“We’ve had so many injuries,” coach Monty Williams said Tuesday. “We thought having some more depth at our wing spot, there’s a chance he could play some four because of his ability to shoot the ball and he’s a young player (24) who had some success in Portland and played really well overseas.
“He’s a guy Dell and his staff were following for a while. We kept an eye on him and have been trying to get it done for a couple of weeks, maybe a little bit longer. … How he’s going to fit in with us, we’ll see.”
“This is a great opportunity, one I couldn’t turn down when I heard about it,” (Luke) Babbitt said. “I’m just thankful to Dell and coach Williams for giving me the opportunity. Obviously there’s been a lot of injuries here. So I’m just looking to fill in wherever I can. We’ve got about a half season left and this team is playing well. I’m just coming in and trying to fit in.”
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.”
Report: Bulls’ Mirotic, Portis Involved in Serious Practice Altercation
Chicago Bulls forwards Nikola Mirotic and Bobby Portis engaged in a physical altercation in practice Tuesday that resulted in Mirotic being hospitalized and sidelined indefinitely, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
Mirotic was taken to the hospital Tuesday after their shoving altercation during practice ended with an alleged cheap shot from Portis to Mirotic’s face, league sources told The Vertical.
In practice scuffle with Bobby Portis in Bulls practice, Nikola Mirotic suffered a fractured bone in his face, league source tells ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) October 17, 2017
Source: Shams Charania of The Vertical
Warriors Receive 2017 Championship Rings, Unveil Banner
The Golden State Warriors held their much-anticipated ring ceremony prior to tipoff against the Houston Rockets on opening night. Commissioner Adam Silver started the event by introducing the 2016-17 champions.
The Larry O’Brien Trophy was stationed at center court, with the players camped around it. The Warriors wore white and gold hoodies, which will be signed by the players and auctioned off with the proceeds going to the Bay Area wildfire relief efforts.
Source: Chris Haynes of ESPN