The latest from NBA media day on Monday (All occasions EDT)
New Dallas coach Jason Kidd is already considering of how to inform Luka Doncic he has assistance on the roster.
Kidd instructed reporters throughout his media day session that he seems to be at the 22-year-old Doncic as “a younger Picasso.” Kidd provides he didn’t know “if anyone coached Picasso” however that he “used all of the paints.” The championship-winning level guard with the Mavericks in 2011 says he needs to remind Doncic “that he can depend on his teammates.”
Doncic averaged 35.7 factors, 10.3 assists and seven.9 rebounds in a seven-game loss to the Los Angeles Clippers within the first spherical of the NBA playoffs. Dallas hasn’t gained a postseason collection since Kidd and the Mavericks gained the franchise’s first championship a decade in the past.
When requested concerning the Picasso factor, Doncic stated about trusting his teammates: “Not simply that, I feel there’s quite a bit I can enhance on, off the courtroom, on the courtroom. Obviously that is one in every of them. I feel he’s proper.”
Kidd is changing Rick Carlisle, the coach for the title workforce. Carlisle resigned a day after the Mavericks introduced the departure of longtime president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson. Nico Harrison changed Nelson.
As the Houston Rockets try to discover a commerce vacation spot for John Wall, he is targeted on serving to the workforce any approach he can.
My job right here is to be a mentor,” Wall stated.
The veteran isn’t anticipated to play for the Rockets whereas they seek for a commerce for the guard. General supervisor Rafael Stone stated they aren’t looking to purchase out Wall’s contract however need to discover a appropriate commerce.
“We’re looking at what can we discover that works for everyone… for the long run,” Stone stated.
Wall stated will probably be “very robust” to not play whereas the Rockets discover him a new workforce, however he is aware of that this plan is what’s finest for him.
Pandemic protocols pressured Suns guard Elfrid Payton and Memphis huge man Steven Adams to make some private choices in the course of the offseason.
Payton was a holdout till not too long ago relating to getting the COVID-19 vaccination The seven-year veteran – who signed with Phoenix in the course of the offseason – simply acquired his second shot on Sunday.
“I undoubtedly needed to change my thoughts,” Payton stated. “It wasn’t one thing I wished to do.”
Payton didn’t say precisely what modified his thoughts, simply that he made the choice after understanding “how the league was dealing with it.”
Adams says he didn’t go house to New Zealand this offseason as a result of protocols.
“There’s a two-week quarantine at a lodge, so logistically it didn’t make sense as a result of I nonetheless wanted to work out and (I) can’t be locked up that lengthy.”
Adams referred to as the NBA’s aim of attending to 100% with no mandate a “fairly good aim.” The newly acquired Grizzlies middle is vaccinated and says he’s a part of the bulk.
Told the league has at least 90% of gamers vaccinated, Adams stated, “Pretty low aim I suppose.”
Grizzlies Ja Morant hasn’t paid any consideration to the NBA’s push to get everybody vaccinated as a result of he has been vaccinated for some time with loads of motivation to take further precautions.
“I do know lots of people who had COVID and handed away,” Morant stated. “Me, I simply wished to guard myself. Me and my household obtained it. I’ve a child woman. I journey quite a bit. So can’t convey COVID again to her.”
Nate McMillan has a well-known face on his teaching employees as he heads into his first full season as the Atlanta Hawks coach.
Jamelle McMillan joins the Hawks employees this season after serving beforehand as an assistant with the New Orleans Pelicans.
Asked if he’s labored along with his 32-year-old son professionaly, Nate McMillan jokes, “No. Well, in the home, yeah.”
The elder McMillan took over the Hawks on an interim foundation halfway via final season and guided the workforce on a shocking run to the Eastern Conference remaining. He shortly reached settlement after the playoffs to take the job on a full-time foundation, resulting in some modifications on the teaching employees.
Chris Jent returns as the lead assistant and will probably be joined by newcomers Jamelle McMillan, longtime NBA assistant Joe Prunty, and Nick Van Exel, who will work solely with the guards.
Nate McMillan says his son is “a younger buck and may hustle. Myself and Gent and Prunty can’t transfer like we used to. We wanted a younger man. I feel he’ll do an excellent job serving to develop our younger gamers.”
NBA Rookie of the Year LaMelo Ball is pushing the NBA to permit him to change his jersey quantity, however he’s not had any success.
The Hornets level guard missed the deadline final yr to submit a quantity change request to the league that might permit him to change from the No. 2 that he at present wears to the No. 1 that prefers. Malik Monk wore No. 1 final yr for the Hornets.
“Man, I really feel No. 1 is simply me,” Ball stated at the Hornets media day. “And I simply need to be me on the market. Playing in No. 2 simply doesn’t really feel proper. Last yr was cool as a result of my brother (Lonzo), I stated I might be No. 2 for him. … But (No. 2) don’t really feel proper.”
Kyrie Irving joined Brooklyn Nets media day by way of Zoom, repeatedly asking for privateness when pressed about his vaccination standing.
Because of New York coronavirus laws, all Nets gamers should be vaccinated with a purpose to play in house games.
Irving says his standing will probably be cleared up at the suitable time.
Kevin Durant says he trusts in his good friend and says he “expects us to have our entire workforce at some level.”
New Celtics coach Ime Udoka additionally needed to take part in his workforce’s media day interviews by way of Zoom on Monday as a result of a breakthrough case of COVID-19.
In Houston, normal supervisor Rafael Stone says the Rockets are 100 % vaccinated.
New Orleans Pelicans basketball operations chief David Griffin says Zion Williamson is recovering from offseason surgical procedure to restore a damaged metatarsal in his proper foot however could possibly be out there for the beginning of the common season.
Griffin says the damage occurred on a basketball courtroom whereas Williamson was understanding on his personal this summer season.
The ahead’s “rehab has been finished completely in lockstep with the group, and we’re pleased with that,” Griffin says.
Williamson was not with the membership throughout current voluntary exercises in Nashville, Tennessee, the place the Pelicans selected to quickly relocate after Hurricane Ida. But he has joined the workforce in New Orleans.
Coach Willie Green says Williamson is understanding primarily in swimming swimming pools in the intervening time to reduce stress on his therapeutic foot, however he ought to be again on the courtroom in the course of the preseason.
“The timeline is that we’re hopeful he can begin the season,” Green stated. “Until then, it’s only a development with him and the medical workforce.”
As anticipated, Ben Simmons is not going to report back to the Philadelphia 76ers after they open coaching camp on Tuesday.
Team President Daryl Morey stated there’s nonetheless hope Simmons will return at some level to the Sixers. Coach Doc Rivers stated nobody has defended Simmons greater than he has and can enter camp “with hopes that we do have Ben at some level.”
Simmons, the No. 1 choose of the 2016 draft and a three-time All-Star, requested a commerce within the offseason. He took the brunt of the blame for the top-seeded Sixers’ second-round exit in final season’s playoffs. He shot 34% from the free-throw line within the postseason and was reluctant to try a shot from anyplace on the ground late in games. That led to him spending important minutes on the bench.
Simmons has $147 million and 4 years left on his contract. Simmons could possibly be suspended or fined every day he misses camp.
New Celtics coach Ime Udoka has a breakthrough case of COVID-19 and took part within the workforce’s media day on Monday via Zoom.
Celtics spokesman Christian Megliola stated the coach, who’s vaccinated, was asymptomatic and within the final day of his 10-day quarantine. Udoka is predicted to be in individual with the workforce when coaching camp begins on Tuesday, Megliola stated.
Pacers coach Rick Carlisle says his new workforce has a “very excessive” vaccination price however declined to provide a particular quantity due to privateness issues.
He did say Monday that every one members of the teaching employees are totally vaccinated.
Training camps open Tuesday and the pandemic will have an effect on a 3rd NBA season and already means some gamers will probably be lacking on media day.
The Pacers have already got misplaced backup guard Edmond Sumner, who had surgical procedure final week to restore a torn Achilles tendon and can doubtless open the season with out beginning ahead T.J. Warren who continues to get well from a stress fracture in his left foot that price him most of final season.
“Hopefully, will probably be weeks, not months,” Carlisle stated. “It gained’t be days.”
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