July 11, 2016, 9:06 pm
Welcome to the dog days of summer. Yes traditionally a baseball term, but after an exciting NBA season, up to and including last week’s free agency frenzy, it seems that the quiet days of summer have finally arrived. Of course there are still headlines, like one of the greatest power forwards of our day hanging it up, a Jared Sullinger signing, or in Draymond Green’s case, answering the old Rick James/Dave Chappelle question of what the five fingers said to the face. Here’s Tuesday’s daily dish.
The big news from a quiet Monday in the association was obviously the Tim Duncan retirement news. The Big Fundamental decided to hang up his shorts after playing 19 seasons with the Spurs. Duncan retires as a five-time NBA champion, two-time NBA MVP, three-time NBA finals MVP. The Spurs amassed a regular season record of 1072-483 in Duncan’s 19 years of service. The .710 winning percentage is the best 19-year stretch in the history of the NBA. Everyone from Kobe Bryant to Manu Ginobili chimed in on twitter to thank Duncan for everything that he gave to the game. In true Tim Duncan fashion, his retirement news was released via a press release and he did no have any comments for the media. Congratulations on a spectacular career TD and we wish you nothing but the best as you enjoy your retirement.
In free agency news, the Raptors signed Jared Sullinger to a one-year deal in the neighbourhood of 6 million dollars. Sullinger became a free agent after the Celtics rescinded their qualifying offer to him. The move gives the Raptors an upgrade over Luis Scola at the PF spot heading into the season. The competition between Sullinger and Pat Patterson will be one to monitor as training camp starts. Patterson excelled off the bench last year for the Raptors so early indications seem to be that Sullinger will start. Sullinger will not hold great fantasy value as the fifth option in a Raptors line-up behind DeRozan, Lowry, Valanciunas and Carroll.
In Summer League news, Norman Powell continued his strong play in a Raptors victory over the Mavs. Powell has been one of the best players in the Las Vegas Summer League and is clearly a man among boys. It is no coincidence that the Raptors are 3-0.
Wolves rookie Kris Dunn was diagnosed with a concussion and was promptly placed in the league’s concussion protocol. He will have to be cleared before he can return to action and with not much time left in the Vegas Summer League schedule he may have played his last game this summer.
Lastly, Warriors forward Draymond Green was arrested and charged with assault on Sunday evening in East Lansing, Michigan. Reports indicate that Green slapped a man who had been heckling him throughout the evening. Unfortunately for Green an officer nearby saw Green hit the man and subsequently arrested him. Green was released on a $200 bond and the Warriors indicated that they were aware of what had transpired. We’ll keep an eye of this situation as details continue to be released and it wouldn’t be surprising to see Green suspended by the league for his actions here. Enjoy the Chappelle classic below as we here at hoop ball feel this is exactly how it may have gone down on Sunday night.
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