Mavericks owner Mark Cuban says Dallas looked to lose as much as it could once the team was out of postseason contention this season. “Once we were eliminated from the playoffs, we did everything possible to lose games,” Cuban said on “The Dan Patrick Show” on Wednesday.
December 14, 2017 | 5:22 pm EST Update
Josh Robbins: The Magic have listed Arron Afflalo (back spasms), Aaron Gordon (concussion) and Jonathan Isaac (ankle) as questionable for Friday night’s game against the Trail Blazers. Evan Fournier (ankle) and Terrence Ross (knee) are listed as out.
Scott Agness: Glenn Robinson III (left ankle rehab) was cleared last week to shoot/run/jump, and says he had to learn how to walk again. No timetable to return. #overlydedicated
The kid, Andrew, asked LeBron if he could dunk on Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball for him. The Cavs star of course couldn’t say not to that. LeBron laughed and told Andrew, “I got you.”
Turner Sports says its “Inside the NBA” studio team will call a Christmas night game in Los Angeles along with its other usual duties. Charles Barkley, Shaquille O’Neal, Kenny Smith and Ernie Johnson will be at Staples Center for the Lakers’ game against the Minnesota Timberwolves. They will call the nightcap of the league’s five-game holiday schedule in addition to their regular pregame, halftime and postgame coverage.
Per Liz Mullen of SBJ, the National Basketball Players Association has hired former NBA player, union president and ESPN broadcaster Antonio Davis to lead a program intended to help prepare players for life after basketball – “Off the Court.” So far, he is the only person working for the program and his title is to be determined. He will report directly to NBPA Executive Director Michele Roberts.