Here’s what Greek national team head coach Thanasis Skourtopoulos said on the matter to Greek radio station Sport-FM. “We are in contact with Giannis’ representatives. But now is not the right moment for his return [to the national team]. We look at it for September. There is no problem with Giannis and we’re expecting him in September. He should rest to soothe his leg. It has been a very tiring season for him. He ‘ll get ready and will be healthy and prepared in September. And Giannis wants it [playing for the national team] a lot.”
Dwain Price: Carlisle on Barnes’ strained right hamstring: “He’s making good solid progress with no setbacks that I’m aware of. He did pick up his activity and was in more non-contact things. We’ll shoot for Friday, which should be a full practice day and see where we are then.”
October 16, 2018 | 3:39 pm EDT Update
Stefan Bondy: Scott Perry on if it’s a risk letting Porzingis become free agent: “I’m not going to get into predicting anything about the future. I would just reiterate that I think as a group and we have a shared goal of making the Knicks a very good basketball team going into the long term.”
Steve Popper: Fizdale on the decision to start Ntilkina, not Knox: I went back into the lab and I watched the film and I looked at the numbers, really got into our culture and I said, I really felt like Frank earned it. I felt like would help prod Kevin a little more.
Mike Vorkunov: Kevin Knox was set as a starter after preseason but Frank Ntilikina won the job after Fizdale reviewed it. “Most important thing I was trying to get out of it was culturally you’ve got to earn it. I don’t think Kevin got to the point where he earned it more than Frank.” — Fizdale
In China, he was unable to communicate, and therefore out of his element. A player from another team taught Whiteside how to greet: “Wǒ shì nǐ bàba”—hi, nice to meet you. He said it to everyone at home, on the road, in the gym. There were never any “you, too’s” in return, only blank stares. Well into the season, Whiteside found out from his team’s general manager that he was actually saying “I’m your daddy.” Whiteside immediately recognized the player in the layup line a year later, after he had left for Lebanon again, then returned back to China. He wishes he had dunked on him. Wǒ shì nǐ bàba.