When you’re the GM of a smaller market, you have to take some bigger risks. And when those gambles don’t work out, you can’t just buy your way out of the situation.
Which brings us to Milwaukee, which for the past few seasons had tried a Monta Ellis and Brandon Jennings backcourt. Which went together about as well as toothpaste and orange juice.
It was pretty obvious both players were unhappy and now both have moved on — Ellis bolted for Dallas as a free agent, while Jennings was traded to Detroit this summer. Now at his introductory press conference in Dallas Ellis tells us that he was not happy… shocking, I know. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has the quote:
“When you’re in a place where you’re unhappy, it’s very hard to perform to your best ability,” said Ellis, declining to discuss his time with the Bucks in more detail by saying he “left it in Milwaukee.”
Now he gets to share the backcourt with Jose Calderon, which should be a better fit, but Dirk Nowitzki is there and healthy and the Mavericks are his team. He gets the most touches.
Ellis said he looks forward to being Dirk’s sidekick and scoring 25 points a game. I would be shocked — shocked I tell you — if that doesn’t go perfectly smoothly. It’s all going to be rainbows and puppy dogs
NEW YORK (AP) — Craig Sager’s fight with leukemia will prevent the basketball sideline reporter form covering the Rio Olympics for NBC.
NBC said Thursday in a statement that the 65-year-old Sager is preparing for a third bone marrow transplant at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. Sager was first diagnosed with leukemia in 2014 and announced in March that he was no longer in remission.
The Rio Games would have been Sager’s fifth Olympics.
Sager has worked for Turner Sports for 34 years. At the ESPY Awards this month, Vice President Joe Biden presented Sager with the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance.
With so much focus in recent weeks being on NBA players speaking out on social issues, it’s worth remembering that Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has been one of the most vocal athletes in America on these things for decades. The Hall of Fame and all-time leading scorer in NBA history addressed the Democratic National Convention on Thursday evening, urging voters to vote for Hillary Clinton in November, and opened his remarks by introducing himself as Michael Jordan, because “Donald Trump couldn’t tell the difference.”
You can watch the video of his speech below:
In the weeks since Kevin Durant announced he was signing with the Golden State Warriors, we have yet to hear Russell Westbrook speak on his former teammate’s decision. This week, ESPN.com’s Royce Young indicated in a podcast interview that Durant was telling Westbrook and others in the days leading up to his decision that he was coming back to Oklahoma City. He later walked back his report, saying he misspoke. On Thursday, Durant himself told The Vertical‘s Shams Charania that he never said any such thing, or misled Westbrook or anyone else about his intentions.
“It’s false,” Durant told The Vertical on Thursday. “I didn’t say that – words about me telling Russell or Nick that I would stay or leave never came out of my mouth. We met as teammates, but no promises came out of it. In this day and age, I can’t control anything people claim out there. Someone can go out and say something random right now, and people will believe it.
“I never told Russell or Nick [Collison], ‘All right, guys, I’m coming back to the Thunder’ – and then a week later, I decide not to. Never happened. I don’t operate like that. I heard people say that story, but it’s not the truth.”
So that settles that.