After spending a week in Las Vegas at Team USA training camp, (James) Harden has seen a pair of high profile teammates no longer be a part of the team. Paul George’s gruesome leg injury took him out of consideration, then reigning NBA MVP Kevin Durant took himself off the roster, citing mental and physical exhaustion.
That left Harden as one of the senior members of the group and a clear leader moving forward.
“I’ve had a couple talks with Coach Krzyzewski about my role now that Kevin’s dropped out,” Harden said at his second annual basketball camp in the Woodlands on Saturday. “My role is probably going to increase a little bit.”
Jeremy Lin Suffers Knee Injury, Will Undergo Evaluation Thursday
Bulls Suspend Bobby Portis 8 Games
The Chicago Bulls have suspended forward Bobby Portis for eight games following his role in a practice altercation that left teammate Nikola Mirotic in the hospital, the team announced Wednesday. Portis will be eligible to return for a Nov. 7 game against Toronto, and will be eligible to practice during his extension.
Source: Chicago Bulls
Joel Embiid Not Happy With Early Minutes Restriction
The Philadelphia 76ers will be cautious with Joel Embiid early on this season, and the star center isn’t thrilled with that plan.
Sixers coach Brett Brown, when asked how much Embiid would play in Wednesday’s season opener against the Wizards, told reporters that he didn’t have a set number of minutes in mind before acknowledging “somewhere like in the teens.” “That’s f—ing bulls—. I wish I was playing more minutes,” Embiid told reporters on Tuesday. “I think I’m ready. I think I’m ready for more than whatever number they have. I don’t know. I wish I was playing more, but we’re going to see how that goes.”