The new bigs include Tarik Black (6-11, 250), Jeff Adrian (6-7, 245) and Clint Capela (6-10, 245). The Rockets also added forward Trevor Ariza to play at the three and bring a defensive mindset.
The mixture of those players with Pat Beverley and Dwight Howard, both known for their defense, gives the Rockets a new look.
The change is noticeable. Guard Troy Daniels said that after Saturday night’s practice, he and his teammates talked in the locker room about how tough scrimmages have been.
“We are the most physical since I’ve been here, and that’s great,” he said. “We have to be ready, especially (in) the playoffs, which have a physical nature.”
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Agent: Gordon Hayward Unlikely to Return this Season Following Surgery
Celtics All-Star forward Gordon Hayward is unlikely to return during the 2017-18 season, his agent, Mark Bartelstein, told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Hayward underwent surgery to repair a dislocated left ankle and a fractured tibia in Boston on Wednesday night, a procedure that Bartelstein labeled a success.
“We expect him to make a full recovery and return to his All-Star form,” Bartelstein said.
Ben Simmons on NBA Debut: ‘It felt like I was playing 2K’
Ben Simmons finally made his long-awaited NBA regular-season debut against the Wizards in Washington on Wednesday night. And after his extended wait to wear the Philadelphia 76ers jersey in a meaningful game, he said he felt initially like he was in a video game.
“It felt like I was playing 2K, honestly,” Simmons said postgame.
“Just looking at Joel Embiid out there with the lights on his jersey. I was like, ‘man, I’m actually here.'”
Simmons was drafted with the first overall pick by the Sixers in the 2016 draft, but he missed the entire 2016-17 season while recovering from foot surgery to repair a Jones fracture. He suffered the injury on Sept. 30, 2016, less than a month before the start of the regular season. The Australian was originally expected to miss three months, but was eventually ruled out for the entire season.
Source: Nick Metallinos of ESPN