(Tyler) Zeller doesn’t remember the first time he crossed paths with (Celtics Coach Brad) Stevens and jokes that, “I actually wasn’t very good at basketball at that point in time.”
He’s gotten decidedly better, emerging as the 17th pick in the 2012 draft. Now Stevens is hoping to maximize that potential in Boston, where a roster lacking pure size ought to give Zeller every opportunity to earn heavy minutes at the center position.
“I think [starting at center is] my goal this year,” said Zeller. “I have a lot of work to do to earn that spot. I expect to have to earn it. But I think it is a great opportunity.”
The first step in that process was bulking up this offseason. Zeller, who played at around 250 pounds in Cleveland last year, said he has added about 10 to 15 pounds with a desire to increase his ability to joust among the league’s giants.
Sources: Kyrie Irving Getting Second Opinion on Left Knee
My understanding is that Kyrie Irving is getting a 2nd opinion on his left knee, perhaps as soon as tomorrow. Bottom line: he needs the screws out. Knee is flaring up. He will either play thru it going forward or … he will get thee screws out and won’t play at all. Stay tuned.
— Tony Massarotti (@TonyMassarotti) March 20, 2018
Source: Tony Massarotti on Twitter
Report: Trae Young Declares for 2018 NBA Draft
Report: Mohamed Bamba Declares for 2018 NBA Draft
Texas freshman Mohamed Bamba announced Tuesday that he will enter the 2018 NBA draft.
“After an incredibly rewarding year at the University of Texas, I will not be returning to school as I will be entering the NBA draft,” Bamba said in a statement.
Bamba, a 7-foot center with a 7-foot-9 wingspan, was one of the top freshmen in college basketball this season. He averaged 12.9 points and 10.5 rebounds while ranking second nationally in blocks at 3.7 per game. Bamba totaled 15 double-doubles, including eight during an 11-game stretch in January and February.
Source: Jeff Borzello of ESPN