Carey was stunningly good with 21 points on 9-of-14 sho…

Carey was stunningly good with 21 points on 9-of-14 shooting, plus six rebounds. The Hornets selected former the former Duke center early in the second round of the 2020 NBA Draft, and prior to Friday he had amassed all of 33 minutes. He played 35 minutes in the 130-115 loss to the Brooklyn Nets, and totally looked like he belonged. Carey learned Friday morning that he was starting, even though the decision had been made the night before. Borrego didn’t want Carey fretting all night instead of sleeping.
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“I don’t know, but maybe because I’m not flashy,” Holiday said to Yahoo Sports. “I’m super low-key, and I don’t need much attention, I don’t want much attention. I don’t talk trash, and I’m not really that loud. Maybe it’s just more like a business transaction. I go out there and do my job. And then once my job is done, I go home and chill with my family. But I’m not popular, and I’m OK with that. I don’t want to be popular. If I’m not on TV a lot, and you don’t see me playing defense, you don’t see me doing what I do. The Lakers are on TV, Boston’s on TV, but when I was in New Orleans, we weren’t on TV as much as we wanted to be. So maybe that’s a part of the reason why I’m overlooked.

Tilman Fertitta: I never thought I'd be this happy after winning 16 games

As his team wraps up the regular season with the NBA’s worst record, Houston Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta emphasized his excitement about the franchise’s future, declaring confidence in the leadership the team has in place after a year of extreme turnover. “I never thought I could feel this good after winning only 16 games,” Fertitta told ESPN, specifically citing the emergence of a young core in Houston and his faith in Rockets rookie head coach Stephen Silas and first-year general manager Rafael Stone.
Fertitta and the Rockets’ front office have been steadfast in their support for and belief in Silas, who toiled for two decades as an NBA assistant before Houston hired him in October, and are especially encouraged by the development of young core players such as Wood, guard Kevin Porter Jr. and forwards Jae’Sean Tate and Kenyon Martin Jr.
“Silas has just shown a great ability to develop these guys, and he’s had thrown at him something that’s unprecedented: To have 29 guys play for a team — and play real minutes,” Fertitta said, citing the NBA-record number of players to appear in games for the Rockets this season. “All these injuries happened this year. This will never happen again. It’s hard to believe we were 11-10 and then all the injuries started. “I think he’s handled it unbelievably. It was hard on everybody.”
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