Pelicans star Zion Williamson, Timberwolves wing Anthony Edwards, Celtics wing Jaylen Brown, Hornets forward Miles Bridges and Lakers guard Alex Caruso reportedly declined dunk-contest invitations. Surely, the league would have preferred any number of bigger stars to Toppin, Simons and Stanley.
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He currently is going through a grueling rehab process after tearing his right Achilles tendon just hours before the Warriors drafted James Wiseman with the No. 2 overall pick back on Nov. 18.
There are still strides to be made, including how the Jays can make each other better and how they can elevate the players around them, but the future is bright with two Top 20 players -- both aged 24 or younger and playing a position of premium importance -- on Boston’s roster.
The pair did not have contact with other All-Star players at the team hotel, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. The two Sixers stars will be quarantined for seven days, by league protocols.
Kerr said he would start rookies Nico Mannion and James Wiseman to play alongside Damion Lee, Juan Toscano-Anderson and veteran swingman Andrew Wiggins.
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All of which leaves us wondering if the team might consider moving Theis (a free agent after the season) or Tristan Thompson as part of any big-splash deal. Theis might be too valuable with the chemistry he’s forged with the core, and the Celtics have been hoping that Thompson’s championship experience can aid them on a potential playoff run. If the team is concerned with Williams’ hip health, it helps to have Theis and Thompson in the big-man stable.
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Randle details some of the hard work that he’s been putting in behind the scenes, including a story about learning to be a pro and putting in extra time from the late Kobe Bryant.
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