Now president of the Chinese Basketball Association after an eight-year NBA career with the Rockets, Yao is still very much the driving force behind basketball in his homeland and is credited with China’s resurgence at this Asian Games after the men failed to make the medal rounds at the previous edition in 2014. “I think the most important thing is he introduced the two national teams system,” Zhou Qi said of Yao’s decision to bring more players through the national programs in order to broaden the talent pool. “It gives the young players a lot of chances to play more matches to gain experiences. We get better by playing these competitive matches.”
February 23, 2019 | 9:35 pm EST Update
Anthony Chiang: Per Heat, Rodney McGruder (bruised right knee) will not return to tonight’s game vs the Pistons. His status will be re-evaluated tomorrow.
February 23, 2019 | 8:52 pm EST Update
Karl-Anthony Towns remains in concussion protocol and will not play for Minnesota against Milwaukee, a night after missing a game for the first time in his career. The All-Star forward was in a car accident Thursday and didn’t play Friday in New York, ending his streak of 303 consecutive games started. He traveled with the Timberwolves for the game in Milwaukee on Saturday, rather than return to Minnesota, but hadn’t been cleared to play again.
Being unable to play has troubled Towns, coach Ryan Saunders said. “People asked me if he cared about his [consecutive games] streak,” Saunders said. “He hasn’t and didn’t mention one thing along those lines. It was all about being there for his teammates and contributing. He even had somebody run out and make sure he could get a sport coat so he was dressed properly on the bench so he could be there with his teammates. That says a lot about Karl.”
Jason Anderson: Worth noting: Joerger said his exchange with Hield “wasn’t about shot selection,” but it WAS about Hield not running the play he called. Kind of a distinction without a difference. Anyway, the words you all probably want to hear Joerger say about Buddy: “I love him to death.”