Jazz guard Jamaal Tinsley is a Brooklynite — born in the borough, went to Samuel J. Tilden High School in Brooklyn, he knows his way around.
Which was a good thing, because the Jazz’s team bus driver didn’t.
Tinsley had to pitch in as a human GPS when Utah first landed in New York, reports the Deseret News (hat tip to KD at Ball Don’t Lie):
“(The bus driver) was kind of lost,” the Jazz backup point guard said, smiling. “He made about two left turns the wrong way and two right turns …”
“We could’ve been to the hotel a half-hour (earlier),” Tinsley recalled. “I thought we were staying at another hotel. I thought they knew something I didn’t know.”
Tinsley is a guy who had to go to the D-League to prove to doubters that he could still ball at an NBA level (and that the distractions of him in Indiana were a thing of the past). The Jazz took a shot with him and it worked, he’s giving them 19 minutes a game (although he is just shooting 31 percent this season).
He’s also giving them directions. Off the court.
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.