There was a time when Coach Mike Krzyzewski was juggling both winning championships with Team USA at the Olympics and World Cups as well as with Duke in the NCAA. While Coach K may have retired from the former, he and Duke have left an indelible mark on the national team. With Gregg Popovich, widely considered the most successful professional coach in the game today, now at the helm, it’s a different team in Shanghai, where Team USA will play its first games in the FIBA World Cup as part of Group E. However, Duke and Coach K are still very much present within the organization.
Jayson Tatum and Mason Plumlee are both on the team after Kyrie Irving, JJ Redick, and Zion Williamson among others denied the offer to join (alongside many of the NBA’s most prominent stars). Additionally, Marvin Bagley III was elevated to the senior team after a day of training camp on Friday, so he will also join the official team.
Coach K made a visit to Las Vegas, where training camp is being held, this past week, which Tatum made note of via Instagram. Tatum said that his former college coach gave him advice, but wouldn’t reveal what was said. “The more experience, the more time I get with Coach– I only got a year with him. I’m always thankful to have him when he comes around.” Jayson spent his freshman year at Duke before departing to become the 3rd selection in the 2017 NBA Draft to the Celtics.
Bleed blue. While most of the NBA’s All-Stars decided not to join Team USA in China, hopefully the young roster can pull out a win in the championship on September 15. World Cup Play starts August 31.
Little is certain in the new NBA landscape but two things are: the logos that will adorn the shoes of Brotherhood members Zion Williamson and Cam Reddish. Both players announced their signing with their respective brands, one a subsidiary of the other, in Instagram posts recently.
Cam Reddish will join more than 60% of the NBA with a deal from Nike, which he announced on Monday. The deal’s terms were not dislocated but it has been released that it is a multi-year arrangement.
Zion Williamson, on the other hand, announced Tuesday that he would join the Jordan Brand, a subsidiary of Nike looking for young stars. Zion checks all of those boxes: he’s only nineteen years old and look no further than his Instagram follower count to find that he is an electrifying force on and off the court. Zion will likely be the face of the brand alongside Russell Westbrook and Chris Paul, both of whom already promote the brand.
Bleed blue. No word yet on RJ Barrett’s decision but it is likely soon to come.
With both electrifying play and persona, Zion Williamson has collected accolades across the board in college basketball; now, his stock of awards includes one that spans all college athletics. ESPN awarded him Best College Athlete for the 2018-2019 year as expected. Zion Williamson is no longer simply a basketball star, but has been for a while an ambassador of our sport to the world.
Congratulations, yet again, to Zion on one of the most incredible college years we’ve been lucky enough to witness. New Orleans has gained a phenomenal young player and man and he’ll always be part of The Brotherhood.
Luckily, the injury wasn’t worse, but Zion Williamson will miss the remainder of the NBA’s Summer League with a deep knee bruise. In the minutes that he played Zion was dominant, with 11 points in the less than a half that he played. He struggled early in a matchup against New York’s Kevin Knox; however, once switched to the center, Zion was able to beat the Knicks’ 7’1″ post defender with his quickness below the basket. Clearly, the Pelicans will try to maximize his abilities in the post.
However, before finishing his first professional game, a knee-on-knee hit ended both his game and Summer League. The Pelicans’ medical staff diagnosed it as a bruised knee– essentially and gratefully the least severe of the numerous knee-related possibilities– but shut him down for the summer to preserve his health. He will, however, surely be able to improve his physical shape by October and be ready to dominate the league when his time comes.
No, not the Hobbs and Shaw commercial: RJ Barrett and Zion Williamson will face off for the first time on a (kind of) NBA court tonight at 9:30 ET in the Las Vegas Summer League. The league is the final and largest of the NBA offseason, usually showcasing the draft crop plus some of the previous year.
While Cam Reddish, now the Hawks’ newest young star, will sit rehabbing an injury, both Zion Williamson of the Pelicans and RJ Barrett of the Knicks will play. Not only will they play, they face off against each other tonight for the first time.
Bleed blue. It’ll be fun to watch their relationship turn just a little bit competitive.
Highly-touted 2020 prospect Jalen Johnson announced Thursday his intention to come to Durham for his freshman year. 247 Sports lists Johnson as fourth overall in the class and first at his position. More to come. Bleed blue.
The Warriors’ dynasty seems to be ending, and after one championship with the franchise, Quinn Cook will depart from Golden State. Struggling with cap space, the amount of money they can spend on players, the Warriors were forced to let both Cook and veteran fan-favorite Andre Iguodala go this summer. Quinn was a restricted free agent, meaning he would return with a qualifying offer, but the Warriors’ front office rescinded their offer, making him an unrestricted free agent. After his success, however, with the league’s best team, he shouldn’t have too much trouble finding a new home. The Warriors will be sad to see him go; he wasn’t specifically the Dubs’ star player but his grit and hard work made him a coaches’ and players’ favorite. This isn’t surprising to Duke fans, who all saw Quinn’s heart in the 2015 championship run he led as well as his previous three seasons in Durham. Bleed blue.
We got a first taste of what the newest of of the 2019-2020 Blue Devils will look like with the First Day of Classes post from the renowned Duke MBB Instagram Account, whose Twitter account is by far the most popular in the NCAA.
Left to right: Vernon Carey, Cassius Stanley, Matthew Hurt, Michael Savarino, Wendell Moore, and Keenan Worthington. We’ve got a new-look team (miss y’all, 2017-18 team) and we’re excited to see what they bring to The Brotherhood. Bleed blue.
Cam Reddish is the tenth pick in the 2019 Draft to the Atlanta Hawks, joining a young core that tanked specifically to come back next year stronger based on this draft. They had a good haul in this draft, with other players like De’Andre Hunter and with a talented point guard in Trae Young, they have the pieces to make waves in the East. Cam Reddish is versatile and very physically and athletically gifted; if he puts it together he can be one of the best players in this draft. His shooting stroke is magnificent. We wish him all the best as he heads into the league.
Well, he won’t be going far from the draft in Brooklyn: RJ Barrett, after seeing roommate and teammate Zion Williamson go #1, is officially the third pick of the 2019 NBA Draft to the New York Knicks. The pick was expected, but like his best friend, the interview following the pick was emotional for both RJ and his dad. This is what these players have worked for their entire lives and the draft culminates that, so the emotion is understandable especially as the realization comes that this is real. New York is a tough place for a young player but if there’s somebody who can take it, it’s RJ. He is the star they badly need with a depleted roster after years of tanking. Congratulations and thank you to RJ from your Blue Devil family.