Countless times over the years, a player whose ailment was never mentioned, or was consistently downplayed, ends up under anesthesia as soon as the season ends. Quentin Richardson, Mike Miller, Mario Chalmers… the list goes on. So it’s natural to be skeptical about Hassan Whiteside’s calf issue, especially as day-to-day has become week-to-week. Still, there are good signs. Whiteside has not been incapacitated by the issue; he’s continued to do strength and conditioning work. And he said himself, prior to Sunday’s preseason opener, that he expected to return before the regular season, and get into at least a couple of preseason games.
Goran would have preferred having his brother around, but was realistic about the team’s perspective and Zoran’s viability in the NBA. Zoran logged 75 minutes in his first year in the league. “I was sad, of course,” Goran said of the trade. “I know how much he wants to be part of a team in the NBA, but I understand this is a business. That’s a better situation for him right now. He’s gonna get playing time. He signed a good deal in Russia. He’s happy. That’s a good thing.