Nick DePaula on Giannis Antetokounmpo having a very unique shoe: “If you look at Kevin Durant’s Nike shoe, it’s really clean and simple, which is exactly what KD wants because he wants his shoe to mimic his style of play. When you look at what Nike is going to do for Giannis and you factor in how his game is so unique and how we’ve never seen someone do the things he does at his size and you consider that ‘The Greek Freak’ is his nickname, it gives Nike some room to come out with a shoe that is really funky and unique and different and kind of out there. I think they’re going to take a lot of chances with his shoe. He has this sort of hybrid, never-before-seen style on the court and I think they’re looking at his shoe to have the same kind of design language. I think people are really excited for the shoe. Giannis gives them the ability to play and really try some stuff. I think they’re going to take some risks on it and it’s going to be exciting.”
February 23, 2019 | 4:17 pm EST Update
Tim MacMahon: Source: James Harden’s status will be a game-time decision after he did not participate in the Rockets’ morning walkthrough. He’s officially listed as questionable against the Warriors due to a cervical strain.
Michael Lee: Jusuf Nurkic on trash talk from Ben Simmons: “I’m a better shooter than him, I guess. The way he’s able to shoot – or not able to shoot – is ridiculous.” Evan Turner, seated a few feet away, asked who Nurk was talking about. “The best shooter on the floor. Your boy Ben Simmons.”
Paul Garcia: For Sunday’s Spurs-Knicks game, LaMarcus Aldridge and Derrick White are both listed as PROBABLE again
Cuban offered advice to the next Williamson-caliber player who comes along, especially if it happens before the minimum draft age is lowered to 18. “The next kid in a similar circumstance, go to the G-League, or Europe,” he said. “If you want the international adventure and the exposure to a different type of basketball and different skill sets, go to Europe. If that’s not your thing and you’re not in-tuned to it for whatever reason, and you’ve got a big social media following like Zion Williamson? Go G-League.”
Cuban over the years has expressed concern about the life skills that even some one-and-done players have lacked when coming into the NBA after barely attending college before turning professional. “Got here, didn’t know how to write a check, didn’t know how to sign a lease,” Cuban said Friday. “Just needed somebody basically to hold their hand and it made things difficult for them. It’s hard to focus on your profession when you don’t even know how to focus on the everyday skills that are required for life.”