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Armstrong wouldn’t guarantee an injury-free campaign but said Rose’s seriousness toward rehab is never an issue. He also raised the notion Rose’s slithering-to-the-basket, physical game is also a factor in why his return to All-Star level has taken longer than others.
“You can do everything you can and things happen,’’ Armstrong said. “One thing I’ll never question is his preparation for the season. It certainly won’t be for a lack of trying. “His style of playing is different and that hasn’t been discussed. That’s what makes him unique. I can’t recall another guard who plays like that. You might see some running backs who are very physical running backs. That’s going to have an impact on how he comes back compared to a running back who uses speed and quickness.’’
The consensus among many NBA front office officials was that Monroe wouldn’t be with the Bucks when they report to training camp later this month — even if they couldn’t get fair market value for the big man. But with training camp less than two weeks away, Monroe is still on the Bucks’ payroll. While that is shocking to many NBA officials, agent David Falk, who represents Monroe, insists he isn’t surprised his client is still with the Bucks. “There’s been a lot of speculation, but that’s part and parcel for the NBA,’’ Falk said. “You always have rumors and one percent of them come true.’’ Falk added, “I’ve become a cynic to rumors.’’
Falk said he’s been in constant contact with Bucks officials about Monroe’s situation and that the Bucks owners “have been amazingly supportive of Greg.’’ Furthermore, Falk revealed Monroe recently spent time with Greg Foster, a Bucks’ assistant coach, at a camp in Florida. Falk also dismissed speculation he or Monroe have lobbied to get Monroe out of Milwaukee. “Greg is a very mature guy, a very professional guy,’’ Falk said. “He has never asked to be traded on any team.’’
After a decade at adidas shaping the brand’s basketball brand as its sports marketing head, Chris Grancio has made a fairly unprecedented leap to become the chief marketing officer of the newly launched Independent Sports & Entertainment company, one of the top agencies in the agent landscape. Formerly part of the Relativity Sports agency, the new company, headed by longtime industry figures Ron Burkle and Hank Ratner, boasts a client roster of more than 300 athletes in the NBA, NFL and MLB. DeMarcus Cousins, Andrew Bogut, Ricky Rubio, Chandler Parsons and Rodney Hood are among some of the top basketball clients under agent Dan Fegan with the company.