DeMar DeRozan: I felt like I wasn’t treated with what I sacrificed for nine years, with the respect that I thought I deserved. By just giving me the say so of letting me know something’s going on or it’s a chance. That’s all I wanted. That’s all I wanted. I’m not saying, ‘You don’t have to trade me’ or … just let me know something is going on because I sacrificed everything. Just let me know. That’s all I asked. Everybody know I’m the most low-maintenance person in the world. Just let me know, so I can prepare myself for whatever my next chapter is, and I didn’t get that.
August 19, 2018 | 4:35 pm EDT Update
Jordan Clarkson says playing with the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA finals a few months ago was a “great experience.” Being the flagbearer at the opening of the Asian Games may have matched it. “It was probably one of the happiest days I’ve had in my career, in my life,” Clarkson said Sunday, a day after the opening ceremony in the Indonesian capital. “Just seeing everybody’s face, how happy everybody was.”
Clarkson said leading the Filipino delegation into the stadium, cheered by a crowd of 40,000, offered NBA-level excitement. “It was up there, definitely,” he said. “I haven’t seen something like that – ever. I didn’t know how big the Asian Games were until I came out of that tunnel.”
San Antonio Spurs foreign prospect, Nemanja Dangubic, is in San Antonio and training at the team’s practice facility. Dangubic shared a photo on his Twitter of him taking jump-shots with Spurs staff on-hand.
Another college program? The NBA? Somewhere else? “I’m not sure. I love working with kids,” Kevin Ollie said. “I loved being at UConn for eight years. I loved being in the NBA and being coached when I was in the NBA. I’m just being open, staying positive, thinking about the things I need to do in the future. The first and foremost thing is to spend some time with my kids. I think they really need me right now, and that’s what I really focus on. That’s my boss right now. They’re telling me where to go, where to be at, and I’m just paying attention and following directions.”
Dennis Rodman made an appearance at Pearl Jam’s Wrigley Field gig in Chicago last night. During his time on the mic, he talked about North Korea—a subject he’s discussed numerous times in recent months.
The former Chicago Bulls player also declared his love for the city and its people. “You people here are the only people on this planet Earth [that] gave me support,” Rodman said, holding a ukulele. “I know one thing—on the day I die, I’ll make sure I’ll be buried in Chicago.” Rodman then walked off stage and passed the instrument to Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder, who said, “Dennis, just put that day off as long as possible. Do me a favor, alright?” Vedder then launched into an acoustic rendition of “Sleeping by Myself.”
August 19, 2018 | 2:53 pm EDT Update
Tom Orsborn: #Spurs’ Rudy Gay, with his health finally fully restored and 5 pounds lighter, tells me, “I feel good about this season…Everything is clicking. I feel athletic again…It’s now or never for me this season.”