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Rashad McCants practiced the majority of the morning practice but one of his hamstring's became sore again, and he was forced to sit out. It's hard to say, Wittman said, whether McCants will play during Saturday's exhibition game against Turkish team Efes Pilsen in Istanbul. But the coach didn't sound optimistic.
I knew from watching Corey Brewer in college at Florida that he was a great defensive player, but he has really shown that here in camp. He probably stood out the most in our scrimmage tonight...
Also from the Star Tribune:
Smith, recovering from a sprained ankle suffered last week in preseason workouts, is working out on his own enough that Wittman now says he thinks Smith might return to participate in practice when the team reaches London next week.
During a media conference call, Coach Wittman talked about the differences between Craig Smith and Chris Richard:
Totally different players. Craig is a more skilled player offensively. He's got more swagger to his offensive game. Chris is more of a banger, a guy that's going to get to where he wants to get if he has to run through a wall. Craig can beat you and deceive you with moves and different things. That's the main difference. Craig can put the ball on the floor I think a little bit better right now than Chris, but Chris takes up space and from a defensive standpoint has been really good.
It really made us feel good to give back of our time to this community here, and hopefully this is the first of many trips to Turkey. Hopefully the NBA can return to not only Istanbul, but also Ankara, the capital of Turkey. Hopefully we can get over to Saudi Arabia, and hopefully if things stabilize we can get over to the Pakistan/India area. I think it would be great for the game.
Via Mavs Moneyball, a short Q&A with Trent Hassell in which the player says about his new team that he's "just happy to be here in this situation on a great team."
Dwane Casey, the former head coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves and longtime assistant to Nate McMillan in Seattle, stopped by the Trail Blazers practices the past two days.
But McMillan and general manager Kevin Pritchard said there is nothing to read into Casey's presence other than a friend stopping by to watch some basketball.