Kevin Durant on NBA return to Philadelphia 76ers, Joe Ingles free agency and knee rehab, Jenna O’Hea retiring
“Ben understands that and of course some things can be funny, but at the end of the day we realize life is amazing, we play basketball for a living, and a little chit chat is what it is. .”
Ingles faces free agency with ‘half a knee’
Joe Ingles’ new club Portland traveled to Salt Lake City on Thursday in the NBA, and it gave the Aussie striker a chance to return to a very familiar place.
Ingles was traded by the Jazz after being ruled out for the season with a torn ACL, but remained in Salt Lake City after undergoing knee reconstruction so his children could complete their school year.
The Tokyo Olympic bronze medalist plans to visit Portland before the end of the season. He will be a free agent this offseason.
He doesn’t know what the future holds for him but was reassured by the welcome he received at Portland despite being unable to play for the club.
“I knew there was a chance, but I still thought it wasn’t going to happen after being here this long,” Ingles told media at Vivint Arena in Utah, where he was one of the fan favorites.
“I was happy the Trail Blazers were the team that traded for me and things so far have been really positive in conversations and they’ve been incredibly supportive of what I’ve been through with this. [his knee].
“They’re letting me stay in Utah for rehab while my kids are in school.
“It’s a really positive situation. Coming into free agency with half a knee will be interesting, but I’m really glad it’s Portland and the conversations have been really good so far.
Phoenix must make shots in Throwdown
Southeast Melbourne Phoenix are on course to improve their shot selection after shooting eight of 35 from the three-point line in their loss to Illawarra Hawks on Sunday.
The defeat makes a win over Melbourne United in this Sunday’s third Throwdown of the season all the more significant as United are clear at the top of the ladder while Perth are just behind Phoenix for second place.
Phoenix coach Simon Mitchell knows it’s always a challenge for players to choose between shooting early and open three-pointers and attacking the basket. If the outside shots don’t fall, Mitchell wants his players to be patient.
“We probably had an overabundance of three-point attempts, we need to be a team that finds a better balance,” Mitchell said after the Hawks game.
“We haven’t reached the free-throw line enough and in late clock situations we’re a little too willing to throw a three.”
‘Nothing left to give’: O’Hea retires
Australian Opals captain Jenna O’Hea will retire from basketball at the end of the WNBL season.
O’Hea won an Olympic bronze medal in London, a silver medal at the FIBA Women’s World Cup in 2018 and appeared in three WNBL championships.
His Southside Flyers will miss the final, so his final Melbourne appearance will be at Dandenong Stadium on Thursday night before two away games to complete the regular season.
The Opals will be at the World Cup in Sydney in September and O’Hea has been named to the extended squad, but she wrote on Instagram that it was time to move on.
“I gave my whole heart, body, soul and spirit to this great sport and I just have nothing left to give,” O’Hea wrote.