THE FLATS – The NBA is set to return to action with 22 teams next week, concluding a regular season that ended abruptly on March 12 in late July and then conducting playoffs, all at Disney’s Wide World of Sports in Orlando, Fla. Derrick Favors is the only one of the former Yellow Jackets in the NBA who will be a part of this restart, as his New Orleans Pelicans team is one of the teams gathering at Disney.
This week’s #ProJackets Report compiles more of the latest news, stories and social media posts on former Jackets and their activities of the past week.
PELICANS TRYING TO CAP ‘LONG JOURNEY’ WITH IMPROBABLE PLAYOFF BERTH
It’s been 18 years since an NBA team began a regular season at 7-23 through 30 games and still made the NBA playoffs, writes Jim Eichenhofer on Pelicans.com. It’s been 35 years since a club withstood a losing streak of 13 games and reached the postseason. When NBA seeding games begin July 30 in Orlando, the New Orleans Pelicans will attempt to achieve their season-long goal of qualifying for the Western Conference quarterfinals, despite having both hardships on their 2019-20 resume. READ MORE
At the beginning of the year, it started off kind of rough for us. The record and (we had) a couple injuries here and there, but the guys kept fighting, the coaches kept helping us and we put ourselves in a great position to make the playoffs.”
PELICANS STRONGER THAN PRE-PANDEMIC?
The Pelicans and the NBA look completely different than they did on March 11, when the season came to a screeching halt, according to TheBirdWhites.com. We don’t know what New Orleans or the rest of the league will look like, but it certainly won’t be the same as it once was. The Pelicans have plenty of reasons why they’re a new-look team, and the rest of the association should be shaking in their boots — specifically the 8-11 seeded Western Conference teams.
One of the reasons cited for optimism is the physical fitness with which Derrick Favors came back. “During the break, I was doing small stuff, like making sure I was stretching certain muscles, making sure I was keeping flexible, just trying to do the best I could, and it worked out. … “If we had a game tomorrow, I’d be ready, so when we get down to Orlando I’ll be ready to go.”
OKOGIE REMAINS ACTIVE IN MEDIA APPEARANCES
Josh Okogie has stayed active this offseason and has made a bit of a mini-media tour, so we’ll check in on his most recent appearance. Plus, folks are still putting out power rankings. Where do the Wolves fall in comparison to the other non-Orlando teams? This weekend, Josh Okogie appeared on The Tidal League podcast. He covered a variety of topics, including an interesting conversation on the differences between living in Nigeria, going to school in Atlanta, and playing professional basketball in Minneapolis. Okogie also touches on his offseason and what he’s been up to while working to improve his game. READ/LISTEN
GREATEST TEAMS OF THE 2010s
As you might imagine, the Golden State Warriors and LeBron James dominate this list, but Chris Bosh and Iman Shumpert were part of three of the top teams of the decade of 2010, according to this Bleacher Report story. Bosh’s entries were the 2011-12 (No. 7) and 2012-13 Miami Heat (No. 4) teams, and Shumpert played for the 2015-16 Cleveland Cavaliers (No. 6). Though qualification for this list required reaching the NBA Finals, all three of these teams took home the Larry O’Brien Trophy. READ MORE
EIGHT NBA STARS ROBBED OF GREATNESS BY BIG INJURIES
Here’s an interesting look at eight players whose careers were scuttled by injuries by NBC Sports Bay Area. Chris Bosh is arguably the most accomplished of the eight featured here, all of whom were stars to varying degrees. READ MORE
“And yet, we all are left wondering what else Bosh could have accomplished if not for a blood-clotting condition that prematurely ended his career. Had Bosh continued to play at such a high level for another handful of years, he would have been in the discussion for one of the best power forwards of all time. It;s reasonable to think he should be regardless.”
LAMMERS SIGNS WITH GERMAN TEAM
After two seasons playing in Spain, Ben Lammers is moving to Germany for his third season of pro basketball after ALBA Berlin (BBL) agreed terms with the 24-year old former Yellow Jacket center, according to Eurobasket News. He is the second import player in the roster as Italian Simone Fontecchio signed here earlier. Lammers has played for the last two seasons at RETAbet Bilbao Basket in Spanish Liga Endesa. In 28 games, he had 7.8ppg and 4.8rpg last season.
HOLSEY SIGNS WITH UKRAINE SUPERLEAGUE TEAM
MBC Mykolaiv (Superleague) inked 29-year old American forward Kammeon Holsey (203-104kg-90, college: Georgia Tech). He played most recently at NH Ostrava in NBL league in Czech Republic. In 23 games he recorded very impressive stats: 15.9ppg, 7.6rpg (#3 in the league) and 2.3apg last season. A very good year in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Czech Rep. League 2nd Team and All-Imports Team. In 2014 Holsey was drafted by Grand Rapids Drive (D-League) in third round (47th overall). The former Georgia Tech star is in his seventh season in pro basketball. Holsey played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2016.
Holsey is a very experienced player. He has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to five different countries on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America). Holsey has played previously professionally in Colombia, Finland (Kauhajoki), France (Quimper UJAP), Lebanon (Byblos) and Romania (Craiova).
#PROJACKETS ON SOCIAL MEDIA
— New Orleans Pelicans (@PelicansNBA) July 15, 2020
This season has been a “long journey” for #Pelicans, as Frank Jackson described it today. Despite 7-23 start, New Orleans still has sights set on goal of playoff berth. A postseason trip after 13-game losing streak would also be a rarity in #NBA history: https://t.co/JiH0DsiD7d pic.twitter.com/wIA7tUNX3I
— Jim Eichenhofer (@Jim_Eichenhofer) July 14, 2020
Next up, Derrick Favors! https://t.co/617RLF5P7o
— New Orleans Pelicans (@PelicansNBA) July 14, 2020
— Shekinah Young (@Mrs___Young21) July 8, 2020
— Minnesota Timberwolves (@Timberwolves) July 9, 2020
The night of The Decision was something else, can’t believe it happened 10 years ago yesterday. From that day, until June of 2014, I had some amazing experiences that have shaped my life forever. I’m breaking them all down in my newsletter, The Last Chip. https://t.co/DZyMuXF3aj pic.twitter.com/iAb3OBH0I1
— Chris Bosh (@chrisbosh) July 9, 2020
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— Chris Bosh (@chrisbosh) July 12, 2020
— Chris Bosh (@chrisbosh) July 12, 2020
— Dennis 3D Scott (@Dennis3DScott) July 3, 2020
PT life! SideLineShorty is almost ready for the bubble! 😷👍🏾👋 pic.twitter.com/RiJSki9q2u
— Dennis 3D Scott (@Dennis3DScott) July 15, 2020
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— I AM PEACE STAR (@StarburyMarbury) July 14, 2020
— I AM PEACE STAR (@StarburyMarbury) July 11, 2020
Team: free agent
NBA Experience: 10 seasons
Years at Georgia Tech: 2009-10
Hometown: Atlanta, Ga.
|6-9, 265 lbs|
Standing: 13th / 22.5 GB
Team: Sioux Falls Skyforce
NBA Experience: 15 seasons
Years at Georgia Tech: 2002-05
Hometown: Fort Washington, Md.
Status: Active/G League
|6-3, 197 lbs|
Standing: 6th / 8 GB
Last 10: 7-3
Team: Minnesota Timberwolves
NBA Experience: 2 seasons
Years at Georgia Tech: 2016-18
Hometown: Snellville, Ga.
|6-4, 213 lbs|
Standing: 14th / 30.5 GB
Last 10: 3-7
Team: free agent
NBA Experience: 9 seasons
Years at Georgia Tech: 2008-11
Hometown: Oak Park, Ill.
|6-5, 212 lbs|
|Released by Brooklyn Nets|
Team: Chicago Bulls
NBA Experience: 13 seasons
Years at Georgia Tech: 2006-07
Hometown: Memphis, Tenn.
|6-8, 235 lbs|
Standing: 11th / 31 GB
Last 10: 3-7