Devean George is a bad basketball player and the Golden State Warriors are a bad basketball team. A match made in heaven, right? George seems to think so. From Chris Tomasson of FanHouse:
“I want to stay here and play under Nellie,” George said before
Tuesday’s game at Washington about seeking to remain with Warriors
coach Don Nelson and his up-tempo style. “I like it. I just like the
freedom to play ball. If you play hard for coach, he loves you. If you
play hard, he has no problems … He gives you freedom. He’s really
easy to play for.”
“There’s a niche (with Golden State) that I
can help. And really with a young team, you need a mixture of guys on
the team. You need some vets, you need some some guys who have been
There’s a reason why George only averaged 16 minutes a game this season on a team plagued by injury problems and importing D-Leaguers by the minute: at this point in his career, he’s not an NBA-caliber player. There was a time when George was a perfectly decent role player. That time was yesterday, and I mean that in anything but a literal sense.
Then again, maybe George could be valuable in a mythical, intangible leadership role. Pep talks, team hugs, and all that. It’s just become pretty apparent that Warriors or not, George is not a productive NBA player. So while George’s gesture to the Warriors may be legitimate and his loyalty certainly honorable, I can’t help but feel that a quote like these is just a plea from a marginal NBA vets who doesn’t want his phone to be silent this summer.
Nikola Mirotic will be out 4-6 weeks due to his concussion and fractured jaw.
Bobby Portis has been suspended for the first eight games of the season for causing those injuries to Mirotic with a punch at practice.
What does this mean for a Bulls locker room that was already going to have to deal with the weight of losing a lot of games. I get into all these questions in this latest PBT Extra.
It’s going to be a long season in Chicago.
Wednesday night in Boston Gordon Hayward underwent surgery to repair his dislocated ankle and fractured tibia suffered just five minutes into the season-opening game, a gruesome injury that put a pall over the rest of the night.
There had been hope from some Celtics fans that Hayward could return this season, likely for the playoffs, but now that the surgery is complete Hayward’s agent told Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN not to expect him back until next season.
This shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone who saw the injury. Hayward is in the first year of a four-year deal with the Celtics, they were always going to choose a cautious path rather than rush him back. Under Danny Ainge Boston has always taken the long view, even with all their moves this summer — specifically bringing in Hayward and Kyrie Irving — the target was to be the team set up for next as LeBron James and the Cavaliers faded. That plan does not change now.
Earlier in the day, Hayward had sent a video message out to Celtics fans thanking them for their support in the past 24 hours.
Without Hayward, the Celtics now will focus more on smaller lineups, rookie Jayson Tatum will get more run, as will Marcus Smart in his contract year. Jaylen Brown will be thrust into a more significant role. Also, Kyrie Irving will be asked to do more as the team’s second-best playmaker is now out for the season.
The Celtics will take a step back this season without Hayward, who was going to be crucial for them on both ends of the floor. That’s evidenced by their 0-2 start, falling to the Cavaliers and Bucks on the first couple nights of the season. Boston should still be a team well above .500 and in the playoffs, but they will not be quite the same this season.
Any controversy over C.J. McCollum‘s suspension for the season-opener should be put to rest. The Trail Blazers fared fine without him.
More than fine.
Portland beat the Suns, 124-76, Wednesday. The 48-point margin is the largest ever in a season opener, even as the Trail Blazers let a 58-point fourth-quarter lead dwindle.
Here are the most lopsided season-openers in NBA history (openers for both teams appearing twice):
The 48-point defeat is also the Suns’ worst lost in franchise history, topping a 44-point loss to the Seattle SuperSonics in 1988. It could be a long year in Phoenix.
Marcus Smart and Matthew Dellavedova thrive on aggravating opponents, so when matched up, of course they aggravated each other.
Deduct points from Smart for pulling the hold-me-back charade behind a referee. Plus, Dellavedova’s Bucks beat Smart’s Celtics, 108-100.