Author: Brett Pollakoff

2014 NBA Finals - Game Five

Tony Parker on Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili: ‘I think they’re both going to play one more year’


It gets lost after the Spurs lost a hard-fought first-round playoff matchup to the Clippers in seven games, especially when taking in all that’s happened in the NBA since San Antonio was eliminated back on May 2.

But make no mistake — the Spurs were legitimate title contenders.

San Antonio finished the regular season winning 21 of its last 25 games, and its numbers on both ends of the floor during that stretch were better than those of the eventual champion Warriors.

So, despite the less-than-satisfying finish, one could reasonably assume that the Spurs would be every bit as formidable next year, should the team’s key players return to the roster.

From Mike Monroe of the San Antonio Express-News:

Spurs point guard Tony Parker has played all but one of his 14 seasons alongside Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili as part of the team’s Big Three and can’t imagine playing without them.

The youngest member of the championship-winning trio that ranks as the most successful in NBA history, Parker, 33, believes the three will be together at least one more season.

“I think they’re both going to play one more year,” Parker told the Express-News on Wednesday. …

Parker admits his opinion about keeping the trio intact next season is a bit of wishful thinking.

“I’m trying to be positive,” he said with a chuckle after an appearance at his annual basketball camp at George Gervin Academy.

It’s clear that no decision has yet been made, and that Parker is (at least publicly) merely being speculative.

Duncan and Ginobili are both unrestricted free agents this summer, and retirement for each remains a real option. Ginobili most recently seemed to indicate that if Duncan decides to return, then he will, too. If that’s indeed the case, that could be good news for Parker and the rest of the Spurs, considering there’s a buzz around the league that San Antonio expects Duncan to be back.

New Nuggets head coach Mike Malone: Changes to the roster are coming

Denver Nuggets intorduce new coach Michael Malone

Michael Malone was hired as head coach of the Nuggets on Monday, and was confident and a bit bold when speaking to the media in Denver at his introductory press conference on Tuesday.

Malone wanted to make it clear that he wasn’t married to one particular style of play, before making it known that he expects changes to be made to the roster this summer.

From Chris Dempsey of the Denver Post:

“I have coached 106 games as a head coach. Don’t paint me, and don’t put me in a hole by saying this is who you are. I played to the strength of our roster, and we were efficient.” …

Malone talked about wanting players that hated to lose and that would be committed to conditioning themselves to be able to defend and run the way he expects for 48 minutes. He also said he didn’t expect the roster now to be the one that opens the season.

“The roster we have today will not be the roster we have in training camp,” was Malone’s exact quote on the matter, and it’s easy to see that as a message to both Ty Lawson and Kenneth Faried, each of whom has displayed maturity issues in the recent past.

There’s the possibility that one or both could be traded, but their value is relatively low at this point. If they are indeed as disgruntled as has been previously reported, however, it might be worth it for the health of the organization to send them out of town, in order to create a clean slate to give Malone a fresh place to start.

Jahlil Okafor vs. Karl-Anthony Towns? Lakers to face Timberwolves on Summer League’s opening day

2015 NBA Draft Lottery

The NBA Draft is less than two weeks away, and just about every credible mock draft (including ours) has Jahlil Okafor and Karl-Anthony Towns going (in some order) to the Timberwolves and the Lakers with the top two selections.

If things go as expected, it could make for an exciting first day of Summer League action in Las Vegas.

Minnesota will face Los Angeles at 5:30 p.m. local time at the Thomas & Mack center on July 10, as part of a six-game slate on the event’s opening day.

Last summer, Andrew Wiggins faced Jabari Parker under similar circumstances. But the league didn’t anticipate the excitement that would surround the matchup, and scheduled it to take place in the much smaller Cox Pavilion, which created an incredibly fun atmosphere that had the building packed to capacity.

The full Las Vegas Summer League schedule is listed below.

NBA Summer League 2015 Game Schedule

All Times listed are PACIFIC

Friday, July 10

Cox Pavilion

3 p.m. – Milwaukee vs. New Orleans (Game 1)

5 p.m. – Atlanta vs. Denver (Game 3)
7 p.m. – D-League Select vs. Houston (Game 5)

Thomas & Mack

3:30 p.m. – Sacramento vs. Toronto (Game 2)

5:30 p.m. – Minnesota vs. L.A. Lakers (Game 4)
7:30 p.m. – Golden State vs. Cleveland (Game 6)


Saturday, July 11 

Cox Pavilion

1 p.m. – New Orleans vs. Dallas (Game 7)

3 p.m. – Washington vs. Phoenix (Game 9)

5 p.m. – Boston vs. Portland (Game 11)

7 p.m. – Brooklyn vs. Cleveland (Game 13) 

Thomas & Mack

1:30 p.m. – New York vs. San Antonio (Game 8)

3:30 p.m. – Chicago vs. Minnesota (Game 10)

5:30 p.m. – L.A. Lakers vs. Philadelphia (Game 12)

7:30 p.m. – Miami vs. Utah (Game 14)


Sunday, July 12

Cox Pavilion

1 p.m. – Washington vs. D-League Select (Game 15)

3 p.m. – Chicago vs. Toronto (Game 17)

5 p.m. – Sacramento vs. Denver (Game 19)

7 p.m. – Portland vs. Dallas (Game 21)


Thomas & Mack

1:30 p.m. – Phoenix vs. Houston (Game 16)

3:30 p.m. – Milwaukee vs. San Antonio (Game 18)

5:30 p.m. – Golden State vs. Atlanta (Game 20)
7:30 p.m. – Philadelphia vs. Boston (Game 22)


Monday, July 13

Cox Pavilion

1 p.m. – Cleveland vs. Milwaukee (Game 23)

3 p.m. – D-League Select vs. Atlanta (Game 25)

5 p.m. – Miami vs. Denver (Game 27)

7 p.m. – Toronto vs. Houston (Game 29)


Thomas & Mack

1:30 p.m. – New Orleans vs. Brooklyn (Game 24)

3:30 p.m. – Golden State vs. Sacramento (Game 26)

5:30 p.m. – L.A. Lakers vs. New York (Game 28)

7:30 p.m. – Utah vs. Minnesota (Game 30)


Tuesday, July 14

Cox Pavilion

12 p.m. – Portland vs. San Antonio (Game 31)

2 p.m. – Brooklyn vs. Chicago (Game 33)
4 p.m. – Miami vs. Boston (Game 35)


Thomas & Mack

12:30 p.m. – Washington vs. Dallas (Game 32)

2:30 p.m. – New York vs. Philadelphia (Game 34)
4:30 p.m. – Phoenix vs. Utah (Game 36)


Wednesday, July 15

Cox Pavilion

1 p.m. – #24 Seed vs. #9 Seed (Game 37)

3 p.m. – #22 Seed vs. #11 Seed (Game 39)

5 p.m. – #20 Seed vs. #13 Seed (Game 41)

7 p.m. – #18 Seed vs. #15 Seed (Game 43)


Thomas & Mack

1:30 p.m. – #23 Seed vs.  #10 Seed (Game 38)

3:30 p.m. – #21 Seed vs. #12 Seed (Game 40)

5:30 p.m. – #19 Seed vs. #14 Seed (Game 42)

7:30 p.m. – #17 Seed vs. #16 Seed (Game 44)


Thursday, July 16

Cox Pavilion

1 p.m. – Winner of Game 37 vs. #8 Seed (Game 45)

3 p.m. – Winner of Game 39 vs. #6 Seed (Game 47)

5 p.m. – Winner of Game 41 vs. #4 Seed (Game 49)

7 p.m. – Winner of Game 43 vs. #2 Seed (Game 51)


Thomas & Mack

1:30 p.m. – Winner of Game 38 vs. #7 Seed (Game 46)

3:30 p.m. – Winner of Game 40 vs. #5 Seed (Game 48)

5:30 p.m. – Winner of Game 42 vs. #3 Seed (Game 50)

7:30 p.m. – Winner of Game 44 vs. #1 Seed (Game 52)


Friday, July 17

Cox Pavilion

1 p.m. – Game 37 Loser vs. Game 38 Loser (Game 53)

3 p.m. – Game 41 Loser vs. Game 42 Loser (Game 55)

5 p.m. – Game 45 Loser vs. Game 46 Loser (Game 57)

7 p.m. – Game 49 Loser vs. Game 50 Loser (Game 59)


Thomas & Mack

1:30 p.m. – Game 39 Loser vs. Game 40 Loser (Game 54)

3:30 p.m. – Game 43 Loser vs. Game 44 Loser (Game 56)

5:30 p.m. – Game 47 Loser vs. Game 48 Loser (Game 58)

7:30 p.m. – Game 51 Loser vs. Game 52 Loser (Game 60)


Saturday, July 18

Thomas & Mack

1 p.m. – Game 46 Winner vs. Game 51 Winner (Game 61)

3 p.m. – Game 47 Winner vs. Game 50 Winner (Game 62)

5 p.m. – Game 45 Winner vs. Game 52 Winner (Game 63)

7 p.m. – Game 48 Winner vs. Game 49 Winner (Game 64)


Sunday, July 19

Thomas & Mack

3 p.m. – Game 61 Winner vs. Game 62 Winner (Game 65)

5 p.m. – Game 63 Winner vs. Game 64 Winner (Game 66)


Monday, July 20

Thomas & Mack

6 p.m. – Game 65 Winner vs. Game 66 Winner (Game 67)