Harrison Barnes

Video: Harrison Barnes dunks on Al Jefferson


This is not an all-time classic or anything, but for a rookie making a play on a long-time veteran  it’s pretty good. This is Warriors rookie Harrison Barnes throwing it down on Al Jefferson (who was late on the rotation but in part because Paul Millsap did nothing to slow Barnes coming off the pick, that reach was sad) from Monday night.

If you’re looking for a live dark horse in the Rookie of the Year race, Barnes is a good call. His game translates well to the NBA, he’s going to get a lot of opportunities and touches with Golden State, and it’s a team that could have some success this season. Expect a couple monster nights from him.

Thabo Sefolosha could make Hawks preseason debut Wednesday

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It’s not the biggest piece of good news Thabo Sefolosha has had this week — that would be Friday morning, when he was cleared of any wrongdoing in a court case stemming from an April nightclub incident in New York, in which his leg was broken by a police officer. But Sefolosha and the Hawks got another piece of good news on Saturday: head coach Mike Budenholzer told reporters that it’s likely Sefolosha will play in Wednesday’s preseason game against the Spurs.

From Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

It appears Thabo Sefolosha could make his exhibition debut on Wednesday, according to coach Mike Budenholzer.

Sefolosha missed all last week, which included the Hawks’ first two exhibition games, while in New York for the trial that ended with his acquittal on three misdemeanor charges.

The Hawks play the Spurs at Philips Arena Wednesday.

“We’ll see how these next couple of days go but I’d say I am, we are, hopeful that he’ll at least be able to play a few minutes on Wednesday.”

Sefolosha reiterated Saturday that he is still not at 100 percent but is eager to get on with training camp in preparation for the season.

The broken leg Sefolosha suffered in the April incident forced him to miss the entire 2015 playoffs, so it’s good news that he’s at least healthy enough to be able to give it a go in preseason now. The Hawks lost DeMarre Carroll over the summer, so Sefolosha will be their most important perimeter defender if he can get all the way back.

Raptors unveil updated court design

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Several teams have updated their court designs this offseason, including the Bulls, Nuggets, Bucks and Hawks. The Raptors are the latest team to update their floor, to go along with a new logo and uniforms. Here’s what the Air Canada Centre will look like this season:

It features their new claw/basketball logo at center court and the font on their new uniforms at the baselines. The “We The North” along the sideline is a nice touch, too. Overall, the Raptors have done an excellent job with their rebrand, just in time for All-Star Weekend to be hosted in Toronto for the first time.