August 1, 2017, 8:21 am
In a statement given to E. Carchia of Sportando, Danilo Gallinari apologized to his National Team and to Jito Kok, the Dutch player he punched, saying “I lost my control, never happened before and never have to happen again.”
Gallinari was playing an international game for his home country Italy when the game became heated following several elbows from both sides. Eventually, Gallinari reacted to Jito Kok, an opposing player, by punching him in the head. The punch fractured Gallinari’s hand and will force him to miss the upcoming EuroBasket. He was recently involved in a sign-and-trade deal to the Clippers, netting a 3-year, $63 million contract. Gallinari is expected to be fully healthy by the beginning of the NBA season, so the injury will not affect his performance.
May 24, 2019, 3:52 pmAdam Silver - Commissioner - Invalid Team
The NBA has moved the start time of free agency to 6 p.m. ET on June 30.
Previously, free agency officially kicked off at 12:01 a.m. on July 1 but the league is moving it up by six hours to accommodate an extra evening in the news cycle. Additionally, teams have permission to set up free agent meetings starting at 6 p.m. ET on June 29.
Source: Marc Stein on Twitter
May 24, 2019, 3:44 pmNeil Olshey - President - Trail Blazers
The Blazers have extended the contract of President of Basketball Operations Neil Olshey through 2024.
Olshey was being courted by the Wizards but will stay in Portland along with coach Terry Stotts. They’ll look to run it back next season, hopefully with a full roster intact.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
May 24, 2019, 3:41 pmPatrick McCaw - G - Toronto Raptors
Patrick McCaw (personal) has been ruled out for Saturday’s Game 6 vs. the Bucks.
McCaw hasn’t played all series and has pretty much been a non-factor all playoffs.
Source: NBA Injury Report
May 24, 2019, 3:37 pmAndre Iguodala - G/F - Golden State Warriors
Andre Iguodala (left calf tightness) did not participate in Friday’s practice session.
Iguodala sat out Game 4 of the Conference Finals with the tight calf but the Warriors aren’t worried about him missing Game 1 of the Finals.
Source: Connor Letourneau on Twitter
May 24, 2019, 11:45 amNeil Olshey - Team - Trail Blazers
According to Ben Standig of NBC Sports Washington, the Wizards have shown interest in Blazers’ President Neil Olshey becoming the new President of Basketball Operations for the Wizards.
Ted Leonsis has yet to request permission to interview Olshey, who has spent the last seven years with the Blazers and is under contract through the 2020-21 season. Masai Ujiri’s name has also been thrown around as a possible candidate and the Wizards would obviously be willing to wait until the end of playoffs before rushing to a decision.
May 24, 2019, 11:32 amNikola Jokic - C - Denver Nuggets
Nikola Jokic said he plans to play for his home country Serbia during the 2019 FIBA World Cup this Summer.
“I am very pleased with everything I did in the NBA this season, I had a great year in which I performed at the All-Star Game and was selected in the NBA All-Star Five. For me, the cherry on top of this whole season would be a medal with the national team. I am fully prepared to do my best to achieve this goal”, said Jokic, confirming his participation. He will have a little bit of time to rest up, but Serbia is expected to compete against Angola, the Philippines and Italy starting on August 31. The miles will be a test for the big man, but one he has aced before.
May 23, 2019, 11:49 pmKhris Middleton - F - Milwaukee Bucks
Khris Middleton really struggled in Thursday's Game 5, scoring six points (2-of-9 shooting) and pulling down 10 boards as the Bucks fell 105-99 at home.
Middleton's disappearing act offensively was the difference for the Bucks who really need their second best offensive option to demand the ball and produce more. The airball late in the game was a microcosm of the outing for Middleton. He'll need to take more than nine shots (less than any other Bucks starter) for the team to have a good shot at a Game 6 win in Toronto.
May 23, 2019, 11:46 pmBrook Lopez - C - Milwaukee Bucks
Brook Lopez scored 16 points and pulled down eight boards on Thursday night in a Game 6 loss.
Lopez was fine in general and wasn't really a liability, but he also didn't provide as much as needed on the defensive side or from long range. For what it's worth, he has generally outplayed his counterpart Marc Gasol in this series and tonight was no different.
May 23, 2019, 11:44 pmMalcolm Brogdon - G - Milwaukee Bucks
Malcolm Brogdon reentered the starting lineup on Thursday night and put in a solid performance, scoring 18 points and pulling down 11 rebounds.
It was a better sight to see than the disastrous four points in Game 4, but it wasn't enough as his absence from the bench really sucked the offense out of the bench group as the second unit scored a whopping 15 points. A repeat performance from Brogdon and more from Khris Middleton is a potentially winning formula for Game 6.
May 23, 2019, 11:39 pmEric Bledsoe - G - Milwaukee Bucks
Eric Bledsoe showed signs of life on Thursday night, scoring 20 points, but it wasn't enough for the Bucks to overcome the Raptors in Game 5 at home.
Bledsoe was worlds better than he was on Tuesday, but the Bucks didn't have an answer to Kawhi Leonard and lost hold of the game late in the fourth quarter. A dialed in Bledsoe would really help the cause in Game 6.