There are two ways to look at it. If you’re an older NBA player — don’t trust anyone over 30 — either your body could use the rest from an extended NBA lockout or you are watching time tick off the clock doing nothing.
Throw Dirk Nowitzki in the latter category.
That said, don’t expect him to go rushing off to join an overseas team. He’s going to take his time, play in EuroBasket (the 2012 London Olympics qualifying tournament) into mid September, then when that is over take a look around, according to Marc Stein as ESPN.
“I’ve always said I’m too old to sit around for a whole year,” said Nowitzki, who turned 33 a week after the Mavs’ title-clinching Game 6 in Miami. “I still can’t see this being a long lockout, but if it is, I’m going to find somewhere to play.”
Bayern Munich, known worldwide for its soccer prowess, is trying to make its first-ever splash in German basketball circles and has been chasing Nowitzki for months in the knowledge that a lockout was likely forthcoming. Sources close to the situation likewise say free-spending Zhejiang — which also reportedly is courting Miami’s Dwyane Wade — is among the Chinese clubs that are offering more than $1 million per month to try to convince Nowitzki to play there.
I still tend to think you’re not going to see a lot of big NBA stars jump overseas. But if come mid-September things look very bad and a Chinese team comes in with a massive offer, it might be hard to walk away from that.
Kobe Bryant reflected, told stories and showed his emotions.
For nearly 25 minutes, the Lakers star talked about his pending retirement. It was pretty cool.
DeAndre Jordan‘s free-throw problems – 38.7% this season, 41.5% for his career – are mental.
You can’t watch this trip to the line and convince me otherwise.
Nene hurt his calf. Drew Gooden is banged up. Martell Webster is out for the season.
Those are three players the Wizards expected to play power forward this season.
So, Washington – which has lost four straight – will bring in another big man: Ryan Hollins.
Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports:
The Wizards have a full roster of 15 players. They don’t qualify for a hardship exemption, which a team gets if four players have missed three straight games and will continue to be out. Only Webster and Alan Anderson definitely fit that bill. Gooden, who has missed five straight, might. But it’s unclear both how many of those absences were due to injury and when he’ll return.
So, Washington will have to waive someone to sign Hollins now. It’ll probably be Webster, whose $5,845,250 2016-17 salary is just $2.5 million guaranteed. If he’s out for the year and the Wizards plan to drop him by the summer to clear cap space, why not just do it now?
Hollins is more center than power forward and doesn’t appear to fit well with Marcin Gortat. But at this point, Washington just needs big bodies. Hollins – a nine-year veteran who plays decent interior defense, lacks offensive skill and rebounds poorly for his 7-foot frame – is at least that.
Sometimes – as Kristaps Porzingis sees against Dwight Howard – it’s more flattering just to play James Harden-level defense.