“Today, I walked by and just put my hand up [in front of my face] because it’s just for me, it’s like, ‘God, I’ve got this 7-foot beast here,’” Fizdale said. “[Porzingis] started laughing. He said, ‘Don’t look, coach. Don’t look.’ But he’s progressing, and I think he’s in a really good place right now.”
June 16, 2019 | 3:27 pm EDT Update
Ryan Wolstat: Nurse on Kawhi’s future: “I don’t really know. I know he has to make a decision here in a couple of weeks. I think he had a good season here, people liked him. I think we can give him a pretty good deal.”
Josh Lewenberg: I asked Nick Nurse about the behind-the-scenes adversity Lowry and Leonard referenced to @Rachel__Nichols. He wouldn’t elaborate much, but said those incidents were both “expected and needed”. “We became better as a result of some of those tussles that we had.”
Ryan Wolstat: Nurse on comparisons to winning in other leagues: “The magnitude of this is so huge.” He asked assistant coach Scariolo, who won Olympic medals and World Cup gold how it compares. Was told “(what the Raptors accomplished) is so big.”
Eric Koreen: Nurse says taking over Canada job is “just about done.” He thinks it will make him a better coach, and he loves the talent.
June 16, 2019 | 3:19 pm EDT Update
Although the Pelicans are open to working with the Lakers and delaying the trade, it’s unlikely that will happen, according to multiple people familiar with their thinking. New Orleans’ priority will be to make the fourth pick as attractive as possible to another team.