Being an uncle is pretty cool. You get to buy your nieces and nephews annoyingly loud toys to passive-aggressively torture your brother or sister. You get to give the kids lots of candy and ice cream and it automatically makes you cool. It’s a pretty easy gig.
Dunking on a 7-footer in the NBA, or beating the buzzer with an entire defense focused on stopping you? Not as easy.
Jeff Green, endearingly known as Uncle Jeff from his Thunder days, has had a rough year with the Celtics after coming back from heart surgery. He’s shown flashes, but the consistent production just hasn’t been there. It will take some time, but plays like this provide a little glimpse of what Green’s mix of size and athleticism can produce:
Kyrie Irving, star of the “Uncle Drew” commercials that might be the best hoops spots since the “Lil Penny” commercials with Penny Hardaway, does pretty incredible things on a regular basis. Here he is beating the buzzer in the first quarter in a 33-point outburst against the Atlanta Hawks.
All in all, not a bad night for the NBA’s most notable uncles. Green’s dunks helped the Celtics take care of the Suns, 87-79, while Irving’s efficient scoring night helped the Cavs take down the Hawks, 99-83.
LeBron James sat out the Cavs’ preseason game against the Sixers on Thursday night, but Cleveland still held the lead for all but the final 5.4 seconds. Then, Sixers rookie Scottie Wilbekin did this:
Wilbekin, who played college ball at Florida, has a chance to earn legitimate minutes for the Sixers this season as they try to find young talent on the cheap. This is a good start.
Eight days ago, Derrick Rose had surgery to repair a fractured orbital bone suffered in training camp. The Bulls said he would be ready to resume basketball activities in two weeks, and in the meantime will rejoin practice soon. That part is still on schedule — head coach Fred Hoiberg says Rose will be with the team when they return to Chicago on Monday following a two-game preseason road trip, but unless the swelling in his eye dies down, it could be a little longer before he can start practicing again.
Via K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune:
It’s not ideal, but since there’s no structural damage to Rose’s face, once he’s cleared to resume practicing, it’s just a matter of getting back into game shape before he can start playing in games. The team is still optimistic he’ll be able to play opening night against the Cavaliers on October 27.