The Milwaukee Bucks requested waivers on Jalen Moore on Sunday, ending the forward’s two-month tenure with the team after signing a two-way contract in July.
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While the announcement was something of a surprise, it was something Moore had been pondering for a while. Ultimately, it was his call to step away. Moore, who went undrafted out of Utah State, says he has been battling anxiety. However, he didn’t realize the severity of the issue until recently. During college, Moore pushed his feelings down, chalking them up to nervousness or regular stress.
Over the course of this summer, his anxiety worsened to the point where basketball, which had always been his escape, wasn’t helping anymore. Moore began to get help and received the full support of the Bucks, but he ultimately realized he needed to focus on his own well-being. “It (anxiety) was kind of running my life and I was like, ‘This is not the way I want to live,’ ” Moore said.
Milwaukee Bucks: The Bucks have requested waivers on Jalen Moore. Undrafted out of Utah State, Moore was originally signed to a Two-Way contract on July 8.
Utah State graduate Jalen Moore has signed a two-way contract with the Milwaukee Bucks, anticipating to spend time with the Bucks and Milwaukee’s NBA G-League affiliate, the Wisconsin Herd. Moore is just one of two players within the Bucks organization with a two-way contract, joining former Wisconsin guard Bronson Koenig, who signed his contract on July 6.
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February 25, 2018 | 8:07 am EST Update
While battling for an rebound with Golden State’s Nick Young, Westbrook made contact with Young and fell to the floor. Pachulia, who was near the play but not particularly involved, crumpled to the floor after Westbrook was down and fell on the Thunder star’s legs. After the game, Westbrook challenged reporters who asked if he felt the fall was intentional. “Obviously it was intentional. Don’t ask me ‘was it intentional?’ Nobody touched him, he fell over my leg, tried to hurt me… but hey, that’s how it goes.”
Westbrook: “What do you mean what happened? What’d you think what happened? Don’t lie, don’t lie, you saw the instant replay four times. What happened?” Reporter: “He fell on your leg” Westbrook: “Thank you. Don’t ask me a dumb question you know the answer to.”
Westbrook: “What did it look like? What it look like? Anybody touch him? Yes or no?” Reporter: “I didn’t see the replay.” Westbrook: “Oh, you didn’t see it? But why you asking about something you didn’t see? Well then if you didn’t see it, don’t ask me a question. Don’t ask me dumb questions, man. Obviously, it was intentional. So don’t ask me if it was intentional. Nobody touched him, he fell on my leg, tried to hurt me. But hey, that’s how it goes.”
Paul George backed up Westbrook, saying that Pachulia “aimed his fall.” Royce Young: Paul George on the Pachulia play: “I’m going to take the Russ approach: Did you see what happened? You know Zaza, you know his history. Nobody pushed him. He aimed his fall … He’s on the end of hurting a lot of guys.”
Fred Katz: Kyrie Irving has thoughts on Pachulia falling on Westbrook’s leg: “The league has to take a look at this man, that s*** is ridiculous!”
Chris Haynes: Zaza Pachulia on Russell Westbrook’s claim that he intentionally tried to hurt him: “No comment. That’s childish. Come on. I’m not responding to that.”