According to the Memphis Commercial Appeal, Grizzlies center Steven Hunter will miss the remainder of the season because of a knee injury. From the article:
“Veteran center Steven Hunter has left the team and will not return for the rest of the regular season.
Hunter, who is dealing with a knee injury, is in Chicago rehabilitating with personal trainers. The Griz granted Hunter permission.
“We talked to him about what was best for him in terms of getting in an environment where he could focus on getting ready for next season,” Wallace said.”
The 28-year old Hunter, a former first-round pick of the Magic, failed to do much on the court in the final season of his contract. Hunter only managed 2.5 points and 2 rebounds in 7.5 minutes per game, and failed to shoot 40% from the field or 55% from the free-throw line. Hunter hasn’t done much in his NBA career so far — the best of his eight seasons was his 06-07 campaign, when he averaged 6.4 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 22.9 minutes per game. This is the last year of Hunter’s 5-year, 16.24 million dollar contract, which he originally signed in 2005.
Hunter has only played in 40 games over the last two seasons, and Memphis will reportedly not have him back next season. A seven-footer will always attract some interest, but Hunter’s remaining NBA days may be numbered.
Philadelphia 76ers big man Joel Embiid has a certain sense of humor, one that has embraced former Sixers GM Sam Hinkie’s motto of “Trust the Process” as a kind of personal mantra and brand.
Embiid has apparently taken it a step further, showing off custom sneakers on Snapchat of his “Trust the Process” shoes.
You read that right.
The inside tongue of a pair of kicks Embiid was rocking on Saturday read in all lowercase letters the phrase we now associate with the Cameroonian center.
Embiid famously dubbed himself “The Process” and even filed for a trademark on the language in order to sell merchandise no doubt to be with us shortly.
Keep it coming, Joel. Absolutely each and every one of these are great.
Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James is one of the best basketball players ever, and on Friday night he passed Elvin Hayes for 9th on the NBA’s all-time scoring list.
Now, LeBron has accomplished a feat that is all his own.
During a game against the Charlotte Hornets on Saturday, James became the first player to log 27,000 points, 7,000 rebounds, and 7,000 assists.
Being alone in those categories is incredibly special, and is a marker to how James has played his entire career as a revolutionary point forward.
James is not only 9th in scoring, but 16th in assists. Statistical averages suggest he will end the season somewhere around 12th all-time in passing.
Timofey Mozgov is not an MVP candidate, but that didn’t stop one fan from starting a chant while the Los Angeles Lakers C was at the free-throw line on Friday night against the Phoenix Suns.
May I just say this: Bless this fan.
As Mozgov went to the line midway through the first quarter, someone within earshot of ESPN’s parabolic microphones started a chant for the Russian big man.
It was quiet during Mozgov’s first free throw, but during the second more fans at Staples joined in to the point where it was impossible to ignore it.
This is what having a fun at a basketball game looks like. Too good.
Cleveland Cavaliers veteran Richard Jefferson has a legendary Snapchat account, and I think it just got even better.
During a video posted to Jefferson’s account on Saturday, viewers were able to see a point-of-view account of what it’s like to be an NBA player practicing 3-pointers and dunking down lob passes.
Thanks to a pair of Snapchat Spectacles — a video camera in a set of glasses and paired with the social application — Jefferson gave us a taste of what it’s like to be an NBA player, if only for a moment.
I think it’s pretty cool to see from his perspective. Thanks to the evolution of wearable technology and 3D viewing equipment this is probably just a very small preview of what our viewing experience for the NBA is going to be like in 10-15 years.