Joe Freeman: Jusuf Nurkic opens his postgame zoom interview by saying the last 12-13 days have been the “hardest days of my life” and urges people to take coronavirus seriously. Why? He said his grandma, Hannah, has been diagnosed with COVID-19 and is in a coma.
Jim Eichenhofer: David Griffin said #Pelicans envision being able to start Eric Bledsoe with Lonzo Ball in the backcourt, similar to the pairing Ball had with Jrue Holiday last season. Griffin added he likes the versatility and depth New Orleans has with its other guards
In 2006 you were traded to the Pacers. Was it something that you anticipated? Marquis Daniels: Yeah, I honestly wanted to be traded the year before that. Just was seeing eye to eye with coach at the time. Some of my teammates talked me into staying one more year before I was traded to Indiana.
In Indiana you played with Danny Granger. What do you think was his ceiling if it was not for the injuries? Marquis Daniels: Danny was super talented he defended at a high level and had a great work ethic to go along with it. I think he was on pace to become a great player, unfortunately the injury bug showed up.
Already from the very first game, you had a chance to play for coach Don Nelson. How big influence did he have on your style of play? Marquis Daniels: Coach Nelson showed me that he believed in me and gave me a chance to show I belonged in the NBA. He allowed me to play numerous positions as well as showed me how to be effective on both ends of the court.
Marc J. Spears: The Kings say Kyle Draper has been named as the team’s additional TV play-by-play announcer, following the recent announcement of new primary TV announcer Mark Jones, and host of “Kings Pregame Live” and “Kings Postgame Live” on NBC Sports California.
November 30, 2020 | 1:26 pm EST Update
But the Celtics are still centered by Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, now both signed to long-term extensions, with Marcus Smart (who’s not ungettable, per league sources) and Kemba Walker back in strong support roles. And making Hayward’s deal a sign and trade with Charlotte gives Boston a huge cudgel with which to take a swing at another star: a $28.5 million traded player exception that the Cs have a year to use in a trade. Given how Boston got throttled in the Eastern finals by Bam Adebayo, looking for a big man upgrade certainly made sense, and while Thompson’s not quite the two-way force he was a few years ago, he’s still quite good at both screen assists and points off of them (4.6 screen assists and 10.4 points per game produced last season, each sixth-best among centers in the league).
Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and crew would be must-see TV by themselves; adding one of the all-time great players in the two-time league MVP Nash, who’s never coached anywhere at any level, only adds to the palace intrigue. (Having a first-time HC is one reason I don’t think Brooklyn’s going to get James Harden; I just can’t see GM Sean Marks being comfortable putting that much on Nash’s plate as he’s learning the coaching ropes; it’s going to be hard enough for him keeping KD and Kyrie sated.) No one thought Harris was going anywhere, so re-inking him at just under $19 million per is about as well as you could expect the Nets to do. I like Shamet, but he couldn’t secure consistent time in Philly or with the Clippers, and it’s hard to see him getting a ton of burn with Caris LeVert already behind Irving and Harris, but we’ll see.