You have the 22nd-most blocks in NBA history. You need to have great timing and instincts to be an elite shot-blocker. Can you teach those things or is it one of those things where you either have it or you don’t? Theo Ratliff: Oh, you can definitely develop it. It’s all about muscle memory and timing and visualization. I was just talking to a guy today about how to master whatever it is that you do and it’s all about visualization – seeing things before they happen. Also, doing a lot of studying of other players and their tendencies, where the ball will be in certain offenses, who likes to drive versus who likes to post and different things in the game that help you visualize how you’re going to play against that specific opponent and where you need to be to help.
December 2, 2020 | 2:18 pm EST Update
Brian Lewis: Jarrett Allen on trade rumors, contract situation: “You see everything what’s going on, I’m aware of it. I try to put it aside. Its big decisions, deciding where I’m playing; I put it all aside. Happy about it, not happy about it, it’s all basketball.” #Nets
Chris Herrington: Grizzlies camp news: Mario Hezonja and Marko Guduric are not/will not be in camp with the team. They remain on the roster for now, but barring trades a buyout for both before cut-down deadline looks likely.
Drew Shiller: Kent Bazemore: “Coming off a really big contract in Atlanta, to sign for the minimum (with the Warriors) — it’s not about the money. You can’t buy happiness. Being back here is the happiest I’ve been in a very long time. You just can’t beat that.”
Davis, who is facing a litany of criminal charges stemming from an incident involving a woman and her child, is about to begin his second training camp with the transplanted team just outside Tampa, Fla., because the rules say he must. The Raptors, to this point, have no reason to violate an agreement between the NBA and the players’ association. “We’ve obviously had our conversations with Terence, done as much due diligence as we can on the situation, but at this point it’s a matter between the NBA and the union,” Raptors general manager Bobby Webster said Tuesday. “I think sometimes that may feel a bit unsatisfying but I think that we need to be respectful of that process as well.”
Putting Davis, whose $1.5 million (U.S.) contract for the coming season became fully guaranteed Sunday, on some kind of paid leave while the league investigates the charges and the probe by New York City police continues, might have seemed a logical step. But, Webster said, it is not something the franchise could have done unilaterally. Under terms of the league’s agreement with the union on domestic abuse, sexual assault and child abuse, any discipline is handled at the league level. “That policy does govern his punishment or suspension or what may come of it.” Webster said. “The administrative leave part, as I understand it, can only be done by the NBA … I think we need to be respectful of the process here.”
What separates Holiday from Bledsoe on defense is Holiday’s ability to defend larger players. After guarding Lillard and helping the Pelicans sweep the Trail Blazers in the first round of the 2017-18 playoffs, Holiday took on an even bigger assignment and defended Durant in a second-round series against the Warriors. “He was picking me up full court,” Durant told Redick. “He was guarding me in the post. Actually, it was tough to dribble on Jrue Holiday. He slides his feet so well, he’s got good hands, he’s strong, he’s got good instincts. I gained a lot of respect for him in that series because he went from guarding me to Klay (Thompson) to Steph (Curry) to guarding Draymond (Green), neutralizing pick-and-rolls. He’s special. He’s special on that side of the ball.”
So, what has the Memphis Grizzlies budding star promised for his second NBA season? “A lot more,” Morant told The Undefeated in a phone interview last week while promoting his upcoming docuseries Promise Land. “I want to have a very successful career. “I wasn’t satisfied after winning the NBA Rookie of the Year award.”