Due to the lack of shrubbery on an NBA court, I doubt a camouflage-inspired uniform will do what camouflage was originally intended to do.
But camouflage as a fashion statement in support of America’s armed forces is something pretty much everyone can get behind — and the San Antonio Spurs are going to do that this year. Thursday they unveiled their new military-inspired uniforms, which they will wear for the first time Nov. 13 against the Wizards. The new gear is part of the adidas NBA Pride Uniform Collection.
“Playing in San Antonio, we’re constantly reminded of the selflessness and courage of those that serve,” Spurs guard Danny Green said in a released statement. “We owe them a debt of gratitude and it is an honor to recognize and show support to all active and retired military members.”
As alternate uniforms go… I kind of like them. Not love, but as alternate’s go not bad (MLB’s Padres do the same thing and I like it less, for some reason I can’t explain). Of course, I liked the gray alternates the Spurs broke out last year as well, although that one seems to put me in the minority.
We’ll see what they look like in action on Nov. 13 before making any final judgments. But you have to like the sentiment behind it.
On Monday, Dion Waiters agreed to a one-year, $2.9 million deal with the Heat, far less than most people thought he would get as one of the few significant free agents still on the market. Tuesday afternoon, he posted an explanation on Instagram for his deal.
Here’s what he said:
I didn’t do it for the money… I did it for the opportunity to go out & ball & have fun. Everything else will take care of its self!!! I just felt like it was the best situation for me…& my family. I could have waited & got wat I wanted. But I rather be happy then miserable at the end of the day!!! Meaning Yu can have everything & still not be happy… #heatnation let’s get it!!! #provethemwrong #stamped #Philly
It seems clear, based on the market, that the kinds of offers Waiters was hoping for weren’t out there for him. In Miami, with Dwyane Wade gone, he’ll probably start at shooting guard and have plenty of opportunities to prove himself in hopes of landing a long-term deal next summer.
While we wait for the Celtics to make a bigger move to trade for another star, they’re filling out the end of their roster. Sheridan Hoops’ Michael Scotto is reporting that they’ve signed Demetrius Jackson, the No. 45 pick in last month’s draft, to a four-year deal.
Jackson declared for the draft after his junior season at Notre Dame. Talent-wise, he has the chance to be a major steal for Boston — DraftExpress has him ranked as the 17th-best overall prospect in this year’s draft class. But he might not play much his first year. The Celtics’ roster is already crowded and there’s still the chance that they’ll make another move with some of their much-vaunted assets if the right star becomes available.
ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Hawks have signed undrafted rookie free agent center Matt Costello of Michigan State.
The 6-foot-9, 245-pound Costello averaged 5.7 points and 5 rebounds on the Hawks’ summer league team in Las Vegas.
Costello averaged 10.7 points and 8.2 rebounds as a senior at Michigan State. He holds the school’s career record with 146 blocked shots.
Terms of the deal were not released.
Jamal Crawford knows how to get buckets.
He does it against NBA level defenders, so put him in a free-flowing pro-am — let’s say the Seattle pro-am in his hometown — and he barely breaks a sweat dropping 44. And nailing the game winner.
Doc Rivers hopes to see a lot of that next season.