SOMETIME IN OCTOBER 2019, Joe Boylan, then an assistant coach with the New Orleans Pelicans, received an unexpected text from Brandon Ingram — one of the franchise’s new stars, acquired months earlier in the Anthony Davis trade. “I trust you now,” the message began. Ingram urged Boylan to coach him hard, invited Boylan to “motherf—” him if necessary, whatever it took. It was the same message Ingram had delivered to New Orleans higher-ups on his first day there, when he walked into the office of Jeff Bzdelik, then the Pelicans’ lead assistant, and declared, “I think I have greatness in me. I want you to get it out of me, and I don’t care what you do,” several in that room recalled.
February 26, 2021 | 9:20 am EST Update
“The Nets are shopping Spencer Dinwiddie,” Spears said on ESPN’s “The Jump” on Thursday. “Despite his injury, he could be a valuable piece for a team in the future.”
Nets Daily: After shooting 54% from deep this month and better than 50% for the season, Joe Harris has moved into fourth place all-time in 3-point shooting percentage, passing Drazen Petrovic. pic.twitter.com/bFwCwOwWUj
Zach Kram: Stat of the Day #67 Joe Harris is shooting a league-best 60% on wide-open 3-pointers. Sixty percent! At least he doesn’t play with stars who draw oodles of defensive attention and give Harris open space. (Harris is also at 46% when guarded, so even that’s not stopping him.)
Jeff Eisenband: Shaq thought Immanuel Quickley’s first name was Jerrod. 😂 pic.twitter.com/bUXnj2HsqJ
February 26, 2021 | 8:27 am EST Update
Brian Windhorst: The Houston Rockets who have lost eight in a row. There’s chatter starting to go around about whether Victor Oladipo will be back on the market.
Chris Fedor: There are two things that I keep hearing. One: Cavs are under no delusion of what they’re going to get back for Andre. That’s why they weren’t worried about losing leverage. Like it’s not like they go from getting a first-round pick a high first-round pick. And now because they’ve made this decision to sit him, his value goes to like to second rounders. His value is what it is.