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Griffin even went further, reiterating that they had selected a young

Griffin even went further, reiterating that they had selected a young

Griffin reiterated that it was a very important step in the beginning of the new reconstruction of the Pelicans, after the serious internal fracture they suffered when center Anthony Davis, now transferred to the Los Angeles Lakers, at the beginning of the year asked to leave.

"We have started the new project on the right foot, something that the franchise urgently needed after everything we have been through, but Zion (Williamson) does not come to save her but to join a family that will protect him as the teenager he still is.".

Williamson, just 18 years old, will turn 19 on July 6, who has already been compared to forward LeBron James when he came to the NBA selected as number one by the Cleveland Cavaliers, reiterated that "all I want is to play with the best in the world".

Forward Zion Williamson comes to the NBA as a new star | AFP

He has become a generational talent due to his combination of size, strength, speed and skill, which he dominated in college basketball last season.

The only year he was with the Duke team, Williamson averaged 22.6 points, 8.9 rebounds, 2.1 steals and 1.8 blocks; He also had a 68 percent accuracy in field goals.

Griffin recalled that "This is the Jrue Holiday base team. Zion is going to learn how to win at a really high level. At some point, if there is a moment when the baton is passed in terms of who is expected to lead us to win the games, it will. That’s not now".

Griffin even went further, reiterating that they had selected a young man. "Let Zion be that child and it does not seem correct to me that it is written that it comes to save the franchise", valued.

Barcelona guard Alex Abrines joked about the desire of Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant to retire at Bar├ža and assured that he would be willing to lower his salary if he finally decides to sign for the Bar├ža team.

Oct 29, 2019 at 7:49 pm CET



Svetislav Pesic

"If he comes, we will welcome him with open arms, because he is a great player. He left Oklahoma leaving some salary space for me to come and if he wants to come I promise to lower my contract so he can come"he declared with a laugh.

In an interview with ‘Bleacher Report’, Durant, a two-time NBA champion with Golden State and who at age 31 is recovering from a ruptured Achilles tendon with the Nets, declared that he would like to play his last season as a professional at Bar├ža.

For Abrines┬á"dreaming is free", although he thinks it won’t be easy: "He is not the first to say it. I remember Pau (Gasol), who said he would return, and I think Kobe Bryant also said something too, and in the end it hasn’t happened".

The current coach of the Bar├ža team, Svetislav Pesic, said he was not surprised that an NBA superstar like Durant wants to try European basketball and come to play in Barcelona.

"Durant’s news doesn’t surprise me. Five or ten years ago, NBA players at this level did not even know that there was another basketball. But he has already played two or three times with his national team and now there are many Europeans who play in the NBA with whom he has contact", argument.

Of course, Pesic warned, sarcastically, that the American player has no place this season in the Bar├ža squad. "He has a position in our team, but not for this year, but for next", he sentenced.

Bar├ža’s coach, Svetislav Pesic, stated this Tuesday before the Euroleague game against Valencia Basket at the Palau Blaugrana that he is not "warranty" There is no use having won the four games played in the competition ahead of this match and the following, especially if they still have the many important casualties they have.

Oct 29, 2019 at 7:56 pm CET


"So far more or less we have won but it is not a guarantee for the next matches, if the situation does not change and some cannot play. It is a disgrace to try to win other games, because many are played and they are very intense"he commented at a press conference.

He also thinks that the rivals give everything against Bar├ža, even more so for being the leader. "Each rival plays the game of the year against Bar├ža and it costs a lot of physicality, mentality and concentration. We have a team that does everything possible, but it is not a guarantee for the next game if we cannot have four or five players in important positions.", he acknowledged.

"We have a lot of players who can’t play, especially in construction. We lived a month in the Endesa League and in the Euroleague without players, let’s say, in the most important position. Although I am very happy, above all, with what Hanga does, a great element in all the matches and for me, he was ‘MVP’ in Belgrade", he stressed.

Now they face a touched Valencia Basket, with all defeats in the Euroleague, but dangerous. "It is a team that does not have continuity at the moment, but they are looking for their form. They also have physical problems, but they played a good game against Burgos, against us here at the Palau, they have a good team and an excellent coach. They know what they want, they are a very smart team, they play good basketball and they need time, like us"Pesic pointed out.

The coach will not be able to do this yet, except for a positive surprise at the last minute, neither with Pau Ribas nor with Malcolm Delaney. "The situation improves but they are not in good shape yet. They try to train a bit but they can’t. They need time and for now no one can say when they will be one hundred percent ready to play, for tomorrow it is very difficult. At the moment we have those who played in Belgrade and Zaragoza", he stated.

The Euroleague record

On the other hand, on the file that the Euroleague would have opened for criticizing the former Blaugrana player and now the players’ link with the Euroleague Bostjan Nachbar, he assured that he did not want to disrespect anyone and that he only commented that they should talk about injuries that devastate the teams of the competition.

"If someone is offended, I can say ‘I’m sorry’, no more. He did not want to criticize or attack, especially not to offend one or another person. But I say ‘sorry’ if someone is upset. Let’s think about the future of basketball in Europe. I did not speak of the Euroleague, not a word. I only talked about the problem of having a lot of injuries, which is a truth"Pesic commented.

Alex Abrines

For his part, Àlex Abrines highlighted the level of Valencia Basket despite counting their European duels by defeats. "Valencia is a very difficult opponent, they scored a lot of points and dominated us and we were on the verge of losing. They are desperate to find their first victory in the Euroleague, it is a team that does not deserve to be 0-4, they have a team to win enough games. But we have a good chance to get 5-0, we play at home", he appealed.

"What I want is to play many minutes. In a club like Bar├ža with this squad it is very complicated, everyone deserves to play 25-30 minutes for what they work. Unfortunately, thanks to a couple of injuries I have enjoyed more minutes, I am happy although I am far from my level", commented on his personal situation in the team.

The Spanish Congolese power forward Serge Ibaka, who is in the free agent market, is ready to accept a two-year, $ 19 million contract offered by the Los Angeles Clippers.

11/22/2020 at 08:51 CET

According to several sources close to the negotiations, the talks are advanced and the final agreement could be announced before the end of the weekend.

The Clippers’ offer to Ibaka means the Los Angeles team will use their full mid-level exception to complete the signing, and the player will also have a second-year option.

The Lakers consider the signing of Marc Gasol

Reinforcement for the Clippers

The deal represents a major boost for the Clippers, who lost power forward Montrezl Harrell to signing as a free agent with the Lakers and center JaMychal Green also left with the Denver Nuggets.

Ibaka, who can play as either four or five, will help replenish depth in the Clippers’ tall men who lost with Harrell and Green leaving.

The Clippers get a tall man who can shoot from outside the perimeter and also play great defense when they have to protect the rim.

They want an escort

The Los Angeles team will remain in the market in search of a guard to make plays and another great man, who could be the Spanish center Marc Gasol, Ibaka’s partner with the Raptors during the last season and a half of competition.

However, the team will likely be limited to minimum wage offers or perhaps a portion of the biennial exception. The 31-year-old Ibaka’s career renaissance for the Toronto Raptors continued through last season.

The player averaged a career-high 15.4 points and 8.2 rebounds per game, the second most in a season in his career and the best since the 2013-14 championship, when he scored 8.8 with the Oklahoma City Thunder. .

Stopper in Oklahoma

Ibaka began to strengthen his career as an elite shot blocker with the Thunder, while supporting the work of forward Kevin Durant, point guard Russell Westbrook and guard James Harden with his defensive play.

He then had a brief stint with the Orlando Magic and was traded to the Raptors midway through the 2016-17 season. The Spanish international player signed a three-year, $ 64 million contract and stayed with Toronto the following offseason.

Ibaka lived up to that price when he helped the Raptors win the franchise’s first NBA championship two seasons ago.

Effort for Ibaka

The Raptors, one of many teams that made an effort to sign Ibaka, were believed to be reluctant to offer multi-year money as it would compromise their projected salary space for the summer of 2021.

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