THE FLATS – Derrick Favors and the New Orleans Pelicans are three games into their seeding schedule in the NBA restart, which is taking place at Disney’s Wide World of Sports in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The Pelicans lost twice before defeating Memphis Monday night, leaving them 2.5 games behind the No. 8 seed position for the playoffs. Five games remain, beginning with a Thursday afternoon game against Sacramento.
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.
FAVORS BIRTHDAY CAKE DISAPPEARS INSIDE BUBBLE
New Orleans Pelicans center Derrick Favors did something a few weeks ago for the first time in his life: He celebrated his birthday during the season. On July 15, the big man turned 29. In normal, non-pandemic times, this would be the offseason. Still, Favors looked forward to celebrating with his teammates. The rookies sang “Happy Birthday” after practice and Favors was notified that a cake awaited him and his teammates in their meal room. But once they arrived, the cake was gone, reports Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports. READ MORE
FORBES: YOUNG COULD FIND HIMSELF ON TRADE BLOCK
The Chicago Bulls made Thaddeus Young their top priority in free agency last summer, immediately agreeing with the forward on a three-year deal worth nearly $41 million. The Bulls were banking on Young being a strong veteran presence who would help change the culture, while also delivering stellar two-way play to help the franchise take a big step forward in its rebuild. Instead, Young struggled to start the season as he quickly became frustrated with his role. The 32-year-old started to find a groove as the season went on and he got more playing time due to injuries, but Chicago’s season was already lost at that point. READ MORE
BOSH JOINS VIRTUAL CROWD FOR LAKERS-CLIPPERS
As the 2019-20 NBA season restarts inside the Orlando bubble, the league is doing its best to make sure that fans can still feel close to the action on the court. On way the league is doing that is by having fans appear on LED screens during games. The technology is powered by Microsoft.
Anyone can show up on the screen, and former NBA star Chris Bosh made an appearance during Thursday’s game between the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers. Bosh was never shy about video bombing postgame interviews of his teammates, so this is no surprise. READ MORE
BOSH TALKS LATEST IN NBA BUBBLE
Chris Bosh joined sports talk host Colin Cowherd to discuss the latest in the NBA bubble. Bosh expresses how the Bucks may need to at least make it to the finals, if not win a championship, to keep Giannis. LISTEN
BANKS TO BEGIN PRO CAREER IN ISREAL
James Banks III, who made the ACC All-Defensive team each of the past two years for Georgia Tech, agreed to terms with Hapoel Beer Sheva (Winner League) in Isreal. In 31 games he had 9.5 ppg, 7.5 rpg and 2.5 bpg last season. Banks represented USA at the FIBA Americas Championships U18 in Valdivia (Chile) four years ago.
#PROJACKETS ON SOCIAL MEDIA
Chris Bosh pulled up to the Lakers-Clippers game as a virtual fan 😂 pic.twitter.com/rgjKKubLuW
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) July 31, 2020
I’m back at it ! https://t.co/9qP0jS03By
— Josh Okogie (@CallMe_NonStop) August 3, 2020
— Dennis 3D Scott (@Dennis3DScott) August 4, 2020
— Dennis 3D Scott (@Dennis3DScott) August 2, 2020
— I AM PEACE STAR (@StarburyMarbury) August 4, 2020
— I AM PEACE STAR (@StarburyMarbury) July 29, 2020
People are saying this year’s championship is going to have an asterisk next to it. Hell no. It’s legitimate. If anything, winning a championship during a pandemic will go down as one of the biggest achievements in the history of the game. The Last Chip -> https://t.co/np2tOxhU7J
— Chris Bosh (@chrisbosh) July 29, 2020
After watching the NBA Bubble this past weekend, I kept thinking about how much Kobe would have loved all of it. I wrote about some of these thoughts in my latest newsletter —> The Last Chip 🔥🙏🏿 #MambaForever 💛 💜 https://t.co/np2tOxhU7J pic.twitter.com/YTn3x1nmws
— Chris Bosh (@chrisbosh) August 3, 2020
#ProJackets in the NBA/G League 2020-21
Team: Utah Jazz
NBA Experience: 10 seasons
Years at Georgia Tech: 2009-10
Hometown: Atlanta, Ga.
|6-9, 265 lbs|
Standing: 3rd / 2 GB
Last 10: 6-4
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|
|Not currently signed|
Team: Minnesota Timberwolves
NBA Experience: 2 seasons
Years at Georgia Tech: 2016-18
Hometown: Snellville, Ga.
|6-4, 213 lbs|
Standing: 15th / 6 GB
Last 10: 2-8
Team: free agent
NBA Experience: 9 seasons
Years at Georgia Tech: 2008-11
Hometown: Oak Park, Ill.
|6-5, 212 lbs|
|Not currently signed|
Team: Chicago Bulls
NBA Experience: 13 seasons
Years at Georgia Tech: 2006-07
Hometown: Memphis, Tenn.
|6-8, 235 lbs|
Standing: 12th /3.5 GB
Last 10: 4-6