Odds & Ends: Perkins, Gay, Walton

November 4 2013 at 9:38pm CST By Zach Links

With the season barely underway, should teams getting off to a slow start be concerned?  HoopsWorld ran down the league’s winless club and assessed their own level of concern.  The writing staff isn’t too worried about the Jazz as they’re anxiously awaiting the return of highly touted point guard Trey Burke.  The level of concern for the 0-2 Nuggets is at medium since they’re not at full strength at this stage.  Meanwhile, it could be time to worry in D.C. as the Wizards are 0-3 and can’t blame a John Wall injury for their slow start.  Here’s tonight’s look around the league as the Celtics failed to get in the win column..

  • Kendrick Perkins took to Twitter tonight to clear the air on his tweet from earlier today where he said it was “time for a change“.  “Let me clear something up. I wasn’t talking about leaving OKC. I was talking to some of my family members. I love playing here,” tweeted the Thunder big man.
  • Rudy Gay is working to recapture his budding stardom with the Raptors, writes Shams Charania of RealGM.  Meanwhile, the forward refutes any notion that the Grizzlies were a better and more savvy team without him on the court.
  • The Los Angeles D-Fenders, the D-League affiliate for the Lakers, announced that Luke Walton will join the team as a player development coach.  Walton says that he still hopes to continue his playing career and his arrangement with the D-Fenders will allow him to work out with the team and stay in shape.
  • Bucks rookie Giannis Antetokounmpo readily admits that he has outpaced his own expectations for his basketball career, writes Sean Deveney of Sporting News.  “Let me tell you the truth: No. I did not think I would be in the NBA, it was just a dream. How could I think this would happen? And happen now? But I am here now. So I am happy,” said the rookie.
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