Trae Young is obviously the star of the team. You play the same position as him. There are other veterans ahead of you. How do you think you’ll handle the fact that minutes might be difficult to come by? Sharife Cooper: Well, Trae is my teammate and I never want to look like I’m trying to just take something from him. I’m definitely going to compete when we get on that court. You don’t have to worry about that. None of the other stuff matters, but with him as my teammate, I also want to empower him and see him do the best he can possibly do. It’s going to be a competition, for sure, but I’m also not trying to bully him out of his job. It’s a business, and he’s a great player in his own right. I feel like we’ll both be able to strive together.
January 17, 2022 | 11:30 am EST Update
Anthony Chiang: After today’s morning shootaround, Max Strus says Bam Adebayo has been working as part of the scout team while he has been out. “I’m glad we don’t have to deal with that anymore,” Strus jokes.
Nick DePaula: Langston Galloway is launching his debut LG 1 shoe from his own @EthicsTheBrand today. “My work ethic has gotten me to this point in my career. But the ethics started since I was a kid to becoming a grown-up, living out my life and living out my dreams.” — @Langston Galloway
On Sunday night, Karl-Anthony Towns sat at the postgame podium — the collar on his black jacket riding high on his shoulders with a colorful diamond necklace glittering — and dissected how he views the new Minneapolis ordinance that will soon require fans at Target Center to provide either proof of COVID-19 vaccine or a negative test taken within 72 hours of game time. “The city of Minneapolis is doing what they feel is right for the people,” Towns said. “The legislation of the government here is supposed to do what’s right for the people and they feel that people having the vaccine will make everyone healthier and give everyone a better chance to get through this pandemic with less casualties and problems.”
The 26-year-old said after Sunday’s game that while he applauds the decision by Minneapolis to enforce a vaccine ordinance, he still views the pandemic through a lens of personal accountability. “With everything I have been through and everything my friends and people I love have been through, I am always going to be an advocate for the vaccine,” he said. “It saved many lives in my family. And the lives I did lose, we all wish we could have got them the vaccine.”
January 17, 2022 | 10:48 am EST Update
James Edwards III: The Pistons have assigned Jerami Grant to the Motor City Cruise as he begins on-court work following thumb surgery on Dec. 16, sources tell @TheAthletic. No timetable for a return yet.