But Gordon is a consummate professional. Heās going to put his head down, prepare for the season and do the role thatās asked of him. He was part of the group that took a pre-camp trip down to the Bahamas (Wall was not present, according to sources). The Rockets have gone there in previous seasons as a means to build chemistry and lay the groundwork for a grueling season. The stakes are a bit different now, but the goal remains the same. āIt was good,ā Gordon says of the trip. āItās always good to get together and play and be around each other. And now itās time to get to the nitty-gritty and figure out chemistry. How can this guy fit here? How can we do things? How can we make each other play at a high level? So thatās the thing, those are the next steps to figure out.ā
October 19, 2021 | 5:05 pm EDT Update
Jared Weiss: Celtics announce Jaylen Brown has cleared COVID protocols but is still questionable for tomorrowās season opener in New York as he ramps up his activity. Al Horford remains in the protocol and is out.
James Plowright: Terry Rozier on Bouknight āHeās special, heās a guy that probably wonāt win ROTY but in a couple of years down the line heāll be a hard matchup, heās a starter. Heās special and I donāt say that about too many rookiesā
Harrison Wind: Michael Malone on Nikola Jokic entering the season: “I think he’s in a good place…I think heās a little bit, probably, fatigued, like most first time dads are. Thatās not something that is out of the ordinary. This is life. Weāll help Nikola get through it. Thatās where it canāt be all Nikola every night. Other guys have to step up and bring their game and contribute to the cause. We know we’re capable of doing that. The challenge is how consistently can we do that?”