. “I had a great summer,” he said. “I worked hard, and I’m ready for the season. To be honest with you, I didn’t expect that I would play in the preseason games. And I played in all three. I feel great. I’m ready, I’m 100 percent.”
“He was out for a long time,” Thibodeau said. “But the entire training camp, he hasn’t missed anything. I think the more he plays the better it is for him. I think he’s building chemistry with the second unit, and that’s important. But there is a long way to go.”
Dwain Price: Cuban on prez Trump: “If he wasn’t the campaigner-in-chief, if he wasn’t a Twitter troll, then maybe we’d look at it and say, ‘Ok, maybe he’s not doing a bad job, right? He’s trying.’ But you Twitter troll a crazy head of North Korea and you think that’s a positive?”