The rules were simple and were part of the reason that he chose Wade: Morey could only select inactive players through the 2K draft, unless they currently play for the Rockets. So James Harden, shockingly rated at 79 overall, was certainly an option for Morey. And that’s exactly who he took to complement Wade in the backcourt. The Rockets are known for their distinctive small-ball style of play, and Morey took that same approach to the game, though the league had not yet reached that type of modernity yet. Shane Battier (former Rocket) was next, followed by the likes of Nikola Mirotic, Jameer Nelson and Marcus Camby.
March 7, 2021 | 5:08 pm EST Update
Shams Charania: Blake Griffin has cleared free agency waivers and the six-time NBA All-Star is expected to sign with the Brooklyn Nets, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium.
Justin Kubatko: Zion Williamson is the fourth-youngest player in history to be named an NBA All-Star (age in years-days on day of game): 19-169 – Kobe Bryant, 1998 20-052 – LeBron James, 2005 20-173 – Magic Johnson, 1980 20-244 – Williamson, 2021 20-266 – Kevin Garnett, 1997
Ahead of Sunday night’s All-Star Game, Paul George talked about what he’s seen from teammate Terance Mann so far this season and explained why he sees a younger version of himself in the 24-year-old swingman. “I’m one of T-Mann’s biggest fans,” George said. “I just love the kid. He reminds me of myself so much coming into the league… Just a kid and a player that can do just about everything on the floor.
Paul George: “He’s a strong kid, strong body, he’s very mature for his age, he’s a hard worker, and he just leaves it on the floor… I see so many similarities in myself in him that I went through on shooting the ball confidently because I was in those same situations… I think he’s gonna be in this league very long, and he has a really good chance to become a really, really, really good player in this league.”
Prior to the 2021 NBA All-Star Game on Sunday, Curry was asked if he could see any comparisons between he and EuroLeague legend Juan Carlos Navarro. It’s clear Curry has turned on his tape before. “I played against him one time in international basketball and seen a lot of film,” Curry said Sunday to reporters. “His creativity, his shot selection, his rhythm on the floor — it jumps off the screen when you play against him. I’ve seen him take the one-footed 3s and the way he moved all around the floor, I learned a little of what I could implement into my game. I’ve tried the one-foot 3s a couple time, made a couple.”
TNT’s 2021 NBA All-Star Game coverage will open with a special conversation between Vice President Kamala Harris (@VP Harris) and award-winning actor Michael B. Jordan (@michaelb4jordan) at 8 p.m. ET. The two discuss how the VP’s time at Howard University shaped her career, her love of basketball and the need to remain vigilant to stop the spread of COVID-19 and promote the efficacy of the vaccine.