Damian Lillard was one of the four players cut from the final USA Basketball roster, and though his being left off of the team that will compete in the FIBA World Cup was expected all along, it wasn’t due to a lack of talent or poor play on Lillard’s part.
He didn’t really have much of a shot, considering just how heavy Team USA is at the guard position. With Kyrie Irving, Derrick Rose and Stephen Curry in place, Lillard only got a real chance to play in one of the squad’s three exhibition contests — the 43-point win over the Dominican Republic on Wednesday.
Lillard didn’t play at all on Friday, and someone thought it might be a good idea to taunt him about it on Twitter. It wasn’t.
This is essentially a perfect response from Lillard. It shows he isn’t afraid to interact with people on social media, and it showcases his personality and sense of humor, as well.
Lillard also took to Twitter to say all the right things following his dismissal from this summer’s USA Basketball squad, which showed his professional side in the wake of what surely was a moment of disappointment, even though it might have been somewhat expected.
NEW YORK (AP) — Former NBA point guard Jason Williams will miss six to eight months after suffering a knee injury in the opening game of the Big3.
Corey Maggette, also injured in the opening week of Ice Cube’s 3-on-3 league of former NBA players, had surgery for a leg injury. There is no timetable for his return.
The injuries were announced Wednesday during a conference call with Cube and Big3 co-founder Jeff Kwatinetz, who also detailed a couple rules changes starting with this weekend’s game in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Games will be played to 50 points, instead of 60, with halftime coming when the first team reaches 25 points. Cube said that would help the four games per day move more quickly.
Phil Jackson’s exit is already opening doors for the Knicks.
No position differs more in the triangle from modern spread NBA offenses than point guard. But without Jackson demanding his point guard fit such a narrow profile, New York can pursue greater talents – like Jeff Teague.
Ian Begley of ESPN:
With Phil Jackson out and the triangle de-emphasized, the Knicks, under general manager Steve Mills, have interest in free agent point guard Jeff Teague, league sources told ESPN. League sources say the interest in Teague is mutual.
The Knicks aren’t as desperate at point guard after drafting Frank Ntilikina, but Ntilikina probably isn’t ready to run an offense full-time yet. Teague could be a stopgap – which might be necessary considering New York can’t easily pivot into rebuilding with Carmelo Anthony, Joakim Noah and Courtney Lee locked up.
Teague’s future with the Pacers appears uncertain with Paul George on the trade block. A key part of Larry Bird’s retooling last summer, Teague and Indiana might be headed in different directions now.
The Knicks make as much sense as anywhere for Teague – now that Jackson is gone.
The Rockets and Clippers both turned aggressive with today’s Chris Paul trade.
Houston is making a bold attempt to overtake the Warriors (a plan that could include other big moves). The Clippers are launching into rebuilding.
Kurt Helin breaks down what it means for both teams.
The Knicks did well to part ways with Phil Jackson, but where does New York go from here?
Masai Ujiri? David Griffin? Someone else?
Kurt Helin breaks down Jim Dolan’s options – and the approach the Knicks owner should take.