“I would average more because you can’t foul as hard [in today’s game],” O’Neal said. And as far as playing against the modern-era bigs? “You can shoot jumpers, but you have to understand that when you’re shooting jumpers, you have to have your legs. F–k around with me three or four quarters, you’re not going to have your legs,” O’Neal continued. “That’s why every guy who shot jumpers against me probably had a nice one, two or even three quarters. But in that fourth quarter? I’m just going to go into the middle of the block, you’re going to be in foul trouble, so you’re not going to be in the game. And then when you try to shoot a jump shot, I’m going to get up on you. And when you drive by me, I’m going to try to break your arm. I’m going to foul you real hard and get in your head.”
July 6, 2022 | 5:48 pm EDT Update
Anthony Chiang: Victor Oladipo’s new deal with Heat has changed. Instead of previously reported one-year deal worth $11 mil, it’s now going to be two-year deal with smaller salary this season and player option in second year. Less money gives Heat more room to avoid luxury tax and potential hard cap.
July 6, 2022 | 5:10 pm EDT Update
Will Guillory: Zion Williamson said the past year has been an “emotional roller coaster” because people were questioning whether he wanted to be in New Orleans and questioning his family when they were in public. He said his focus was to stay positive and get healthy.
JD Shaw: The Pelicans have officially signed Zion Williamson to his extension. “Zion is an astounding 22-year old talent, who we believe is just scratching the surface of what he is capable of, both on and off the floor,” Pelicans EVP of basketball operations David Griffin said.