Wall will be an unrestricted sneaker free agent this summer, after the season concludes. The adidas “match clause” will have expired, and Wall will be free to sign with any brand of his liking. Unsurprisingly, Wall has been spotted literally never in adidas off-court this fall, even wearing Retro Jordans from time to time, and practicing in Kobe Xs. Tonight, for the first time, he wore the Nike Kobe X on court in a game, apparently citing “footwear issues” with his JWall 2 signature shoe. “My main focus is just play basketball,” Wall said when asked by the Washington Post after shoot-around earlier this month. “I let my agents and marketing team and them negotiate and talk.”
February 6, 2016 | 1:50 pm EST Update
A bizarre chain of events left a fan ejected from the Garden with an ice pack and Vince Carter scratching his head over a unique experience in his long career. In the fourth quarter of Memphis’ 91-85 victory over the Knicks Friday night, Carter’s momentum following a drive carried him along the baseline and toward the tunnel, where a fan was standing in front of his seat. Carter appeared to make contact with the fan, who grabbed his face and fell sprawled out into his seat while holding his eye.
“He said that I slapped him,” Carter said. “How did I slap him? I’m trying not to fall in the stands. In front of the security guard. It was just weird. “I just heard him say what he said, cursing, that’s why I was like, ‘What? What is this coming from?’ And then the security guard said he heard it.”
Yet while former head coaches like Scott Brooks, Tom Thibodeau and Mark Jackson are known to have been on the Kings’ radar for quite some time and are currently available, firing Karl now would complicate the process of conducting a more thorough coaching search. The Kings play at the Boston Celtics on Sunday, at the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday and at the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday before the All-Star break. Whether or not Karl makes it that long remains to be seen.
“Our goal is to have Messina as head coach of the National Team till 2020. I am confident we can reach a deal. The Federation trusts him regardless of the result of the next Olympic Qualifying Tournament” Petrucci told Pick and Roll.
Cuban disagrees with the notion that it is hurting the game’s entertainment value and told ESPN.com on Saturday morning that he believes fans actually feel more part of the game in hack-a-player situations, citing the example of fans getting on their feet to challenge an opposing player at the free throw line. Cuban also said hacking adds an element of intrigue. “Will they leave him in or leave him out?” Cuban said. “How do both teams feel about it? How will they foul? Is it a new creative way, or is it just chasing?”