Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer
The Rockets doing yoga. We think.
The Rockets doing yoga. We think.
A glimpse inside Celtics training camp as Boston players go through 2-on-1 drills.
Brad Stevens on rookie Jaylen Brown: "He's really been enjoyable to be around. He really wants to be good. He's thoughtful. He wants to work at it."
Celtics coach Brad Stevens said veteran swingman Gerald Green will sit out the next few days due to a hip flexor. Stevens said it's more precautionary.
Jeff Hornacek says he has the freedom to tweak the triangle as he sees fit. "We talked a lot about it over the summer. Phil's given us the ability to run it anyway we want, how we set it up. We (have) what we feel is a good working way to run it with different options."
Carmelo Anthony appreciated Joakim Noah's intensity after his first workout with the Knicks. "He's going to bring it. If you're not on his team, you're an enemy. I think that mentality, that's going to kind of trickle down to every body else," Anthony said.
Joakim Noah had a measured response when asked about Bulls chairman Jerry Reinsdorf saying he's not a front line player anymore: "It's alright. He's entitled to his opinion." Noah added that felt it was a 'low blow' but he's proud of his time with the Bulls and has 'no regrets" about his CHI tenure.
Joakim Noah didn't make any bold proclamations here but says beating LeBron James & the Cavs is "definitely the goal." "That's got to be the mindset. We all know what it is. Right now it goes through him. It goes through that guy. For us to get where we want to get to we've got to beat that guy."
The Knicks are back in West Point for the third straight year. Carmelo Anthony says his new teammates will understand the importance of the setting in the coming days when they interact with cadets. "They'll get a better appreciation of where we're at and why we come here."
Joakim Noah said his shoulder and knee are feeling well after his first practice with the Knicks. Noah was limited to just 29 games last season due to shoulder surgery.
The Knicks haven't learned much of Jeff Hornacek's new offense yet, but Carmelo Anthony just wants his coach to be comfortable with the system -- whatever it turns out to be. "As long as Jeff is comfortable with what he wants to do and what he wants to run, we're going to buy into that," Anthony said.
Carmelo hopes the Cavs re-sign J.R. Smith soon: "I don't even know what's going on over there with that. I just hope they don't prolong the situation. He helped them win that championship. He was a major part of that team and I hope they can get something done."
Jeff Hornacek says he likes what he's seen from Derrick Rose: "I think he's getting he's legs back. Just watching him last year when we played them, it didn't look like he was as explosive as maybe he is now," the coach said Wednesday. Rose impressed coaches during today's scrimmage.
Newly signed power forward Ryan Anderson said during Rockets media day he saw more open looks during pickup games than during his four seasons with the Pelicans. The comment prompted some fans of the Pelicans to express some disappointment with Anderson on social media. "Just making a point I've been getting a lot of open looks," Anderson said when told about the Pels' fans displeasure. "In New Orleans a lot of teams would, especially when I was in that sixth man role, in a lot of different lineups, I would be the focal point and a lot of teams would try to shut me out. (Defenses) switching and they wouldn't let me get open looks. I think this offense is so imperative for the guards to get to the basket. All the attention will be on James (Harden) and that will take a lot off me. I was exaggerating a little bit."
Ty Lue on the addition of Mike Dunleavy: "Over the last two years I think is shooting 52 percent on open shots ... Defensively he's always in the right spots. I talked to Thibs about him. He's an underrated defender because he's a great team defender."
Two random facts on Cavs rookie Kay Felder for you: he is cousins with former NBA great/current NBA TV analyst Steve Smith and his coaching staff from Oakland University observed Cavs practice on Wednesday.
Rondo on KG retiring: "He's one of the best that's ever played the game. He's hanging his hat up and he's had a hell of a career and I wish him the best in whatever he's doing next."
Dwayne Wade noted that one of the players who has stuck out to him most early on is -- Doug McDermott.
LeBron on his role this year: "I'm going to do a little bit of everything. That's my job description. It says, 'LeBron James: Do Everything - Akron - St. Vincent-St. Mary.' It hasn't changed."
Wade says he wants to be introduced before games as being from: "Chicago, Illinois."