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Pacers Oladipo opts out of NBA restart for health reasons

However, Oladipo will still travel to Orlando with the Pacers to support his team in the sidelines......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: SportsJul 4th, 2020Related News

Pacers Oladipo to sit out restart of season

By The Associated Press The Indiana Pacers will finish this season without Victor Oladipo after the two-time All-Star decided to sit out because of the risk of re-injuring his right knee. Earlier this week, Oladipo told reporters he was still debating whether to join his teammates in Orlando. “We totally respect and understand Victor’s decision to not play in the restart of the NBA’s season,” Pacers president of basketball operations Kevin Pritchard said Friday in a statement. “The first priority for our players is, and always will be, their health, whether that be physical or mental health. Victor has looked great in workouts, but the timing of the restart and lack of 5-on-5 activity makes it difficult to for him to commit to playing at the high level he expects with regards to further injury.” On Wednesday, coach Nate McMillan said he anticipated having Oladipo in the NBA’s “bubble,” working out with his teammates and a final decision would be made at a later date. But Oladipo didn’t wait that long. After spending almost a full year rehabbing his right quadriceps tendon, the guard returned to the court Jan. 29. Oladipo played in 13 games before the season was suspended by the COVID-19 pandemic. He was averaging 13.8 points, 3.2 rebounds and 3.0 assists while shooting 39.1%, and appeared to be rounding into form. His contract expires after next season. “His future health is the No. 1 priority and we look forward to having him back at full strength for the 2020-21 season,” Pritchard said. “This is not a unique situation for our team, playing without key players like Victor and Jeremy Lamb. This team has shown great resolve in responding to adversity and we fully expect this will be no different. We remain excited about what they can accomplish in Orlando.".....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJul 4th, 2020Related News

Memphis rookie star Morant apologizes for anti-police post

New York—Memphis Grizzlies rookie guard Ja Morant, the second pick in last year’s NBA Draft, apologized Monday for reposting an anti-police message on social media......»»

Source: Thestandard ThestandardCategory: SportsJul 1st, 2020Related News

Grizzlies Morant apologizes for anti-police Instagram post

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Memphis Grizzlies rookie guard Ja Morant tweeted and deleted an Instagram post suggesting he’d replace his name with an expletive on his number 12 jersey in a protest against police. The post has since been deleted and Morant apologized Sunday night, saying the message didn't “accurately convey” what he wanted to share and that he knows “there are good cops ‘12’ out there.” “My post was intended to focus on bad cops who get away with the murder of unarmed Black men and women and those who continue to harass peaceful BLACK LIVES MATTER protestors," Morant said. Morant also asked for “justice” in the death of Breonna Taylor, a Black woman shot and killed by Louisville Metro Police officers who were performing a no-knock warrant. Morant's post came as the NBA, the National Basketball Players Association and Nike were reportedly working on a deal to allow players to replace their names with social justice statements when the NBA season resumes on July 30......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJun 30th, 2020Related News

Brogdon, Parker positive for virus but vow to play in NBA restart

Indiana Pacers playmaker Malcolm Brogdon and Sacramento Kings forward Jabari Parker say they've tested positive for COVID-19, but expect to join their teammates when the NBA resumes play in Florida in July......»»

Source: Thestandard ThestandardCategory: SportsJun 25th, 2020Related News

More NBA players positive for coronavirus as return looms

Per Shams Charania of the Stadium and Athletic, Indiana Pacers guard Malcolm Brogdon and Kings forward Jabari Parker have both tested positive for COVID-19 but will still join their teams in Orlando......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsJun 25th, 2020Related News

Pacers Brogdon, Kings Parker reveal they have virus

Pacers Brogdon, Kings Parker reveal they have virus.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJun 25th, 2020Related News

Brogdon joins protests vs racial prejudice

Malcolm Brogdon, the Indiana Pacers’ 6’5” combo guard, won’t rejoin his squad until a week before his team’s scheduled game at the resumption of the 2019-2019 National Basketball Association......»»

Source: Thestandard ThestandardCategory: SportsJun 10th, 2020Related News

Former Laker Brian Shaw will coach Kai Sotto s G League team

Kai Sotto's select team in the NBA G League finally has a coach. First reported by Shams Charania for The Athletic and Stadium, former Los Angeles Laker Brian Shaw will take over as head coach for the G-League select team that has top Fil-Am prospect Jalen Green and the 7'2" Sotto. Brian Shaw has agreed to become the head coach of the new NBA G League elite pro team headlined by Jalen Green, sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium. — Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 1, 2020 As a player, Shaw was a first round pick for the Boston Celtics but had his greatest success with the Lakers. Shaw was part of the first 3-peat in Los Angeles led by Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal during the early 2000s. After his playing days were over, Shaw stayed with the Lakers as an assistant coach from 2005 all the way to 2011. Shaw spent another few seasons as an assistant and later associate head coach for the Indiana Pacers before he got his first head coaching gig for the Denver Nuggets in 2013. After two season with the Nuggets, Shaw eventually returned to the Lakers as part of Luke Walton's staff until last year. In the G League select team, Shaw will coach Jalen Green, the no. 1 player in the class of 2020, and Kai Sotto, the 7'2" teen phenom that's trying to be the first homegrown Filipino player to play in the NBA. [Related: Meet Kai Sotto's G League teammates] Shaw will also handle five-star prospects in Isaiah Todd and Daishen Nix in the G League select team.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJun 2nd, 2020Related News

The Last Dance Chronicles: The Bulls-Pacers rivalry

The Indiana series was one of the most difficult the Chicago Bulls had to play during their dynasty in the 1990s......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsMay 19th, 2020Related News

Bayno left heart in Manila

Indiana Pacers assistant coach Bill Bayno said the other day his love affair with the Philippines over a three-year period was a highlight in his basketball career and if ever there’s a book on his basketball journey, a chapter will be devoted to “that great time in my life.”.....»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: SportsApr 26th, 2020Related News

Home-grown Filipino in the NBA is 'just a matter of time' says Pacers Bill Bayno

Basketball is a world game now, but unfortunately, there’s no home-grown Filipino to make it to the NBA. At least not yet. Still, there are quite a few brilliant basketball minds that believe a full-grown Filipino playing in the NBA is just a matter of time. One of them is Bill Bayno, the former head coach that took the Talk ‘N Text Phone Pals to the 2002 Commissioner’s Cup Finals and current Indiana Pacers assistant coach. Coach Bill has established a sort of link to Kai Sotto, the 7’2” teen phenom and the latest Filipino to attempt to make it in the NBA. Kai is currently playing for Atlanta’s The Skills Factory. “I actually have a connection to Kai Sotto because [Mark] Dickel called me about him last year and said, ‘Hey, he maybe coming to the States, keep an eye on him,’” Bayno said during a video conference with Blackwater’s Ariel Vanguardia for Hoops Coaches International. “And then he [Kai] comes to the States and ironically, one of the coaches that’s helping develop him was the high school teammate of Nick Nurse. And Nick Nurse and I are very close friends because we were assistants with the Raptors for two years,” Bayno added. Assessing Kai, Bayno acknowledged his potential but he also went in and what Sotto can do to make it to the big leagues. “The scouting report I get from Kai is that he’s still young, he needs to get tougher. He needs to be a little more aggressive, which is normal for any kid that age,” Bayno said. “But he has the skill set already, he has an NBA skill set in that he can shoot and pass for a 7-foot kid. Hopefully, he’s training on the other stuff and how physical the NBA game is," he added. There are some full-grown Filipino players that have at least tried to make it to the NBA, big-name prospects like Kiefer Ravena, Ray Parks Jr., and Kobe Paras all recently made their respective attempts but didn’t make the cut. Kai could be the one. “Kai may be the first Filipino [in the NBA],” Bayno added. “I can remember saying that back in 2001, that eventually, there’s gonna be an NBA player coming from the Philippines. It’s just a matter of time,” he added. Out of all the active PBA players now, Ginebra’s Japeth Aguilar probably got the closest to the NBA and Bayno worked with him too when he was coming out of Ateneo. Aguilar transferred to the US and played for Western Kentucky and eventually in the NBA D-League but he too never actually made it to the NBA. “If he were born and raised in the US, playing against the best players every summer in high school, it might have sped up his development,” Bayno said of Japeth. “I know he’s had a good career [in the PBA] but he was the first kid that I saw [with potential to make the NBA]. If there’s some more Japeths coming down the line… and Kai Sotto is similar to Japeth, he’s just bigger. They’re both big guys that play in the perimeter that can shoot. I don’t know Kai personally but I do somewhat of a connection. I’d love to help him out if he ever needed any advice, I’d love to talk to him. I’m not allowed to work with him because he’s a prospect and I’m an NBA coach, but let’s hope he’s the first one,” Coach Bill added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8 .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsApr 26th, 2020Related News

Even at home, the work continues for Sacramento Kings head coach Luke Walton

When the NBA was postponed in mid-March due to a player testing positive for COVID-19, there was immediately an air of uncertainty as to whether the world’s biggest basketball league would resume action later on in the year. Now, over a month later, that uncertainty remains there, even more so now. The playoffs should have started by now, which makes the NBA’s return even more of a question mark, especially in terms of how the league would decide to go about getting the season back on track. For now, there are definitely more questions than answers, but for most of the players and the coaches and the people involved in the league, work continues, even at home. That’s very much the case for Sacramento Kings head coach Luke Walton, who says he continues to find ways to continue to get things done, even under quarantine. When the season came to an abrupt halt, the Kings were 11th in the Western Conference, but were tied with the tenth and the ninth seeds at 3.5 games behind the eighth-seeded Memphis Grizzlies, meaning that they were very much in the running for the last spot in the post-season. With a jump straight into the playoffs being discussed as an option for the league’s return, it would mean that they would once again miss the post-season without having the chance to make one final run in the regular season. Right now however, Walton says that the focus is on the safety of everyone from this dreaded disease. “Normally, I would say that yes, it would feel like [a missed opportunity for a playoff chase]. But again, this is one of those rare circumstances in life where the safety of everyone involved is really what we’re thinking about,” Walton said in an interview with the NBA. “And if that means that were the case then hey, we continue to look forward. We continue to learn from what we did have this year and we take that information and we go full steam ahead into next season.” The Kings were set to take on the tenth-seeded New Orleans Pelicans in an important battle for playoff positioning the day that the league ultimately decided to postpone the games. If the league decides to jump right into the post-season, Walton says that they’d be fully behind the decision if it means finally having the season back. “This is one of those few times where truly the most important thing is that we get past this [pandemic] together. And by together, I mean everybody. Together, we get past this. If that’s what it takes for the NBA to come to a decision, we will be behind it. Normally I would say basketball is more important than most things I’ve gone through in life, but with this the only thing that really matters is that we get through it.” Walton adds that prior to the postponement, there was an excitement within the team because of how they were playing and the position that they were in. “We were excited. Like I said, we were playing high level basketball. As far as a team embracing what it needs to do. What I mean by that is individuals understanding their roles, individuals understand-ing what we need out of them and those individuals making sacrifices for the betterment of the team. I think that’s why we were winning games at a pretty solid rate towards the end.” “As a coach, that is what you’re looking for. As you said, Alex [Len], [Kent Bazemore] coming over to add some tough-ness and physicality that we needed and the defensive level that was being played. A big part of it was having De’Aaron [Fox] get going like that and getting to the free-throw line consistently. In the last few games, I know it’s a small sample size, he was shooting around 90 percent and if you get there eight times a game, that is going to help. Buddy [Hield] was just really dominating his role for us coming off the bench. [Bogdan Bogdanovic] in the starting lineup was making nice basketball plays. We had a lot of good positive things going for us as a team and we were excited. We were looking forward to every matchup that we had, and our guys were giving us everything they had,” he added. On a personal level, Walton says that it doesn’t know if the league will indeed return to finish off the 2019-2020 season. “Honestly, I have no idea. I think everyone wants to play but I think everyone understands top priority is the safety of the fans, the media and everyone that’s involved in this. As much as everyone wants to get back to playing, no one is pressing it and we know what is most important.” For now however, Walton says that he and the players are doing the most that they can during the extended time off. He does admit however, that these past month and a half has been tough. “It’s a challenge. In staying in communication with our guys and what we’ve all come to realize is what is most important and that is the health and safety of everybody; the fans, the players, the families and as much as we want to get out there and play basketball, coach basketball, and compete and be a symbol of strength for our community during this time, we know the most important part of this is the social distancing, staying healthy, and keeping people healthy. To answer your question, there isn’t a lot that the guys can do. We sent out exercise machines, there are workouts online, there [are] option-al Zoom yoga classes. A lot of guys at this point are at home and whether that’s a basketball hoop at home or a treadmill, they are doing what they can under the circumstances.” Walton adds that he has also done some additional coaching at home by homeschooling his children, before doing his work as a coach for the Kings. “We practice social distancing and take it very seriously. My family and I are still up here in the Sacramento area and we have young kids, so the mornings are dedicated to homeschooling and going on walks around the neighborhood.” “When we get done with that, that is when I start checking in with some [players] and some of the coaches and dedicate some time to move our work forward. In the evenings, we’ll either watch some shows or I’ll turn on some of our game film from earlier this year to look at different things and keep trying to grow and learn and understand our team a little more. Then, it’s pretty much like Groundhog Day. We wake up and do the same thing the next day. We are staying busy. We know the top priority, again, is the safety for everyone. I’m trying to use this time to continue to grow and continue to understand our guys more,” he continued. Walton adds that he hopes the players also use this time to get into other things as well and not just spend their free time playing video games. “A big part of what I believe in as a coach, is player development. Especially in today’s NBA, part of that is developing off the court as well. This is a great time for some of those things, whether it is like you said, reading books, listening to podcasts. Meditation is something we encourage our players to do and get into. That’s something that we’re constantly trying to get our players to accept and do. One, because we feel like as coaches, it’s the right thing to do to help people grow. And two, we feel as if you’re helping people grow off the court as people, the quicker they’re going to mature on the court as players. Yeah, this is a time that all those things are available to do. We can’t and we won’t force anyone to do them, but it’s highly encouraged that our players are taking the time to continue to chal-lenge themselves and grow in different areas.”.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsApr 24th, 2020Related News

Pacers Oladipo hosts Instagram show on artists

By The Associated Press Victor Oladipo is going to be busy on the next few Friday nights. The Indiana Pacers guard says he has committed to hosting a Friday night Instagram Live concert series called BASE:LINE LIVE. Each week, three independent artists will be featured on the NBA’s Instagram account for the show. It speaks to one of Oladipo’s passions; he’s an accomplished musician. “It lets the NBA world kind of see another side of me as far as music goes and being able to host and help independent artists get some exposure,” Oladipo said Friday, before this week’s show. “It’ll bridge the gap between music and sports and show how they kind of coexist.” Oladipo says he’s committed to the show for the entirety of the NBA hiatus. The first show was last week, and he says seeing new artists will help his own musical path. “I think I have real talent, and I’m just trying to improve,” Oladipo said. “Basketball, obviously, is the love of my life and I want to be the best in the world at that. But who says I can’t do both?”.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsApr 11th, 2020Related News

Boston s Kanter writes reminder on game shoes amid virus threat

The Turkish cager put the words "Wash Hands" in big letters on his game shoes against the Indiana Pacers as a reminder amid the COVID-19 outbreak......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: SportsMar 11th, 2020Related News

Pacers Oladipo sits vs. Spurs with right knee swelling

Pacers Oladipo sits vs. Spurs with right knee swelling.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsMar 3rd, 2020Related News

Rockets edge Celtics; Grizzlies shock Lakers

LOS ANGELES (AFP) – Russell Westbrook delivered a game-high 41 points as the Houston Rockets defeated Boston, 111-110, in overtime to cap a season sweep of the Celtics on Saturday. James Harden, who made just seven of 31 baskets and had five turnovers, gained a small measure of redemption from his poor shooting night by […].....»»

Source: Tempo TempoCategory: NewsMar 1st, 2020Related News

Harden s 37 points leads Rockets over Knicks 123-112

By KRISTIE RIEKEN AP Sports Writer HOUSTON (AP) — For James Harden, it wasn't a choice. He had to be at Kobe and Gianna Bryant’s memorial service in Los Angeles on Monday even though his Houston Rockets had a game that night. “It was everything just to pay my respects," Harden said. “To show my condolences to the family. Obviously it's a tough time for them, for the entire world, so it was a must that I be there and show my respects." Harden, Russell Westbrook and P.J. Tucker arrived at the arena about 70 minutes before tip-off after attending the memorial service. Harden scored 37 points, and the Rockets beat the New York Knicks 123-112 for their fourth straight victory. “It's unbelievable what he can do tired or distracted and not in his routine but he just keeps plugging away," coach Mike D'Antoni said. “That's why we value him. He doesn't miss games or minutes and he just plays." Harden had 31 by halftime, helping Houston to a 72-57 lead at the break. He cooled down eventually, but his first-half work put the Rockets in control against the struggling Knicks, who lost their fourth in a row. He looked worn out after the game as he prepared to spend his first night at home since before the NBA All-Star Game. “Long very, very emotional day," he said. Harden was asked what he'd remember most about Bryant, who was killed along with his daughter and seven others in a helicopter crash last month. “Just his competitive spirit," Harden said. “He always talked about your ... path that you're on and how there's always going to be tough times. There's going to be times when you don't want to work hard or you just don't feel like it, but those are the times you have to push through." Harden, who had a career-high 61 points against the Knicks in January 2019, didn't score in the fourth quarter before sitting down for good with about three minutes left and the game well in hand. He also finished with nine assists and six rebounds. Westbrook was expected to play against the Knicks, but was scratched with a sore thumb. The Rockets were up still up by 15 to start the fourth quarter and pushed the lead to 111-91 with about 9½ minutes left after an 8-2 run, highlighted by five points from Austin Rivers. The Knicks got 21 points from RJ Barrett, and Julius Randle added 17 points with 12 rebounds. “You have a team that can attack you in so many different ways," Knicks coach Mike Miller said. “You have to make them earn everything and I think they got too many easy ones early." BIG-TIME BENCH The Rockets got 47 points from their reserves, led by Ben McLemore's 17. Starter Danuel House raved about the value of such contributions from the backups. “It makes your team very dangerous," he said. “If your starting five is capable of putting up points and your bench is capable (too), the team can stay consistent." TIP-INS Knicks: G Elfrid Payton missed his second straight game with a sore right ankle. ... Dennis Smith Jr. had 15 points. ... New York made 11 of 29 3-pointers. Rockets: G Eric Gordon started in place of Westbrook and had 16 points in his second game back after missing three games with a bruised left leg. But he left early in the fourth quarter with a sore knee. UP NEXT Knicks: Visit Charlotte on Wednesday night. Rockets: Host the Grizzlies on Wednesday night......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsFeb 25th, 2020Related News

Clippers snap 3-game skid with 124-97 rout of Grizzlies

Clippers snap 3-game skid with 124-97 rout of Grizzlies.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsFeb 25th, 2020Related News

Luwawu-Cabarrot scores 21 as Nets defeat Hornets 115-86

By STEVE REED AP Sports Writer CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot and the Brooklyn Nets appeared to be on a mission after surrendering a 20-point lead in their last game. And it showed with almost every Nets player that played. Luwawu-Cabarrot led a balanced scoring attack with 21 points and the Nets built a 25-point lead in the third quarter and didn't let up, snapping the Charlotte Hornets' three-game win streak with a 115-86 victory Saturday night. Eight Brooklyn players scored in double figures, including Caris LeVert with 17. Garrett Temple added 15 points and 10 rebounds, Jarrett Allen had 12 points and 11 rebounds and the Nets bounced back from an overtime loss in Philadelphia on Thursday. “We want more than what we have right now. We just want more,” Luwawu-Cabarrot said. “We're hungry." Brooklyn built a 10-point halftime lead and outscored the Hornets 33-13 in the third quarter to take control. This time, the Nets didn't let the lead slip away. “We played with a chip on our shoulder,” said Nets coach Kenny Atkinson. “I think we wanted to prove something. I felt it before the game in the locker room. We feel like we can still do something special.” P.J. Washington had 16 points for the Hornets. “They were just making shots pretty much the whole game, getting offensive rebounds and getting stops and getting out in transition," Washington said. "We couldn’t really stop them from hitting corner 3s.” Atkinson was pleased with the balanced scoring in the aftermath of the team's announcement that point guard Kyrie Irving would not return to play this season. “The ball was hopping tonight," Atkinson said. “It was moving around; guys were touching it. But with all that being said, we miss Kyrie and we need Kyrie. Badly. So, it was a good performance, I’m very pleased. Was very pleased by the maturity we showed.” The Hornets managed to beat the Bulls in Chicago on Thursday night without co-leading scorer Devonte Graham scoring a point. But they couldn't replicate the feat against the Nets with Graham struggling again from the field. One of the league's most improved players this season, Graham was limited to six points on 1-of-10 shooting by the Nets. The Nets are in the midst of a stretch of eight of 10 games on the road. They are 3-2 so far during that run. TIP-INS Nets: Former North Carolina Tar Heel Theo Pinson received a big cheer when he scored his first points late in the fourth quarter. ... Spencer Dinwiddle had 10 points, nine assists and six rebounds. Hornets: Malik Monk has scored 15 or more points in six straight games, the longest streak of such games since he had seven straight in 2018. ... Bench was outscored 50-27. GRAHAM'S SLUMP Hornets coach James Borrego said Graham's slump is in part due to how much attention other teams are paying him. But he said it's up to the second-year guard to continue to fight through the pressure and improve. “He just has to keep grinding and working his way through it,” Borrego said. “You don't hang your head. You just keeping working and grow. I hope the next team throws the full bucket at him again. That's how you grow and adapt to this league and get better.” ZONED UP The Nets used a zone defense at different points in the game and it seemed to rattle the Hornets. “I think the zone really disrupted us, took us out of our little motions so credit to them they were just better than us tonight," Monk said. UP NEXT Nets: Host the Orlando Magic on on Monday night. Hornets: Visit the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday night......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsFeb 23rd, 2020Related News