“It’s not the first one, it’s not going to be the last one,” Bryant said. “The one thing I’ve come to understand over the years is that you’ll have a bad story that comes out on a Monday and it seems like it’s the end of the world. It seems like everybody is taking shots at you.
“It’s a cycle. And things are never as good or as bad as they seem at the moment in time. So you stay focused on the big picture. Things are never really as bleak as they seem at the time. I just kind of roll with it.”
via Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times
While the final vote was 17-13 in favor of the reform, that was short of the required 23 votes needed to push the change through.
"I think, in essence, the owners were concerned about unintended consequences," NBA commissioner Adam Silver said. "I think we all recognize we need to find the right balance between creating the appropriate incentives on one hand for teams to, of course, win, and on the other hand allowing for appropriate rebuilding and the draft to work as it should in which the worst performing teams get the highest picks in the draft."
He feels fine from the "minor'' surgery in May, but yet will remain on a minutes restriction moving forward. (Coach Tom Thibodeau) Thibs couldn't say how long.
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via Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times on Twitter
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via Mark Murphy of the Boston Herald on Twitter
“It was a man decision,” McLemore said. “It was something that I had to figure out on my own and make a decision for myself.”
via James Ham of Cowbell Kingdom
For the last few weeks there had been a lot of talk that the NBA and its Owners would vote to approve a new Lottery re-form system to disincentive losing and more evenly spread out the odds of landing the top level draft picks.
That vote occurred today, and despite what was expected to be a win in favor of change, according to Yahoo!’s Adrian Wojnarowski 13 NBA teams voted “No” and the measure lost.
According to Wojnarowski, the Phoenix Suns, Philadelphia 76ers, Oklahoma City Thunder, New Orleans Pelicans, Detroit Pistons, Miami HEAT, Milwaukee Bucks, San Antonio Spurs, Utah Jazz, Washington Wizards, Atlanta Hawks, Charlotte Bobcats and Chicago Bulls all voted against changing the system.
The proposed plan was set to change the lottery system as early as this season, and seems to have been voted down.
But any dreams of Durant returning early were all but destroyed by the man himself.
“I’m not going to rush it at all,” Durant said. “That’s one thing I’m not going to do. I’m sure I’ll feel better in two or three weeks. But I definitely don’t want to rush it. So I’m taking my time with it.
via Darnell Mayberry of The Oklahoman
According to a member of the Noah camp, that mentality is about to be tested.
“Jo’s [left] knee is going to be an issue all season,’’ the source said. “He has played through pain before with the plantar [fasciitis], but this is completely different, a different level.’’
via Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times
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