Detroit Pistons players and coach Stan Van Gundy said they did not hear the groans from fans when Josh Smith missed his last two shots in a 2-for-17 shooting night in Wednesday’s 98-95 victory over the New York Knicks.
But it wasn’t surprising to hear a strong defense of Smith from his coach after today’s short Pistons practice.
“I could (not) care less what the crowd thinks about shot selection,” Van Gundy said. “I’ve heard all day now about, obviously Josh went 2-for-17, but nobody’s talking about one of the top three scorers went (5-for-21), only got to the free-throw line four times and he (Smith) got 10 rebounds — and he had five assists. Nobody’s talking about any of that.”
Steve Nash, Jason Kidd, Ray Allen Among HOF Finalists
Point guards could run the show in the next Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame class, with Jason Kidd and two-time NBA MVP Steve Nash among the 13 finalists announced Saturday.
Ray Allen, Grant Hill, Maurice Cheeks and Chris Webber also made the cut, but the two standout point guards are all but locks to headline the class, which will be unveiled during the NCAA Final Four in San Antonio.
Source: The Associated Press on ESPN
Giannis: I want to work with Kobe over the Summer
Following the Milwaukee Bucks’ 134-123 loss to the Denver Nuggets on Thursday, All-Star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo told ESPN Milwaukee he hopes to work with NBA legend Kobe Bryant this summer.
“When I go to that event, I’m going to try to sneak an opportunity to talk to him,” Antetokounmpo said. “I want to ask him if I can come to L.A. to work with him.”
Source: Eric Nehm of ESPN
Sources: Aldridge, Horford Were Picked Last in All-Star Draft
San Antonio Spurs power forward LaMarcus Aldridge said he wasn’t surprised to learn he was the last pick in the inaugural 2018 NBA All-Star Draft. “I’m not a flashy player,” the six-time All-Star said. “That’s OK.”
Aldridge was the last player chosen by LeBron James’ team, and Boston Celtics power forward Al Horford was the last pick by Stephen Curry’s team, league sources told ESPN’s Chris Haynes. “We’re all All-Stars, so, at the end of the day, we should be thankful to be here,” Aldridge told ESPN. “Picked first, picked last, it doesn’t matter. We’re all competitive, too. It won’t be the easiest thing to be picked last, but at the end of the day, you’re just happy to be here.”
Source: Chris Haynes of ESPN