Harris averaged 14.9 points per game on 61.1 percent true shooting, the latter of which was good for 19th in the NBA and seventh among guards. He also shot 42 percent from three — eight in the NBA — on 4.5 attempts per game. “Gary Harris had a phenomenal offseason. He was in our gym almost every day… He worked on his body. He worked on his shooting. He worked on his handles. I think that all of that hard work pays off and you see his confidence at a very high level right now.” Nuggets coach Mike Malone said in an interview with BSN Denver’s TJ McBride.
Last season, the Mavs pulled down just 38.6 rebounds a game as a team, ranking 30th out of 30 squads while allowing opponents to grab 44.5 boards an outing. The Mavericks grabbed just 7.9 offensive boards per game as well, which also ranked 30th in the league. And after seeing his team collect only 30.7 defensive boards a game to finish the ’16-17 season, Carlisle admits that rebounding will be more of a focus of the squad when training camp gets underway in late September. “Rebounding is a big challenge. It’s been a big challenge for us all year, so we’re going to have to do a better job than we’ve done from top to bottom,” Carlisle confessed last season. “Rebounding is a big key. There’s no doubt. Pursuing the ball is one of the big keys to this game.
The Golden State Warriors’ Kevin Durant and 3,459 children from the Reliance Foundation Junior NBA program in India entered the Guinness Book of World Records on Friday after holding the world’s largest basketball lesson in multiple venues. Durant, the MVP of the 2017 NBA Finals, conducted the record-breaking feat at the NBA Academy India, the new basketball training center in the Delhi National Capital Region for the top male and female prospects from throughout the country.
One group of players was with Durant at the academy, while other boys and girls participated via satellite from Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad and Kolkata. “Sharing my love of basketball with thousands of boys and girls across India was an unbelievable experience,” Durant said. “It was an honor to coach these amazing kids and to be a part of this special day.”