When you think of NBA players who are likely smooth on the dance floor, the first name that comes to mind is…
Okay, maybe not. But as Porzingis fever sweeps New York, Kenny Ducey of Sports Illustrated dug up this video of Porzingis dancing with teammates from his old Spanish team, Cajasol Sevilla.
And this one.
It doesn’t get any better than that. Well, dancing does get better than that. A lot better. I mean unintentional comedy doesn’t get better than that.
(Hat tip Eye on Basketball.)
INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) — Cavaliers guard Iman Shumpert sprained his left shoulder in Thursday’s win over Chicago and could miss some upcoming games.
Shumpert did not practice Friday and coach Tyronn Lue said the team’s best perimeter defender is day-to-day with the injury. Shumpert missed six weeks last season after dislocating the same shoulder. He did not have surgery.
Lue said Shumpert got hurt while trying to make a steal against the Bulls. Lue initially said Shumpert “tweaked” his shoulder, but the team later said he sprained it and his status for Sunday’s game in Oklahoma City will be determined before the team departs Saturday.
Meanwhile, forward Channing Frye, acquired before Thursday’s trading deadline from Orlando in a three-team deal, only watched practice as he continues to go through procedures with his new team. Frye is expected to practice Saturday. Lue said he would have no reservations about using Frye after just one practice.
For young players coming off major injuries, NBA Summer League games often become a first step back into action — real games (albeit sloppy ones), a chance to get some sweat and shake off some rust. A chance to feel like a basketball player again.
But that’s not where Joel Embiid will make his return, according to the Sixers GM Sam Hinkie, who spoke to the media Friday.
The Sixers’ No. 3 pick in the 2014 draft has missed the past two seasons following foot injuries, and right now he is at a specialized sports facility in Qatar doing rehab, Hinkie said. Yes, Qatar, the ridiculous home of the 2022 World Cup. Hinkie vouched for the facility, and said he expects Embiid to be ready to go at the start of next season.
“I’ve always been excited about him because he has rare gifts and a real chance to have a fantastic NBA career,” Hinkie said.
There are a lot of fans rolling their eyes at that, but a simple fact remains — he could be the best player on the Sixers roster. He is tone one guy scouts thought had superstar potential, more than Jahlil Okafor, it was just a matter of if he could stay healthy. That hasn’t happened so far, but it’s too early for the Sixers to give up on him.
The Boston Celtics worked with David Lee‘s agent to find the power forward out of Brad Stevens rotation a new home via trade, but his $15.5 million salary made that next to impossible. (He certainly would have been part of a big deal Boston nearly pulled off but that ultimately fell through.) When the trade deadline passed on Thursday, Lee was still a Celtic.
Friday, the Celtics announced they have waived Lee, part of a buyout agreement.
Once Lee clears waivers — a certainty, no team has the cap space to claim him off waivers — he will be an unrestricted free agent. The Dallas Mavericks are the front-runners to sign him, reports Shams Charania of The Vertical at Yahoo Sports.
Other teams will try to get their foot in the door with Lee, on a veteran minimum deal he provides real value. Lee has said his decision will be about winning but also about minutes and not being glued to the bench. As happened in Golden State last season (until the Finals) and Boston this season.
Dallas has Dirk Nowitzki at the four, Dwight Powell backs him up. There is Zaza Pachulia at the five, and JaVale McGee behind him. Lee could provide some minutes in that rotation, especially in a small ball lineup.
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Some media members trying to grade out the trade deadline — myself included — had the Rockets in the losers category for the trade deadline. The logic goes like this: the Rockets had a disappointing team with dysfunctional chemistry with Dwight Howard, James Harden, and Ty Lawson. Firing the coach didn’t fix things. So at the deadline GM Daryl Morey tried to repair the roster by shopping Howard and Lawson hard, but nothing came of it (because Howard wants to be a free agent this summer and would not opt-in to the final year of his deal). They are the same dysfunctional team they were before, and good luck to J.B. Bickerstaff trying to get that group to play as a unit now.
That said, this wasn’t a disaster for the Rockets. First, they didn’t make any stupid, panic trades that set the franchise back. Second, the one deadline deal they did make — Donatas Motiejunas and Marcus Thornton to the Pistons for a top-eight protected 2016 first-round pick (and Joel Anthony, who the Rockets flipped in another deal) — is a good one for them.
Morey went on The Vertical Podcast with Adrian Wojnarowski after the deadline and defended the moves they made.
“We’re not feeling good about how we’re playing, but we feel good about our roster. It’s the group that made the Western Conference finals last year….
“James and Dwight together have made the Western Conference finals, have won more than two-thirds of their games. This is a group that we would be very reluctant to split up. Obviously there was a lot of interest in (Howard) — I think there was a lot of noise about that — but that was something we were going to be very reluctant to break up. As part of my job, I do have to listen to everything, but nothing got close and we weren’t going to split that up unless it was something significant.”
The buzz is the Rockets were asking a high price for Howard, and some teams might have paid it because he still has real value on the court, but they weren’t going to spend those assets for a rental. They wanted him to say he would opt-in to the final year of his contract. Howard wouldn’t do that, he intends to be a free agent.
So the Rocket will ride this roster into the playoffs, where as it stands they are the eight seed and would get Golden State in the first round. Maybe the Rockets get on a little run, and they could face the Spurs or the Thunder in the first round. They have the talent on the roster Morey likes to create some matchup challenges for any of those teams. But they are not going to get out of the first round.
Then this summer in Houston will be interesting.