So, yes, Jokic, the scorer can be extremely versatile and devastating, and he’s beginning to better realize, the pass-loving big man that he is, that there are instances that require him to gravitate toward more of a scoring role. But the beauty of Jokic, and what speaks most clearly to his legitimate candidacy as an All-NBA player, is that he rarely loses sight of who he is and what makes him special, even if he doesn’t fully realize how special he is. Jokic is ultimately at his best when he is the do-it-all magician he has become the last two seasons. […] “To even watch his growth from the beginning of the year to the end of the year and watch his confidence level continue to rise to one of the stars in this league, it’s been impressive,” Nuggets forward Paul Millsap said of Jokic. “For me to watch that, it’s been great to watch it firsthand. He can only get better from here.”
August 15, 2018 | 2:11 pm EDT Update
Ryan Ward: Jeanie Buss on LeBron James (1/2): “He has proven to be a leader amongst his peers. He is making a decision to change lives & to invest in the young people in his community where he grew up where he knows he can make a change…” via @RichEisenShow #Lakers
Ryan Ward: Jeanie Buss: “Drafting players like Kyle Kuzma and Josh Hart and Lonzo Ball and the continued development of Brandon Ingram, you can see what Laker basketball stands for.” via @RichEisenShow #Lakers
August 15, 2018 | 11:58 am EDT Update
The Miami HEAT announced today that they have signed forward Marcus Lee. As per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. Lee began his collegiate career at the University of Kentucky before transferring to the University of California, Berkeley for his senior season where he appeared in 32 games (all starts) with the Golden Bears last season and averaged 11.4 points, 7.2 rebounds, 1.63 blocks, 1.3 assists and 27.8 minutes while shooting 56.3 percent from the field.