Greek Basketball Federation: The simultaneous briefing by the manager of the Milwaukee Bucks and by Giannis Antetokounmpo himself via phone and social media from distant China – and not in the proper formal form – for his inability to play for the Greek national team, brought us sadness due to this great loss, but unfortunately it does not surprise us.
January 17, 2018 | 11:48 am EST Update
Nikola Mirotic isn’t the only Bull on the market. According to one executive in each conference, the Bulls have gauged interest on Jerian Grant. Grant, acquired from the Knicks in the Derrick Rose trade, leads the Bulls in assist-to-turnover ratio but has shot just 29.9 percent from 3-point range. The organization likely wants to get a post-All-Star-break look at Cameron Payne, whose option was picked up for next season. And with LaVine also able to play backup point guard, Grant could be expendable.
In Hayward’s absence, the youngest player had to grow up the quickest: third overall pick Jayson Tatum. “It just gave me more of an opportunity that I wouldn’t have had,” Tatum told Basketball Insiders in a video interview. “It’s definitely unfortunate that it had to come the way it did with one of our best players getting hurt, but we’ve all just had to contribute more, step up more losing him on the first night. We had 81 more games left, so we couldn’t make excuses for that.”
David Morrow: NBA, Verizon announce major partnership. Verizon and NBA expand multi-platform content and technology partnership with new innovation component Yahoo Sports to provide access to live NBA League Pass games in the U.S. as well as highlights, originals, and lifestyle programming NEW YORK — Verizon and the National Basketball Association (NBA) today announced an innovative, multi-year partnership that will deliver one of the most comprehensive video streaming offerings of NBA content —from live out-of-market games via NBA League Pass to highlights, fantasy basketball, original programming and more — on Yahoo Sports, Yahoo Fantasy and across Verizon’s family of media brands.
As part of the partnership, beginning with NBA All-Star 2018 in Los Angeles, the NBA and Verizon will unveil a series of innovative collaborations leveraging Verizon’s leading 5G network and technology designed to deliver premium NBA content and unique fan experiences. In addition, the NBA and Verizon will work together on enhanced global Yahoo Fantasy experiences, including a new, simplified Official NBA Fantasy format, flexible entry for fans to start their fantasy season at any time, and customized fantasy highlight packages.
Danny Ainge: Jo Jo was such a nice man! I loved watching him play for the Celtics. He gave me a big hug and told me a good job I was doing every time he saw me. I witnessed him lifting others up as well. God Bless Debbie and the rest of his family🙏🏼 #RIPJoJo #Celticforever twitter.com/nba/status/953…