Brown sees all the potential that the others do in Tatum, but really appreciates the way he handles all the promotion.

Brown sees all the potential that the others do in Tatum, but really appreciates the way he handles all the promotion.

“First off, he’s really talented and super humble,” Brown said. “Me and him connected a lot because we get along and kind of see things the same way. It’s amazing how cool and humble he is. He’s very to himself and, at the same time, he’s a great kid, great to be around.

“He just has that mindset that he wants to get better. He competes and sometimes we pick each up other up when we’re slacking. That’s good because we’re just going to keep pushing ourselves to be better and that’s what I admire about him. He has that mindset, and not a lot of people in our generation do.”

Make no mistake, Tatum is kind of a big deal. The Duke product will earn $5.6 million this year; only Boston’s star trio of Gordon Hayward ($29.7 million), Al Horford ($27.7) and Irving ($18.9) will earn more.

Walton did make it clear, though, that Ball is considered day-to-day, adding that “I assume he will be back” by the season opener against the LA Clippers on Oct. 19.

“I hope not, but yeah, that’s a possibility,” Walton said when asked if Ball could miss the rest of the preseason. “It is different with every player. He is new to the team, so we’ve got to see how long these types of injuries take him to come back from. We’d like to have him back, but again, we are not going to rush him back just to try to get him out there.”

The Australians were not intimidated despite facing some of the NBA’s biggest stars, including guard Russell Westbrook who just signed a $(US) 205-million contract extension and new All-Star recruits Carmelo Anthony and Paul George.

United, led by Casper Ware’s 20 points, six rebounds and three assists and Boone’s 15 points and nine rebounds, including four offensive, remained close throughout the game and held leads for stretches.
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