Warriors reopen San Francisco practice facility to players for workouts
The Warriors opened their San Francisco practice facility to players Monday for individual workouts, a league source confirmed to Bay Area News Group.At least five players showed up to practice shooting, work in the weight room and undergo treatment while adhering to social-distance protocols at the facility for the first time in nearly three months, according to the source. The news was first reported by the Athletic.Last week, Mayor London Breed announced that professional teams in San Francisco could begin practicing this week with the approval of public health officials. Those teams can ho...
The Mercury News
Timberwolves' Josh Okogie calls playing field for blacks 'unfair' after George Floyd's death
Josh Okogie can’t help but replay the situation in his mind and analyze all the ways in which George Floyd could still be alive.The 21-year-old Timberwolves guard also can’t shake the way police treated Floyd compared to the way police treated Dylann Roof, a white supremacist who was sentenced to death for murdering nine black people in a South Carolina church in 2015.“He goes into a Baptist church and mass murders all these people. The cops come. They put a bulletproof vest on him, nobody harms him. Feed him Burger King,” Okogie said. “So a guy who did a crime harsh enough to get the death se...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Jim Souhan: A strong statement is needed, and the Vikings signing Colin Kaepernick would do it
MINNEAPOLIS — This weekend, five days after a cop knelt on George Floyd’s neck in bright daylight on a Minneapolis street, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell issued a statement.Either he took five days to toss a meaningless word salad, or he belatedly realized that he was among the last sports leaders to have failed to acknowledge the killing, and on Saturday quickly tossed a meaningless word salad.I could reprint Goodell’s statement here, but it might be easier for you to just Google “Generic press release template.”Ignore Goodell. He facilitated the blackballing of Colin Kaepernick, who was peac...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Brett Brown, 76ers assistants and NBCA members release statement on death of George Floyd
The National Basketball Coaches Association denounced the death of George Floyd Monday and revealed plans to form a committee on racial injustice and reform.Brett Brown, the 76ers head coach, is a member of the NBCA and joined other head coaches and assistants, including the Sixers’ Joseph Blair, John Bryant, Jim O’Brien, Ime Udoka and Kevin Young, to release the public statement.“Our heartfelt condolences and prayers go out to the family of George Floyd,” the statement read. “As NBA coaches – both head and assistant coaches — we lead groups of men, most of whom are African American, and we se...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Chicago Bulls tab Adam Amin to succeed Neil Funk on TV broadcasts
CHICAGO — The Chicago Bulls did not have to look far to find a replacement for the retiring Neil Funk. The team on Monday announced Adam Amin, an ESPN veteran who graduated from Addison Trail High School and lives in Chicago, will start in the 2020-21 season.“Adam knows our fans because he grew up a Bulls fan,” team President Michael Reinsdorf said in a statement. “That was important to us. We wanted to find someone who not only had the talent, but who also understood our history and the role the Bulls play in the lives of our city and our fans.”Amin said he is “absolutely ecstatic … the littl...
Miami Heat statement: 'Our hearts are broken. But our resolve is not'
The Miami Heat issued a statement Monday in the wake of the killing of George Floyd last week in Minneapolis and the ensuing unrest, including in South Florida.“One of the characteristics that makes the city of Miami so unique is its immense cultural diversity. This diversity is a celebrated part of South Florida, both inside and out of AmericanAirlines Arena. It is one of the reasons we deeply mourn the tragic deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and too many others, whom we have lost to acts of extreme and excessive violence against African-Americans; acts that have unfortun...
Concern with an NBA resumption for Heat could be the young and old
This, Udonis Haslem said, is a case where there are benefits of being stuck in the middle.Not that he would know. Nor, for that matter, would the Miami Heat’s youngest players.With the NBA in the midst of what appears to be a four-month layoff, Haslem said he expects the most difficult adjustments to come for the league’s oldest and youngest players.Turning 40 in just over a week, Haslem stands at the top of that spectrum, followed in terms of age on the Heat roster by 36-year-old Andre Iguodala and 34-year-old Goran Dragic.At the other end of the spectrum are 20-year-old Tyler Herro, 21-year-...
'I am angry.' UCF basketball coach Johnny Dawkins speaks out on George Floyd's death.
Protesting and riots across the country, fueled by George Floyd’s death in Minnesota last week, have seen various sports figures speak publicly.In college basketball, UCF men’s basketball coach Johnny Dawkins released a statement Monday on Twitter regarding that and two other incidents that saw African-Americans die recently.“I am a black man, I have black children,” Dawkins statement reads. “I am a black coach, I have black players. And honestly, I am angry. George Floyd’s murder comes on the heels of the vicious and senseless murders of Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor after years of increas...
Cam Reddish wants to be known as 'one of the best two-way players' in the NBA
Cam Reddish has had more than two and a half months to reflect on his rookie season, which the coronavirus pandemic cut short by 15 games when the NBA suspended play March 11.Even with those remaining games outstanding, though, Reddish’s first season as a professional felt like a long one, and managing the wear and tear that comes with it was one of the biggest lessons he learned in Year 1.“It’s pretty hectic, and the adjustment was a little crazy,” Reddish said. “But that was one of the biggest things I picked up on, how long the season was. I had to really take care of my body, eat the right...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Charlotte Hornets' Michael Jordan 'Plain angry' over ingrained racism he sees
Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan says he is “deeply saddened, truly pained and plain angry,” following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis and the civil unrest that has followed.Jordan, the only African-American majority owner of an NBA franchise, issued a statement Sunday through the Hornets.“I see and feel everyone’s pain, outrage and frustration,” said Jordan. “I stand with those who are calling out the ingrained racism and violence toward people of color in our country. We have had enough.”Floyd died after a white Minneapolis policeman held his knee on Floyd’s neck for several m...
The Charlotte Observer