Speaking to reporters on Thursday, Clippers basketball team president Lawrence Frank said: Kawhi Leonard cleared for a 5 on 5 job. He also said that Kawhi Leonard wants to do “everything”, but they will be careful.
“First of all, he feels great,” Frank said. “Secondly, his plan is, look, he wants to be involved in everything,” Frank said. “And I think, thirdly, in organizational terms, we will be careful. There will be a phased approach.” (h/t Lo Murray)
Kawhi missed all of last season after tearing his ACL in the 2021 Western Conference semi-finals. The Clippers lost in the Western Conference Finals that year and the play-in tournament last season. Ever since Kawai and Paul George united in Los Angeles.
Frank also said that George is 100% healthy and has had an “extremely productive off-season”. PG missed 43 games last season with an elbow injury. The team has been suffering from injuries for years, but as the season begins, the situation improves.
The team did not give an official date for Kawhi’s return to the court. However, Kawhi wants to do “everything”, including preseason. It may be a very limited sample size, but we got to see him play in the preseason. Their first preseason game is October 3 against Portland.
The Clippers have high hopes for this season as their all-star duo are healthy again and Norman Powell, Robert Covingtonas well as John Wall since the close of trading last season. They will be incredibly careful not to have their season derailed by injury again.
The Zion advertising train keeps rolling. First there were reports that he was in the best shape of his life, then he entered the media day and everything looked like he is.
Zion now has his own Pelicans coach, Willie Green, who said he dominated the first day of tag team scrimmages. Via Andre Lopez of ESPN.
“Z looked amazing,” Pelicans coach Willie Greene said Wednesday afternoon. “His strength, his speed. He practically dominated the fight.”
“What stood out the most was his strength,” Greene said. “He quickly went downstairs. When he caught the ball, he made quick decisions. Whether it’s scoring points, finding a teammate. It was really impressive.”
Reach for the salt shaker to take it all with you – it’s boot camp bouts. Maybe Zion is playing so well now – he’s quite capable, he was almost an All-NBA player in the 2020-21 season (eighth in the voting ahead) before the foot injury – but we need to see him against other teams. In games that matter. Then we will need to see it within a certain amount of time.
If Zion can stay healthy this season, if his fitness is what everyone says, monster season could be waiting for him. Combine it with CJ McCollum, Brandon Ingram and a strong supporting cast in New Orleans, and The Pelicans could surprise a lot of people—and be fun to watch.
NBA training camps have just opened and teams have yet to play a preseason game, but two contenders are already in trouble.
The Celtics have coach Ime Udoka suspended as a distraction, as well as a defensive anchor. Robert Williams will miss at least the start of the season due to another knee operation.
Corey Robinson of NBC Sports and I go through all the training camp news, including some of the wildest with the Lakers and Nets, what we can take away from it, and how good Zion Williamson as well as James Harden look physically.
The pair then discuss the potential for the NBA to move away from its “one-stop-shop” role and bring 18s back into the game – is this a good thing for the NBA?
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In 2004, Robert Sarver bought the Phoenix Suns for a then record $401 million.
When Sarver sells the team now — he was spurred into doing so after the backlash sparked by an NBA report that uncovered an 18-year pattern of bigotry, misogyny and a toxic workplace — he will make a huge profit.
Suns is now valued at $3 billion or more. reported by Ramona Shelburne and Baxter Holmes of ESPN.
There will be no shortage of contenders for the team, with league sources predicting a franchise valuation of more than $3 billion now that revenue has rebounded from the height of the COVID-19 pandemic and with a new TV rights and CBA deal on the horizon. Sarver bought the team for just over $400 million in 2004.
Saver currently owns 35% of the Suns (the largest share), but reports say that his role as managing partner allows him to sell the entire team (minority owners should comply, although they will also make a nice profit). Sarver also decides who to sell the team to, not the NBA or other owners.
Early rumors of buyers included Larry Ellison (founder of Oracle), Bob Iger (former CEO of Disney), Lauren Powell Jobs (widow of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, she owns 20% of Washington Wizards) and others. There have been no reports of negotiations yet, and Sarver does not need to rush the deadlines.
Meanwhile, the rival Suns team tries to focus on the season despite the owner selling the team. Jay Crowder not be in training camp and insist on a trade, and Deandre Ayton doesn’t seem happy to be back with the Suns.