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Suns’ DeAndre Ayton Not Worried About Being Overshadowed by Luka Doncic

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Phoenix Suns rookie big man, and #1 overall pick DeAndre Ayton isn’t worried about being overshadowed by the sensational play of Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic.

Doncic, who seems to be the clear cut favorite to win Rookie of the Year honors, is taking the spotlight among all rookies this season.

Ayton isn’t concerned.

“I don’t care. That’s on them,” Ayton said, according to The Athletic.’s Michael Lee,

“The only thing for me, I want to win. This is an organization where we can make a lot of history and we have hungry fans and that’s the only thing on my mind. The only thing for me is to be consistent as a rookie, to keep playing hard, keep being coachable and just listen.”

Ayton is averaging 16.7 points, 10.7 rebounds and 0.9 blocks per game this season.

“We all have different paths,” said Suns head coach Igor Kokoskov.

“We all live our own lives. It’s a good story for media and they all compare. In 20 years, it’s fair to draw the lines and see where we are, what we achieve. Maybe we have two Hall of Fame players. And that’s a pretty good class.”

Brooklyn Nets

Nets to Re-Sign Alan Williams

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The Brooklyn Nets are bringing back veteran big man Alan Williams following his recent departure to join the Chinese Basketball Association.

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Williams has decided to remain in the United States following complications that popped up during hit contract negotiations with the Xinjiang Flying Tigers of the Chinese Basketball Association.

Williams was having quite the season in the G League,
averaging 21.0 points per game and a league-leading 14.7 rebounds per contest.

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Celtics’ Kyrie Irving Credits Team Meeting for Spark

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The Boston Celtics have been on the upswing of late and Celtics’ guard Kyrie Irving is crediting a recent team meeting, following a loss to the Milwaukee Bucks, as the catalyst for the turnaround.

The loss to Milwaukee back on December 21st was the Celtics’ 3rd in a row and dropped their record to 18-13 on the season.

“We could pinpoint a lot of turning points,” Irving said, according to Jay King of The Athletic.

“We just want to build that chemistry first. Just getting with one another (after the Bucks loss), really put everything out there and then move on from that point. At that point, playing against Milwaukee, we weren’t at rock bottom, but we needed to address some shit in this locker room. It’s just good to get stuff out in the air.”

Irving believes in this team’s chances this season, despite the early struggles.

“We’re not on a good team, we’re on a great one,” Irving said. “We have the talent to be great.”

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Los Angeles Clippers

Mark Jackson Believes Clippers Should Retire Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan Jerseys

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ESPN TV analyst Mark Jackson strongly believes that the Los Angeles Clippers need to honor former players Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, and DeAndre Jordan by retiring their jerseys when their respective careers come to the end.

Mark Jackson wants the Clippers to retire the jerseys of Blake Griffin, DeAandre Jordan, & Chris Paul… A troika who played 6 years together & never got past the 2nd round.— Justin Termine (@TermineRadio) January 10, 2019

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