Kings coach Mike Malone said on Wednesday that he will be playing the role of famed referee Joey Crawford in practice, calling technical fouls and ejecting players in hopes of breaking bad habits.
Malone's thinking is that if players complain and do dumb things in practice, it will carry over to real games. And if, for instance, DeMarcus Cousins is ejected from practice for arguing, picking up seven technical fouls in five minutes, or anything else, he will go do conditioning drills, and not be sent to the locker room. This sounds like a really good idea, but it will be interesting to see how long Malone sticks with the plan.
Taj Gibson, who added 15 pounds of muscle to his frame over the summer, says he's disappointed at not winning last season's Sixth Man of the Year Award (won by Jamal Crawford).
"It was great to be amongst the names of guys like J.R. Smith, Jamal Crawford, Lamar Odom," Gibson said. "I was kind of disappointed I didn't win it, but that's more fuel for my fire to push forward." Gibson should still see solid fourth-quarter minutes this season, but we'd like his chances for fantasy success a lot more if he wasn't playing behind Pau Gasol and Joakim Noah.
Will Bynum will be limited for a couple days in training camp with a hamstring injury.
It doesn't sound serious and he should be fully healthy by the start of the preseason, assuming he doesn't have a setback.
Tristan Thompson started with the first unit at center over Anderson Varejao in Wednesday's scrimmage.
This probably means nothing, but it's worth noting. Perhaps Varejao's health is still an issue, but he did play for Brazil's FIBA team this summer. Maybe the Cavs just want to mix things up in camp and make the starting C job a competition. We still think Varejao will be the opening-night starter, but this position battle is worth keeping an eye on.
The Pelicans will monitor Jrue Holiday's workload at practice this month.
"We are trying to be smart with his comeback," Williams said. "After about two weeks of this, it's time to ramp it up and get going." Holiday is still not at 100 percent, but expects to be ready to go when the season starts. He's a risky pick after his season-ending leg fracture last season.
Coach Doc Rivers said he's talked about playing Spencer Hawes, DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin together in limited situations.
It would be a very strange move and it's still doubtful to happen unless the wings get in foul trouble. Hawes will be a backup and is unlikely to have fantasy value in standard leagues.
Coach Frank Vogel said Rodney Stuckey could be in similar sets as Lance Stephenson was last season.
It's a little interesting because they're not very similar. Stuckey is not a great isolation player and hasn't really developed in pick-and-roll sets. Plus, he's also a terrible spot-up 3-point shooter. All that said, he looks like he'll be in a position to succeed. Stuckey's ceiling still isn't going to be too high and is only worth a late-round pick.
Wesley Matthews missed some of Wednesday's practice due to an illness.
He's fine and should be ready for preseason action next week. C.J. McCollum did have a superb run at Las Vegas Summer League, but he's not likely going to threaten Matthews' minutes. He's a safe, durable player to grab in the middle rounds.