Gary Harris will be out about a month with a foot issue. Will Barton tried to practice Tuesday but couldn’t because of a sore ankle. Wilson Chandler has been hobbled by a hamstring injury.
The Denver Nuggets could use some help on the wing right now. Enter, Alonzo Gee, something first reported by Shams Charania of The Vertical on Yahoo Sports.
The team has since confirmed that they have signed Gee.
Gee is an athletic wing who will work hard on the defensive end and can get out and run in transition. What ultimately holds him back is a lack of shooting range, but he knows how to play at an NBA level and can give the Nuggets the short-term depth they need.
Gee was the final cut of the Pelicans in preseason (they chose to keep Lance Stephenson instead of him, which worked out well as Stephenson played great until he tore a groin muscle that needed surgery). Gee played 39 games for the Nuggets two seasons ago, they are familiar with him. Gee hung around the fringes of the NBA since 2009, having played for Cleveland, New Orleans, Denver, Washington, Portland, and San Antonio.
Lakers’ forward Julius Randle is the most improved player in the NBA so far this season. That doesn’t mean he’s going to win the award — there’s a lot of season left, plus some voters don’t like to give it to third-year players who should be making the leap anyway — but the guy has stepped up his skills and closed holes in his game. He has a PER of 19.6 and looks like an All-Star level player.
Tuesday night against Brooklyn he dropped 17 points, 14 rebounds, and 10 assists. He has developed a good right hand, shown shooting range, and become a quality playmaker, not just a finisher.
Check it out above in what he did to the Nets.
Ricky Rubio knows how to pass the rock.
And when he’s on the court Karl-Anthony Towns knows if he runs the floor he will get rewarded — in this case, by as good a full-court pass as you’re going to see. Aaron Rodgers was impressed how he threaded that needle.
Charlotte went on to get the 115-108 win behind 30 from Kemba Walker in the most entertaining game of Tuesday night.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Retired Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has been elected chairman of USA Basketball.
Dempsey replaces Jerry Colangelo, who held the position for two terms but will focus now on his role as managing director of the U.S. men’s national team.
Dempsey was elected during a meeting of USA Basketball’s board of directors on Monday. His term is from 2017-2020.
He retired last year after 41 years in the military, the last four as the senior officer in the Armed Forces and the military adviser to the secretary of defense and to the president. He was appointed special adviser to NBA Commissioner Adam Silver in January.
The Charlotte Hornets started the season 6-1 and looked good, but had done that against a pretty soft schedule. Then they ran into Toronto and Cleveland and picked up a couple of quick losses. The Hornets needed to get back on track.
Kemba Walker took care of that.
He dropped 30 on an improving Timberwolves team — not to mention the six assists, five rebounds, and five steals — to give Charlotte the 115-108 win Tuesday. Walker has been killing it from deep this season, averaging 3.4 three-pointers a game (second only to some guy named Curry). He’s going to need to keep it up as the Hornets head into a tougher stretch of the schedule where we will find out just how good this team really is.