Basketball has blessed me with the opportunity to meet all types of people with different political views, socioeconomic status’ and religions. Islam has taught me that every sin weighs the same in God’s eyes. That has conditioned me to not overreact in moments of conflict. I try to understand both sides rather than blindly condemn someone as if I’m “holier than thou”. That goes for life choices, religion and politics in my book.
August 16, 2018 | 10:03 pm EDT Update
Josh Lewenberg: New Raptor Greg Monroe was on @OverDrive1050 today, said he’s spent the summer working to adapt his game – being more mobile and even extending his range (he’s 0-for-12 from 3pt range in his career).
When Wendell Carter Jr. joined other members of the 2018 draft class at this week’s mandatory Rookie Transition Program, he knew there would be seminars and maybe some studying. What the Bulls first-round pick didn’t know is there would also be a magic show. And an NBA 2K video-game tournament. And a straight-talk moment from 10-time All-Star Carmelo Anthony.
Wendell Carter Jr: “Melo was real cool talking to us about the brotherhood we’re stepping into and the foundation the players before us have laid down. A prime example is the amount of money we’re getting paid now. Back in the day it wasn’t as readily available as it is now, and players before us fought for that.”
There are interactive workshops and smaller breakout sessions to keep players engaged. But when someone such as Grant Hill or Anthony Davis, both of whom presented at this year’s program, is talking attention is assumed. “You get those guys who are so engaged,” said Greg Taylor, the NBA’s senior vice president of player development. “They come ready to learn. They’re sitting in the front row.”
Drew Shiller: Steph Curry: “The stuff that I’ve turned down, and that includes our former President that has invited me to play golf but I cannot get to the East Coast in the next week to play with him. So Barack, if you’re listening, I appreciate the invite.” Wild. I have the same problem!
August 16, 2018 | 7:53 pm EDT Update
Kemba Walker can’t avoid it. Whenever he sets foot in the five boroughs, the questions come from every direction. “I’ve been hearing it for years,” Walker said Thursday, after working with youngsters at the National Basketball Players Association summer camp. “Every time I come home, ‘When are you going to come home and play for the Knicks?’ I know it’s a special place, I was a Knicks fan growing up, always rooted for the home team. But I just can’t see myself in a Knicks jersey, only because I’ve only been in one jersey.”
What about Brooklyn? “It’s always kind of weird because the Knicks are here,” he said. “There are definitely die-hard fans, that’s one thing about people from Brooklyn, they’re very loyal, die-hard, believe in their team. I love playing there.”
“I just want to do something special in Charlotte,” Walker said. “I’ve been there eight years now, and we haven’t really been consistent as far as winning. I just want to try to establish that culture at some point. That’s what I want to do, I just want to make it a winning organization.”