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There’s Justin Harper, with the New York Knicks. Casper Ware, with the Portland Trail Blazers. Brady Heslip with the Memphis Grizzlies. There are no paychecks for playing in Summer League. There’s per diem, around $100 per day. There’s a hotel room, two-hour practices, daily bus rides and no guarantee of playing time. “It’s a grind, man,” Machado said. “Every time you come out to Summer League, everyone is trying to prove themselves. Me, trying to facilitate, sometimes you overthink it. Every time you come back, you think, ‘Man I did this already.’ It’s a constant grind and constant pressure you put on yourself.”
On the toughest night in what had been a month of tough nights, Tim Hardaway Jr. seriously considered quitting basketball. Hardaway, a first-round draft pick and son of five-time All-Star Tim Hardaway, had just played his first game in the NBA developmental league. His team, the Canton Charge, lost and he shot poorly.
It was Tim Sr., along with some friends and former teammates, who helped pull Tim Jr. out of his funk after the Knicks traded him to Atlanta on draft night three years ago. Tim Jr. never wanted to leave New York, and former Hawks assistant coach Charles Lee said he was bitter.
Walker, who will earn $12 million this season before becoming an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2019, was asked if we could ever see himself in New York for a homecoming. “As far as seeing me in New York, I doubt it,” Walker replied. “I’m a Hornet, and I’m planning on being a Hornet for a long time, so, yeah, I’m not sure about that (New York).”
While Walker was able to make it out of the Bronx to the NBA, one young camper asked Walker if he would make it out of Charlotte. “I’m not planning to leave, no,” Walker replied. “It’s not up to me right now.” He’s right. It’s up to Hornets general manager Mitch Kupchak while Walker is under contract with Charlotte this season.