Kyle Lowry on coach Dwane Casey to ESPN: “Case is one of the best coaches I’ve ever had. We didn’t always see eye to eye, but he let me be me…He was huge for my growth as a man and an NBA player.”
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Kyle Lowry on decision to dismiss to Casey: “They made a decision — and for me, as a leader in the organization — it’s my job to support the decision that (President) Masai (Ujiri) and GM Bobby (Webster) made.”
Michael Grange: Watching this @Woj feature on ESPN on @Toronto Raptors … “Were their nights when you went to be bed thinking it was either you or Casey? Lowry says (paraphrasing) “I gotta go I gotta go or he has to go”
Kyle LOWRY: [Dwane Casey is] a nice guy. You can’t explain it better than that. He’s genuinely a nice guy, that old-style southern gentleman. He’s just a nice f—ing man — does that make sense? At first, it’s like, “What’s going on?” It takes a while [to] just be like: “That’s it, that’s really him. That’s what he does. He really is nice.” That’s the best way I can explain it. He doesn’t have any animosity, he doesn’t hate anybody, he’s never mad. He [only] gets mad on the court, when he’s working.
Eric Smith: Casey admits he & Lowry were up & down over the yrs but “think alike” now & “likes how he plays”. On the same page pic.twitter.com/oHymhKow3c
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August 17, 2018 | 4:08 pm EDT Update
Jay King: Cool how much Jayson Tatum seemingly appreciated having his high school jersey retired. instagram.com/p/BmloiKmgS9Y/…
Jahlil Okafor: My summer of transformation: First off I want to thank @idanwan & @dzandertraining for getting after it with me the moment my season ended. Grateful to have two of the best in their respective fields work with me all summer. Although the physical changes in this photo are evident, their has been extreme growth unbenounced to the eye. I’ve learned how to identify and manage different stressors such as anxiety. Learning how to identify certain stressors has also allowed me to over come them. Often times because of my size and profession people may view me in a certain way, but in reality I deal with the same struggles as countless others. Mental health awareness is a cause I will fight for the rest of my life and if you’re struggling today don’t be afraid to speak with someone and seek help. I would like to thank @kevinlove and the @playerstribune for helping me identify my feelings and informing me what I was dealing with was in fact normal. 6 weeks left in the off season; with a lot more work to do!
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He joined the Sacramento Kings and had a fairly good individual rookie season but admits that he isn’t used to his team not being in the top: “It was a pretty good season and I can’t regret any moment of it but it wasn’t as successful teamwise as I’m used to. I think we are on the right path and have a bright future”, Bogdanovic told Eurohoops during the Basketball Without Borders camp.
His transition to the NBA was certainly made easier by having Serbian legends Vlade Divac and Peja Stojakovic in the Kings managing board but he is looking forward to having Nemanja Bjelica on the court with him next season: “I already had two guys to speak to in Serbian over there which helped me a lot. Now, I have another one on the court which is going to help me even more.”
Luka Doncic of the Dallas Mavericks spoke with Chris Forsberg of the ESPN and picked Phoenix Suns center, Deandre Ayton, as the number one favourite to win the Rookie of the Year award. “I would say [Phoenix center Deandre] Ayton. He was the No. 1 pick. He’s tall, he’s strong, he can do so many things,” the 2018 EuroLeague MVP stated.