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Davis Bertans was a young bachelor living and starting his professional basketball career in Serbia. His practice hours resembled a work shift of a 9-to-5 job and left little time for anything else, including proper meal preparation. “It was unbelievable. I’d never seen that much junk food. Pizza, KFCs and McDonalds and all type of crazy things,” Dairis Bertans said of his younger brother’s eating habits from five years ago. “When I came into the apartment, there was like old pizza boxes from — I don’t know, two, three months ago. It was a big mess.”
January 17, 2020 | 9:16 am UTC Update

Knicks not interested in Andre Drummond

Which bring us to on-the-block Pistons center Andre Drummond, the Mount Vernon, N.Y., native who, according to a Yahoo Sports report Thursday, plans to opt out of the $28 million final year of his contract this summer to become a free agent in a lackluster class. That should lessen other teams’ desire to trade for Drummond at the Feb. 6 deadline. According to an NBA source, the Knicks have no interest in a trade despite a report the Pistons approached them about a deal — and it makes absolutely no sense to give up pawns for Drummond if he’s opting out. But it will also make no sense if the Knicks don’t go after Drummond this July, even if they possess a young 7-foot-1 center they think can develop into something special.
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The deal moves the Wolves $2M further away from the tax line, but they were $7.9M below that line already – it’s hard to construct a trade where that ends up mattering. Which is where we get to the more specific opportunity cost involving Russell. If anything, Minnesota reduced its flexibility in this regard. Teague’s $19M contract could be aggregated with others as a salary match, which potentially matters quite a bit if there happens to be a certain player who makes $27.5M that you want to acquire. However, Crabbe’s $18.5M cannot be aggregated. A deal of Teague and Covington for Russell and Kevon Looney, for instance, seemed highly plausible (with draft picks thrown in). That is no longer on the table; now the only other contract they could pair with Covington’s in such a trade is the much less desirable one of Gorgui Dieng.
The problem for the Knicks and Miller is that Morris has proved valuable in the effort to turn around the fortunes of a franchise that won only 17 games last season. The 11-30 mark the Knicks took into the halfway point of the season did little to change the perception around the NBA. If those eight games in which Morris was sidelined are an indication, losing him would have them struggling to reach last season’s 17 victories. Asked if he has pleaded his case to keep Morris in town past the Feb. 6 trade deadline, Miler said with a smile, “I think obviously he’s valued by our organization.”
Though those particular dreams can continue hibernating, as Beal is not eligible to be traded until the offseason (so not by the Feb. deadline), what he said was noteworthy and interesting given the timing. “I don’t like losing, so it’s going to keep blowing up for me until we start winning and changing our culture,” he said. As for what that culture is missing, Beal replied: “Winning games. Have that winning attitude, winning habits.”
Regardless, what Beal said was enough to wonder if a follow-up conversation will be warranted, whether general manager Tommy Sheppard or head coach Scott Brooks will approach Beal to get his thoughts in more detail. The organization is trying to improve its culture and, by most accounts, has laid a solid foundation for the future with that in mind. Beal essentially took a shot at the progress made so far. Beal did not offer many specifics even when implored by reporters in Chicago. But perhaps he left a clue on Twitter hours after the game. He endorsed a quote from J.J. Redick that said “there are more guys concerned with getting a pregame fit on Instagram than they are worrying about the win and loss of a basketball game.”
Mike Vorkunov: Julius Randle tried to make a beeline for Elie Okobo at the buzzer and had to be stopped by ref Ed Malloy and teammates. Looked like the two had some words before the last play, then Okobo tossed the ball at Randle’s feet at the end. Some drama at the end of a Suns blowout win

You played 38 games with the Toronto Raptors last season before you got traded. Did you expect them to send you a championship ring? Greg Monroe: “Well, it’s pretty standard for teams to give it to players that were on the team when they won it with. For me personally, I ended up playing against them at the playoffs (with the Philadelphia 76ers). These series… it came down to one shot that Kawhi [Leonard] made. Obviously, if they would’ve said “Hey, we make the choice to give to all the guys,” then it would be a very cool thing to receive it. But I definitely didn’t take it personally per se to not receive the ring”.
Back on the Staples Center sideline, Griffin watches Williamson. When Zion begins exploding toward the rim and throwing down two-handed slam dunks, fans flock to the Pelicans’ half of the court. “He’s doing s— from a physics perspective that no one else does,” Griffin says. “It’s fascinating to me. We’ve learned more during this process than we’ve taught him.”
Storyline: Zion Williamson Injury
Then Griffin shares another story about Williamson — how the Pelicans engaged in a teamwide heavy weightlifting routine for just one week during the offseason. Williamson gained eight pounds of muscle during that span, a degree of weight gain that shocked staffers. “He’s not normal,” Griffin says. “So finding stasis with Zion is the challenge, because he’s 19 years old. He’s still growing. It’s not going to be about a number. It’s going to be about metrics of flexibility and strength and control and all of the different things that we can measure that really are outside of weight.”
Storyline: Zion Williamson Injury
Whether it was Rick Pitino and John Calipari, Tim Floyd and Leonard Hamilton, or Fred Hoiberg and current Cavaliers coach John Beilein, life in the pros hasn’t exactly been kind to college coaches. That inspired us to poll 25 NBA executives, including multiple general managers, for their list of the five college coaches that they’d currently want to hire in the Association. Here are the results, including anonymous quotes from NBA executives. 1) Jay Wright, Villanova – 64 points (6 first-place votes) “I’m not sure he leaves for anything except for the Sixers job, but obviously he’s proven he can really coach and develop young guys. Look at what he has done over the years with guys like Josh Hart, Ryan Arcidiacono, Jalen Brunson. He gets guys ready and that’s important.”
Storyline: Jay Wright to the NBA?
Apple Inc. and the National Basketball Association on Thursday announced a partnership that includes an Apple Music playlist featuring independent artists from an emerging label. The Base:Line playlist will have about 40 songs with a hip-hop vibe and will be refreshed weekly, Jeff Marsilio, the NBA’s senior vice president of new media distribution, said in an interview. The tracks will also be available on the NBA app and website, and will be used in game highlights shared on social media, the NBA said.
In an interview with Ian Eagle that aired prior to the Nets – 76ers game, Joe Tsai said the NBA and China are working to rebuild their relationship, referring to last fall’s controversy as “a short-term setback” in a four decade-long affiliation. In the YES interview. Tsai noted the popularity of hoops in China and the importance of international basketball to the NBA’s future. “Well, the NBA is global; it’s a global sport. Basketball is played everywhere in the world, and in China there’s over 300 million people that play basketball, that watch NBA games. Also let’s put this thing in a historical perspective; the NBA has been in China for 40 years.
Storyline: Morey's Hong Kong Tweet
“So when you look at these 40 years — all the history of the NBA in China, all the goodwill the NBA has built up — you have to take a long-term perspective. Now, we sort of have a short-term setback. Both sides are working to get our relationship back on track. The key thing is we need be broadcast on TV back in China. “There’s talk NBA ratings are kind of down for various reasons. But we don’t want to see ratings go down globally. We need the NBA games to be back on TV in China.”
Rubio estimates he got eight hours of sleep over three nights following Liam’s birth. But he had plenty of internal fuel — adrenaline? Dad strength? — in his return to the court Thursday night at Madison Square Garden. Rubio tied a season high with 25 points, narrowly missed a triple-double with 13 assists and eight rebounds and added four assists in the Suns’ decisive 121-98 victory over the Knicks. “You kind of play more loose when you’re a dad,” Rubio said with a chuckle. “… Winning is important, but these couple days have been (about) way more than basketball. It’s something special.”
With your size, do you have to get custom rigs or anything like that? I know Skrillex is 5-foot-5. Is it a hindrance or anything like that being larger than other people who do this? Shaq: No, I don’t want anything custom. Sometimes, they raise the stage. But I have to tell them not to do that. Because then people won’t be able to see and I want people to see this. If I have to bend down, then I’ll bend down. I don’t want anything special. Whenever you step into someone else’s genre, you have to gain people’s respect. I can go get some gold but I don’t want that I just want whatever anyone else is doing.
Shaq: Based on my mentality, I would be considered one of the top DJs. I’m doing this for me, I’m not doing this for a living. But I know I used to be that kid that used to want to jam to Public Enemy and LL Cool J and Big Daddy Kane. So it’s about them. I respect the fact that they came to see me. I want to always give my fans a night to remember. It really is similar to a Game 7. It’s a championship game and Shaq is going to win tonight. It’s over. I respect it and I like that challenge.
Being such a public figure, what are some of the things you’ve taught your kids? Shaq: Simple rules: love others, be kind, be courteous and follow your dreams. I tell them all of the time that the world does not need another me. Be yourself. People are going to try to pressure you. I tell them to be the best you can be. I know kids are very influenced by social media. That is both a good thing and a bad thing. I have to tell them all the time that they don’t have to be like me.
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