Chris Haynes: You and Masai go way back. Did that hurt you more, the fact that you did have that relationship with him? DeMar DeRozan: No question. I mean, when you use the word “family,” “brother” or whatever, things other people use lightly … for me, once you use that term, I stick by that term. I stand by that term. So whether it’s something I like or don’t like, I’m going to accept it if you come to me and let me know beforehand. But don’t make one thing seem like another thing and catch me off-guard and do something else. That was my whole problem. I understand how the game works, how the business works. My mindset was that I was always going to be in Toronto my whole career, but I was never naive. Just let me know. That’s where my frustration came from. And I think it showed. From the fans to even myself — it just caught me completely off-guard.
August 19, 2018 | 9:59 pm EDT Update
Leading the charge with Joel Embiid will be Ben Simmons and the Aussie is backing down from the challenge. “We’ve got to get past Boston, those are the guys at the top right now. Beating them, that’s our next goal,” Simmons said. “Obviously getting further than the second round and winning the Eastern Conference Finals and then moving on to the Finals.
Simmons crossed Rookie of the Year honours off of his list after claiming the award last season, but he’s now setting his individual sights on a bigger goal. “I knocked off one of those (RoY), the next one is MVP.”
James Harden, the NBA’S Most Valuable Player in 2018, said Sunday he and his Rockets teammates will get together in the Bahamas the first week of September for about a week of bonding, basketball and fun.
“It’s extremely important,” Harden said in an interview with FOX 26 Sports. “I think last year it was great for us because we kind of built our chemistry up before training camp, and then obviously adding Chris (Paul) and adding PJ (Tucker), we got a year under our belt. Bringing other guys in, James (Ennis) and ‘Melo (Carmelo Anthony), just got to get them acclimated before training camp starts, something we need.”
Mark Berman: Mayor @SylvesterTurner says it’s time for Houston to honor the NBA’s MVP in 2018 with a James Harden Day in Houston. Mayor Turner wants to get it done “before the season officially starts.”
Chris Kaman will join a special club this year: He’s being inducted into the Grand Rapids Sports Hall of Fame. Kaman played basketball for Tri-Unity Christian High School, then Central Michigan University. He was drafted to the NBA in 2003 and spent 13 years there. “I think I was just blessed,” Kaman said. “I always dreamed of it … I did not know I was any good at basketball until my third year of college when we played Michigan at Michigan and we beat them. I had a really good game and everybody was talking about it. I wouldn’t have thought I could go to the NBA.”
He said it never occurred to him who the scouts who started showing up at games were there to watch. “My teammates were like, ‘They’re coming to watch you, you idiot,'” he said. “Then I started to click and put things together.”
August 19, 2018 | 7:44 pm EDT Update
In the weeks leading up to the NBA’s February trade deadline, Andrew Bogut was widely rumoured to be signing on with a contender for the playoffs, after being waived by the Los Angeles Lakers. “I had offers. I had an offer straight away, a ten-day offer immediately after I was waived, but I didn’t take that,” Bogut revealed. “That team was pretty consistent in trying to get me to come over.”