Ronald Tillery: Grizzlies guard Tyreke Evans on trade rumors: “Whether they trade me or they keep me, I’m going to come to work every day and work hard.” #BigBallerBeatWriter #GrindCity twitter.com/CAGrizBeat/sta…
Work ethic, preparation and a willingness to perform the humdrum tasks of the job are vital, but any head coach who can’t get out of the training facility by 6:30 p.m. on a non-game day may be putting on airs. Welcome to the era of work-life balance, where “not having a life outside basketball” is more a detriment than a curse, a demonstration that a coach might lack a native curiosity of the greater world that can actually help him do his job, relate to his players and colleagues and generally be a pleasant person to be around. The season is far too long and concentrated to approach the job otherwise in a league where “playing with joy” is the new imperative.
Derek Bodner: Embiid recently posted an instagram story with photos of the Heat (round 1), Celtics (potential round 2 matchup), Cavs (potential ECF) and Warriors (finals). His response? “I don’t know. It was, just, the only pictures I had in my phone.” He struggled to keep a straight face.
Jeff Goodman: Kent State junior guard Jaylin Walker has declared for the NBA Draft, but won’t hire an agent, school announced.
In an interview aired this week, Jeremy Lin talks to David Meltzer of Sports Marketing about a lot of things, how he sees “God’s fingerprints” on everything in his life, the importance of his family … and how his unique position as the first Chinese-American in the NBA gives him an opportunity to bring China and the United States closer. In talking about that role, Lin said he’s “very cognizant” of the power of his brand. ”That’s like my off-the-court job, is figuring out this platform and how to do it right and create a positive impact,” he said, adding that he acknowledges he’s in a “unique situation.”
April 20, 2018 | 5:47 am EDT Update
Will Guillory: Will: DeMarcus hasn’t really talked to anybody about his plans in free agency, that’s why you haven’t heard much about it. But everyone within the organization likes what he brings and they’d love to have him back. At this point, I’d bet on him coming back to New Orleans after free agency, but a lot can happen between now and then. He’s developed a really good relationship with Anthony Davis and everyone else on the team, and I think he’d love to finish what they started this year. The Pelicans’ success in the playoffs certainly doesn’t hurt their chances either.
Joe Freeman: This is a tired debate, IMO. Important people have made it clear to me that McCollum isn’t going anywhere. (http://www.oregonlive.com/blazers/index.ssf/2018/02/portland_trail_blazers_brace_for_nba_trade_deadlin.html) And I can assure you Lillard isn’t going anywhere. It’s incumbent on the front office to put the right players around them.
Stephen Watson: Jabari Parker was very animated talking about his frustration right now with limited minutes. He mentioned the only way to see the floor more was to be on the “coach’s good side”. When asked if he was on Prunty’s good side, he smirked and said “I don’t think so.” #Bucks
Heat center Hassan Whiteside suggested a change in Miami’s offensive approach has affected his production in the playoffs. “It’s just different, man. I feel like our offense is a lot different. I’m not as involved in as many dribble handoffs as I was and post-ups as I was in the regular season,” Whiteside said after scoring five points in 13 minutes in Miami’s Game 3 loss to Philadelphia. “That’s what coach [Erik Spoelstra] wants. Coach wants me to just be in the corner and set picks. That’s what he wants. I’ve just got to trust it.”