How do you reflect on your time in the NBA bubble last season, and should the league go back? Damian Lillard: I enjoyed the bubble for what it was. The NBA put us in a safe environment that allowed us to compete for a championship, and do what we love to do. That came at the expense of our family and being away from home. Right now, I think I would say no to going back to the bubble. What we need to do is challenge each team and each organization to be more disciplined, and the players to be more disciplined, and understand that if one person decides to step outside the protocol and what they’re asking, how it can impact and affect other players, and not just those players, but their families and whoever they take it home to.
October 28, 2021 | 10:37 am EDT Update
“My team feeds off me, man,” Harrell said. “I play with a lot of passion, I play with a lot of heart, I play with a lot of aggression, man, and it’s all generated in the right way, and I think my team does a great job of understanding that.”
Rylan Stiles: Mark Daigneault says on the Darius Bazley dunk “we haven’t covered that, and that’s on me.” Says “in a perfect world, we probably are running that out, but I’m taking that one because we haven’t covered that…we are trying to juice our team with confidence and to not back down.”
Tom Haberstroh: James Harden’s first five games of this season: 4-4 FT 3-4 FT 1-1 FT 3-3 FT 3-3 FT It’s the first time he’s gone 5 straight games with fewer than 5 free throws since March 2011, when he looked like this: pic.twitter.com/KkeuuNX6Lh
Owen Phillips: with few exceptions, most of the high volume guys have seen a drop in the percentage of their shots that result in a shooting foul
October 28, 2021 | 1:50 am EDT Update
Matt Brooks: James Harden: “As much as I want to get back to 30s and 40s points, I can’t do that. As much as I want to, as much as I would love to, I didn’t have any opportunities to play pickup. It was all rehab.”