Suns center Deandre Ayton suspended for 25 games by NBA

first_imgLast Updated: 25th October, 2019 11:48 IST Suns Center Deandre Ayton Suspended For 25 Games By NBA The Phoenix Suns plans for a big turnaround season hit an unexpected snag. Center Deandre Ayton was suspended 25 games without pay by the NBA on Thursday night for violating the terms of the NBA/NBPA Anti-Drug Program by testing positive for a diuretic. 10 months ago Pentagon told witness not to testify in impeachment inquiry Written By 10 months ago Sourav Ganguly’s special blazer on the day he becomes BCCI President SUBSCRIBE TO US FOLLOW US LIVE TV COMMENT WATCH US LIVE Ayton won’t be eligible to return until a road game against the Los Angeles Clippers on Dec. 17. Phoenix plays at Denver on Friday night. First Published: 25th October, 2019 11:48 IST But the good vibes from that victory have quickly evaporated.“On behalf of the Phoenix Suns organization, Monty Williams and I are disappointed in the actions by Deandre Ayton that led to his testing positive for a banned diuretic and subsequent suspension by the NBA. This does not uphold the standards and principles we have set for the team,” Suns general manager James Jones said in a statement released by the team.“Deandre has expressed his deepest remorse. While he is suspended we remain committed to his growth and development on and off the court. His actions are not taken lightly, and we are committed to ensuring that Deandre understands the profound impact it has had on the team, organization, and Suns community.”Ayton was upbeat after Wednesday’s win, giving no indication that he was about to miss nearly a third of the season. Phoenix had a 19-63 record last season but hoped for a fast rebuild with a roster that was built around Ayton and high-scoring guard Devin Booker.The team hired Williams as coach, signed free-agent point guard Ricky Rubio and re-signed talented forward Kelly Oubre Jr. The Suns also added rookies Cameron Johnson and Ty Jerome and depth in the frontcourt with veterans Aron Baynes, Dario Saric and Frank Kaminsky III.Now they’ll be without Ayton until mid-December unless the suspension is reduced through the arbitration process.“I want to apologize to my family, the entire Suns organization, my teammates, partners, our fans and the Phoenix community,” Ayton said in a statement. “This was an unintentional mistake and unfortunately I put something in my body that I was completely unaware of.”“I do understand the unfortunate impact that this has on so many others, and for that I am deeply sorry. I’m extremely disappointed that I’ve let my team down. I will continue to work with the Players’ Union (NBPA) to go through the arbitration process and am hopeful for a positive resolution.” Associated Press Television News 10 months ago Bucks beat Rockets 117-111 in Westbrook’s Houston debut The Phoenix Suns plans for a big turnaround season hit an unexpected snag. Center Deandre Ayton was suspended 25 games without pay by the NBA on Thursday night for violating the terms of the NBA/NBPA Anti-Drug Program by testing positive for a diuretic.The first overall pick last year out of Arizona, Ayton averaged 16.3 points and 10.3 rebounds as a rookie and was hoping to have a jump in production in his second season.He had 18 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks Wednesday night in the Suns’ season-opening home victory over Sacramento. Ayton was especially proud of the blocks, telling media after the game that new coach Monty Williams had put a huge emphasis on defense and rim protection. WE RECOMMEND 10 months ago Haryana: ‘Kingmaker’ Dushyant Chautala to meet JJP MLAs on Oct 25last_img read more

Los Angeles Clippers’ Doc Rivers feels pain being endured by first-year New York Knicks coach Derek Fisher

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Rivers coached the Magic beginning in 1999-2000, during which they went 41-41. He was relieved of his duties after a poor start to 2003-04. He began his coaching tenure at Boston in 2004-05 and in 2006-07 suffered through an 18-game losing streak.“I don’t think people believe — and I know Derek a little bit — but you honestly as a coach believe you’re going to win that night every night,” Rivers said. “And I did. We lost 18 in a row and I believed every night we were going to win and every night I got my heart broke.“That’s just coaching. It’s part of it. And you have to deal with it.”Fisher is doing just that. He patiently and respectfully answered all the tough questions as he stood in the hallway outside of the Knicks’ locker room.“It’s been difficult, but that doesn’t define our life and whether we’re good people or whether or not we know how to play basketball just because we aren’t winning right now,” Fisher said. “I think it just means you have a lot of work to do, and you have to figure out how to get better. Clippers coach Doc Rivers knows what Derek Fisher is going through in his first season as coach of the New York Knicks, who were in town to take on the Clippers in a New Year’s Eve afternoon game at Staples Center.Fisher, the former guard who won five NBA championship rings during two stints with the Lakers, had seen his team play to a 5-28 record in its first 33 games. That’s got to be painful, Rivers suggested.“I’ve gone through it, a lot of coaches have,” Rivers said prior to tipoff. “It’s no fun, you know? It’s very difficult to not win. I don’t care what you’re in. If you play tennis, golf, basketball as a player or a coach, no one wants to lose. And it’s hard. It’s brutally hard on the coach. I’ve been through it and it’s very difficult.“You have to try to stick to your guns and teach; you’re almost trying to teach a culture over winning, and that’s hard. None of us are built that way, I know I wasn’t. It happened to me in Orlando early on. We somehow squeezed out 41 (wins) the first time.”center_img “And I don’t think your record should ever change that. I’ve been on teams that have been 28-5 and just as hungry to be better than we were at that time, and so our team is learning how to be that consistent and just having a relentless mind-set to being good and being great.”Different jobFisher might have been a terrific player, but now he has to prove himself as a coach. The rookie knows it.“Well, I think that goes for any new job that you take that is different than the one you had before,” he said. “You can’t rest on anything you accomplished when you used to work in the kitchen and now you’re managing the restaurant. It’s completely different.”Rivers responds to digRivers was asked what he thought about a report from David Aldridge of NBA.com that the Clippers’ players don’t like one another. Aldridge got his information from an alleged insider.Rivers scoffed.“It doesn’t matter,” he said about players liking each other, “but I don’t get that sense. No.”Rivers had gotten wind of this.“I heard it five minutes ago,” he said. “So, honestly, I think you know me, but I don’t care what anyone else outside the locker room thinks anyway. I really don’t because it’s not going to matter.”Post DeAndre Jordan had a quick retort.“There’s moments in time where I hate Blake (Griffin), for like a 45-second span,” he said, kiddingly. He then said he isn’t buying any of it.last_img read more