To bolster a team with so many 18- and 19-year-olds, players like Johnson, 33, and Jarrett Jack, 37, were brought in to not only fill out the numbers, but to provide mentorship to the young players — something Johnson says could be invaluable as they enter the NBA. “For these guys to be able to come to this program, play with (veterans), get that experience of living on their own and all the extra stuff, you know, they get that before they’re thrown in the fire,” Johnson said. “Coming into the program I was like ‘What a great idea getting experience first, before they get to the NBA.’ I just kind of got thrown into the fire, and God bless I had such great vets that steered me in the right direction.”
April 17, 2021 | 6:52 pm EDT Update
Josh Lewenberg: Nurse on OG Anunoby: “He’s super hungry, he’s super motivated to be a really good player at both ends of the floor. He’s working, he’s studying, his conditioning is amazing, his care for his body is amazing. He wants it really badly.”
Jonathan Feigen: Rockets guard John Wall listed as out in Orlando tomorrow, the first game of a back-to-back, for injury management. With Brown, Augustin, Gordon, House, Nwaba also out, Rockets down to three guards, Porter Jr., Bradley, Brooks.
Tony East: Doug McDermott and Myles Turner are both questionable for Pacers-Hawks tomorrow. Kris Dunn, Danilo Gallinari, De’Andre Hunter, Cam Reddish, and Tony Snell are out for the Hawks. John Collins is questionable.
Josh Lewenberg: VanVleet on the play-in: “If we’re not in it then it’s stupid & it was a bad decision… But if somehow we make the play-in then obviously that type of mentality is not gonna work for you. I see both sides of it… I hope they make all the money they were looking to make off it”