A Tuesday game against the New York Knicks presented the prime opportunity for Paul Pierce to get some much needed rest. Plus, if there was ever a sign that a player should stay on the sidelines for a regular season game, Pierce’s immune system gave it; he actually stayed home from the game entirely due to a flu bug, though Doc Rivers insists the plan was for him to sit all along.
The Celtics don’t yet appear ready to sit Pierce for a significant stretch, though Rivers does acknowledge the possibility. That said, does anyone really expect Paul to sit out a TNT game against the Cavaliers on Thursday night?
A more likely period for rest would come after Thursday, in which the Celtics will go 12 days without playing a single opponent with a record over .500. The fiercest of the bunch would be the Charlotte Bobcats and the Milwaukee Bucks, and while those teams are certainly capable of handing Boston a loss (especially the former), the Celtics won’t have a better opportunity to give Pierce significant rest with little in terms of win-loss tradeoff.
With so much focus in recent weeks being on NBA players speaking out on social issues, it’s worth remembering that Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has been one of the most vocal athletes in America on these things for decades. The Hall of Fame and all-time leading scorer in NBA history addressed the Democratic National Convention on Thursday evening, urging voters to vote for Hillary Clinton in November, and opened his remarks by introducing himself as Michael Jordan, because “Donald Trump couldn’t tell the difference.”
You can watch the video of his speech below:
In the weeks since Kevin Durant announced he was signing with the Golden State Warriors, we have yet to hear Russell Westbrook speak on his former teammate’s decision. This week, ESPN.com’s Royce Young indicated in a podcast interview that Durant was telling Westbrook and others in the days leading up to his decision that he was coming back to Oklahoma City. He later walked back his report, saying he misspoke. On Thursday, Durant himself told The Vertical‘s Shams Charania that he never said any such thing, or misled Westbrook or anyone else about his intentions.
“It’s false,” Durant told The Vertical on Thursday. “I didn’t say that – words about me telling Russell or Nick that I would stay or leave never came out of my mouth. We met as teammates, but no promises came out of it. In this day and age, I can’t control anything people claim out there. Someone can go out and say something random right now, and people will believe it.
“I never told Russell or Nick [Collison], ‘All right, guys, I’m coming back to the Thunder’ – and then a week later, I decide not to. Never happened. I don’t operate like that. I heard people say that story, but it’s not the truth.”
So that settles that.
CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Bulls have signed guard Spencer Dinwiddie.
The Bulls acquired Dinwiddie in a trade with Detroit last month and waived him three weeks ago. He spent two years with the Pistons and appeared in 12 games last season, averaging 4.8 points and 13.3 minutes.
The Bulls announced the move Thursday.