Training camp Rumors
The last spot may come down to Butler or Jimmer Fredette, another training camp signee, with forwards Reggie Williams and DeShaun Thomas also lurking. Asked if he’s looking at the situation that way, Butler said: “Only thing I can control is how hard I can work, how smart that I do things and go out there and give good effort everyday.”
Ian Clark knows he’s facing long odds, but that’s nothing new to him. One of five training-camp invites among a six-player competition for the final roster spot with the Warriors, Clark has made a career out of beating the odds. “For me, it’s just about playing with confidence, knowing what I can do and what I can’t do, and improving the things I need to do better,” Clark said before Monday’s exhibition opener in San Jose. He went scoreless in eight minutes, missing both of his shot attempts, one from beyond the arc.
The Chicago Bulls will be draining jumpers on a new hardcourt this season. An updated court design was unveiled Monday when the Bulls were set to practice at the United Center as training camp in preparation for the 2015-16 season continued. The most significant change is the bull head at center court has increased in size by 75 percent and stands alone without an image of a basketball that had been behind it. In addition, the lines on the court have been changed from red and white to black.
Speaking to Aaron Bruski of the Koz and Bru Show, CSN Kings Insider James Ham said that rookie Willie Cauley-Stein could barely run up and down the court during training camp. “He is going to open the season at 14 minutes a game, if he’s lucky. When you show up to camp and you can’t run up and down the court twice without being so winded you have to pull yourself off the court, then something’s wrong.”
Carmelo Anthony is 31 years old, entering his 13th season in the NBA and coming off major knee surgery. But he says he still has plenty of good basketball left. In fact, the Knicks star is confident that he can play at a high level for the next “four or five years.” “Without a doubt. Without a doubt,” Anthony said after the Knicks’ final training camp practice on Saturday.
Anthony also believes that he can play effectively past age 35 because he doesn’t rely on a freakish vertical leap or foot speed to perform. “If I was a guy who kind of played above the rim and played at a fast pace and just running and jumping — that was my game, very athletic — then I’d probably be sitting here singing a different tune,” Anthony said. “But the way that I play, the way that I know how to pace myself, the way I know how to pick my spots out on the basketball court, I’m not a guy who’s playing above the rim every play so it works in my favor.”