August 19, 2017, 12:00 pm
Giannis Antetokounmpo (knee) made a post to his Instragram account announcing the he would not play for Greece in Eurobasket, and also discussed some of the circumstances surrounding his injury.
The Greek team is accusing the NBA and the Bucks of influencing Giannis’ decision to not play and they’re saying he is healthy, which is really weird since Giannis is saying he’s in pain and he’s one of the most intense workout guys in the league. If there’s a game he would want to be in it, so either he’s hurt and the Greek team simply wants their guy to play through pain, or he’s not hurt and the Bucks or the NBA are exercising some influence on whether their assets get used in non-NBA events. For fantasy purposes, we have to treat this as a mild injury until we get some indication that there is more to it.
The Instagram post has now been deleted, but here is the English translation of his message: pic.twitter.com/GqF4z2IHGZ
— Eric Nehm (@eric_nehm) August 19, 2017
Greek Federation criticized the Bucks for Giannis Antetokounmpo’s absence at Eurobasket: "Organized and well-planned project by the Bucks"
— Sportando (@Sportando) August 19, 2017
May 24, 2019, 9:48 pmMike DAntoni - Coach - Houston Rockets
Despite Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta stating his intention to bring back coach Mike D’Antoni, recent departures of key staff may indicate that the team is trying to nudge MDA out according to NYT’s Marc Stein.
Large parts of D’Antoni’s staff including assistant coach Roy Rogers, assistant Mitch Vanya, video coordinator John Cho and player development coach Irv Roland (noted for his work with James Harden) will not be returning next season for the Rockets. There’s some speculation that despite Fertitta’s comments, GM Daryl Morey isn’t fully on board and might be the primary reason behind the recent firings. D’Antoni has one more season on his contract and it’s looking increasingly likely that there will be another shoe to drop.
Source: Marc Stein on Twitter
May 24, 2019, 4:32 pmKevin Durant - F - Golden State Warriors
Kevin Durant (calf strain) still hasn’t progressed to on-court work.
Durant has already been declared “unlikely” for Thursday’s Game 1 of the Finals and considering DeMarcus Cousins has practiced in full and scrimmaged with the team, it’s looking like he might return to action before Durant. There’s almost a week until the Finals start so we’ll have an update before then.
Source: Anthony Slater on Twitter
May 24, 2019, 4:10 pmDeMarcus Cousins - C - Golden State Warriors
DeMarcus Cousins (torn left quad) scrimmaged on Friday with coach Steve Kerr adding that he looked good.
It's still unclear what the timetable is for Cousins but he hasn't yet been ruled out for Game 1 of the Finals. We'll have an update as we draw closer to the start of the Finals next Thursday.
Source: Nick Friedell on Twitter
May 24, 2019, 3:52 pmAdam Silver - Commissioner - Free Agent
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.