The Minnesota Timberwolves finalized their coaching staff by naming Kevin Hanson Assistant Coach/Director of Player Development, Jeff Newton Offensive Associate/Player Development Coach, Max Lefevre Video Coordinator/Player Development Associate and Greg Stiemsma Player Development Associate.
December 6, 2021 | 3:09 pm EST Update
Law Murray: Sources tell @TheAthletic that the Clippers have assigned Nicolas Batum to the Agua Caliente Clippers of Ontario as part of his reconditioning. Batum spent the previous two weeks in health and safety protocols and is not here in Portland.
Callie Caplan: Jason Kidd said Luka Doncic (left ankle soreness) and Kristaps Porzingis (left knee contusion) both practiced today, but their statuses for tomorrow in Mavs-Nets still TBD.
JaVale McGee on being in Phoenix: “The weather is amazing. Going outside in the middle of winter and just relaxing is an amazing thing. Especially coming from Cleveland and Denver… This ain’t winter. This is winter with cactuses. You ever had snow to your waist? It’s a different world. I’m 7-foot.”
Gerald Bourguet: Landry Shamet told us today he’s had about 10 different nicknames on every NBA team he’s been on. The worst was “Land Shark” from T.J. McConnell in Philly. Mikal Bridges also dubbed him “Sham and Cheese” here in Phoenix
December 6, 2021 | 1:08 pm EST Update
In fact, the perception of the Cavs around the NBA at the time was so poor — and Rubio, at this stage of his career, seemed like such an odd fit for a rebuilding Cleveland franchise — that other teams thought he was going to negotiate a buyout. The Golden State Warriors, sources say, were keenly interested in Rubio hitting the market and partnering him with Stephen Curry.
Rather than a buyout, Rubio bought in on the Cavs. The result is a budding renaissance in Cleveland, with Rubio at its core. “I’m good, happy here,” he told The Athletic after the Cavs lost, 109-108, Sunday to the Utah Jazz, one of the best teams in the league, in a game they trailed by as many as 15 points early in the fourth quarter. Rubio, who finished with 15 points, was on the court for Cleveland’s fourth-quarter run that gave the Cavs a chance to win.