After the dismissal of highly successful coach Dwane Casey, Toronto is selling the returning core of a 59-win Eastern Conference No. 1 seed, a past NBA Executive of the Year in Masai Ujiri and a streamlined ownership group with immense resources and a willingness to spend. Milwaukee is selling a transcendent young star in Giannis Antetokounmpo, a solid supporting cast and the opening of a new downtown arena next season.
“I just want to do something special in Charlotte,” Walker said. “I’ve been there eight years now, and we haven’t really been consistent as far as winning. I just want to try to establish that culture at some point. That’s what I want to do, I just want to make it a winning organization.”
Kevin Love was asked if he saw LeBron James’ move to the Lakers coming before it happened in an interview with ESPN. Love, who agreed on a four-year, $120 million contract extension with the Cavs, said he had a feeling the superstar was choosing between Cleveland and LA.
Kevin Love: “I had somewhat of an idea. I had, like everybody, weighed the options and had an idea of where he might go. I knew it was probably between Cleveland and Los Angeles. I think he’s always looking for a different challenge. He’s always wondering what’s next, and it feels like sometimes he’s playing chess and everybody else is playing checkers.
Drew Shiller: -Bill Simmons: “It felt like the last two years, every time Kevin Love got switched on to you, you had a flashback to Game 7 ’16 and you wanted to score on him. Is that fair? -Steph Curry: “Yes. That is very fair. I spent a whole year hearing about that one possession.”
August 16, 2018 | 7:13 pm EDT Update
After missing all of last season due to injury, Brandon Knight is back and looking forward to becoming a leader for the Suns young core. The 26-year-old point guard used the time off the court as a learning experience to help build his leadership skills. “When you can’t play, you can’t affect the game on the court,” Knight said. “I just found other ways to try to help my teammates be better. Whether that be telling tidbits I saw when I observed. I just tried to be a veteran presence on our team and just lead through that.”
Knight is just two years removed from his highest scoring average of his career (19.6 ppg) and is ready to get back on the court. “I’ve been excited since December, since I started running. I’m looking forward to it. I’m very excited about it,” Knight said.
Knight is ready to team up with the young core and build something special in Phoenix. “I already know how I can help and how I can play with them. I know their strengths and weaknesses just from watching them all season,” Knight said. “Hopefully it will be quick building chemistry with them once I get back in, once I get back playing.”
Curry reveals details about the arguments that Green and Golden State head coach Steve Kerr get into that wind up stopping practices, but he adds that by the end of practice, it’s like nothing ever happened. “The respect level between them two is at an all-time high,” Curry says to Simmons, “but they have their moments, and it’s just amazing entertainment to watch in practice.”