12 former players, coaches and contributors were inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame on Sunday, with Gary Payton delivering a memorable speech that featured some of his infamous trash talk.
Payton tried to keep it mostly humble, almost apologizing for his sometimes excessive use of trash talk while on the court. But as expected, he got a few digs in there, including one about how his Seattle SuperSonics were the original "Lob City."
Some other highlights of Sunday's festivities included Oscar Schmidt, who claimed he could have been an NBA superstar if he ever got the chance to play in the league. Rick Pitino also had some nice words, and he even made a reference to his "Larry Bird isn't walking through that door" quote he made when he was a head coach of the Boston Celtics.
Spurs met with Young
Free-agent swingman Sam Young is still looking for work, and the San Antonio Spurs have reportedly shown some interest. The Spurs met with Young on Wednesday, although there has been no further update on the situation.
Young played for the Indiana Pacers last season, averaging 2.8 points in 12.4 minutes per game. The 28-year-old played even less in the playoffs, seeing the court for just 8.7 minutes per game.
Young's scoring production has dropped each year he has been in the league, but the Spurs could use another player to round out their roster, and there remains some depth needs behind Kawhi Leonard.
Heat to sign Hamilton, work out Drew Jr.
Hamilton played in Europe last season, and he didn't participate in the Orlando or Las Vegas Summer Leagues due to a hamstring injury. But Hamilton revealed Sunday that he has been cleared for contact work.
In other Heat news, the team will work out former UCLA point guard Larry Drew Jr. Drew, an undrafted free agent, was supposed to play for Miami at Summer League, but he couldn't due to a quad injury.
Cuban says he'll never trade Dirk
Cuban was on the Artie Lang show last week, and he claimed that he would never trade Nowitzki because of how much he means to the organization:
"Dirk defines our culture. When your best player, no matter how old, is the first one in the gym and the last to leave, and works the hardest and encourages guys the way Dirk does ... that has a value that goes far beyond what you see on the court."
Nowitzki helped bring a title to Dallas in 2011 and has been a superstar for quite some time, so it's not surprising for Cuban to say this. However, as Nowitzki ages, it will be interesting to see if Cuban does entertain trade ideas if it's in the Mavs' best interests for the future.
McDonough understands importance of the draft
New Phoenix Suns general manager Ryan McDonough has been busy in his first few months on the job, hiring a new head coach and also revamping the roster. Not only was budding star Eric Bledsoe acquired via trade, but the Suns have also stockpiled numerous first-round draft picks.
Those draft picks are especially key, and McDonough explained to Gary Washburn of The Boston Globe just how important they'll be as the Suns rebuild:
"What I believe in is kind of what we did in Boston -- you build through the draft and you are hoping you draft well enough and keep all your young players together and have that be your core of the next great Suns team," he said. "That model is what Oklahoma City has done, what San Antonio did. You draft very well and keep those guys."
The Suns could have as many as five first-round picks over the next two years, and if McDonough hits on enough of them, it should expedite the rebuilding process. It will certainly be challenging considering how stacked the Western Conference is, but the future could potentially be bright in Phoenix.