Isiah Thomas is back at Madison Square Garden. Thomas has been hired to be president of the New York Liberty of the WNBA. Thomas also will have an ownership stake in the team. Garden CEO James Dolan, who owns the Knicks and Liberty and is an unflinchingly loyal Thomas supporter, said he began discussing the role with Thomas in the fall and he has been pleased with the results. “Now, we’ve agreed that it is time for him to take a lead role with the team as president, and through his ownership interest. He’s an excellent judge of talent, and I’m confident that he will put all of his energy and experience into making the Liberty a perennially competitive and successful team,” Dolan said in a statement.
October 21, 2016 | 9:05 pm EDT Update
The Boston Celtics announced today that they have signed forward Ryan Kelly. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. Kelly, a 6’11” forward, appeared in six games for the Atlanta Hawks during the 2016 Preseason where he averaged 4.8 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 15.0 minutes per game. Originally drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers with the 48th overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, Kelly has appeared in 147 career games and recorded averages of 6.5 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game.
Tim MacMahon: Chandler Parsons fully participated in the Grizzlies’ last two practices but has yet to be cleared for game action. “No problems at all with the knee,” he told ESPN in a text message. Parsons hopes to play in Memphis’ opener, but he understands that the Grizzlies will take a cautious approach in his return from the second surgery on his right knee in two years.
Several sources have indicated the Heat will have a new alternate uniform this season. Although nothing has been released yet, the video game NBA 2K17 may have provided a hint of how the design will look:
Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard aka Dame D.O.L.L.A. dropped a 12-track rap album on Friday. He has released songs before, but this is his first album. It comes after a summer in which he performed his first concert on his birthday, and then he performed with DJ Esco for fans at an adidas event in Vegas. The album, called The Letter O (which he explained stands for Oakland, Ogden and Oregon), features artists such as Lil Wayne and Jamie Foxx. And the first song is called Bill Walton. You can buy it on iTunes or stream it on Spotify/Apple Music. The response from the NBA has been great.