- With the NBA season right around the corner, players and coaches are discussing the year ahead at their team's media days. The Crossover chronicled the best photos, quotes and moments from around the league.
NBA media day is a celebration around the league for the start of the new season. The day gives fans and media members a first look at team personnel after the offseason. A lot has happened since the Warriors won their third title in four seasons. LeBron James is a Laker, Kawhi Leonard is a Raptor and Jimmy Butler is most likely on his way out of Minnesota.
The first exhibition game of the NBA preseason is on Sept. 28 when the Philadelphia 76ers play Melbourne United and the Boston Celtics take on the Charlotte Hornets. The NBA regular season begins on Oct. 16 with the champs, the Warriors, taking on the Oklahoma City Thunder.
But before any of that can get underway, players and coaches must face the media:
Kawhi Leonard looked thrilled to be a Raptor
Kawhi looked like his same ole self in his first photos as a Raptor.
Kawhi on playing in Toronto long-term
Kawhi Leonard opened up about playing for the Raptors for the first time since the trade.
Kawhi Leonard: "I want to play here (in Toronto). As long as I have on a jersey, I want to play basketball. I came here with an open mind. [...] By winning games, this is how you get star-caliber players to want to come here and play.” pic.twitter.com/AAQFORIxIg— SLAM (@SLAMonline) September 24, 2018
LeBron's first media day as a Los Angeles Laker
Lonzo has been in the gym
Heat coach Erik Spoelstra on Dwyane Wade's final season
Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra convinced Dwyane Wade to return for his final season.
Spoelstra on Wade's farewell tour: "He has this incredible blessing to know when that finish line will be and to be able to have the perspective to make every day matter."— Ira Winderman (@IraHeatBeat) September 24, 2018
Dwyane Wade says Erik Spoelstra is the one who convinced him to come back. Talked to him on a Friday. Decided on a Sunday.— THREE Reasons Sports Network (@5ReasonsSports) September 24, 2018
Dwyane Wade's final media day
Wade: "I was just a kid with a dream. ... I've laid it out on the line and given everything I have to the game. And I can walk away from this game OK with that."— Tim Reynolds (@ByTimReynolds) September 24, 2018
Dwyane Wade says he will be “uncomfortable” with farewell but doesn’t mind “having one last chance for people to tell you how great you were. Not you are. You were. The whole last dance thing came out of nowhere. I don’t even know how to dance.”— THREE Reasons Sports Network (@5ReasonsSports) September 24, 2018
Wade on starting: "That's like asking if you want breakfast in the morning. Of course. ... But I go into camp and I compete. I don't go into camp worried about starting."— Tim Reynolds (@ByTimReynolds) September 24, 2018
New Hornets coach James Borrego on the status of Kemba Walker
Latest update on the Warriors and Boogie
Warriors GM Bob Myers says DeMarcus Cousins (Achilles) will be re-evaluated in a month, is on schedule and he is not being held for the playoffs. "We're not holding him back," Myers said.— Marc J. Spears (@MarcJSpearsESPN) September 24, 2018
James Harden is excited for media day
Got that 1st day of school flow today... 🚀— James Harden (@JHarden13) September 24, 2018
Tom Thibodeau on Jimmy Butler's trade request
Tom Thibodeau on Jimmy Butler's trade request: "Our job is to seek out the best opportunity for us. If something's good for us, then we're interested in doing it. If not, we're ready to move forward the other way."— Tim Reynolds (@ByTimReynolds) September 24, 2018
Anthony Davis is striving to dominate
Tony Parker as a Hornet feels weird
The Celtics have arrived for media day
Marcus Smart on what basketball means to him as he deals with tragedy off the court
Kyrie can see himself in Boston for a long time
Kyrie Irving: "I believe Boston is the place for me."— Jared Weiss (@JaredWeissNBA) September 24, 2018
Kevin Love and Channing Fyre having some fun before media day
First look at Carmelo Anthony in a Rockets uniform
Will Melo start for Houston?
Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta on Melo's role for this upcoming season.
Kristaps Porzingis on his potential return
KP: "I'm hungry and I want to be back on the court as soon as possible, so it's good that I have a team around me that is holding me back when I need to be held back."— Tommy Beer (@TommyBeer) September 24, 2018
Says he won't return to game action until he's "110%"
The Joker checks in at NBA media day
Scary Terry is back
Don't expect the Cavs to tank
Ty Lue says Cavs will not tank this season after losing LeBron.
Ty Lue: “I don’t see this as a rebuild at all. It’s new a challenge for all, but we’re up for the challenge. We will compete for the playoffs. That’s our motivation and we will put a product on the floor to do just that.”— Scott @ WFNY (@WFNYScott) September 24, 2018
DeMar DeRozan on receiving a mural before playing a game for Spurs
Udonis Haslem's last stand
Joel Embiid and Dario Saric reunite for NBA media day
CP3 on Melo and this upcoming season
New era in New York
Kevin Love on the Cavs without LeBron
Deandre Ayton respons to Joel Embiid
Deandre Ayton on Joel Embiid: "I can't really say anything, I haven't even put the ball in the hoop [yet]. All I can do is let my game talk."— Gerald Bourguet (@GeraldBourguet) September 24, 2018
Umm okay Enes
Enes Kanter: "When I think about playoffs, my nipples get hard."— Tommy Beer (@TommyBeer) September 24, 2018