When you look at the Defensive Player of the Year conversation, where do you think you fit in? Claxton: I think I should be No. 1. I’m defending one through five and neck and neck as the leading shot blocker. I’m doing everything on the defensive end for the team anchoring the defense every single night. I think I should be right there. Definitely.
“In my opinion, and probably Jrue’s, he’s the Defensive Player of the Year,” Antetokounmpo said as Jrue Holiday interjected, saying, “100 percent.” “No doubt,” Antetokounmpo continued. “He’s 34 years old. It’s insane how he’s playing right now. We need him to play this way for 60 more games.”
“It’s definitely a goal of mine,” Lopez told HoopsHype when asked about his Defensive Player of the Year candidacy. “Obviously, I’m a team-first player who wants the team to be successful. We want to win a championship. That’s our main goal. It definitely would be a personal point of pride for me, and it’s a goal for myself.”
Michael Scotto: I asked Giannis Antetokounmpo what Brook Lopez has meant to the Bucks. Giannis: “In my opinion, and probably Jrue’s, Defensive Player of the Year.” Jrue Holiday: “100 percent.” Giannis: “No doubt. He’s 34 years old. It’s insane how he’s playing right now.” Full video below. pic.twitter.com/9LiI8FY9l2
He’s convinced his play will change that, having openly declared making the NBA All-Defensive Team — or even being honored as Defensive Player of the Year — a personal goal. “Yeah, I mean, when it’s a goal that’s predicated to team’s success, that’s always a plus for the individual and also for the team,” Claxton said. “So whether it’s me going for Defensive Player, you’re going for a Defensive Team, the better that I play defensively and the more consistent I am, like you said, protecting the rim, guarding the perimeter, one-through-five every single night, the better that the team is going to be. And me being an anchor defensively for our team, defensively and overall, the résumé and everything should speak for itself.”
Brady Hawk: I asked Bam Adebayo about going for the DPOY award yet again.” “At this point it’s politics,” as he laughs Says he will put himself in a position yet again to win it, “but it’s up to the voters,” as he rolls his eyes
Jason Dumas: Draymond Green says he still deserves DPOY of the year despite missing the last 31 games. pic.twitter.com/BeP5tDUMgC
Mark Haynes: Draymond Green believes he can still win the DPOY award this season. “I don't know what league everybody else been watching, but I have not seen anyone solidify themselves as the Defensive Player of the Year.”
March 25, 2023 | 9:19 pm EDT Update
De'Aaron Fox will not play against Jazz
Jason Anderson: De’Aaron Fox (hamstring) is out vs. the Jazz tonight. Mike Brown says that’s “more precautionary than anything else.”
Sean Cunningham: Mike Brown is asked about what it would mean to him to earn NBA’s Coach of the Year in his first season with Sacramento. In typical Mike Brown fashion, credits those around him and says it would be celebrated more by the city and the Kings organization. pic.twitter.com/vSlmNuxREn
Gerald Bourguet: Monty Williams’ full response when asked about his approach to calling timeouts during opposing teams’ runs: pic.twitter.com/5m75q3dCMU
Gerald Bourguet: Monty Williams said Deandre Ayton and Kevin Durant “are progressing,” but obviously won’t play tonight. Said DA’s injury after taking a hit and making him miss this many games is just one of those things that happens
KC Johnson: Bulls list Alex Caruso questionable vs. Lakers with left midfoot soreness. Javonte Green is out. DeMar DeRozan, who said after Saturday’s practice that he plans to play, isn’t listed on report.
March 25, 2023 | 7:33 pm EDT Update
LeBron James upgraded to doubtful against Bulls
Dave McMenamin: LeBron James’ status has been upgraded to doubtful for Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bulls, per the Lakers. His first status change since his foot injury.