Dwyane Wade is apologetic, Jimmy Butler is frustrated and the Chicago Bulls are mired in misery after a humbling NBA home loss to Atlanta left them with a losing record. The Hawks took a 35-13 lead after the first quarter on the way to a 102-93 triumph in which 35-year-old starting Bulls guard Wade made only 2-of-10 shots for four points with three rebounds and three assists. "That performance was AWFUL!!! I apologize to all the Chicago fans and Wade fans," tweeted Wade, a three-time NBA champion guard for Miami who joined the Bulls this season.
Kyrie Irving spent a day dedicated to transition and big speeches by delivering a message from the heart. Cleveland's All-Star point guard, whose own life has undergone major changes over the past year or so because of fatherhood, an Olympic gold medal and NBA championship, spoke to hundreds of school kids on Friday about following their dreams. To kick off a program promoting physical fitness, Irving shared some wisdom and experiences he hopes will help motivate kids to reach their potential.
ORLANDO — In a small-ball era increasingly built for guards and wings, the Warriors remain at the forefront of the movement. But this season, that reality comes with a quirk: Nearly half of Golden State’s roster is filled with limited, low-usage big men who don’t fit the pace-and-space mold. It’s a strange roster imbalance that has created some difficulties. Instead of resting, Shaun Livingston is often forced to play mop-up duty. Patrick McCaw can’t get useful time in the D-League because he’s always one ankle tweak away from major minutes. A roster change or two is likely on the way at some point. But until then, Steve Kerr is utilizing his motley crew of big men: Zaza Pachulia, West, JaVale