To get you excited for the upcoming season, the NBA has put together a supercut of the best crossovers from 2014-15. You can watch it here:
All the usual suspects are in here — Kyrie Irving, Jamal Crawford, John Wall, etc. But there are some lesser-known clips in here from guys like Shabazz Napier and Steve Blake. It’s worth 15 minutes of your time.
Mario Hezonja scores 24 points for Croatia in friendly vs. Bosnia (VIDEO)
There isn’t a rookie in the current draft class more exciting than Mario Hezonja. The fifth overall pick won’t be a starter for the Magic in his first year, but he can flat-out score, which is something they sorely needed, and he’s not lacking in confidence. He reminded us of his ability to get buckets on Thursday, when he scored 24 points, including 11 in three minutes, for the Croatian national team in a friendly against Bosnia ahead of the Eurobasket tournament:
Yeah, this guy is going to be fun in the NBA.
Pelicans pull French center Alexis Ajinca out of EuroBasket
New Pelicans’ coach Alvin Gentry has big plans for Alexis Ajinca. In the coach’s up-tempo offense, Ajinca’s athleticism makes a good fit behind and next to Anthony Davis. With that, Ajinca is expected to see an increased role and minutes (even though the team did bring back Omer Asik). That’s why they signed him to a four-year, $20 million deal this offseason.
The player felt pain in his Achilles tendon since the start of the preparation period at the 20th of July. His condition remained unchanged, however the New Orleans Pelicans decided to forbid him from playing in the Eurobasket.
This was not a situation that was so bad New Orleans said he couldn’t even consider playing for his country; it was a relatively minor issue. But as it hasn’t improved, the Pelicans decided not to risk anything with a guy they just agreed to lock down for four years.
This is a blow to France, but they remain one of the deepest teams at EuroBasket and one of the favorites. They still have Rudy Gobert at center, Tony Parker at the point, plus guys like Boris Diaw, Nicolas Batum, and Evan Fournier on the roster. They could defend their crown, but that task just got a little harder.