The NBA returned Monday, at least ceremonially, with media days around the league before training camps begin. While COVID-19 and vaccines dominated the conversations, basketball was indeed discussed. There was some fun, too.
Here were the most interesting answers from players to the questions asked by reporters, including one from a former late-night talk show legend.
“I’m sure we’ve all seen videos.”
Joel Embiid doesn’t exactly give a ringing endorsement for Ben Simmons’ return to the 76ers or his offseason workouts posted on social media.
“I love the Lakers organization and they did great things, but I think for me, just business, I don’t think I fit in 100 percent.”
Dennis Schroeder explains why his stay in L.A. lasted only one season with LeBron James and company.
“I don’t think he can play the piano, last time I checked.”
Zion Williamson makes it clear that his relationship with David Griffin is “all love” but doesn’t require the Pelicans general manager to soothe him with his piano skills.
“I’ve been in this position, so it gives me a little comfort being the No. 1 guy … and I’m ready to lead.”
Paul George believes his experience as the Pacers’ franchise player will allow him to carry a heavier burden with the Clippers, who will be without the injured Kawhi Leonard.
“He didn’t enjoy it. He didn’t want to hold it. … So just rubbing it in as much as possible, I definitely enjoyed that.”
Brook Lopez happily recounts how he annoyed his twin brother Robin with the Bucks’ NBA championship trophy at a high school team reunion.
“I can kick your ass though, don’t worry.”
New Knicks guard Evan Fournier, whose parents were judo experts, definitely has confidence in his own martial arts skills.
“You have to be able to not get seasick for at least an hour.”
Klay Thompson lists the rules for his boat if any Warriors teammate wants to sail the Bay with “Captain Klay.”
“We’re not Charlie’s Angels, bro.”
Kyle Lowry disagrees with Jimmy Butler’s suggestion on how the Heat’s new Big Three should pose during a photo shoot.
“You all watched ‘Power Rangers,’ right? They all can do something different.”
Enes Kanter uses a fun analogy to describe just how versatile the Celtics can be this season.
“All right Dave, that was the last one.”
Kevin Durant puts an end to a series of questions by “Dave from Basketball Digest” (aka David Letterman).