So when spring 2017 rolled around and Tim Connelly — he had been watching Craig’s games online upon his brother’s insistence a year before making the trip to see him in person — offered a chance to play for the Nuggets in Las Vegas, it wasn’t as simple as leaping up and signing on the dotted line. “It was definitely a tough decision because I was on the verge of getting my citizenship in Australia,” Craig said. “I had been there for three years already and I had to stay in the country to get it. If you leave, you’re kind of forfeiting all that, so it’s almost like you did all that for nothing. I was contemplating all of that.”
June 20, 2019 | 9:22 am EDT Update
Mike Fisher: NBA source: #Mavs covet #Bucks RFA Malcolm Brogdon but view him as ‘longshot’ 247sports.com/nba/mavericks/… (vip) pic.twitter.com/SsPcbGZXZS
Ira Winderman: Per NBA source, Heat ’24 2nd-round pick dealt to Hawks for tonight No. 44 only conveys to Atlanta if it is at No. 50-55. Goes to Cavs if 56-60. Otherwise retained by Heat. In other words, Heat keep if don’t have one of 10 best records in ’23-24 season. Also, Heat paid $1.88 cash.
June 20, 2019 | 8:51 am EDT Update
Adrian Wojnarowski: Boston has offered center Aron Baynes — $5.4M expiring contract — into salary cap space elsewhere, league sources tell ESPN. Without Kyrie Irving and Al Horford on the books, moving Baynes without taking back salary could get the Celtics to $23M in space.
Sure, one-and-done players may be sexy because they did so well in just one year of experience, but it’s still, you know, one year of data. One executive sees the one-and-done problem having a compounding effect. “Whoever plays in college next year won’t play against Zion Williamson,” said a front office executive. “That reduces their competitive environment.” Which makes it tougher to evaluate, even with technology and analytics. “Although there is more information, the signal in that information has dropped,” the executive said.
But the NBA draft, apparently, isn’t getting any more predictive. If anything, it might be getting worse. “It’s still a crapshoot,” said one prominent scout. “With all the available resources and new technology, we certainly haven’t gotten better.” If the draft were perfectly predictive, the best player would always be picked first and the worst player available picked last. No undrafted players would ever step foot onto an NBA court.
Brandon Clarke: Getting invited to the green room at the draft was awesome because it’s confirmation that people see what I’m doing and they respect it and the type of player I am. My advice to any college basketball player with an NBA dream is to never stop working hard. Even if you’re going to a college that isn’t known or winning lots of games, you can still work hard and make it here. Being drafted is still dreamy.
The old concert idea would work, and his former Lexington home was the perfect platform for the project. On Sunday, Humphries will headline a 15-song concert at the Lexington Opera House with all proceeds going to benefit the Ronald McDonald House of the Bluegrass. “I just couldn’t think of a better place and a better community to put something like this on,” Humphries told the Courier Journal this week as he practiced for the show. “Obviously, Big Blue Nation is the best fan base I’ve ever been a part of. I’ve played now all around the world and haven’t come across a fan base anything like them. I just kind of knew this was the place where I could do it and people would actually take notice and help people. “My name is on the billboard or whatever you call it and it’s my show, (but) I am doing this for other people. … I needed to find an environment where people wanted to be generous and wanted to give back to other people. I know that BBN and Kentucky do that.”