David Khan may have been relieved of his GM position with the Timberwolves, but the team is still cleaning up after his mistakes.
Today, the team officially announced that they have waived veteran guard Brandon Roy, likely ending his career in the process:
“We wish Brandon and his family all the best in the future,” said Timberwolves President of Basketball Operations Flip Saunders.
Roy tried to restart his career in Minnesota after retiring from the NBA with chronic knee pain after the 2010-11 campaign. Kahn took a gamble on Roy, signing him to a two year $10.4 million contract, hoping that he could come back even if only as a part time contributor to help the upstart ‘Wolves make a playoff push this season.
Unfortunately Roy was still hampered by the knee issues that plagued him, appearing in only 5 games and needing surgery after experiencing more pain throughout the season. In those 5 games Roy averaged 5.8 points, 4.6 assists, and 2.8 rebounds while shooting only 31.4% from the floor.
Roy appeared in three all-star games in his career, was a former rookie of the year with the Portland Trailblazers and one of the best young players in the league during his great, but brief prime. And while it was always a long shot that he’d be able to come back and be an effective player after all his health issues, it’s a shame that this is the way his career will end.
It’s not about the shoes: Kevin Durant loses his, blocks two shots anyway
Early in the second quarter of the Warriors win in New Orleans Friday, Durant came out of his shoes on a layup in the lane. He then picked up his shoe, carried it to the other end, flipped it to the bench, and played defense without it, and while he got moved out of the way allowing an offensive rebound for the Pelicans he then proceeded to block Tony Allen twice at the rim.
One shoe Kevin Durant is officially the greatest rim protector of all time.
He wants to be unleashed on the NBA, and he feels he’s being held back.
Part of that is not playing in back-to-backs — Embiid started Friday night against Boston but will sit out by plan Saturday night against the Raptors in Toronto. Embiid knows the plan to help protect a body that has played only 31 games in three seasons before this one and was not cleared for most of training camp, but that doesn’t mean he likes it, as he told Jessica Camerato of NBC Sports Philadelphia.
“I just want to feel like an NBA player,” Embiid said. “I feel like I’m not an NBA player because I can’t play back-to-back.”
I get his frustration, but can you blame the Sixers for treating the guy like he’s made of glass at this point? Hopefully, later in the season, he can be cleared to play on both ends.
His second frustration came from the loss to the Celtics on Friday — he wants more post touches. In the video above he is clear, “I didn’t get the ball enough in the post.”
He’s right here. Embiid had three post-ups all game, one in each of the game’s first three quarters (stat via Synergy Sports). Embiid is efficient in the post — he has shot 9-of-12 on those plays overall this season and the Sixers score 1.33 points per possession when he does. That will work especially well against teams going small (for example, the Cavaliers with Kevin Love at the five), although Friday night Boston had big man Aron Baynes starting at center (in part because of Embiid, in part because Marcus Smart was out injured). Still, Embiid can score on Baynes.
Take a look at Embiid’s shot chart from Friday night.
Part of this is on him with all the threes, but they have to utilize him better. It’s part of the Sixers growing pains that will come this season.
Nets’ national anthem singer kneels to finish performance
NEW YORK (AP)— The national anthem singer at the Brooklyn Nets’ home opener took a knee at the end of her performance.
Justine Skye was nearing the completion of the song Friday night when she went to one knee for the finish. There were some cheers, but appeared to be more boos from the crowd at Barclays Center to see the Nets play the Orlando Magic.
NBA players have continued to stand during the playing of the anthems, as required by league rule.
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