The initiative is not only aimed at Americans. It can also be used as a tool for teams to potentially attract Australians weighing the NCAA, such as Ben Simmons, Patty Mills, Josh Green and others.
Absolutely we would like to see Australians spend at least a season playing in their home country before moving on to the NBA, Kestelman said.
In recent years, the NBL has made more of an effort to keep top young basketball players in Australia, rather than see them take the familiar and well-forged path of being recruited by NCAA schools. Australian national team coach Andrej Lemanis has been outspoken about the need to keep more players home.
Marcus Smart, Celtics: Boston has suddenly made Smart available in trade talks, but it looks like it will take a first-round pick for any team to complete a deal. If the Celtics are able to score a pick, then they would prefer to flip it for either Williams or Evans.
Lakers youngsters: Jordan Clarkson, Julius Randle and Larry Nance Jr. have all been offered in potential trades. The ultimate goal for LA is to create enough cap space for two max slots, opening the door for stars like LeBron James and Paul George to head west.
You get better every day, Bickerstaff said. I’m fortunate to have my father. I talk to that man every day. He watches every game and we talk. There are so many more responsibilities as head coach. It’s a big move to that seat. I’m glad to get the shot, and now we have to get better as a team. It’s little things like picking road practice facilities to what we eat for breakfast.
I have a great support staff here that helps. But when the chips fall, if it goes wrong, it’s on me now, and I’m okay with that.
Washington’s All-Star point guard recently hit back at the criticism from media members, and his teammate Marcin Gortat, for saying that the Wizards don’t need Wall to find success.
They say what they say. I know what I do, and what I bring to a team, Wall said on SportsCenter on Tuesday. I know I’m a team player. I average almost 10 assists a game — I’m very prideful, and finding my teammates and getting these guys easy shots. It was more just shocking to hear from him, and understanding that he gets the most assists from me, and the most spoon-fed baskets ever.