“I was always taught not to take anything that didn’t belong to me,” Ratleff said Friday. “If I see a golf ball on the course and it’s not mine, I don’t pick it up. We know we did not win a silver medal. Those aren’t ours.”
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That’s Ed Ratleff speaking on the subject of accepting a silver medal 40 years after the U.S. Olympic team declined to accept them after a controversial (*cough* dirty *cough*) ending which saw a random FIBA official (and founder) walk onto the floor and get involved in the ending. It’s a stellar piece from NBA.com’s Steve Aschburner and it should remain in the lore of American basketball.
It speaks to an American attitude, an American approach, and the power that that unfortunate ending still holds over the players today.
(Interesting side note: Guess what else Ratleff was around to witness first hand?)
Mario Hezonja, the No. 5 pick in this year’s draft, has never lacked for confidence. The Croatian guard made his pro debut in the Magic’s preseason game against the Hornets on Saturday and did this:
Between Hezonja, Elfrid Payton, Victor Oladipo and Aaron Gordon, the Magic have a nucleus of young players that has the potential to be a lot of fun. Even if they’re still a few years away from contending, they’re definitely going to be a League Pass favorite this year.
Preseason is only just getting underway and there’s already a potentially serious injury to report. In the game between the Hornets and Magic on Saturday night, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was taken to the locker room after suffering a right shoulder injury. The Hornets announced that he was then taken to an Orlando-area hospital for follow-up x-rays:
A few hours after the game, the Hornets announced that Kidd-Gilchrist has a dislocated shoulder:
Depending on the severity of the injury, he could miss a few weeks or a few months. Hopefully, it’s the shorter end of that timeline. We should know more on Sunday.