Tiago Splitter underwent season-ending hip surgery in February, and the injury kept him from playing for Brazil in the Olympics.
But the Hawks center says he’ll be healthy by training camp.
Chris Vivlamore of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Splitter didn’t have time to make much of an impact last season, when Atlanta acquired him to serve as a change-of-pace to Al Horford at center. With the bigger and strong Dwight Howard now at center, Splitter is more redundant.
Splitter can still contribute off the bench – if he’s moving well enough. At age 31 and coming off such a major injury, that’s in question.
Former NBA player Travis Outlaw – who played for the Trail Blazers, Clippers, Nets and Kings then fell out of the league in 2014 – is facing legal trouble.
Carl Smith of The Dispatch:
Former professional basketball player Travis Outlaw was arrested Tuesday after a grand jury indicted him on a felony marijuana charge.
The indictment, issued July 15, states the Starkville native possessed an amount of the drug greater than 250 grams but less than 1 kilogram on July 23, 2015.
Outlaw was arrested and booked at the Oktibbeha County Sheriff’s Department for possession of a controlled substance. He was released that same day after posting a $10,000 bond.
That’s a felony?
Dorell Wright is seeking what JaVale McGee already has – an NBA contract.
So, Wright – who has played for the Heat, Warriors, 76ers and Trail Blazers – showed his credentials against McGee in the Drew League.
Buzzfeed created a fun – and challenging – quiz on NBA logos. The site presents two logos for each NBA team, one real and one slightly modified. You must identify the correct version.
Give it a shot. I got 25/30.
FIBA wanted 3-on-3 basketball in the 2016 Olympics. Didn’t happen.
How about 2020?
Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today:
RIO DE JANEIRO — The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) is making another push to include 3-on-3 basketball in the Olympics, FIBA secretary-general Patrick Baumann told USA TODAY Sports.
Baumann said the International Olympic Committee will decide in June if 3-on-3 will be played at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
I don’t think 3-on-3 basketball is close to necessary (as far as any sport is “necessary”), but I’m here for it.
Could players double-dip and play both 5-on-5 and 3-on-3 and win medals in both events? How would the U.S. balance talent on both teams? Would the U.S. seek 3-on-3 chemistry by using players on the same NBA team (maybe LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love –
or, in a troll move, LeBron, Irving and Tristan Thompson)? Would the 3-on-3 teams have backups? Would another country without the depth to compete with Team USA focus on 3-on-3 (maybe Italy with Danilo Gallinari, Marco Belinelli and Andrea Bargnani)?
I’d love to wade through all these questions and more. Sadly, I doubt this gets approved.