Same with Bazemore, who you’ll remember said last spring he would not be taking the vaccine. On Tuesday, he said, among other things, “I’m a big energy person, and I didn’t feel the right energy toward it.” This is where the Lakers organization and, specifically, Rob Pelinka deserve a ton of credit. Bazemore cited a conversation with Pelinka during free agency in which the Lakers’ vice president of basketball managed to persuade the 10th year swingman it was in his best interest. “He laid it down to me in the most fairly honest way that I ever heard,” Bazemore said. “To pass up an opportunity like this to be on a roster with so many greats, especially during my era, it would be a hard opportunity pass up.”
August 15, 2022 | 5:08 pm EDT Update
Andre Iguodala gave his perspective on Kevin Durant’s situation on the Point Forward podcast, naming the reasons why the two-time NBA champion Durant, who won both titles together with Iguodala on the Warriors, should stay in Brooklyn. “I think he should stay in Brooklyn, it’s such a big market, it’s good for the game and just figure out how to make it work like everybody grow up and make it work. That’s how I feel about the situation,” Iguodala shared his perspective.
Another reason why Durant should stay according to Iguodala is the length of the contract the 12-time NBA All-Star Durant is still on with the Nets. “This is a situation where it’s either, look, man just come out here and play or don’t play because you got 4 years, we got you for a while so it’s not like you’re on an expiring contract and then you can just take off a year and we just give up a year,” added Iguodala.
Though he sustained a lower right leg fracture that required surgery, the Nuggets have no intention of parting ways with two-way guard Collin Gillespie, a source said. Even though Gillespie will be out indefinitely as he recovers, the Nuggets were thrilled to reach a deal with him on draft night and intend to support him throughout his recovery. Gillespie had a productive Summer League and was a favorite of coach Michael Malone.
The Nuggets are hiring a slew of pro and college scouts, sources told The Denver Post. Drew Nicholas, a former scout for the Sixers and Celtics, will be the Nuggets’ new director of scouting and oversee the department. Mike Penberthy, formerly an assistant coach for the Lakers, will join the organization as a pro scout and shooting coach. Chad Iske, an assistant coach for the Charlotte Hornets, will also join as a pro scout, as will Jarrett Stephens.
Jared Jeffries, who previously spent time in the Nuggets’ front office, is re-joining the team as a college scout. Joining him as the Nuggets bolster their scouting department is Todd Checovich, formerly the GM of the Iowa Wolves. His official role will be college scout and cap strategist.
Carmelo Anthony has teamed with Westbrook Studios and Falkon Entertainment on Seven, a four-part docuseries, which Anthony’s company Creative 7 will also produce. Named after Anthony’s signature jersey, Seven will chronicle the life and career of the 10-time NBA All-Star and entrepreneur, starting with his childhood, diving into the good, the bad, and sometimes ugly experiences and learnings that shaped him into the man and the athlete that he is today.
Seven promises to reveal the truth behind notable moments throughout Anthony’s career, many of which he has never spoken about publicly before. The series will also take an introspective look at his life and who he is today — at practice, after games, with his family — through the lens of what it means to be an athlete, a celebrity, and most importantly, a human being.
August 15, 2022 | 3:51 pm EDT Update
“We can win this thing, possibly,” Wyc Grousbeck told WBZ’s Dan Roche. “We have a chance to contend. That’s their words. They’re burning with a desire to make it come true.” The Celtics are going all-in on the roster, and that includes ownership as the payroll enters the luxury tax.