The other scar? “During the Finals I fell into a camera, against Golden State. The first time we played them.” Did you have any stitches then? “No, I actually—this was just glue. It was going to be staples, but I told them, ‘Don’t fucking staple my head.’ And they put in the glue, and it didn’t heal right. We kept this one under wraps, though.” Why? “Because we don’t talk about injuries. I don’t talk about injuries.”
There’s no way LeBron James’ sprained left ankle will keep him out of the Cleveland Cavaliers’ regular-season opener against Kyrie Irving and the Boston Celtics — at least according to JR Smith. “Oh, he’s going to go,” Smith said after practice Monday. “He’s going to go, trust me on that. I don’t care what he’s got to do, he’s going to play.” Smith’s declaration of James’ status was far more definitive than Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue’s assessment of his superstar’s chances of suiting up after James missed four of the Cavs’ five preseason games with the injury.
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.”
Joe Ingles: Get that shoulder sorted @Dante Exum! Kids are waiting for the next time you baby sit. #ForFreeOfcourse