When asked, Barnes said his favourite thing to do on the floor is applying defensive pressure, which should be no 20-year-old’s favourite thing to do on the floor. As is normal for a kid whose size and athleticism were obvious from an early age, Barnes got involved in the AAU system early, with all the attendant skill development that comes with it. That is not what defined his basketball infancy, though. “I was always playing with older guys. Me growing up, I loved playing,” Barnes said. “I’d just go to the Salvation Army, LA Fitness. And when you go to LA Fitness, it’s a bunch of 40-year-olds, 30-year-olds. I was probably like 13, 14, 12, going to LA Fitness, going to hoop, being a little kid and having fun playing those sorts of people. But it teaches you the game, seeing their knowledge, seeing how they play, seeing their patience, how they read the floor, because those players have played a long time ago. They’ve got a little bit of knowledge about basketball. … It would be so packed that if you lose, you’re not getting (back) on for two or three games.”
October 19, 2021 | 6:16 pm EDT Update
Fred Katz: Kemba Walker on why it didn’t work out in Boston: “I don’t know if that’s a question for me, to be honest. Yeah, I don’t know. I don’t think it had anything to do with my basketball skills. I think it was more my health. But yeah, I don’t know if that’s really a question for me.”
The Los Angeles Lakers are expected to go with a starting lineup of Russell Westbrook, Kent Bazemore, LeBron James, Anthony Davis and DeAndre Jordan in tonight’s season opener against the Golden State Warriors, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
Omari Sanfoka II: Cade Cunningham (right ankle sprain) is officially out for tomorrow’s season opener against the Bulls
Brendan Hedtke: Timberwolves Head Coach Chris Finch has joined the board of Second Harvest Heartland, a Brooklyn Park, MN based food bank. It’s cool to see Finch get involved in the community in Minnesota.
October 19, 2021 | 5:05 pm EDT Update
Jared Weiss: Celtics announce Jaylen Brown has cleared COVID protocols but is still questionable for tomorrow’s season opener in New York as he ramps up his activity. Al Horford remains in the protocol and is out.