Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. — Taurean Thompson hasn’t had a cell phone ever since losing his during his freshman year at Syracuse.
Now he stays in touch with his family, friends and teammates with an Apple laptop computer (he’s on Instagram, too), but that doesn’t stop his new Seton Hall teammates from having fun with him about it.
“When we out, he can’t even give a girl his number,” teammate Myles Powell cracked. “I’m going to give you my laptop?”
Powell added: “He’s a funny guy, he’s probably the funniest guy we got on the team. We love ‘T.'”
The 6-foot-10 Thompson will suit up for the Pirates this season after sitting out last year following his transfer from Syracuse. The New York City native averaged 9.2 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.0 blocks during his freshman season at Syracuse in 2016-17.
During the 2017-18 regular season, Derrick Rose didn’t score 50 points in all of January.
He was hurting, always in and out of the lineup, never in rhythm. Those problems, all his years of problems, seemed so long ago Wednesday night, when Rose was better than ever — finishing with a career-high 50 points that lifted the Minnesota Timberwolves over the Utah Jazz 125-122.