“It’s tough schedule, for sure,’’ said (Kristaps) Porzingis, who played just 50 games last season in the Spanish League. “It’s a short period now. You need to be locked in and give all. I don’t want to finish the season with regret and then have five months of offseason work. I want to give my all. When the offseason starts, I’ll put in more work and prepare myself for next season.”
There seems no more legitimate talk about Porzingis spending July with the Latvian national team for an Olympic qualifying event in Serbia. It seems evident he needs the time with the Knicks coaches and trainers in Tarrytown to gain weight and muscle. Porzingis may have to play another summer league in Las Vegas — which in January seemed pointless.
Source: Marc Berman of the New York Post
Jazz Forward Thabo Sefolosha Opts for Knee Surgery on MCL
The Utah Jazz say starting forward Thabo Sefolosha has opted to have right knee surgery to repair an avulsion of his MCL.
The procedure will take place Wednesday. The Jazz did not offer a timetable for his return.
Sources: Cavs Players Concerned About Current State of Team
Following the Cleveland Cavaliers’ 118-108 loss to the Golden State Warriors on Monday, multiple players acknowledged growing discontent and a strong sense of concern that unlike past seasons, the team does not have the capability to fix its problems and get back on a championship track.
Several prominent players, speaking on condition of anonymity to ESPN, Cleveland.com and The Athletic, expressed doubt that the problems — an aging roster, defensively challenged personnel and a glut of redundant role players — could simply be worked out through patience and a chance to coalesce when fully healthy.
Source: Dave McMenamin of ESPN
Lakers’ Lonzo Ball Likely Out vs OKC For Wednesday
Los Angeles Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball is unlikely to play against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday because of a sore left knee, but Brandon Ingram is expected to return from an ankle injury.
“He got treatment,” Lakers coach Luke Walton said of Ball on Tuesday. “He’ll get treatment again later today, but it’s still just too sore for him to get on the basketball court. Technically, he’s questionable. But he didn’t practice today, so I wouldn’t expect him to play [Wednesday].”
Source: Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN