Tim Bontemps: Nate McMillan says Trae Young’s ankle was sore when he came back into the game in the fourth quarter, but that when he checked out late in the fourth, McMillan wasn’t going to bring him back in. Said he isn’t sure whether the ankle will be an issue going forward for Young.
September 24, 2022 | 12:44 pm EDT Update
Adrian Wojnarowski: New Orleans Pelicans guard CJ McCollum has agreed on a two-year, $64 million extension that’ll take him through 2025-2026, his agent Sam Goldfeder of @Excelbasketball tells ESPN. New deal ties McCollum to Pels for four years and $133M.
Clutch Points: It appears Kevin Durant is not too thrilled about being the 8th best player in the NBA 👀 pic.twitter.com/6FTNuhpY8t
September 24, 2022 | 6:35 am EDT Update
Tom Thibodeau has full rotation autonomy and support from Knicks president Leon Rose, even if it means the popular younger players aren’t getting much playing time. That was the message on the team’s in-house network from Rose, who was asked if the front office has set guidelines on playing time distribution. “There’s no edicts,” Rose said. “We love our young players, too. Believe me. Thibs is the coach. Thibs decides who plays, how many minutes, what the rotations are. The one thing I know about Thibs – he’s going to make decisions based on who is going to win us a basketball game. That’s his role and I have full confidence in that.”
Rose was emphatic in his support for Thibodeau on Friday. “Thibs, two years ago – Coach of the Year,” Rose added. “He’s been twice Coach of the Year in his career. I’m so excited about starting on Tuesday. And one of the reasons I’m so excited is having Thibs lead the group.”