Training camp Rumors
“I’m running, I’m shooting, I’m jumping, I’m ball-handling, doing defensive slides,” said Beverley. “I mean, I feel ready, but I guess everyone else is thinking long-term. I wanted to come back like 4-or-5 games ago, but everyone’s thinking long-term. Of course, I’m not a doctor. They get paid to do what they do and give me the best advice they possibly can, and the best advice is longevity. I can’t argue with that.” He also said he expects to be fully ready and back to his old self by training camp, which is set to take place in Hawaii for the second-straight year. “Hell yeah [I’ll be ready]!” said Beverley. “120%! I feel strong as sh*t. I’ve been doing everything, so we’ll just see.”
Gary Washburn: #Celtics say Kyrie Irving will undergo a second knee surgery to remove two screws and miss 4-5 months. Doctors discovered a bacterial infection caused by screws in first surgery. A five-month window means he should be ready for training camp.
The Los Angeles Clippers will return to Hawaii for training camp next season for the second straight year. The team will travel to Honolulu in late September and hold camp at the University of Hawaii. Details and dates will be announced later.
At training camp in ’10, Casey told the Mavs they were going to build the best zone in the league, and grousing continued. “I like to lock up, man-to-man,” Shawn Marion said. “Trust me,” Casey replied. “We’re going to need this at some point.” The Mavericks spent 10 minutes on zone slides at every practice and deployed the zone for an entire preseason game in Chicago. Still, they used the zone sparing during the regular season, until the Finals against Miami. The Mavs had no one to match up with LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. Dallas was too old, too slow and too small in the backcourt. “It was finally time to whip out that f—— zone,” recalls former Mavs guard Jason Terry. Dallas alternated between a 2–3 and a man-to-man defense in which they sank guards to the elbows and bigs to the boxes.
“It started this summer when I looked myself in the mirror, and I was kind of like, ‘I’ve got to start over,'” Burke said. ” … I bumped heads with my agent this summer because he didn’t understand [the decision to sign a G-League deal with the Knicks]. He pretty much called me and said, ‘OKC tomorrow for training camp. I’m going to call them back right now and say yeah, right?’ I said, ‘No.’ He said, ‘Why?’ I said, ‘I want to go to New York. And I wanted to do that for the Lord. … I wanted to come to New York because I feel like this is a city where I can help a lot of people.”
Jeff Zillgitt: Also, Semaj Christon, who played for the U.S. in the November World Cup qualifying games, has been invited back, I’ve been told, for qualifying team training camp in preparation of February World Cup qualifying games. Aaron Harrison also one of 14 players invited.