Kris Dunn didn’t come off the board until the fifth pick in June’s 2016 NBA draft, but to hear the rest of his rookie peers tell it, the former Providence star and newly minted Minnesota Timberwolves guard is poised to be No. 1 with a bullet among this year’s freshman class. As he does every year, NBA.com’s John Schuhmann had the first-year players in attendance at this year’s Rookie Photo Shoot at the New York Knicks’ practice facility in Greenburgh, N.Y., answer 10 questions about their fellow newbies. The top answer: Dunn, who topped 29 percent of ballots among the 38 players polled.
The FIBA Hall of Fame (not to be confused with the Basketball Hall of Fame, which is not to be confused with the NBA Hall of Fame, which doesn’t exist) enshrined Hakeem Olajuwon and David Stern in its 2016 class. Olajuwon won a gold medal with Team USA in the 1996 Olympics. A Nigeria native, he has helped promote basketball in Africa. After growing the sport’s popularity stateside, Stern pushed to globalize basketball as NBA commissioner. The full list of 2016 inductees: The criteria: The over-riding objective of the Hall of Fame is to reflect the history of the sport. The honour may be awarded posthumously. The key conditions for induction to the FIBA Hall of Fame are: • Outstanding achievement
Marc Gasol missed the final two months of last season and Olympics with a foot injury. When will the Grizzlies center return? Gasol in L’Esportiu, as translated by Jorge Sierra of HoopsHype: On his foot injury: “I’m really well and looking forward to starting (the season). I miss the competition, playing and enjoying basketball. All indications are that the foot is fine. I’ve practiced with the (Girona basketball club) juniors all I could, especially half-court sets.” On almost making it to the Olympic Games: “I was a couple of weeks away.” After hurting his foot, it always seemed highly improbably Gasol would play in the Rio Games. But maybe he wasn’t that far off. It’d be a huge boost to Memphis