Asked about the estimated $219 million contract extension that Pacers president Larry Bird is poised to offer him in July, George told Marc Stein on ESPN Radio’s Meet The All-Stars: “As I told Larry, I always want to play on a winning team. I always want to be part of a team that has a chance to win it [all]. That’s important. Say what you want; I want to compete for something. It’s frustrating just playing the game for stats or for numbers or to showcase yourself. Man, I want a chance to play for a chance to win a championship. I wanted to be the first and want to be the first to be able to bring a championship to Indiana. So that’s still on my mind … and something I definitely want to achieve in Indiana.”
April 20, 2018 | 6:57 pm EDT Update
A day after making his playoff debut, Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid said he is ‘built for’ postseason basketball. “I feel like I’m one of the most physical players in the league – I love contact, I love attacking, I love going to the free-throw line,” Embiid said on Friday after scoring 23 points in the Sixers’ Game 3 win over the Miami Heat a night earlier.
Embiid felt ‘sore’ on Friday but said that he felt no discomfort in his face at the site of the orbital bone fracture. “I need about five massages today. It hurts,” Embiid said, drawing laughs from reporters. “But it’s the NBA. I’m trying to get back in the groove.”
Michael Grange: Raptors are holding out Fred VanVleet in Game 3 to give his shoulder more time, says Casey.
Dave McMenamin: LeBron James planned this ahead of time. Players were fitted by tailors in Cleveland weeks ago and packed the ensemble for the trip. I’ve seen this with USA Basketball and college teams before, but never an NBA team (other than the Wizards all wearing black)