Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving dribbles the ball during a photo shoot at NBA basketball media day, Monday, Sept. 24, 2018, in Canton, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

The Latest: Kyrie Irving says injured knee 'feels great'

September 24, 2018 - 2:38 pm

The Latest on NBA media day from around the league on Monday (all times local):

2:35 p.m.

Boston's Kyrie Irving says spending part of his summer in Seattle at Jamal Crawford's annual summer league is exactly what he needed to get acclimated to playing basketball again.

Irving joined Crawford and several NBA players including John Wall, Chris Paul and Kevin Durant at the event, which Crawford has helped organize since 2005. In all Irving spent about three weeks in the Pacific Northwest, participating in pickup games that drew spectators like Seattle-area resident and Celtics legend Bill Russell.

Irving said Monday at Boston's media day that "it was just great to be up there getting some quality runs in."

The Boston guard is coming off rehab from multiple left knee surgeries that prematurely ended his season last April. He was left to be a spectator while his Celtics teammates made a run to the Eastern Conference finals before falling in seven games to the Cavaliers.

He says his knee "feels great," though he says only after playing in NBA games will help him fully feel like himself again."


1:35 p.m.

Hornets point guard Kemba Walker says he doesn't want go play for a super team.

He wants to stay in Charlotte.

The two-time NBA All-Star becomes an unrestricted free agent next July. There is expected to be plenty of interest in him around the league next summer, but Walker says unequivocally that his goal is to continue playing for Michael Jordan's Hornets.

The 28-year-old Walker said Monday at Hornets media day that he doesn't "want to be nowhere else."

Walker is the franchise's all-time leading scorer and is entering his eighth season with the Hornets.

He said, "You see guys who are on elite teams. I don't want to do that. I want to create something special here in Charlotte, something that we have never had here before. I want to create some consistency. And I want to be a part of that."

Walker is "confident" the Hornets will try to resign him next summer, saying "I just have that feeling."


12:45 p.m.

Kristaps Porzingis says he is taking a conservative approach to his recovery from a torn ACL and has no timetable for his return to the court.

Porzingis was injured in February and the Knicks have said he won't return until both the team and player are certain he is ready.

Porzingis said Monday during Knicks media day that he is running lightly but not sprinting yet. Part of the reason for taking the rehab process slowly, he says, is that doctors say there is no precedent for a 7-foot-3 player recovering from that type of knee injury.

Porzingis also says he is not thinking about a contract extension, which he would have to sign before the season starts or wait until next summer.


12:25 p.m.

Kawhi Leonard knows that people want to know his future plans.

He's more focused on the here and now.

Leonard spoke out as a member of the Toronto Raptors for the first time on Monday, and one of the questions he fielded at media day was about his future — specifically, whether it includes staying in Toronto past this season.

He didn't offer any hints. Leonard says when it comes to what's next, he looks at it "as a day-to-day process."

Leonard says his focus "is on this year, this group that I have and striving to get to a championship. We all want to win and if you're looking in the future you're going to trip over the present."

The Raptors held their media day in Toronto, and are flying to British Columbia for training camp that starts Tuesday.


11:45 a.m.

New Washington Wizards center Dwight Howard could miss the start of training camp with a bad back.

Wizards coach Scott Brooks said Monday at the team's media day that Howard's back is sore and his status is considered day-to-day.

Brooks says "we'll see how he feels" on Tuesday, the first day of camp.

The coach says the Wizards are "not going to rush him."


11:35 a.m.

Miami coach Erik Spoelstra predicts that most Heat players won't sleep well on Monday night, because they know what's coming in the first day of practice on Tuesday.

Dwyane Wade said Monday at the Heat's media day that he'll sleep just fine.

The three-time NBA champion who's entering his 16th and final season says he's actually excited to get going, simply because he knows these are the first steps in what he's calling "the last dance" of his career.

Wade says that he's "trying to enjoy this, the first of the last, whatever it is, the last of the first, I don't know, the last of the lasts. I'm just trying to enjoy it. There's nothing that they can do to me this year that I haven't seen or been a part of or done."


2:35 a.m.

The NBA offseason is over.

Media day — the day where most of the league's 30 teams will have players and coaches answer questions about how they spent their summer vacation and discuss other more-pertinent matters — is Monday around the league. Dallas and Philadelphia got their media-day responsibilities out of the way late last week, because they are off to China for preseason games soon.

The other 28 teams will have availabilities throughout the day.

Golden State will be asked about the quest to win a third straight title. Minnesota will be talking about Karl-Anthony Towns' new super-max $190 million deal and Jimmy Butler's trade demand. LeBron James will draw much attention as he speaks in a Los Angeles Lakers jersey. And in Miami, Dwyane Wade will hold the final media-day news conference of his career.

The 28 teams with media days Monday all open training camp Tuesday.


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