The slowest player at the combine: Solomon Alabi, with a 3/4 court sprint time of 3.7 seconds. Alabi also finished dead last in the lane agility drill; in fact, the next-slowest player at the combine did the drill a full .9 seconds faster than Alabi's time of 13.2 seconds. Solomon Alabi: not fast.
Wade to discuss future with LeBron, Joe Johnson - ESPN
Dwyane Wade has a big decision to make on where he'll sign this offseason. And before he makes his choice, he said he'll talk it over with fellow big-ticket free agents LeBron James and Joe Johnson. Wade told the Chicago Tribune that he's not sure when the three players will talk, but they've been discussing their futures informally for a while now.
"[Free agency] has been three years coming," the Miami Heat superstar told the Tribune. "We've discussed it prematurely, at different times. [But] you don't know what guys are thinking and where they're going. I think we'll all sit down, and before one of us makes a decision, all of us will have spoken to each other and [listened to the] thinking. "A lot of decisions [will be based on] what other players are willing to do and what other guys want to do. So it's not just a 'me' situation here. We all have to look and see what each other is thinking."
Holy smokes! Zach Randolph might be in quite a bit of trouble - Ball Don't Lie - Yahoo! Sports
"According to a probable cause affidavit, a trusted police informant identified Memphis Grizzlie player Zach Randolph as a major marijuana supplier in Indianapolis, 6News' Jack Rinehart reported. Narcotics officers were staking out a suspected drug house on Indianapolis' north side two weeks ago when they pulled over Arthur Boyd, 32, soon after he left the residence, near 75th Street and Binford Avenue, police said. According to the affidavit, the Cadillac Escalade that Boyd was driving was registered to Randolph, and police found marijuana and ammunition stowed inside."
Uh-oh. Even more uh-oh, police followed information in the Escalade to a storage facility where there are four units rented in the name of Zach Randolph. In two units, there were controlled substances, as well as four cars with hidden compartments, which I would imagine are not used for storing various maps and atlases.
Atlanta Hawks: Gearon Jr. latest to be fined for LeBron love | Atlanta Hawks
The league hit ASG’s Michael Gearon Jr. with a $25,000 fine for tampering after the co-owner said he’d give LeBron James max money "in a heartbeat." That brings the LeBron Tampering Pool to $135,000 for the week. The league dinged Mavs owner Mark Cuban for $100,000 and Steve Kerr for $10,000 after they made overtures to James, who won’t be eligible to become a free agent until July 1.
THUNDER: For Mullens, Work Comes Before Play
What’s your golf handicap? "Well, I’m still waiting for my clubs to get here from Oklahoma. The last few times I’ve been playing I’ve shot a steady 90, so it’s alright. I ordered some clubs from a golf pro down there. I go golfing just with my friends back at home. One of my high school coaches who I’m real close with here, college teammates, whoever really has the time to go out."
Are there decent courses out there? "Yeah, we’ve got the Memorial Tournament here in Ohio and there is a course on campus. There’s some really nice courses out there. I just started playing this year."
Basketball-wise, what are you working on this summer? "I’m trying to get quicker. Going side to side, how I’d defend guards on pick and rolls. I’m working on my explosiveness for rebounding and just catching rebounds and going back up with it. My explosiveness coming off of pick and rolls. And my post moves, just making a move and a counter for it. And in the weight room I’m just working on filling my body out just to get stronger and quicker."
Three college basketball players who are proving that it's not about NBA draft hype - ESPN
Vasquez was the ACC player of the year, so he was hardly a non-factor during the conference season. But he has been poorly tossed to the back of the line because he's a senior, and he wasn't billed as the quickest or the hotest name among point guards. He's behind John Wall, Evan Turner (yes, he has to have the ball in his hands to be effective, so put him in with the point guards), Avery Bradley and Eric Bledsoe.
But the numbers don't lie (19.6 points a game, 6.3 assists). The basketball IQ hasn't diminished, and his passion to play and to work is high among potential picks. "He's calmed down personality-wise and was terrific in the interviews,'' said one general manager. "How is he not the third-best point guard in the first round?''