Gran Canaria Rumors
The Utah Jazz announced today that the team has signed forward Royce O’Neale. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not released. O’Neale (6-6, 215, Baylor) played for Gran Canaria in Spain during the 2016-17 season, averaging 8.3 points on 44.9 percent shooting, 5.2 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 20.6 minutes in 52 games (32 starts). O’Neale ranked in the top five for ACB small forwards in both rebound percentage and assist percentage, and was also among the league leaders in defensive rating.
BJ&B: What was it like when you first arrived there and thought, ‘This is where my basketball career has taken me’? Hollins: I can say that this experience, and leading up to it, has been like no other. I have felt an array of emotions from joy, anxiety, frustration, to pure bliss. There’s nothing like waiting for a new job; or even bigger, a new place to live! It’s like the first day of school on steroids. Coming from the NBA and knowing that I cannot just still play, and (knowing) I have my health and a wealth of knowledge that I didn’t have in my 20’s, kills me. I know I’m better than half the (NBA) centers with jobs right now. All of that, while sitting out on the beach enjoying a full course meal. I couldn’t help but wonder, “Is this what (my) life is really supposed to be like?”
BJ&B: What in the international game would you like to see in the NBA? Ryan Hollins: The team aspect, where if a guy is open he gets the ball. Offense over here works like this: whatever coverage the other team is in, the players are supposed to react as a team, rather than one guy working to get his numbers. But, there’s also a fine line because I also believe in the NBA approach where, whenever there’s a favorable matchup, you have to abuse it. I love the passion from the fans here; they are so wild at times it almost looks like a soccer match. They’re blowing horns, screaming and I’ve even heard of fans throwing objects on the court. I also like how hard the players play here, but you have to realize there’s more subbing going on, there are only two games a week and it’s a basketball culture that doesn’t know any better.
“We followed Edy closely the past two seasons with Gran Canaria and are excited to officially have Edy as a member of our team. We would like to thank the coaches and executives of Gran Canaria as they played a significant role in Edy’s development and we look forward to continuing his improvement in our player development program,” Budenholzer said.