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.”
November 16, 2018 | 9:33 pm EST Update
Jim Eichenhofer: Hard to believe some of the injury luck with this team at times. Elfrid Payton had played in 305 out of a possible 328 games of his four-year #NBA career prior to 2018-19, but just missed nine games with ankle sprain and now has broken finger only 8 minutes into return from it
Barry Jackson: Heat (6-9) loses 99-91 in Indy despite Richardson’s 28, Whiteside’s 12 & 17. Indy has won seven more games than Heat since trading Paul George. Of teams ahead of Heat in East in past year-plus, that’s the most disappointing one from Heat perspective. Pacers are simply better.
November 16, 2018 | 8:39 pm EST Update
Bulls injury update per Fred Hoiberg: Lauri Markkanen is shooting from deeper range, but is still 1-2 weeks away from playing with contact. Hoiberg says they will likely utilize the Windy City Bulls — the G League affiliate — to help get him back into game shape. Denzel Valentine’s time frame is still “up in the air.”