Well then, regardless of MVP, it has to feel good to have folks learn your game on this higher-profile sort of stage these past few years. People are going to remember what you did in this league. Does that make you feel good? Devin Booker: That’s what wakes me up in the morning. That’s back to being inspired by the little kid up there. Like, my thing is — and Kob’ said it too — inspiring the youth (is everything). A kid grows up and is like, ‘Man, I want to be Devin. I want to dress like him. I want to play like him.’ I’ve never lost sight of that. That’s what keeps me going. Haters can do what they want and say what they want.
For Gobert, though, fans shouldn’t be quick to dress down the Timberwolves even when the results aren’t to their liking, per Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic. “I just don’t appreciate people that come in and boo your team. When you’re a fan, you gotta support your team in the tough or the good moments. There’s no team in NBA history that only had good moments, so if you’re not going to support us in the tough moments, just stay home. I think if you’re going to embrace us in the tough moments, then come and then we’re going to love the support.”
Anthony Edwards also echoes the sentiments of his teammate about the treatment from Timberwolves fans. “Yeah I love the crowd, man. Tell them, ‘Hey y’all, if y’all listening to this, keep coming, showing us love, stop booing us. We’re going to give you everything we got, man. We trying.”
Justin Grasso: Ben Simmons reflecting on his time with the #Sixers this morning in South Philly: “I had a lot of great moments. We shared a lot of moments here. A lot of ups and downs. This is where I became a man … The fan base, it’s a special fanbase. I got a lot of love for Philly.”
Kristian Winfield: Ben Simmons says he’s not focused on the Philly crowd and is more-so focused on his team playing well. I followed up and asked how’s he’s able to separate personal agenda from team success: “I have to. If we want to be a great team, I have to do that.” #NetsWorld
The call came from Sashia Jones, the Wizards’ vice president of player development and social engagement. Gilbert Arenas says he couldn’t believe the Wizards were asking him back, ready to mend fences after over a decade of separation. “I started asking the questions,” Arenas said. “Are you sure? Is Ted [Leonsis] okay with this? Is Tommy [Sheppard] okay with this?”