Chris Grenham: Jaylen Brown said that he plays Fifa and not 2K, but as soon as the 2K ratings came out, Kyrie called him and asked how he felt. “I was like Kyrie, I do not give a fuck about no 2K rating. (Kyrie) was like ‘bro they played you’ (laughs).” via @CJMcCollum @Schultz_Report
January 23, 2021 | 11:00 am EST Update
“I was always a big fan of Donovan, even before I came to the Jazz,” Utah point guard Mike Conley said. “If you’ve seen his progression for four years, I don’t know how you can make a statement regarding his ceiling. He’s gotten better and better every year, and he’s going to continue to get better. We block out the noise over here. But, sometimes things that are said leak through and you hear it. And it motivates Donovan even more.”
Opposing teams have a negative-3.3 percentage point effective field goal percentage with Capela in the game, shooting 3.2 percentage points worse at the rim and 8.5 percentage points worse in the midrange, per Cleaning The Glass. He has been a difference-maker for the Hawks defensively, particularly in the past few games. “I think it’s just understanding our concepts and picking and choosing the spots where he can be a tremendous helper,” coach Lloyd Pierce said.
“I just feel like last year was not really defense,” Capela said. “It was just going and scoring. I just feel now that you have a guy under the rim to challenge every shot or change shots from the opposite team, it just changes everything. It makes a difference.” What else? “More blocked shots. Tougher to score at the rim. Definitely more team defense. By me playing, it helps. That’s the biggest difference that I’ve seen,” Capela said.
“My thing is he ain’t happy with that, but he ain’t go show that,” Ball tells us. “If I train you to be the best and always been starting all your life — here is what they don’t get. My boys are not freakin’ role players! They superstars! Let them do what they do!” LaVar points out Melo could be held back due to Hornets coach James Borrego not having that — oh, how should we say this — Big Baller frame of mind. “But, if your mentality ain’t like that, guess what? It’s hard to coach my boys and tap into the best because you don’t have a killer mindset.”
January 23, 2021 | 7:59 am EST Update
Adrian Wojnarowski: The Wizards plan to sign free agent F Jordan Bell to a 10-day contract via the hardship provision, source tells ESPN.
Marc Stein: Barea, who turned 36 in June, has been determined to keep playing in the NBA since his Dallas release in December and could have a chance to catch on with an NBA team before the playoffs begin May 18 with Estudiantes’ season potentially ending before that
Before he became the NBA’s fourth all-time leading scorer, Bryant showed his confidence in an Aces uniform. During their senior year, teammate David Lasman recalled that Bryant boasted to him that Michael Jordan could not stop him. During the Aces’ state semifinal game that season against Chester, teammate Emory Dabney said Bryant concluded a huddle in overtime by saying, “just give me the ball and get out of the way” before delivering a win. Before that state semifinal win, Bryant motivated his teammates by throwing a plastic mask in the locker room after wearing it to protect his broken nose that stemmed from diving for a loose ball and colliding with a teammate during a practice. That same season, Dabney nursed an injured hip only for Bryant to tell him, “I don’t care how hurt you are; go as hard as you can until that injury doesn’t allow you to run anymore.”