“It would help. I’m not against that,” Waiters said of a possible move by the Heat to acquire Irving. “Just know, there’s an alpha male over there too in myself. I think that’s the biggest thing with everybody – oh he’s got irrational confidence. Like I tell everybody man, I come from [Philadelphia]. If I can make it from here I can make it anywhere. My Mom got shot. My Dad got shot. Come on bro, ain’t nothing I ain’t ever seen. Why not? I need that confidence every day to get through. It’s got nothing to do with ball. It’s who I am. It was instilled in me. Just know there’s an alpha male over there already. [Irving] can come down and we can boogie together.”
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The Miami Heat are willing to part with Goran Dragic and Justise Winslow as centerpieces for an Irving trade, league sources said. With the Cleveland-Miami history, there’s little chance for a deal unless the Heat offered an overwhelming package. Gilbert may have unwittingly thrust pressure onto Altman in a Wednesday news conference, declaring “Indiana could’ve done better” in its trade package for Paul George. The Cavaliers have more leverage in a deal because Irving has two years on his contract to George’s one.
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Evan Fournier on trade rumors: I don’t care. I was already traded once from Denver to Orlando and it happened overnight, when there were no rumors. There are teams that are interested in me, it’s not that I’m going to leave, it’s a chess game, and as a player you do not control anything, so I ignore everything.
“It sounds kind of weird,” says Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich, describing what it’s like to coach Ginobili in his twilight, “but it’s sort of a melancholy joy, and thinking that maybe every arena he steps into may be the last time I’ll see him in that arena.”
“I always make sure I touch him before every game,” says Popovich, “and remember what he’s meant to us over the years and how significant a factor he’s been in our success. I think I’m probably enjoying it more than ever, because I feel I’m about to lose him.”
Without the band, Nogueira hoped to revisit the bass class this season. He lamented that it didn’t make sense given how often the team has been on the road. “I live music 24 hours,” Nogueira said. “I try to live like a musician, but I don’t make money from it. Every day I’m studying different songs. Like, I like to pay attention to instruments. Like, this is what I’m looking for. I love it so much, music. I wish, one day, if I retire from basketball, to start, like, a career in music. This is my goal that I have.”
“It’s a Drake city,” Nogueira said. “Everywhere you go, it’s Drake, Drake, Drake. And I like some Drake songs and Drake is a very nice guy and he’s very talented. But you know, he’s Canadian, he’s so famous, so everywhere you go, they’re playing Drake. Actually, I don’t know any bar that’s like, oh, that bar plays rock.”
“One of the bands that I love so much and Canadians, people hate: Nickelback,” he said. “I don’t understand why people — because Canadian people, when you’re famous, they support you so much. They love to support famous Canadians. And I don’t understand because I grew up thinking Chad Kroeger is amazing, I love him. And when I came to Canada, people are like, ‘You like Nickelback?’ And everybody starts laughing in my face.”