Basketball’s Most Powerful Man Writes His Own Ending; The Best Recruit Since LeBron Is Ready For College Now
Andrew Wiggins is a shooting, dribbling superlative. Some rankings had him as the best player in any of the 2012, 2013 and 2014 high school classes, which is just a ridiculous compliment to the Canadian’s game. Now balling at Huntington Prep, he could have graduated this spring but had pushed it back to be a member of the ’14 class. Now, according to his father, coach and ESPN’s top recruiting analyst, Wiggins is confirmed to reclassify as a 2013 member who can go to college next fall. Kentucky and Florida State have the reported inside track on the 6-7 swingman. … That didn’t take long: One day after being cut by San Antonio, Eddy Curry was claimed off waivers by Dallas. His spot was open because Dallas put Delonte West on waivers after his second suspension in two weeks. He went on Twitter and blew up the Mavs’ front office for the move and said this wasn’t because he was bipolar. West was one of the few guys on that roster who wasn’t hurt yet, either. … Kobe Bryant might actually miss the first game of the season Oct. 30 against those same Mavericks. This seems like something of a joke — because how could a season opener possibly begin for the purple and gold without Bean Bryant hoisting fadeaway 18-footers? — but his sore foot sounds worse than expected. … Speaking of “worse than expected” and “the Lakers,” L.A. is now 0-8 in preseason games, losing to the Kings, 94-82. Kobe didn’t travel to San Diego for the game and Dwight Howard played nothing like his Laker debut, putting up just nine points, eight boards, five turnovers and five fouls. The high-low game they displayed Sunday with Pau Gasol netted the Spaniard exactly zero assists and just seven points. With Steve Nash playing a little more than a quarter, Isaiah Thomas ripped off 20 points in just 23 minutes. We’ve been a fan of the little man’s confidence since he was a Husky. … Tobias Harris was on a mission in summer league to turn heads and he’s still doing it. He had 18 points to lead the Bucks over the Bobcats, 100-90. … Blazers rookie Damian Lillard proved you can go home again to Utah (Weber State is in Ogden), but just not with an easy win. The Jazz’s budding frontline of Enes Kanter and Derrick Favors each had 21 points (Kanter added 12 boards) in Utah’s 97-91 win. Lillard only had 12 points and took 14 shots to do it. Many of them looked forced, too, after looking so natural all of preseason. … Blake Griffin had 25 points and 11 boards in the 106-94 win over Denver. Griffin made a mockery of the Nugs’ backside help when he requested and delivered a hoop — and usually an oop — every time someone played on his high side. Denver’s interior D never got the memo. … We’re out like Stern.
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