Henry Sims: A non-guaranteed contract isn’t fun to have. You don’t know if you will be cut tomorrow or today. You are working your butt off to sit the bench. I have done that for a good amount of time. I wanted to be able to have some type of comfort and stability and be able to know I would be with a team all season unless something catastrophic happened. I know I’m going to have money coming in. Even if it’s a couple days late, that’s fine. Since I’ve been in the NBA, I’ve played there and I’ve proven myself, it was a little easier to turn down a non-guaranteed deal. I know what I’m worth. I’m better than a one-year, non-guaranteed contract. I can pretty much get the same amount of money guaranteed and travel the world. It’s not a bad decision to make.
Former basketball player Henry Williams, who spent the majority of his career in Italy, passed away Tuesday (13/3) at 47 years of age. Williams, who was a pastor at the Charlotte’s New Zion Missionary Baptist Church, had been diagnosed with kidney disease back in 2009.
Basket Viola Reggio Calabria, the Italian team with which Manu Ginobili played from 1998 to 2000, wore a jersey commemorating him playing 1,000 NBA games. The jersey featured “Manu” written on the top right side next to the Argentinian flag. “It’s a great honor, makes me feel good,” said Ginobili, who achieved the milestone in a Nov. 3 win over Charlotte. “I have great memories of my two years there.” Ginobili described his years in Italy as “a wonderful time.”