Keith Bogans sticks out like a sore thumb playing for the Blazers at Summer League in Las Vegas.
At age 35, while on the court alongside 19- and 20-year olds, saying that it was nice of him to wear his age as his jersey number — 60 — was an easy joke to make.
But after a rough end to his time in Boston which resulted in him being out of the league since January of 2014, Bogans is looking to make an impression by proving he’s a good teammate once again.
Check out the interview below with Bogans from Jessica Camerato of Basketball Insiders. He sets the record straight on some inaccurate things that were floated out there, and is very honest in discussing what he went through while being stuck on his couch during an NBA season for the first time in 11 years.
The NBA’s competition committee met in Las Vegas on Monday, but made no decisions regarding making any changes to two of the league’s most talked-about issues.
Kevin Arnovitz of ESPN.com:
The NBA’s competition committee met Monday in Las Vegas to review several potential rule changes, including playoff seeding, “Hack-a-Shaq,” the free-agency moratorium period and the replay review center.
Sources at the meeting said no concrete decisions were made in the room, but a full summary of the discussion will be presented to the NBA’s Board of Governors, which is scheduled to meet on Tuesday in Las Vegas.
The conversation surrounding playoff seedings addressed whether division winners should be given an advantage in tie-breaker scenarios and a top-four conference seeding despite record.
The occasionally-effective but always-ugly strategy to intentionally foul poor free throw shooters got national exposure during the playoffs in multiple rounds, but was most egregious during a contest where the Rockets were sent to the free throw line a ridiculous 64 times.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver has said he’s on the fence about whether or not to eliminate this as an option, and evidently the committee members saw it the same way.
The league’s moratorium on free agent signings was also discussed, in light of a loophole that DeAndre Jordan exposed when he backed out of a verbal commitment to the Mavericks and chose to remain with the Clippers instead. A day-long circus unfolded that was hilarious to watch in real time, but was ultimately a bad look for the league and this particular side of the business.
Gigi Datome was traded from the Pistons to the Celtics at the deadline last season, and averaged just 10.7 minutes per game in 18 regular season appearances.
But he was a fan favorite of sorts in Boston, and was able to score in double digits in the few instances where he was given enough playing time to do some damage.
As a free agent this summer, he had more than one team interested. But wanting a larger and more consistent role, Datome chose to leave the NBA entirely and play overseas instead.
Datome agreed to a a three-year contract with Turkey’s Fenerbahce squad, and took to Facebook to explain his decision.