But (Michael) Malone is well regarded in NBA circles by everyone from league’s top players (LeBron James and Stephen Curry) to the Nuggets because of his ability to connect with his players. It’s a commitment to personal relationships that Malone says he learned in part from San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich.
“When I got my job in Sacramento,” Malone related, “Coach Popovich in San Antonio has had an impact on my career in a very positive way. He called me up and he was so happy for me, and he said, ‘Listen, always be true to yourself. You’re fiery, you’re emotional,’ just like he is. He goes, ‘But … my players know that I love them. So when I get on them, I follow it up with a hug and a pat on the back and let them know I care about them.’
Source: Matt Moore of CBS Sports
REPORT: Carmelo Anthony Traded To Thunder
The Knicks and the Oklahoma City Thunder have reached an agreement that would send Carmelo Anthony to the Thunder in exchange for center Enes Kanter, sharp-shooter Doug McDermont and a 2018 second-round pick via Chicago.
After months of back and forth, the New York Knicks have finally found a trade that both the team and forward Carmelo Anthony would agree to.
According to reports, the Knicks and the Oklahoma City Thunder have reached an agreement that would send Anthony to the Thunder in exchange for center Enes Kanter, sharp-shooter Doug McDermont and a 2018 second-round pick via Chicago.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting the deal is complete and will be official pending a Trade Call with the NBA on Monday.
Carmelo Anthony Expands List of Trade Destinations
Carmelo Anthony has widened his list of teams to which he’d accept a trade, including the Cleveland Cavaliers, according to ESPN.
Knicks have been informed that Oklahoma City is one of the other teams Carmelo Anthony has included on his list, team sources told ESPN
— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) September 23, 2017
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN
Thunder GM Presti: ‘Tremendous Appreciation’ for KD
In the wake of Kevin Durant’s deleted tweets that slammed his former team and coach, Oklahoma City Thunder general manager Sam Presti responded on Friday by taking the high road and praising Durant’s time with the franchise.
“I, and no one from the Thunder, has anything negative to say about Kevin Durant,” Presti said. “I think we’ve been hopefully very open about the fact that we have tremendous appreciation and respect for what he and his teammates and coaches and everybody over his tenure here accomplished, and I really don’t think there’s anything more to say other than that.”
Source: Royce Young of ESPN