Hit in the eye while playing baseball at the age of 12, (former Baylor forward) Isaiah Austin is legally blind in his right eye. The disability, however, didn’t prevent the 7-foot-1, 225-pound center/power forward from leading the Big 12 in blocks this past season with 119, and from being named to the Big 12 All-Defensive squad.
Blake, though, isn’t sure if Austin’s disability will prevent him from being chosen when the NBA holds its annual two-round draft Thursday.
“It’s not like a bad back or a knee that might get reinjured,” said Blake, who is the senior director of NBA scouting operations. “He plays with it.”
Report: Earl Watson Fired as Suns Coach
Sources: Jameer Nelson Signs 1-Year Deal With Pelicans
Free-agent guard Jameer Nelson has agreed to a one-year deal with the New Orleans Pelicans, league sources told The Vertical.
Nelson entered free agency Wednesday, when the Denver Nuggets waived him to create roster space to sign Richard Jefferson and allow second-year guard Jamal Murray to assume the starting point-guard role.
Source: Shams Charania of The Vertical
Bobby Portis Apologizes to Bulls for Mirotic Fight
Bobby Portis has apologized to his Bulls teammates for getting into a fight that left Nikola Mirotic with facial fractures and a concussion. “He didn’t address us today, but he did address the team before so that was taken care of,” Bulls swingman Justin Holiday said after Friday’s practice.
Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg acknowledged that Portis’ apology took place during a team meeting but did not want to go into specific details about his message. “I’ll keep that between the team,” Hoiberg said, “as far as exactly what was said in that meeting.”
Source: Nick Friedell of ESPN