“I was a senior in high school when I came here after (Hurricane) Katrina,” Augustin said. “I didn’t get a chance to go to a lot of games. Then, I went off to college. My early years in the NBA, when I was with Charlotte, we didn’t make the playoffs, so I was home here early. This is when the Rockets were in the playoffs, playing Portland. Aaron Brooks was the point guard at the time. Great atmosphere, just a great energy. To be a part of this now, it means a lot to me.”
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Additionally, in talking to people around the league, it does appear that of Bogdanović, Burks and Bey, the latter may be the most gettable. However, a few league sources have recently told The Athletic that they would be surprised if Bey is traded.
One thing that hasn’t been talked about a ton as it pertains to the Pistons and this trade deadline is the possibility of acquiring a defensive-minded wing. First-round picks (preferably unprotected) and a 3-and-D wing, league sources say, have been two things on Detroit’s wish list. Whether the Pistons get either before the trade deadline remains to be seen, but it wouldn’t surprise me if they acquired a versatile defender before Thursday’s deadline.
The Lakers will continue to make calls and do their due diligence in looking for ways to improve the team, Ham said. If a trade takes place, or not, Rob Pelinka, the team’s vice president of basketball operations and general manager, will put in the work. “Rob and the crew in the front office, everyone collaborating trying to see what needs can be filled,” Ham said. “If there are special talents out there that can enhance our chances to get us to where we’re trying to get to, that’s great. But until something is done, it’s all hearsay, all rumor, innuendo. Again, we don’t play fantasy basketball. When it’s real, it’s real. When it’s not, we don’t pay attention to it.”
Jalen Brunson wasn’t upset or angry. He was actually happy — for his Knicks teammate — when the All-Star reserves were announced on Thursday night. “My reaction was for Julius [Randle]. I was very happy for him,” the Knicks’ point guard said, in his first public comments since he was snubbed for the All-Star Game, which will be played Feb. 19 in Salt Lake City. “The way he’s been playing all year [he deserved it]. He’s welcomed me with open arms, and the way he’s been leading this team, he’s been special all year. So I was real excited when I saw that. As for myself, I control what I can control and that’s something I can’t. That’s my mindset.”
It’s that selfless approach, along with his on-court ability, that has endeared Brunson to his new team. He has filled a decades-long hole at point guard for the franchise and is averaging career-bests in points (22.8), assists (6.2) and free-throw percentage (85.3) while shooting a robust 39.4 percent from 3-point range. “Jalen is happy for his teammates and he’s thrilled [for them], and he wants the team to do well. It’s never about Jalen,” coach Tom Thibodeau said. “I love his humility. He knows how good he is — he doesn’t need other people to tell him.
Former NBAer Dwight Howard was selected to captain Team Infinity in the first-ever All-Star Game of the T1 LEAGUE, a league founded in 2021. The game will take place on February 28 in Taiwan, Taipei. In addition, Howard will participate in the Three-Point Contest. “I am looking forward to it. Same thing I have been saying, hard work always pays off and you can’t be afraid to fly. You can’t be afraid to step outside the box and try things in life,” Howard said of his participation in the 3-point tourney.
Howard, who plays for the Taoyuan Leopards, received the most fan votes (46,968) in the All-Star voting. He will lead his squad in the All-Star Game against Team Beyond. “I just want to say thank you to all the fans here in Taiwan who voted for me and the rest of my teammates. I really appreciate each and every one of you. I cannot wait to get to the All-Star Game to have fun and see all of you guys. Thank you. Thank you so much,” Howard said.