I’m sure you had to have heard your name thrown around in trade rumors this summer, and it’s not the first time. How do you handle that? Cole Aldrich: It is what it is. If it happened, it happened. If it didn’t, it didn’t. I’m going to be excited either way. I’m excited about my time. If I stay all year, I’m happy to be here. This is home for me and it always will be home, whether I’m with the Wolves or another team. I’ve loved my time being here, but it’s a business, it is what it is. I’ve been traded before and, as we spoke earlier in the year, you just never know if it’s going to happen again.
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At the time, the brand had hoped that Timberwolves rising phenom Andrew Wiggins could fill that role, but internally there has been strong hesitation about whether Wiggins could carry his own signature shoe. Antetokounmpo’s game is already more established and more accomplished, leading the company to look at making a massive offer that could steal him away from Nike. Adidas is enjoying momentum in other categories as a brand and hasn’t been shy in offering monster deals in the past to its top priorities, such as the 13-year deal to Harden and the seven-year contract to Porzingis.
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Crawford’s mother, Venora, says she was pushing her son put on the clinic. “The most important mission was to give back to the community, not charge anything, and helps the kids develop, consistency, confidence.” It’s a family affair, with Venora on site and Jamal’s sisters Lisa and Lori helping to deliver water and facilitate camper needs. Lisa and Lori helped raise Jamal. Lori says it’s just another example of her brother’s character. “Everything he does to give back, he does it for the 206.” Erica Davis would even include the 509. She brought her son Jadan over to participate in the camp.