Carmelo Anthony’s right shoulder is hampering him, but he said he will continue to try to play through it. Anthony started feeling soreness in the shoulder during last month’s West Coast trip, and he missed the Dec. 13 game against the Warriors. He hasn’t sat out since then and said he doesn’t plan to shut it down for a stretch to rest it.
“I don’t think it will get to that point,” Anthony said. “I think now it’s just a tolerance level, seeing what I can do and what I can’t do. I don’t think it’s a situation where I’ll shut it down. Maybe a game here, a game here. Just play it by ear.” Anthony said if he were to miss a game, it would be more for “overall rest and recovery” and not necessarily because of the shoulder. He said he hasn’t missed any practices because of it.
Anthony said he plans to return Monday versus Orlando after banging knees with New Orleans forward Dante Cunningham in the first quarter Friday. “I was able to get through the [New Orleans] game,” Anthony said. “I was contemplating if I was going to give it a go. I decided at the last minute go out and play and try to get through it. The more I tried to play and run on it, it got too sore.”
Ian Begley: Carmelo Anthony (sore right shoulder) will not play against Golden State tonight, the team says. No Derrick Rose (back) either.
Anthony, who has had soreness in his surgically repaired left knee this season, believes he will be fine and will be able to commit to playing in a record fourth Olympics for the men’s national team. “I want to go,” Anthony said. “I look forward to being a part of that.
Anthony’s surgically repaired left knee has already cost him seven games this season while robbing him of a quick first step and any explosiveness at the rim. The Knicks have copped to giving Anthony one MRI but according to a team source, Anthony has had two MRIs in the past three weeks so the concern over his long-term health is very real. “Today, it wasn’t that sore,” Anthony said. “I think the couple of days off helped.”
June 2, 2023 | 8:01 pm EDT Update
James Borrego and Terry Stotts potential hires as assistants for Milwaukee
Griffin and the Bucks will now work toward securing veteran assistants for his coaching staff. Two potential candidates are former Charlotte Hornets coach James Borrego and ex-Portland Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts, according to the sources.
While the team has not yet made the hire official, league sources tell The Athletic that Griffin has been with the team throughout the week in various meetings and draft workouts in Milwaukee. The Athletic has also learned that Griffin will be paid roughly $4 million per year on a multiyear contract with the Bucks.
Omari Sanfoka II: Pistons have made the Monty Williams hire official. Troy Weaver: “He has high character and high conviction. He will be a great leader and mentor for our young core, and given his career as a player, he’ll connect with our veteran players as well.” pic.twitter.com/fkRgfTLH12
No, Denver Nuggets superstar Nikola Jokic’s point toward his hand as he walks off the floor after wins is not a reference to the championship ring that he’s a few victories away from earning. It’s a gesture meant for his little girl, taken from one of his toddler daughter Ognjena’s favorite songs. “It’s just a song that we sing,” Jokic said during a SportsCenter interview after the Nuggets took a 3-0 series lead over the Los Angeles Lakers in the Western Conference finals. “It’s not a big deal, but she likes it, and I just want to have some connection with her.”
June 2, 2023 | 7:06 pm EDT Update
Erik Spoelstra on the undrafted narrative: 'That's so disrespectful to keep on talking about that that way'
Yes, the Heat has reached the NBA Finals with a rotation filled with undrafted players. But this also isn’t new, considering the Heat has made the Eastern Conference finals in three of the last four seasons and the NBA Finals in two of the last four seasons with chunk of its rotation made up of undrafted players. “That’s kind of played out,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said during the conference finals when asked about the undrafted success stories on the Heat’s roster. “That’s so disrespectful to keep on talking about that that way. “That story line is over. These guys have proven themselves as competitors and winning players.”
“We don’t typically have a ton of draft picks. That’s just us,” Spoelstra said when asked about the Heat’s impressive ability to develop undrafted talent into rotation players. “It’s not right or wrong, that’s just our philosophy. So we have to stockpile and develop our talent base sometimes in different ways to fill out a roster.
Clutch Points: “I think it’s a lot of mental toughness… I think that stemmed from [growing up] in a military-like household.” Jamal Murray on how his upbringing plays a huge part in where he is today 🔥 (via @Rachel__Nichols) pic.twitter.com/MeLvQArAnn