“That’s our fault… cause [Draymond] grew up in our locker room… that’s why he doing the bully sh*t he doing now.”— Gilbert Arenas (@GilsArenaShow) December 5, 2023
Sheed on how the 2004 Pistons influenced Draymond Green pic.twitter.com/y9B5gksMGt
Asked Saturday afternoon whether he had played guards Brandin Podziemski and Moses Moody in crunch time to give those two youngsters high-stakes experience, Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr made one thing certain.
“I didn’t do it for them,” he said. “I did it for me.”
Less than a week ago, Podziemski and Moody were out of the rotation for reasons beyond their control. Now, as injuries to several key players free up more minutes, Podziemski and Moody are back doing what they have done for much of the season: making it hard for Kerr to sit them.
He let Towns know he had a G League game while the rest of his Warriors teammates played the Cleveland Cavaliers in San Francisco, so he wouldn’t be able to meet up.
Not on Towns’ watch. Any prior plans he had were erased right then and there. Quinones tried to convince him otherwise, making it clear that Towns didn’t need to hop in a car for an almost-2-hour drive to Santa Cruz.
Once Quinones saw Towns in the arena, though, his presence and commitment admittedly meant “a lot.”
“Him actually coming, it just feels great to just look over and see somebody there supporting, his caliber of player, an All-Star, just a franchise superstar type of player,” Quinones told NBC Sports Bay Area. “Playing with him was amazing. And I feel like the bond we have off the court is way stronger than any basketball we played together or anything we did over there for the World Cup.”
Here’s Chris Paul shooting after Warriors practice. We should hopefully get injury updates on CP3 and Wiggins soon pic.twitter.com/Tc1Xn4D5tO— Dalton Johnson (@DaltonJ_Johnson) December 5, 2023
Andrew Wiggins, with his right index finger still taped, is going through shooting drills after Warriors practice right now pic.twitter.com/HCqqZNNwz3— Dalton Johnson (@DaltonJ_Johnson) December 5, 2023
Embiid started this season embroiled in James Harden’s trade drama, with the sour taste of yet another early playoff exit still lingering. A month later, he’s on pace for his third scoring title in a row, leading perhaps the East’s second-best team, and dishing way more assists than ever before. Even after winning an MVP award, Embiid is still adding elements to his skill set. —Zach Kram
In the past, NBA teams were not allowed to attend any high school team events because of the “no-contact” rules, which were put in place in the David Stern era to keep NBA scouts out of high school gyms.
“It sends the wrong message for them to be there,” Stern said in 2005. “Where does it stop?”
Those rules are gradually being loosened, in part because several elite prospects in recent years, such as Shaedon Sharpe, Mitchell Robinson and Darius Bazley, elected to forgo playing competitive basketball in the year between graduating high school and becoming eligible for the NBA draft. Other top prospects, like James Wiseman and Darius Garland, played in only a few college games because of eligibility concerns or injury. That forced NBA teams to make difficult decisions on draft night with incomplete scouting information because they previously were not allowed to evaluate them in live action during their high school team season.
FOUR TEAMS REMAIN... AND THEY ARE ALL HEADED TO VEGAS!— NBA (@NBA) December 6, 2023
The NBA In-Season Tournament Knockout Rounds continue with the Semifinals on Thursday!
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In case you missed it at Golden State of Mind:
Both players missed the last two games, which the Warriors split against the LA Clippers. Paul, who is averaging 8.9 points and 7.3 assists per game in his first season in the Bay, exited last Tuesday’s loss against the Sacramento Kings after experiencing lower left leg soreness. After further medical evaluations, the team dubbed it a nerve contusion.
Wiggins’ injury was less concerning but more surprising: he injured his finger after slamming it in a car door. Been there, done that, don’t envy him one bit at all.