The "Andre Iguodala almost signed with the Rockets last…

The “Andre Iguodala almost signed with the Rockets last summer” story is alive and well. After practice on Friday, Iguodala was asked if he was close to joining Houston. He answered… but not really. “I don’t remember none of that from last summer,” Iguodala said with a smile on his face. “At the end of the day, it’s all business. Every story turns into business, so … I don’t know man. I don’t remember man. “I can’t get too deep right now because then it would be a story and everyone makes money off of it at my expense. I’m just really excited to play basketball in America and be free and all that politically correct stuff.”
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January 19, 2019 | 12:25 pm EST Update
A young​ Elie Okobo​ did​ not​ watch​ Saturday-morning cartoons before heading to his​ basketball games.​ He​ watched replays​ of​ San​​ Antonio Spurs games broadcast from thousands of miles away, dazzled by fellow Frenchman and point guard Tony Parker. Less than two weeks ago, Okobo sat down at swanky Scottsdale seafood restaurant Ocean 44 to share a postgame dinner with Parker. The two had just guarded each other in Charlotte’s win at Phoenix. Parker’s teammate, Nic Batum, and former Suns and Spurs player Boris Diaw joined them. The meal epitomized the bond NBA players from France share, even when they are opponents on the floor or their playing careers have concluded. Okobo, aka “Young Frenchie,” is the latest to join that club, already contributing to the Suns as a rookie and occasionally matching up against his childhood idol. “I want to be this guy one day, the guy that the (French) kids look up to,” Okobo said. “I think I’m on my way. I gotta keep working.”
Diaw understands Okobo’s first-year learning curve in both the NBA and the U.S. Through frequent text exchanges, Diaw preaches patience, strong work ethic and reacting positively to adversity such as sporadic playing time and mounting losses for this young Suns team. “Little by little, I think (Okobo) can be somebody that they can count on for on-ball defense, as well as being able to spark some offense,” Diaw said. “He’s somebody that’s pretty versatile and can do different things on the court. … What he can control is how he’s practicing every day (and) how he wants to learn.”
Okobo was most impressed with how Parker calmly used ball screens and surveyed the defense for large chunks of the shot clock. Parker, meanwhile, praised Okobo’s potential — and that his lefty handle and shot makes him “a pain in the butt to guard.” “He’s got all the tools to be a good point guard in this league …” Parker said. “Then, it’s all about getting opportunities and making sure he gets a coach who can trust him.”
January 19, 2019 | 11:21 am EST Update
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