NBA All-Star 2018: Spotlight shining on Rookie of the Year candidates in early events

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Simmons already has six triple-doubles; Mitchell is leading all rookies in scoring, and both players are earning high praise from all over the place. Mitchell couldn’t contain his own praise of Simmons before the Rising Stars Challenge Friday.

He’s talented. He’s close to being an All-Star this year, Mitchell told reporters Friday. He’s really talented and can do a lot of things that a lot of rookies can’t. He’s instinctive. He knows the game. He knows how to get his teammates open and knows what to do.

Figure out the road woes. The Timberwolves are 24-7 at home, second-best in the league. But away from home, they’re just 12-18. They have a plus-6.5 net rating in their home games and a minus-0.5 rating on the road. It’s a young group, but if they’re to stick around in the playoffs more than a handful of games, they’ll have to win on the road.

Rest LeBron. James has not missed a game this year, and at 37.0 minutes per game, he is on pace to top 3,000 regular-season minutes for the first time since 2010-11. There will be a temptation to keep playing James so that he can get accustomed to playing with new teammates Jordan Clarkson, Larry Nance Jr., Rodney Hood and George Hill. But rest of James will be more important heading into the postseason.
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You never thought you could be them, but you can grab inspiration from them. I never felt I could be the president of the United States, but I grabbed inspiration from that. And this time right now, with the president of the United States, it’s at a bad time. And while we cannot change what comes out of that man’s mouth, we can continue to alert the people that watch us, that listen to us, (that) this is not the way.

Durant, who has been outspoken about Trump in the past as well, agreed with James and shared his own thoughts.

When we’re talking about leadership, and what’s going on in our country, it’s all about leadership, Durant said. And I learned that from basketball. I learned a lot of life skills from playing basketball. You need to empower people, you need to encourage people. And that’s what builds a great team. And I feel like our team as a country is not ran by a great coach.

Give the ball to De’Aaron Fox. There is not much for the Kings to play for in the coming weeks, but seeing whether Fox — the fifth pick in last year’s draft — can handle the workload as a lead guard and improve his perimeter jumper will be worth watching. Fox is promising, and a good finish could go a long way toward securing his status as the point guard of the future, a spot that has been such a longtime bane for this organization.

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