Ryan Hollins: "I don't think Kyrie is a natural leader.…

Ryan Hollins: “I don’t think Kyrie is a natural leader. You know some guys that are like — you see the 7 or 8 year old in the AAU game where he’s putting all the kids in the right spot, and he’s thinking of everybody…that’s NOT Kyrie. I think that’s something that he’s trying to grow and learn and do, and I think he’s handled a couple of situations wrong. I don’t think he’s lied about anything except about the world is flat when he was jokingly, but I think speaking out in the media; that’s a tightrope of a situation when you talk about your teammates. So I think some of those things he’ll admit that he wants to reel back.”
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Earl Watson: So to the media, stop the bullshit analytics on why @Dame_Lillard is not a superstar in playoffs wins, point minus etc… if not you’ll drive top players to link up just to shut you up & kill the game! Dame doesn’t control FA,draft or attractiveness to the city he was drafted to! Lastly, whether he does it this season or next whenever… Thank you for pissing off the wrong one! @Dame_Lillard feeds on the doubters, haters, attention seeking whatever! True Oakland & True Warrior! Portland has a Real 0ne! ???#familia
“I wouldn’t even say it was somebody offering me to go to another team,” Lillard said. “It was just something that was constantly being mentioned to me, like ‘You should do this, you should go here.’ And I just said, ‘That’s not what I wish to do.’ Where I was drafted, I live there comfortably, my family is comfortable, it’s a great organization. … The grass ain’t always greener. For me, I feel like we can build something and get it done in Portland. And I really believe that. I don’t just say it to say it.”

Derrick Favors hopes to be back with Pelicans

“I think I handled it well,” Favors said of transitioning from Utah to New Orleans. “Obviously, a new team and new environment after being in Utah the past eight, nine years, just coming into a new environment, it was challenging and it was fun at the same time. I think I did good. I came in and really just played my role, did my job as a vet, kept guys ready, kept young guys ready, teaching them everything I could help them with and it was fun. “I enjoyed it. I enjoyed the role I was in, I enjoyed being around the young guys, being around this organization. Hopefully, I can come back but we’ll see what happens.”
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Portland Trail Blazers: Dame is the first Blazer and 12th player in NBA history with back-to-back 50-point games: Bradley Beal James Harden Devin Booker Kobe Bryant Allen Iverson Antawn Jamison Michael Jordan Bernard King Rick Barry Wilt Chamberlain Elgin Baylor
“I think that was my cousin. Rest in peace, Chef B,” Lillard said. “I think that was him dropping that in for me.” Lillard revealed during his postgame press conference that his cousin, Brandon, died when he was quarantined in Portland after the NBA suspended the season in mid-March because of the coronavirus outbreak. He had planned to stop by Lillard’s house to make breakfast, but he passed out. Once Lillard arrived at his cousin’s place, he had already died.
That pain has stayed with Lillard amid his quest to help the Blazers appear in the postseason for a seventh consecutive career, as well as clap back at opponents and media members that have not accepted he has become the NBA’s best player during the restarted season. “It was tough,” LIllard said. “I just try to continue what I feel like he would want me to do, and I just been dealing with it that way. Just try to continue on the path I know he was proud of.”
Lillard credited his cousin significantly for ensuring he would play at his best. As Lillard’s personal chef, Brandon would constantly remind him, “you got to eat healthy food.” So Brandon would remind Lillard to eat breakfast and stay hydrated. He would bring enough water to his room. He would help Lillard train during the summer. No wonder Lillard called Brandon his “right-hand man.” “He was the one person I was with every day,” Lillard said. “He was encouraging me.”
Raja Bell, who played in the NBA from 1999-2013 and squared off against Kobe Bryant countless times, spoke about the Lillard-Bryant comparison on the latest episode of ‘The Ringer NBA Show’ They both have that ‘killer’ mentality.“I feel like Dame is the closest thing to Kobe that there is in the game. I don’t mean that from the standpoint of the way they look doing it, I’m talking about mentality, where it is always in assassin mode type of thing with them. Their always kind of creating a chip. There is just always something to prove and you feel that when you watch them play, there is the respect that they feel like they have earned and they are not given and the greats have to do that, right? That’s what keeps you on point and keeps you questing for the next thing. He is, for me, a problem. If I had to guard him, I don’t even know really where I would start. The range is what it is and he is shifty and he is sneaky athletic.

Giannis Antetokounmpo regrets headbutting Moe Wagner

“Terrible action,” Antetokounmpo said. “If I could go back, turn back time and go back to that play, I wouldn’t do it. But at the end of the day, we’re all human, we all make mistakes. I think I’ve done a great job all year, in my career at keeping my composure and focus on the game, but at the end of the day, we’re human and make mistakes. But at the end of the day, you learn from it, keep playing good basketball and keep moving forward.”
“This is nothing. Giannis has been dealing with this for a long time,” Budenholzer said. “He’s a MVP. People are gonna try him. He normally is phenomenal, and today was a slip-up. I think it’s probably, in some ways, it could be one of the best things that happened today, and it’s a learning moment. We’ll all remember how important it is that we’ve got to keep our cool.”

Paul George, Damian Lillard clear the air

Before things got any worse, Paul George wanted to make sure things didn’t escalate any further. According to Chris Haynes, that’s exactly what George did. “George recently reached out to Damian Lillard to clear the air,” Haynes said. “Explaining that he had no beef, and clarifying that it was just competitive banter on his part.” Despite how upset Lillard seemed at the Clippers, he was willing to hear George out. “Lillard apologized remarks made by one of his family members, but stated why he said what he said after that loss to the Clippers,” Haynes said.

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Inside the Grand Floridian hotel, out of the soupy Florida heat, a wave of relief washed over Michele Roberts. For months, Roberts, the Executive Director of the NBA’s players association, worked tirelessly with league officials to piece together its return. Medical protocols needed to be worked out. Then, the financials. Yet even when an agreement had been hammered out, Roberts worried: How would players respond to months of isolation? Not bad, it turns out. “In some ways I didn’t think it would be as forgiving as it has been,” Roberts told SI in an extended interview. There were the expected complaints. Players didn’t enjoy the 48-hour hard quarantine they received upon arrival. “I think had it been longer than that,” Roberts said, “then it may have been more problematic.” Those buzzing Roberts tell her how much they miss friends, family. “The good news is that’s pretty much 99% of what I hear in terms of complaints,” Roberts said. “And at the end of the day, the guys have said, ‘I got to go to work. I’m at work, I’m doing my job.’”
Roberts will admit: There were days she didn’t think the NBA would get here. On March 11, as the coronavirus pandemic raged across Europe and cases in the U.S. began to grow, Roberts met with Adam Silver. Roberts had watched the virus spread overseas. “Milan is one of my favorite cities,” Roberts said. “It was virtually shut down the first week in March. When Roberts met with Silver, the discussion was not if players would start testing positive, but how to respond when they do.
“There was a lot of concern,” Jaylen Brown, a union vice president, told SI. “There was a lack of information at one point. There’s still some questions with COVID. We still don’t know what the long-term effects are. Your hair could fall off in five years. We have no idea. It’s just a new virus. So those were some of the questions. And information was being filled in, but it was not being filled in at the pace that a lot of players felt comfortable with.”
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While there’s been speculation regarding Harrell’s bubble debut, teammate Lou Williams says regardless of when he plays, opposing players should stay out of his way. “He’s back ready to work,” Williams said on Tuesday, via Zoom conference. “Obviously Trez is a high-energy guy. He’s a guy that plays at a high level, extremely physical player, extremely emotional player. With some things on his mind, I feel sorry for the other guys on the other team.”
Lillard’s confidence and appreciation for McCollum playing through pain when the Blazers need him as they make their final playoff push is yet another layer of the duo’s special relationship. He’s a little bit banged up. He’s making no excuses or looking for no way out. He’s thuggin’ it out for the team and being out there for us, and fortunate for us, him doing that meant he was out there for those last free throws and came through for us. — Trail Blazers All-Star Damian Lillard on CJ McCollum
“When Steph was injured last year with his hand, we did something different,” Fraser said of the new approach. “The performance staff came up with a scientific way to get him in really good shape, using interval training. Then we applied the basketball drills.” Based on early returns, it was an experiment gone right. “Steph felt like he was in such good shape and so sharp after that method that we decided to do it this summer,” Fraser said. “And then, Brandon Payne was thrown into the mix to add his touch. So, I would say those three parties constitute the macro scale. We’re all focused on using interval training plus what he’s done in the past.”
Walton’s approach was hailed as refreshing before the season, but some of the same players who bristled at Joerger’s approach displayed many of the habits under the more player-friendly Walton. “It’s not that I don’t get mad,” Walton said. “As a coach, you’re a teacher and it’s my job to teach and to explain and to try to get the group to play a certain way. And I know it’s an emotional game and every coach I ever played for was good at keeping their cool from Lute Olson to Phil Jackson. I as a player always appreciated that so I try to remain calm even if there are times I’m feeling a little angry on the inside.”
“I haven’t noticed them sending things back at me, but I will say that I wouldn’t be that surprised,” Trump said of criticism by NBA players. “Some are very nasty, very, very nasty and, frankly, very dumb. But I haven’t noticed that, but I will say this: The way they cater to China, the way they bow to China, it’s a disgrace, frankly, and they make a lot more money here than they do from China. But we have a system that allows you to disrespect your system and that’s too bad for them, too bad for them. They don’t appreciate what they have here.”
The NBA All-Star Game MVP trophy, which was awarded to Detroit Pistons legend Isiah Thomas in 1984, has been removed from a Dallas-based auction house. On Monday, Thomas tweeted at Heritage Auctions and claimed that the trophy was stolen from St. Joseph High School in Illinois. Heritage Auctions ended up removing the item from their catalog and canceling all of the bids on the item. In addition, the outfit plans on holding an investigation regarding where the trophy was received from.
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