“That’s going to happen,” Terry said regarding distractions. “I’ve been around this thing a long time. You will be faced with all types of adversities and how you come through those is a sign of the type of team you have. Our team was just not strong enough mentally to get through those adversities and learn. A lesson for [Harden] as a star of a team, you have to deal with certain issues and still be able to be mentally tough to bring your level of play up with your team and get them to where you want them to go. It happens.”
Maybe his silence said everything, but Howard too was truthful about the chemistry. “It didn’t go the way we wanted to go,” the 30-year-old center said. “We had a lot of ups and downs and I’m sure all of us are going to take some time to reflect on what we can do to better ourselves.”
Adrian Wojnarowski: JB Bickerstaff had impossible job: Interim where two stars hated each other -- and brought it onto court. He can be a good NBA head coach.
December 4, 2020 | 5:15 pm EST Update
Barry Jackson: Heat adds a 20th player: guard/forward BJ Johnson, who appeared in 10 games with Magic last season.
Mark Medina: Frank Vogel on if LeBron James will play in any pre-season games: “We’ll see. We don’t want to underdo it where he’s not ready to play in real games. But we obviously don’t want to overdo it.”
Mike Trudell: Vogel said LAL have to keep their edge from last year, citing this goal: “Every time we’re on the floor, we’re playing harder than our opponent. Period. We’re caring more than our opponent. Period … that’s the No. 1 habit you can build in the regular season. Mindset of winning.”
Brandon Rahbar: Shai on leadership: “Being so close alongside Chris, one of the best leaders to play the game, I picked up some things.” He says all the young guys will learn together and from each other but says OKC has some vets that will help guide them.
James Ham: Fans will not be allowed to attend games at Golden 1 Center to start the 2020-21 season. The Kings will follow state and local guidelines.
December 4, 2020 | 4:36 pm EST Update
Mike Trudell: Frank Vogel said that it’s too soon to decide upon a starting lineup, but he’s definitely going to give Dennis Schroder “strong consideration” to start. Vogel said Schroder is a great fit to play alongnside LeBron because he can be effective on and off the ball.