Here is our daily look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT).
Patriot tight end Rob Gronkowski and a number of his teammates were at the Lakers/Celtics game Thursday. Kobe Bryant told Gronkowski to go play for the Eagles.
Did you see that guy sitting courtside in Philly yelling at Kobe Bryant? CSNPhilly.com caught up with and talked to him.
Barack Obama did an interview with the Italian publication La Stampa before meeting with that country’s prime minister, and in it Obama talks about liking what Danilo Gallinari and Marco Belinelli bring to the NBA.
Doc Rivers had a lot of fun watching his son bury North Carolina.
The Phoenix Suns have partnered with Verizon to incorporate tablet computers throughout their organization, from the coaches through the business side.
Michael Heisley, owner of the Memphis Grizzlies, has emerged as one of the remaining candidates to buy the Los Angeles Dodgers. Let me just say on behalf of Dodger fans everywhere, “NOOOOOOOOO.”
Kareem Rush is trying to make an NBA comeback through the D-League.
Kemba Walker talks about his trip from UConn to the NBA.
ESPN Films will air a documentary about the Magic Johnson HIV announcement on March 11. That could be powerful.
The DeMarcus Cousins body language flow-chart. (Seriously, click that link.)
Timofey Mozgov’s foot injury likely will keep him out until Tuesday.
Three lessons young players can take away from from the Celtics/Lakers game.
On Monday, Dion Waiters agreed to a one-year, $2.9 million deal with the Heat, far less than most people thought he would get as one of the few significant free agents still on the market. Tuesday afternoon, he posted an explanation on Instagram for his deal.
Here’s what he said:
I didn’t do it for the money… I did it for the opportunity to go out & ball & have fun. Everything else will take care of its self!!! I just felt like it was the best situation for me…& my family. I could have waited & got wat I wanted. But I rather be happy then miserable at the end of the day!!! Meaning Yu can have everything & still not be happy… #heatnation let’s get it!!! #provethemwrong #stamped #Philly
It seems clear, based on the market, that the kinds of offers Waiters was hoping for weren’t out there for him. In Miami, with Dwyane Wade gone, he’ll probably start at shooting guard and have plenty of opportunities to prove himself in hopes of landing a long-term deal next summer.
While we wait for the Celtics to make a bigger move to trade for another star, they’re filling out the end of their roster. Sheridan Hoops’ Michael Scotto is reporting that they’ve signed Demetrius Jackson, the No. 45 pick in last month’s draft, to a four-year deal.
Jackson declared for the draft after his junior season at Notre Dame. Talent-wise, he has the chance to be a major steal for Boston — DraftExpress has him ranked as the 17th-best overall prospect in this year’s draft class. But he might not play much his first year. The Celtics’ roster is already crowded and there’s still the chance that they’ll make another move with some of their much-vaunted assets if the right star becomes available.
ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Hawks have signed undrafted rookie free agent center Matt Costello of Michigan State.
The 6-foot-9, 245-pound Costello averaged 5.7 points and 5 rebounds on the Hawks’ summer league team in Las Vegas.
Costello averaged 10.7 points and 8.2 rebounds as a senior at Michigan State. He holds the school’s career record with 146 blocked shots.
Terms of the deal were not released.
Jamal Crawford knows how to get buckets.
He does it against NBA level defenders, so put him in a free-flowing pro-am — let’s say the Seattle pro-am in his hometown — and he barely breaks a sweat dropping 44. And nailing the game winner.
Doc Rivers hopes to see a lot of that next season.