Sideline Chatter: And he insisted on running the four-corners offense to finish every win
Dr. J, meet Dr. A.Anthony Fauci, the immunologist and national point man against the COVID-19 pandemic, was once the point guard and team captain for the Regis High School basketball team in Manhattan, Class of 1958.Quickie retro scouting report: liked to spread the court, run isolation plays; most effective from distance; played lockdown defense.———Headlines gone viral— At TheOnion.com: “Kawhi Leonard misses second consecutive family game night, citing load management.”— At Fark.com: “Wimbledon has officially been canceled. This is not a repeat from 1945.”———20/21 visionThe Tokyo Olympics hav...
The Seattle Times
Ira Winderman: The riddles of Winslow, Waiters, Whiteside lack closure for Heat
MIAMI — This is not binge viewing, where you can jump to the end to see how it turns out.Episodic in its storytelling, the NBA, through its days, weeks and months, offers enough twists that only at the end can you make sense of it all.Unless there is no end.Which could be the case this season.For the Miami Heat, that would leave three particular chapters with a lack of closure, all in the W column, in this case with Justise Winslow, Dion Waiters and Hassan Whiteside.Foremost is what could have become, or perhaps what still will become of Winslow with the Memphis Grizzlies.At the time that the ...
Bryce Miller: With no Final Four, Bill Walton has more time to work to help others
SAN DIEGO — If you think Bill Walton is sleeping until noon, binging “Tiger King” on Netflix or reorganizing closets, you have no clue about his fundamental wiring.Walton is a thinker. He’s a do-er. He’s in constant mental motion, considering the universe and stars right along with the plight of complete strangers. As the coronavirus pandemic grips us, he’s embracing action — not action movies.Instead of being at the Final Four in Atlanta this weekend, he’s up early to make calls offering a wide net of support. At night, he’s dotting charitable I’s and crossing compassionate T’s.Life is a trea...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor congratulates Kevin Garnett on Hall of Fame induction
MINNEAPOLIS — Kevin Garnett and Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor have had a tangled history, with Garnett keeping his distance from the franchise in recent years after the end of his playing days in Minnesota left a sour taste in Garnett’s mouth.But upon the announcement that Garnett will be entering the Basketball Hall of Fame, Taylor put out a statement released by the team praising Garnett.“This is an honor so well deserved,” said Taylor, who also owns the Star Tribune. “We congratulate Kevin on being selected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. From the day we drafted him in 19...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Jim Souhan: Postpone WNBA, NFL drafts. It's the right thing to do.
MINNEAPOLIS — April will offer the closest thing we’ll get to real sporting events for months. The coming weeks will also bring us the jet fuel of big-time sports: rampant speculation.The WNBA draft is scheduled for April 17. The NFL draft is scheduled for April 23-25. For at least four days this month, and every day between now and then, we will be blessed with the ability to think, dream, analyze and first-guess the Lynx and Vikings, and every other team in the WNBA and NFL. Then we can second-guess them for years.From the time COVID-19 became an ever-present threat, I’ve thought of these dr...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Dieter Kurtenbach: We're all asking the wrong question about the return of sports
SAN JOSE, Calif. — When will sports resume? Everyone has a thought. The North American professional sports leagues are hoping for late May, early June. Per ESPN, President Trump told commissioners Saturday that he hopes leagues can resume — with fans in the stands — in August or September.Yes, it’s his hope that the NFL starts, with fans in the stands, on time.California Governor Gavin Newsom disagrees. “I’m not anticipating that happening in this state,” he said Saturday.It’s fair to wonder and project, when normal — or whatever normal will be after this pandemic — will return, but the truth ...
The Mercury News
Shawn Windsor: It's about time Rudy Tomjanovich gets his Hall of Fame due
DETROIT — He’d been on the ballot forever, first as a player, then as a coach. And when Rudy Tomjanovich didn’t make the finalist list a year ago for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, a handful of his peers spoke out.How could the former NBA All-Star, the two-time NBA championship coach, the Olympic gold medalist, not be in the Hall of Fame?Well, he is now. Fifteen years after first making the ballot.It’s about damn time.“Long overdue,” said Steve Fishman, who played with Tomjanovich at the University of Michigan in the late ’60s. “But as the saying goes, ‘better late than never.’...
Detroit Free Press
NBA, ESPN planning H-O-R-S-E event with star players over conference call
The NBA is planning a virtual game of H-O-R-S-E where star players shoot at home, according to ESPN, which would televise it. The league has been shut down since March 11 because of the coronavirus pandemic, and the season resuming seems increasingly unlikely.The players would “shoot in isolation, presumably in home gyms” according to ESPN. Home gyms and hoops are a relative rarity among NBA players. Stephen Curry doesn’t have a home gym; he built an outdoor hoop when the pandemic hit and has been shooting with an outdoor basketball. Giannis Antetokounmpo said he hasn’t shot a basketball in we...
New York Daily News
Kings rookie Kyle Guy urges public to heed coronavirus orders after grandfather's death
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Kings rookie Kyle Guy is urging people to follow public health orders after losing a loved one to the coronavirus.Guy shared his grief in a moving tribute to his grandfather Saturday on Instagram. Guy said his grandfather died Friday night, apparently after contracting COVID-19 in the global coronavirus pandemic that has killed nearly 57,000 worldwide, according to the World Health Organization.“Last night my grandpa passed away to be with the Lord,” Guy said. “Covid-19 has destroyed a lot of families. I urge and beg you all to take this seriously. You don’t want this to b...
The Sacramento Bee
Derrick Jones Jr. takes down Kevin Durant in No. 16-No. 1 upset in NBA2K
MIAMI — If this was the NCAA Tournament, Miami Heat forward Derrick Jones Jr. would stand as the ultimate underdog story.But it isn’t. It isn’t even real. But it’s also about all we have at the moment.So there was Jones on Friday night, featured in ESPN’s first broadcast of the “NBA 2K Players Tournament,” playing as the No. 16 seed in the field, knocking off No. 1 seed Kevin Durant, 78-62.While the seedings for the NBA 2K20 gameplay tournament were determined by ratings based on actual on-court abilities, Jones got the better of Durant on the sticks in the single-elimination game.Jones chose ...