There are NBA players threatening to go overseas just to try and put leverage on the NBA labor discussions, showing the owners they have options. They are guys not likely at all to put pen to paper.
Then there are guys who spent the last couple years in the NBA but for whom a jump to Europe makes sense.
Kyle Weaver was with the Utah Jazz last season, the Oklahoma City Thunder the two seasons before that. But the last two seasons combined he has stepped on the court 17 times (he’s also spent time in the D-League). He’s the guy at the end of the bench, not a guy in anyone’s long term plans right now.
So he is jumping to Germany, according to Hoopshype. He’ll be playing for Alba Berlin of the German League, a team with four Americans on it (Derrick Allen who averages 13 points and 4 boards a game, Bryce Taylor, Torin Francis and DeShaun Wood).
For Weaver this makes sense. He insures a payday, he gets some run and he gets the chance to improve his game. Plenty of guys find their way back to the NBA.
So far, the only substantive accounts of the Matt Barnes-Derek Fisher altercation have come from anonymous sources.
The Knicks coach has deflected questions.
But Barnes is giving his account, at least of the lead-up.
Ramona Shelburne of ESPN:
It’s completely understandable that Barnes would act to ensure his children’s welfare.
And let’s say everything he said is true. It still leaves important questions unanswered.
Did Barnes – as he reportedly texted a friend he did – beat up Fisher and spit on his estranged wife, Gloria Govan? If so, why did Barnes deem that necessary to protect kids?
Gregg Popovich said he wouldn’t coach in July.
Apparently, he’s taking off part of October, too.
Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports:
It’s not that surprising to see Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Boris Diaw staying home. Veterans miss preseason games all the time just to rest. With the Spurs, it happens even in the regular season.
But it’s still a little strange to see the head coach sit out, even though Popovich also did it last year.
It makes sense, though. Who cares about this preseason game? If travelling less helps the 66-year-old Popovich stay fresh in the years ahead, that’s well worth it. Plus, it gets Messina a little extra experience. Some day, he might be the head coach.