Tim MacMahon: Eric Gordon on Rockets: “Our core guys are still here. I still have high expectations going into the season, no matter what all the outside noise is.” Does he feel James Harden is still on board? “That’s a question you have to ask him. He’s still with our team, so I assume so.”
January 22, 2021 | 4:31 pm EST Update
Now, in a recent Instagram post, Durant was less reserved in his criticism of Barkley. BasketballNews.com’s Etan Thomas posted about Barkley’s recent comment that NBA players “deserve some preferential treatment” when it comes to the COVID-19 vaccine because of how much they pay in taxes. “Yea, that’ll go over well Barkley smh,” Thomas wrote in the caption. In the comments, Durant responded: “I don’t know why they still ask for this idiot’s opinion.”
Today, on a different IG post, Durant seemed to weigh in on the exchange between Shaq and Mitchell. “Them old heads need to go enjoy retirement,” Durant commented. “These boys have coaches they work with everyday lol.” LeBron James also weighed in: “There’s a difference between constructive criticism and soft hating though. I’ve seen it both ways come my way, mostly the hate. You can hear it in their delivery.”
Will Guillory: Asked Stan Van Gundy about his starting backcourt. He said the entire team has been having issues staying locked in. It’s not just one or two guys. Added he doesn’t expect to make any changes with the personnel.
January 22, 2021 | 3:19 pm EST Update
Shams Charania: The Philadelphia 76ers are planning to sign swingman Rayjon Tucker to a two-way contract, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium. Tucker is expected to join the 76ers‘ G League affiliate (Delaware Blue Coats) in the Orlando bubble.