One of Gregg Popovich’s most treasured talking points made a return at Sunday’s shootaround as the Spurs seek to take a 2-0 lead over defending champion Miami in Game 2 of the NBA Finals. “We’ve talked about appropriate fear for 18 years,” he said. “We believe in it. Appropriate fear, basically, equals respect for your opponent. Don’t take anything lightly. Nothing comes easy. A little bit of fear is motivating. It doesn’t mean your scared. It means you’re smart.”
July 3, 2022 | 9:45 am EDT Update
Anthony Slater: The Warriors took Gui Santos 55th overall this past draft. Initial plan has been to stash him next season, maybe in Santa Cruz or elsewhere. Looked fluid and skilled offensively in his summer league debut. Here are some of his 20 points in first three quarters. pic.twitter.com/DucZ5K7o3v
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Trevelin Queen’s basketball journey is an example of relentlessness and perseverance. It’s a journey that includes attending two high schools — being ineligible to play at one — having zero scholarship offers, attending three junior colleges, living in a car, and going undrafted. Yet, Queen has always found ways to weather through obstacles even when it would have been easy to give up. “It’s all part of the process,” said the 25-year-old, who, on Friday, signed a two-year contract with the 76ers that is partially guaranteed for $300,000 next season.
However, he’s one of the headliners on the team that will participate in this week’s Salt Lake City Summer League before traveling to Las Vegas for the NBA2K23 Summer league. And he’ll try to earn a rotation spot on the Sixers’ 15-man roster this upcoming season. For motivation, he can look at what he’s overcome. “I never got discouraged,” he said of his journey. “I knew it was bigger than me. I knew I had to keep going. If I quit, I’m not just letting myself down, I’m letting my family down and everybody who invested in me. So for me, it’s always been bigger than me.”
Brown is excited about the new opportunity in Sacramento, but he will always treasure his time with Kerr, Warriors general manager Bob Myers and the players he coached, including Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green. “The first thing is, my time here, obviously, was fantastic, starting with ownership to Bob to Steve and all the players, I couldn’t ask for anything better,” Brown said. “But the fans, too, the fans, they were great. Whether it was here in the arena or me walking around town or riding my little scooter around town, everybody’s always been fantastic. So, it’s a little surreal walking in here and walking into this locker room instead of the other locker room, but at the end of the day, I’m excited and I’m looking forward to all the energy up in Sacramento.”
In a recent appearance on the ‘Getcha Popcorn Ready’ podcast hosted by Terrell Owens and Matthew Hatchette, the ex-Lakers coach went off after being asked if he felt that the modern analytics movement “ruined the game”: Via fubo Sports: “Absolutely. I really started to see a change when I got to the Lakers as a coach because they used that so much as a weapon, ‘well, the analytics tells us..’ I understand the analytics. You’ve got to shoot more threes. But you can’t more threes if you have guys that can’t shoot. I said, ‘So what does that analytics telling you?’”