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.
“@Vin_Lee_: @Dame_Lillard we played the same amount of mins today bro” did we make the same amount of money today too?
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)— 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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This was more of what fans expected from Lonzo Ball.
After a rough first game against the Clippers — with Patrick Beverleyin his face all night — Ball found plenty of room to operate against the soft defense of the Phoenix Suns. With room to operate Ball had 29 points, 11 rebounds, and nine assists — just one assist short of a triple-double. He helped the Lakers pull away to a lead in the third then hold on for a 132-130 win over the Suns.
Ball wasn’t terribly efficient, 12-of-27 shooting, but he was 4-of-9 from three, he played with great pace, he was decisive, and was finding guys with his passes. It was a step forward, even if it was against a sad defense (Eric Bledsoe can be a good defender, but he has seemed disinterested in recent years).
Ball and the Lakers are going to be up and down this season, the goal is for there to be more ups near the end of the season.
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