San Antonio Spurs veteran forward Rudy Gay says that DeMar DeRozan won’t be the only player on the team that will be playing with a chip on their shoulder or having something to prove this upcoming season.
“That’s the thing about this whole team – everybody has a chip on his shoulder,” Gay said, according to Tom Orsborn of the San Antonio Express-News.
“His is just more publicized. But, look, I’m healthy (and have something to prove), LaMarcus (Aldridge) always finds some way to have a chip on his shoulder. Jakob (Poeltl) wants to prove he can be a great player. DJ (Dejounte Murray) has a chip on his shoulder because he wants to be known as one of the best at his position.”
DeRozan may have the biggest chip of any player on the team when considering he was blindsided by his trade from the Toronto Raptors earlier this offseason, a move that left the veteran feeling betrayed.
San Antonio could surprise some people this season, as they aren’t discussed among the teams that are Western Conference playoff caliber teams, and that omission could fuel the fire for the team this upcoming season.
Pistons’ Andre Drummond Says Pairing with Blake Griffin ‘Nightmare’ for Teams
Detroit Pistons big man Andre Drummond is a big fan of playing alongside forward Blake Griffin and believes it gives the Pistons an edge over their opponents.
In fact, Drummond believes that he and Griffin pose a “nightmare” challenge for opposing teams.
“I think for me, my job is to make his game as easy as possible on the offensive end. When I get him open, he usually makes the right plays,” Drummond said, accordig to The Associated Press.
“It’s a nightmare for teams. You’ve got to really pick your poison, who you really want to get going, and it’s scary when we both get it going.”
Drummond is putting in a solid season, averaging 17.4 points and 15.0 rebounds per game this season.
Warriors’ DeMarcus Cousins Feeling Comfortable with Team
Golden State Warriors’ big man DeMarcus Cousins is feeling good as he is hitting his stride with his new team this season, so much so that he is saying that he is finally in his “happy place”.
“I’m just being myself,” Cousins said, according to The Athletic’s Tim Kawakami.
“It’s fun to win, it’s fun to play for something, it’s fun to play the right way on a nightly basis. I’ve got no complaints. … Me being back on the floor, this is my happy place, man. Just happy to be back.
“And the scary part about it: we’ve still got so much more room to grow.”
Cousins is averaging 13.9 points, 6.8 rebounds, and 3.7 assists per game for Golden State this season.
Mavs’ Dirk Nowitzki Doesn’t Consider Himself Greatest International NBA Player of All Time
As he winds down his career, Dallas Mavericks legend, and future Hall of Famer, Dirk Nowitzki is seeing the appreciation for his career demonstrated throughout this season.
Still, despite the opinion of others, Nowitzki doesn’t consider himself the greatest international NBA player in league history.
“I would never say that myself” Nowtizki said, according to Dwain Price of Mavs.com.
“There are so many great players that I respect, starting with (Detlef) Schrempf, obviously who is German, (Toni) Kukoc and (Drazen) Petrovic, who obviously his career got cut so short, unfortunately. (Vlade) Divac. There’s too many to mention – players that I respected kind of. . .paved the wave the way for me. And if I helped change the game in a way or helped some Europeans down the line, then that’s obviously an honor and that’s great.”
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