“You have to understand, it is so much different in Miami than everywhere else,” said Zydrunas Ilgauskas, who played seven years with James in Cleveland before joining him in Miami for a season. “Cleveland is part of the mainstream of the NBA. In Miami, there is one man in charge and that is Pat Riley and everyone falls into line from there. It’s very simplified for you. There is one way to do things, his way.”
A lover of practical jokes, Gilbert once wanted to dummy up a fake news release that the Cavs were signing Dennis Rodman to a 10-day contract and put it out on April Fools' Day; he was talked out of that one. After a playoff victory over the Washington Wizards 10 years ago, Gilbert had a remote-controlled fart machine installed under coach Mike Brown's seat. When Brown went up to the dais for the postgame news conference, Gilbert stood in the back and worked the controls. Brown was flummoxed -- although the microphones didn't pick up the sounds.
Chris Haynes of Cleveland.com on The Dan Patrick Show: They were highly pissed. I knew this for a fact. They were highly ticked off, this team, when the team didn’t re-sign Kendrick Perkins and they ended up picking up over the summer Sasha Kaun – a 29-, 30-year-old rookie who has not really played at all and I don’t really think is ready for the NBA. So, he’s collecting about $2 million right now a season and not even playing. Kendrick Perkins would’ve been brought back for the veteran’s minimum. Players – I know for a fact, I talked to them – they were highly ticked off about that, not bringing him back. Because it wasn’t about his numbers. It was about the intangibles, the emotional leadership and the enforcer, the enforcement role he brought to the team.
March 28, 2023 | 2:47 pm EDT Update
Kevin Durant expected to return on Wednesday
Shams Charania: After missing 10 games with a sprained ankle, Phoenix Suns All-NBA star Kevin Durant will make his return Wednesday vs. the Minnesota Timberwolves barring setback, league sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium.
Chase Hughes: Monte Morris will return tonight for the Wizards, but Daniel Gafford is OUT, joining Beal and Kuzma.
Jonathan Feigen: Rockets/Vipers two-way player Darius Days named G League Player of the Month for March. Days averaged 25.7 points and 9.9 rebounds in 10 games for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, who went 8-2 and reach the post-season with a six-game winning streak.
Former Windsor High standout guard Amir “Primo” Spears is transferring after one season at Georgetown, as well as putting his name in for the NBA draft.
Bobby Manning: Malcolm Brogdon, Jaylen Brown and Grant Williams visited the White House last night to discuss criminal justice reform, particularly raising the age of juveniles to 20. They met with about 15 JD officials. Scott Budnick helped set it up. Brogdon, Brown spoke today in DC about it
Bobby Manning: Brogdon said there were a lot of influential people at the table, including a brief appearance by former Atlanta mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, whose children attended his former Greater Atlanta Christian High School.