So, I asked Andre (Iguodala) this. He talked about the journey being better than the result, which I understand. But how do you keep the journey from becoming stale for this group going forward? BM: You’ve got to like each other. You’ve got to really like each other. You’ve got to respect each other. You’ve got to understand that some days, you don’t have it. And your teammates need to pick you up. It’s the houseguest that stays too long. Sometimes you just need space. And it’s nobody’s fault. You need to yell at each other; you have to tell each other how you’re feeling. There’s acrimony, there’s division, there’s everything. But as long as you don’t break. You have to view it almost as like a family — that no matter what happens, we’re blood, and we’re going to see it through. But that’s a challenge, because you’re really not blood, but you’re as you can get, ‘cause you’re with each other all the time. Sometimes you see people more than you do your own family. So you try to find people that are decent people in the worst moments, is all you can do. Because the worst moments come. For us, the scrutiny on our team is heightened, and that’s fine. So when you slip up, it’s documented. So who are you going to be when you make those mistakes? How are you going to react to them? And I think that that is the testament to our group. Like I said, we bend. And we really did bend this year. But we didn’t break.
August 17, 2018 | 1:33 pm EDT Update
He joined the Sacramento Kings and had a fairly good individual rookie season but admits that he isn’t used to his team not being in the top: “It was a pretty good season and I can’t regret any moment of it but it wasn’t as successful teamwise as I’m used to. I think we are on the right path and have a bright future”, Bogdanovic told Eurohoops during the Basketball Without Borders camp.
His transition to the NBA was certainly made easier by having Serbian legends Vlade Divac and Peja Stojakovic in the Kings managing board but he is looking forward to having Nemanja Bjelica on the court with him next season: “I already had two guys to speak to in Serbian over there which helped me a lot. Now, I have another one on the court which is going to help me even more.”
Luka Doncic of the Dallas Mavericks spoke with Chris Forsberg of the ESPN and picked Phoenix Suns center, Deandre Ayton, as the number one favourite to win the Rookie of the Year award. “I would say [Phoenix center Deandre] Ayton. He was the No. 1 pick. He’s tall, he’s strong, he can do so many things,” the 2018 EuroLeague MVP stated.
After Kevin Love revealed he’d suffered a panic attack in a game against the Atlanta Hawks in a powerful essay for The Players Tribune, his then-teammate LeBron James quickly tweeted his support. […] Love told Carson Daly on The TODAY Show: “It was a special moment for me because we [he and James] sat towards the end of the bus. He kind of said ‘hey, do you have a moment’ he stopped me … shook my hand, looked me in my eye and said ‘You helped a lot of people today. It’s important.’ That was super powerful for me because not only is he the best athlete in the world, the best basketball player in the world but his influence and having my back with that was super important to me.”
Adam Johnson: Because some have inquired re: Bazley, he MUST go through the G League Draft to play in the upcoming NBAGL season. He cannot sit out and wait to sign in until a team of his choice sits atop the waiver order. This rule applies to all players who have not been through NBA Draft.
August 17, 2018 | 12:04 pm EDT Update
Greg Monroe: Monroe on the altercation with JV from 2017 playoffs: “That’s what happens when you’re competing. I would rather have somebody that does that than someone who is timid… I’m not going to back down, he’s not, so it should be fun being on the same team.”
Bobby Marks: Non-guaranteed $1.5M salary for Isaiah Taylor in Cleveland. The point guard will complete for the final roster spot. The Cavaliers have 12 guaranteed with roster spot 13 and 14 reserved for David Nwaba and Rodney Hood. $13M below the tax not factoring in all 3 players.