By Stephen Bulpett | [email protected] | Boston HeraldPUBLISHED: November 18, 2018 at 12:00 am | UPDATED: November 19, 2018 at 12:00 am The video showing some NBA officiating points of emphasis and clarifications to a few media types had just been clicked off when Bennett Salvatore stood. “Traveling’s a lot easier to call when you get to see it in slow motion,” he said, flashing the same grin he used to good effect while developing a rapport with players and coaches over 33 years and more than 2,000 games as an NBA official. Now, as one of the league’s referee performance advisers, he travels to arenas to assist the crews working the games — and occasionally offers insight to those covering the games and, by extension, the fans. There are still on-court arguments and technical fouls and all that, but the NBA is looking for a better understanding among the participants to limit those instances. “We understand heat of the moment,” … [Read more...] about NBA notes: Officials put emphasis on communication
There is perhaps no city more interested in backup quarterbacks and point guards than Philadelphia. At least in basketball, you don't have to bench Ben Simmons completely to get Bobby Hoying involved. The Markelle Fultz saga (I feel like saga is just attached to his name now, at this point) has thrust backup guard T.J. McConnell back into the spotlight for Philadelphia, with various rumors bubbling to the surface about his value around the league. Who better to turn to than Adrian Wojnarowski, who joined Ryen Russilo on last Thursday's episode of The Russilo Show, and had this to say about McConnell's value on the trade market: T.J. McConnell, who had been the source of some trade talks...think about this, T.J. McConnell probably could have gotten, in fact, I'm very confident T.J. could have gotten Philadelphia a first-round pick in the last few weeks. Markelle Fultz probably can't, think about that. There are so many teams who need a point guard, either a really strong backup or a … [Read more...] about NBA Trade Rumors: Can Sixers afford to turn down first-round pick for T.J. McConnell?
Staff writer Published 11:45 am CST, Monday, December 3, 2018 Patty Mills #8 of the San Antonio Spurs gets a hug from Rudy Gay after a basket. Portland Trail Blazers v San Antonio Spurs at AT&T Center on Sunday, December 2, 2018. Patty Mills #8 of the San Antonio Spurs gets a hug from Rudy Gay after a basket. Portland Trail Blazers v San Antonio Spurs at AT&T Center on Sunday, December 2, 2018. Photo: Ronald Cortes/Contributor Photo: Ronald Cortes/Contributor Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 Patty Mills #8 of the San Antonio Spurs gets a hug from Rudy Gay after a basket. Portland Trail Blazers v San Antonio Spurs at AT&T Center on Sunday, December 2, 2018. Patty Mills #8 of the San Antonio Spurs gets a hug from Rudy Gay after a basket. Portland Trail … [Read more...] about Spurs made some NBA history in win over Portland
NBA superstar Steph Curry is fixing a problem with his shoe brand that was pointed out by a nine-year-old girl. Riley Morrison wrote him a letter, asking why his Curry 5 sneakers were being marketed to boys and were not available in girl's sizes. In her words, "girls want to rock" the shoes too. The Golden State Warriors player responded to Morrison, saying he has worked with Under Armour for the past two days to fix the problem. The shoes are now available on the Under Armour website in the girls section and, as CBS News' Michelle Miller reports, Riley couldn't be happier about it. "Girls play basketball too and it's not any more important for boys than girls," Riley said. Riley, who is starting a new basketball season, had asked her dad to buy her Curry 5 basketball shoes, but when he went to the website, Chris Morrison was surprised to see they were only available under the boys section. She didn't think it was fair, so she took action and wrote Curry, "I know you support girl … [Read more...] about Girl reacts after NBA star Steph Curry answers her shoe complaint: “Girls play basketball too”
His knees were telling him something. His back was screaming the same thing. His feet had a say in this, too, since they were carrying the brunt. And on occasion, his mind wanted to move faster on the court than his body was willing to. They were all telling Elton Brand to get out. Only Brand wasn’t listening. Not then, at least. His considerable heart was nonetheless tethered to the hardwood. In 2015, Brand still thought he could play in the NBA after completing his 16th season, at the time relegated to a fringe role at 35 with the Atlanta Hawks. Regrettably, the 6-foot-8 all-American, 1999 National Player of the Year out of Duke and first overall pick in the 1999 NBA Draft had to find out the hard way where his future path as 76ers general manager was from of all people Joel Embiid. “Joel Embiid made me an NBA general manager,” recalls Brand today, laughing. “Playing against guys like Joel, just … [Read more...] about Sixers’ Elton Brand: ‘Joel Embiid made me an NBA general manager’