“There’s one thing I do know I want to tell you; it takes a village to raise a kid; Chicago South Side raised a kid. This is Chicago South Side. This is for them,” Hardaway said of his decision, per Ira Winderman. “Isiah Thomas, I grew up watching him play, my basketball idol, no question, from the city of Chicago,” Hardaway explained. “Nate Archibald, my college assistant coach, came back to his alma mater and coached me [at Texas-El Paso] and helped me understand. Yolanda Griffith, we went to high school together. We graduated in the same class. And I wanted to acknowledge her as being the first before me and wanted people to understand that. She was a Hall of Famer before me, and she needs to be recognized.”
December 3, 2022 | 8:06 pm EST Update
But Jalen Brunson, probably the best player on the team this season, doesn’t believe disasters like Saturday’s 121-100 loss should fall on Tom Thibodeau. “Coach Thibs has done a great job,” Brunson said. “He’s been able to put us in positions where we need to succeed. I think he knows where to put those puzzle pieces. It’s just on us to actually execute and do things. So it’s just — I know he’s going to get a lot of the blame, guys are going to get some of the blame. It’s on us. We’re the players out there not battling. It’s his job to put us in positions which he’s done.”
Law Murray: Asked Tyronn Lue about managing the messaging surrounding Clippers injuries, specifically Kawhi Leonard and Paul George. “You’re not going to sit out 8-9 games in a row because you want to sit out… they’re hurt, and they’re doing everything they can to get back.” pic.twitter.com/YQiGIA97Se
December 3, 2022 | 7:01 pm EST Update
Law Murray: Ty Lue on considering John Wall as a starter with Jackson struggling: “There’s consideration for a lot of things.” Mentioned minute restriction as the primary reason why that move isn’t a priority right now. Says Jackson ok, but team has to manage him playing through discomfort
Anthony Chiang: Heat has sent Nikola Jovic, Dru Smith, Jamal Cain for work with its G League affiliate in Sioux Falls. Jovic and Smith are expected to be back with the Heat for Monday’s game vs. Grizzlies. Cain will remain with the Sioux Falls Skyforce for longer.