Basketball Wiretap

Damian Lillard Wishes He Received More Mentorship From LaMarcus Aldridge

Nov 22, 2017 10:28 AM

Damian Lillard said his working relationship with LaMarcus Aldridge informed how he treats Jusuf Nurkic.

When Lillard joined the Blazers, he looked for Aldridge for mentorship but was left to fend for himself.

“It’s going to sound crazy,’’ Lillard said, “but it’s almost what I wish I had with LaMarcus.’’

“Damian Lillard,’’ Nurkic said, “is the best thing that has happened to me in my life.’’

“Me and LaMarcus had a good relationship. We never had a single argument. We really got along,’’ Lillard said. “I’m just saying the stuff I want to go out of my way to do for (Nurkic), is the stuff I wish I got from LaMarcus.’’

Aldridge has a reputation for being an introvert and he eventually was rumored to have an issue with how beloved Lillard became in Portland.

“I wish it was like more of a brotherhood, more of a line of communication, with me as young player and him as an All-Star,’’ Lillard said.

“It wasn’t his personality (to reach out),’’ Lillard said. “But as a younger player, I came into the league wishing … and thinking he was going to take me under his wing, like his lil’ bro.”

Jason Quick/Oregonian

Tags: Damian Lillard, LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland Trail Blazers, San Antonio Spurs, NBA

Joel Embiid Not Worried About Becoming Target With Trash Talk

Nov 22, 2017 10:50 AM

Joel Embiid is not concerned that his trolling and trash talk will make him a target of other players.

Embiid had a recent run-in with Donovan Mitchell and Kyle Kuzma attempted to dunk on him last week.

“Oh, no,” Embiid quickly answered. “I’m not worried about that. I mean, if those guys, they want to get their feelings hurt, if they’re not strong mentally, that’s not my fault. I think when it comes down to it, if we’ve all got to square up, I mean, I’m 7-foot-2 and I’m a big dude. So I don’t think you want to try me. And I’m African, too.”

Embiid has one of the NBA's most prominent social media presences. 

Jemele Hill/ESPN (via Yahoo! Sports)

Tags: Joel Embiid, Philadelphia Sixers, NBA

Russell Westbrook: Sam Presti Has Done An Amazing Job

Nov 22, 2017 11:05 AM

Russell Westbrook was complimentary of the job Sam Presti has done in rebooting the Oklahoma City Thunder.

The Thunder acquired Paul George and Carmelo Anthony in the offseason.

"He's done an amazing job. He's done a great job ever since I've been here," Westbrook said of Presti. "He's finding ways to constantly keep making us a better team. You know ... you definitely are very, very thankful to have somebody like that in charge of making those decisions."

Westbrook signed an extension with the Thunder in September. 

Royce Young/ESPN

Tags: Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA

Paul Millsap To Undergo Surgery On Left Wrist

Nov 21, 2017 6:04 PM

Paul Millsap will undergo surgery on his left wrist and be out indefinitely.

Millsap suffered the injury in Sunday's loss at the Lakers. Initial X-rays returned clean, but Millsap had further tests over the past two days that confirmed the need for surgery.

Adrian Wojnarowski reports Millsap's surgery will be to repair a torn ligament and could force him to miss three months.

Millsap is in Year 1 of a three-year, $90 million deal with the Nuggets.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Tags: Paul Millsap, Denver Nuggets, NBA, NBA Injury

Michael Porter Jr. Likely Out For Season With Back Surgery

Nov 21, 2017 4:32 PM

Michael Porter Jr. will undergo a procedure called a microdiscectomy of the L3-L4 spinal discs, the team confirmed Tuesday.

The expected recovery time is three to four months.

Porter will likely miss the rest of his freshman season. Porter played only two minutes before suffering an injury.

Porter entered the season expected to be a top pick in the 2018 draft. 

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Tags: Michael Porter, Jr., Missouri Tigers, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

Mirza Teletovic Out Four Weeks With Knee Surgery

Nov 21, 2017 6:40 PM

Mirza Teletovic will miss the next four weeks after undergoing surgery to repair cartilage on his left knee.

Teletovic had already missed the past six games.

Teletovic is averaging 7.1 points in 10 games this season, shooting 46 percent from 3-point range.


Tags: Mirza Teletovic, Milwaukee Bucks, NBA, NBA Injury

Dunc'd On: What's With the Bucks, News, Updated Playoff Projections

Nov 22, 2017 12:56 AM

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Nate was at the Milwaukee/Washington game and gives his impressions of the Bucks at this point, then we look at injury news, including a forecast of continued struggles for the Grizz and Clips. Finally, we take stock of the East and West playoff picture. Who are the locks, the maybes, and the forlorn in both conferences?

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Patrick Beverley Undergoes Surgical Procedure On Knee

Nov 22, 2017 1:24 PM

Patrick Beverley underwent a surgical procedure on his right knee Wednesday.

Beverley is expected to miss a significant amount of time.

Beverley had already missed five straight games.

The Los Angeles Clippers acquired Beverley in the offseason in the Chris Paul trade.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Tags: Patrick Beverley, Los Angeles Clippers, NBA, NBA Injury

Isaiah Thomas Practices With Cavs For First Time

Nov 21, 2017 12:10 AM

Isaiah Thomas practiced with the Cleveland Cavaliers for the first time on Sunday, participating in five-on-none drills.

There has yet to be an update for when Thomas might return with Jan. 1st being the previous target.

"I'm protecting myself, so, even if they wanted me to hurry back, I'm not going to hurry back, just because I've got a long career ahead of me and an important summer as well," Thomas told "So, I've got to make sure I'm 100 percent healthy before I step out on the floor. But these guys have not rushed me one bit. They've taken their time with me and I appreciate that. Because most teams, they want you out there, especially if things aren't going well."

Thomas said the workout he completed Sunday was the "hardest I've run" during his recovery, and it "felt good for the most part."

Joe Vardon/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Tags: Isaiah Thomas, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, NBA Injury

Dunc'd On: Dylan Murphy: Celtics D, Jaylen Brown, Defending Embiid

Nov 21, 2017 12:06 AM

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Former D-League coach and scout Dylan Murphy (@DylanTMurphy) returns to discuss the Celtics' amazing D, Jaylen Brown's future, how to guard Joel Embiid, the ideal crunch time offense, and much more.

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LeBron James: My Minutes Aren't A Huge Issue
LeBron James has played 40 or more minutes in seven of 17 games so far this season.

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Lakers interested In Mindaugas Kuzminskas
The Lakers are in need of perimeter shooting on the wing.

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Zach LaVine Cleared For Contact As He Recovers ACL
The Bulls aren't sure when Zach LaVine will return to game action but he's targeting mid- to late December.

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DeMarcus Cousins Ejected With Flagrant Foul 2 On Russell Westbrook
DeMarcus Cousins secured a rebound and raised his elbows near Russell Westbrook's face.


Michael Porter Jr. Continues To Miss Time With Leg Injury
Missouri has been vague about the injury and Michael Porter's status moving forward.

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NBA Rescinds Ejection Fine Of Nikola Jokic
Nikola Jokic properly received a technical foul for his actions but should not have been ejected from the game.

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Michael Malone Suspended One Game By NBA
Michael Malone has been suspended for entering the court, halting play and making contact with a game official.

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Suns Plan On Signing Mike James To Standard Contract
The Suns will need to create a roster spot in order to sign Mike James to a contract.

Scott Bordow/Arizona Republic

Net Rating: Rockets Jump Ahead Of Celtics For No. 2
The Rockets have a +8.7 Net Rating ahead of the Celtics at +8.3.

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DeMar DeRozan, Karl-Anthony Towns Named NBA's Players Of The Week
DeMar DeRozan averaged 26.8 points, 7.3 rebounds, 6.0 assists and shot .573 from the field during four games.

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Jusuf Nurkic Twice Requested Trade From Nuggets
Jusuf Nurkic requested a trade from the Nuggets in April of 2016 and again in December before he was moved to Portland in February of 2017.

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NBA PER: James Harden Reaches No. 2 Behind Giannis
Giannis Antetokounmpo continues to lead the NBA in PER with James Harden now occupying the No. 2 slot at 30.5.

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Paul Millsap Injures Left Wrist
Paul Millsap had X-rays but results are not yet known.


David Lee Announces Retirement From NBA
David Lee spent last season with the Spurs and had remained unsigned this season.


Dunc'd On: 15 in 60 (Eastern Conference 11.20.17)
Nate Duncan and Danny Leroux give updates on all 15 eastern conference teams.

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Magic To Discontinue Orlando Summer League
The Magic have held the Summer League since 2002.


Anthony Davis Cleared Of Concussion Diagnosis
Anthony Davis has a bruise of the orbital bone above his right eye.


Markelle Fultz Making Progress, Out 2-3 More Weeks
Markelle Fultz's soreness is dissipating and the muscle balance is improving.


Kevin Durant Out For Sunday's Game With Sprained Ankle
Kevin Durant is ruled as day-to-day, although the injury is not believed to be serious.


Anthony Davis Suffers Third Concussion Of Career
Anthony Davis previously suffered concussions in November 2012 and January 2016.