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“You always hear guys say that basketball is a business and all that,” Griffin said. “It’s so much different when you have had a relationship with a certain amount of people for so long and been at a place for so long. Someone always promises you this is what we are doing, and six months later … “It shows people’s true colors. Other than that, at the end of the day, you have to realize it’s a business.”
Clippers forward Danilo Gallinari said Tuesday he “hopes” to be back on the court by the end of the month. He hasn’t played since he was injured during the Clippers’ loss to the Golden State Warriors on Feb. 22 and didn’t join the team for the start of its four-game trip Tuesday at Minnesota. “The hand is better,” Gallinari told a reporter for Sky Sports’ Italian-language website. “I did the last test, positive results, so now I can start again with the rehabilitation.”
Doc Rivers, who been coaching since 1999, handed out some pretty useful advice for his fellow coaches. The L.A. Clipper coach spoke about his friend, fellow coach, and protege in Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue and his recent health problems. In part, Rivers said: “It’s going to be okay. We all have to do better. It’s funny, I got on Ty today but I was probably talking to myself… Coaches need to sleep more. I know that sounds crazy but we don’t we don’t sleep. We’d sleep three or four hours, five hours a day during the season and that’s not enough.”
Kyle Ratke: Doc Rivers before the game on Lou Williams and Jamal Crawford playing until their 50: “I think they’ve both figured it out. just play one end of the floor.” Said he was half-joking. lol. That’s funny.
Gallinari is not on the Clippers’ four-game road trip out East against the Wolves, Bucks, Indiana Pacers, and Toronto Raptors as he rehabs his injured hand in Los Angeles. If he does end up returning on March 27th, he will have missed just under five weeks of action. News was first reported reported by Sky Sports. “I hope to do it on the court before the end of the month,” Gallinari said. “The hand is better, I did the last test today: positive results, so now I can start again with the rehabilitation.”
Josh Robbins: Tracy McGrady on Doc Rivers telling Tim Duncan during Duncan’s free agency courtship that significant others weren’t allowed on the Magic team plane: “I just found this out over the All-Star break. I had no idea. No idea. Doc Rivers, man? You wait till I see him.”
Griffin acknowledged that he would have approached free agency differently had he known he could be traded, but he added there is no need to focus on hindsight. The NBA will have a star-studded free-agency class this summer that could include the league’s biggest star in LeBron James, along with All-Stars Kevin Durant, Paul George and DeMarcus Cousins. For NBA superstars, it would appear the world is theirs when they become a free agent. But even the most powerful players lose a lot of power once they sign a contract, as evidenced by the Clippers trading the greatest player in franchise history so quickly.