NBA Ratings: Joe Dumars, Spurs, Gregg Popovich, Jimmer Fredette

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Former Pistons guard and GM Joe Dumars is now the league’s executive vice president, responsible for basketball operations, and says the evolution of the game is a good thing.

Clearly, the NBA is considerably more perimeter-focused than when Dumars was playing in the 80s and 90s.

“You’re a steward of the game when you’re sitting in that seat, and part of the job is not to let the game get stale, to be progressive,” Dumars said, via veteran reporter Chris Sheridan of Legends Magazine. “We can’t let the game get stale and outdated.”

You can read the full post on Dumars’ new features, in Sheridan’s post, here.

Spurs

We’ve had a lot of Spurs news lately, especially regarding the former lottery pick Josh Primo. You can read the latest information on this situation here.

But while all of that was going on, the Spurs also fell by 43 points to the Raptors on Wednesday.

“They tried hard, but they came up against something that was a bit different for them,” the coach said. Gregg Popovitch told reporters. “(The Raptors are) strong, they’re long, very athletic, they kick ass, they deny, they change. Very good basketball team. They do it really well. We’re probably not ready for that right now, obviously.

Note that the Spurs were without injuries forward Keldon Johnson and keeps injured Devin Vasell for the game.

Olympic Games

Former NBA guard Jimmer Fredette is aiming to compete in the 2024 French Olympics as a member of the U.S. 3-on-3 team, he said, via The Associated Press’ Tim Reynolds.

Fredette, 33, will play for the United States at the FIBA ​​3-on-3 Tournament in Miami this weekend.

“Paris is the hope and the goal with all this,” Fredette said, via Reynolds. “It’s a good way to stay competitive, to keep playing but also to be able to be more with my family. Having three small children, a couple at school, it’s hard to leave them for a long time. So it’s a great opportunity. I’m super excited about it.

Originally drafted with the 10th overall pick in 2011, Fredette’s career began with the Kings. He also spent time with the Bulls, Pelicans, Knicks and Suns, as well as the G League, before playing in Greece and China.

“For me, it’s a new challenge,” Fredette said, via Reynolds. “I was getting a bit stagnant with 5-on-5 basketball, going overseas, leaving my family. All of this is really difficult for me. I didn’t have fun doing it the last few years because I couldn’t always be with people I really liked.

Team USA is coached by a former college coach and current analyst Fran Fraschilla.

“Jimmer is as good a player outside of the NBA right now, in America, as anyone would be,” Fraschilla said, via Reynolds.

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