Mike Trudell: * @Anthony Davis on Orlando: â€śI think everybody would be mindful of following the rules. I donâ€™t think no one wants to get COVID – (hopefully) guys wonâ€™t put themselves or other players/staff in jeopardy. The NBA is doing as much as they can to keep the bubble as safe as possible.”
October 5, 2022 | 12:55 pm EDT Update
â€śIt would mean everything in the world to me to be back in the NBA,â€ť DeMarcus Cousins told Yahoo Sports. â€śI know I belong in this league. I feel like Iâ€™ve paid my dues and earned my stripes. Iâ€™ve hit some bumps in the road with injuries and Iâ€™ve always worked my way back to be 100 percent healthy. Iâ€™ve worked my tail off to get back to this point. I just want the opportunity to show the work Iâ€™ve put in and continue to put in. I also just want an opportunity to also earn my keep and thatâ€™s all I really want. I have a lot left in the tank. A whole lot. I feel like Iâ€™ve actually become an even better player, just sharpening all my skills. Iâ€™ve had nothing but time in the gym. Iâ€™ve gotten better in all aspects of my game.
But NBA executives continue to have questions about his character and what he brings to a locker room. In a phone interview with Yahoo Sports from his home in Las Vegas, the 6-foot-10 center sought to provide answers to those questions. â€śHave I made mistakes? Absolutely,â€ť Cousins told Yahoo Sports. â€śHave I done things the wrong way? Absolutely. For that, Iâ€™m very apologetic. But Iâ€™ve done even more things the correct way and Iâ€™ve done even more positive things compared to my negatives. I just donâ€™t want those positives to be overlooked. And obviously, whenever it gets to the point where the negatives outweigh the positives, you should probably move away from him. Thatâ€™s just how life goes. But I donâ€™t believe Iâ€™m in that boat. Iâ€™m just asking for a chance to show my growth as a man and a player.â€ť
Cousins said heâ€™s working out every day from basketball drill sessions, conditioning, weight lifting and body maintenance. Heâ€™s doing it all without a guarantee of ever touching an NBA court again. But thatâ€™s his motivation. â€śIâ€™m just trying to control what I can control,â€ť Cousins told Yahoo Sports. â€śThis process can get repetitive and get to the point where it can kind of drive you crazy, but you just have to fall in love with the process. Every day Iâ€™m working out to make sure Iâ€™m better than I was the previous day. So whenever the opportunity does come about and my name is called upon, Iâ€™ll be prepared.â€ť
Christos Tsaltas: Wizards guard/forward Corey Kispert will miss approximately 4-6 weeks due to a sprained left ankle. Kispert suffered the injury after stepping on an opponentâ€™s foot during the first quarter of Sundayâ€™s preseason game in Japan vs. the Golden State Warriors. #DCAboveAll
October 5, 2022 | 12:40 pm EDT Update
The Cleveland Cavaliersâ€™ ongoing battle for the starting small forward spot will be one player short in Philadelphia on Wednesday night. SourcesÂ tell cleveland.com Dylan Windler did not make the trip for the preseason opener against the 76ers because of an injured right ankle suffered near the end of practice Tuesday. Windler stayed back in Cleveland for treatment. AÂ sourceÂ says the right ankle injury is considered â€śminor.â€ť
Shaquille O’Neal brought up the topic of James and him closing in on Abdul-Jabbarâ€™s record on the show â€śIMPAULSIVEâ€ť (at theÂ 26:42 mark) and said that James passing Abdul-Jabbarâ€™s record actually has him jealous. â€śLeBronâ€™s about to do something that hasnâ€™t been done in a long time and I think he will put his move up there,â€ť Shaquille Oâ€™Neal said. â€śTo pass up Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, I can truthfully say Iâ€™m jealous of that feat.â€ť Although he said that Michael Jordan is the greatest player ever in his eyes, he had plenty of praise for LeBron James and the record he is about to break.