Have they told you they’re going to pick up that option? Bryn Forbes: “Not explicitly, but they don’t really tell you much explicitly, ‘This is what’s going to happen.’ From making the team, I didn’t know what to expect. (Popovich) told me after the last (preseason) game that I made the team. Every step of the way, you find out that last day, even if you thought you knew from the jump.”
December 14, 2018 | 5:22 pm EST Update
Jonathan Feigen: P.J. Tucker on the Lakers crying (no) foul: “I don’t think about it. We cry just as much as anybody. And everybody else cries. And everybody thinks other people get the call more than them when they cry all the time. Who cares?”
Michael Grange: The Raptors are 7-1 without Kawhi Leonard in the lineup, with all games played on the road and four of them on the second night of back-to-backs. They have a point differential of 13.9. The 73-win Dubs +/- was 10.8. They have multiple blowout wins vs. Elite teams. So weird.
Can’t a guy just be left to his video games and snacks? That was the plan for Charlotte Hornets center Frank Kaminsky Thursday afternoon, as it often is following practice: Play “Fortnite” and eat Cheez-Its. That plan changed when the fire alarm went off in the Charlotte highrise where Kaminsky lives. Normally, Kamsinky blows off the warning, expecting a quick announcement that was just a test of the system. This time, residents of the building were told to evacuate in response to a bomb threat.
“I had to walk down 49 stories because they shut off the elevators. Instead of grabbing my keys and my wallet, I grabbed a box of Cheez-Its for the long journey down,” Kaminsky recalled after shoot-around Friday morning. About three stories down, there was a lady with a baby and a dog and a couple of other things she had to carry, so I just helped her carry the baby.”
The bomb threat, one of many called in around Charlotte and the country Thursday, did leave Kaminsky and his neighbors stranded for a while at street level. It wasn’t just getting clearance to return, it was waiting for the elevators to be reactivated. “I’m not walking back up 49 floors,” Kaminsky said. “That’s just not a thing that’s going to happen.”