Catch Devin Robinson at the right moment, and he looks like an NBA player.
The Florida junior will hope that’s how pro teams see him.
Jon Rothstein of FanRag Sports Network:
Robinson is a 6-foot-8 forward with a 7-foot wingspan and supposedly top-end athleticism. He just rarely looks athletic defensively, where he doesn’t imposes his will or even show enough attentiveness.
His shot has developed a little at Florida, but it’s not nearly good enough to cover for his inability to create for himself or others.
Drafting Robinson in the second round and hoping the light comes on isn’t necessarily a bad idea. But considering he’s already 22, you have to wonder why it hasn’t already.
Knicks star Carmelo Anthony and his wife La La have reportedly separated.
Carmelo Anthony was messing around with a woman who now claims she’s pregnant with his baby — and as you can imagine, his wife, La La, is pissed … TMZ Sports has learned.
Multiple sources tell us … the other woman often works at a gentlemen’s club in NYC, and we’re told she’s claiming to be 6 and a half months pregnant with Melo’s child.
Sources close to both Melo and La La are telling us the marriage has been rocky for a while — and while the pregnancy wasn’t the tipping point, it certainly didn’t help.
So far, neither side has filed divorce papers but we’re told there’s virtually zero chance of a reconciliation.
Anthony was long-rumored to prefer New York, in part, because La La wanted to be there. There was even speculation their separation was impacted by his desire to leave the Knicks.
Now, it seems there’s something else at play.
Anthony can still waive his no-trade clause and escape the Knicks, but it’s not necessarily the straight line out of New York it appeared it could be.
Vince Carter tried to bring some life to the Grizzlies, who were down big to the Spurs in the first half of Game 2, by engaging Kyle Anderson in a dustup.
But Anderson walked away — either a sign of maturity or weakness, depending on your perspective. It probably wasn’t hard to sell Memphis on the idea, valid or otherwise, than Anderson and San Antonio feared the Grizzlies’ toughness.
Memphis eventually got back into the game after that, though the Spurs still won to take a 2-0 series lead.
At least the Grizzlies’ competitive spirit showed up, and David Fizdale kept it going after the game.
Isaiah Thomas, playing with a heavy heart after the death of his sister in a car crash, scored 33 points the Celtics’ Game 1 loss to the Bulls yesterday.
A. Sherrod Blakely of CSN New England:
Celtics coach Brad Stevens says Isaiah Thomas will play in Game 2 against the Bulls Tuesday night at TD Garden then travel to Seattle to be with his family following the death of Thomas’ sister, who was killed in a car crash Saturday.
“Whatever he needs to do, he needs to do, and we’ll help in any way,” Stevens said. “If he needs to and wants to stay here, then we’ll be here surrounding him. And if he wants to go to Seattle, then he should go to Seattle. It’s his call; and should be.”
I can’t even imagine what Thomas is going through – dealing with this grief while on the biggest stage of his career. Good for the Celtics for doing whatever they can to accommodate him, but there’s no way to make this easy.
Though this obviously isn’t the primary concern, he’ll be instrumental in Boston’s chances of evening the series. The Celtics outscored Chicago by 12 with him on the court yesterday and got outscored by 16 when he sat. Boston is so reliant on Thomas offensively, especially late.
Rudy Gobert appeared headed toward a breakout postseason.
Just 11 seconds into it, he injured his knee.
Though an MRI revealed no structural damage, Gobert isn’t returning yet.
Tony Jones of The Salt Lake Tribune:
The Jazz center will miss Tuesday’s Game 2 against the Los Angeles Clippers with a hyperextended knee, The Salt Lake Tribune has learned.
If the Jazz are taking this game by game, we’re probably in line for a few more of these updates. I doubt Gobert returns effectively anytime soon, though he could try to grind it out during this series.
Utah won Game 1 anyway, but the Clippers remain favored in each game without Gobert, especially in L.A. The Jazz – with Derrick Favors, Jeff Withey and Boris Diaw – now playing center still have a chance. It’s just a far lesser chance.