Zach LaVine tried not to think about guarding Derrick Rose. After starring late in the Minnesota Timberwolves' rally from a 13-point deficit, the 19-year-old rookie didn't try hiding his admiration. ''That dude's good,'' LaVine said after Minnesota closed the preseason with a 113-112 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Friday night. He'd been wondering if coach Flip Saunders would put him in.
LeBron James and his new old team, the Cavaliers, played an exhibition game in Rio de Janeiro against the Heat, which, for now, is just his old team.
The Jazz announced Friday they have exercised the third-year options on Trey Burke and Rudy Gobert.
Next summer’s projected cap space is for another day. The Knicks — from James Dolan to Phil Jackson to Derek Fisher to Carmelo Anthony and on down the roster — have talked big about returning to the playoffs this season following last year’s 37-win failure.
Our quirky, discerning picks for the most interesting things to do around the state this week.