Cavaliers Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters took the unusual step of addressing the media together on Monday in response to an ESPN interview in which Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon mentioned a rift in the Cavs locker room and the resultant fallout from that interview the past few days.
Gordon and Waiters are neighbors. In a March 27 interview on First Take, Gordon said, “I’m aware of the rift in the locker room. That’s just alpha males and supreme athletes trying to share the spotlight.”
How would Irving describe his relationship with Waiters?
“Honestly, off the court and on the court, we’re the best of friends,” he said. “So when we come on the court, we’re just going to play basketball like we’ve been doing the past few games and our focus is on winning right now.”
Chris Paul Says He’ll Pay Green’s Fine for Shove, Ejection
Chris Paul says he will pay any fine that results from teammate Gerald Green shoving Minnesota Timberwolves center Gorgui Dieng in the fourth quarter of the Rockets’ 129-120 win Sunday night.
Green was ejected for coming to Paul’s defense after a frustrated Dieng pushed him down after a foul.
Celtics’ Smart (Thumb) Confident He’ll be Back for Playoffs
Celtics guard Marcus Smart said he’s confident he’ll be back on the court for the postseason after undergoing thumb surgery last week.
Smart suffered a complete tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right shooting hand while diving to the floor in a game against the Indiana Pacers earlier this month. A hand specialist in New York advised immediate surgery with hopes that Smart might be able to return even quicker than the six- to eight-week timeline the team announced after surgery.
Source: Chris Forsberg of ESPN