This season the Portland Trail Blazers found their center of the future (and the present) in Jusuf Nurkic. Which makes the next step fairly obvious: Portland will not pick up the option on Festus Ezeli for next season, GM Neil Olshay confirmed at the team exit meetings Tuesday. Olshey says Festus Ezeli will not be on the @trailblazers roster next season.
Kobe Bryant's bright future was almost immediately apparent to Byron Scott. Scott was a 36-year-old veteran on the Los Angeles Lakers when they traded for the 18-year-old Bryant, who had been taken by the Charlotte Hornets the 13th pick in the 1996 NBA Draft. Scott, who would later coach Bryant's final two seasons with the Lakers, told Business Insider while promoting his new book "Slam-Dunk Success" that, like many others, Bryant's legendary work ethic foreshadowed his Hall of Fame career.
Greene throws 102 mph, has been compared to A-Rod on the field and could go No. 1 overall in the June draft