Eric Walden: NAW said it’s scary to him to adopt the perception that there will be more opportunity for him this season. He’s just trying to control what he can: “It’s about making sure I give him reasons to play me, whether it’s last year’s team or this year’s.”
December 6, 2022 | 9:27 pm EST Update
Clutch Points: Kenny Smith just pushed Shaq into the giant Christmas tree 💀🤣 pic.twitter.com/PWZwwrq3ap
December 6, 2022 | 8:05 pm EST Update
The last few days have been a whirlwind for Jovic, but the 19-year-old Serbian forward was not surprised when he was told Friday to take a flight to South Dakota to join the Sioux Falls Skyforce for one G League game. “Nothing was a surprise,” Jovic said, as the Heat returned to Miami following Monday’s 101-93 road loss to the Memphis Grizzlies to open a three-game homestand on Tuesday against the Pistons. “I knew at one moment that I was going to go because they told me they want me to play a little bit. At this moment, there was no space for me to be on the court with the Heat guys. But they told me they want me to play. So I kind of knew [I would go to the G League], I just didn’t know when. It just happened to be now and I was really happy.”
That’s why Jovic expects to head back to the G League for more extended playing time at some point this season. “It helps me a lot with my feel for the game,” Jovic said of the possibility of returning to the Skyforce. “I can try to do things more than with the Heat because the ball is in my hands in Sioux Falls and it’s sometimes on me to work and try to get a shot. But when I’m with the Heat, I’m doing the same thing but it’s not on me to be that guy right now. I don’t know yet, but I think I’ll probably go back [to Sioux Falls] again and I think it’s a great thing for me.”
George Karl: I’m Not liking the rumors about Nate McMillan potentially not finishing the season with the Hawks. Nate is a helluva coach and person. There is Too much player empowerment in this League sometimes!