That Oladipo is looser and more carefree is also probably not a coincidence coming off a summer in which he also decided to expose himself artistically with the release of a vanity project, an R&B record called, “Songs for You.” Oladipo grew up singing in the children’s choir at his church and offered glimpses of his talents in college. But he waited until he had the resources and the means to produce an album that featured guest appearances by 2 Chainz and Eric Bellinger. “Just letting it all hang out,” Oladipo told Yahoo Sports. “Doing the music, I just kind of said, ‘It’s whatever.’ I just did it. And put it out, not really worried about what would come from it, what people thought about it, or what result came from it. I just put it out, worked hard on it. And whatever happens, happens. In the game of basketball, you kind of have to go out there and just play. Not worry about anything else and just play. Play the game within the game, play through your mistakes and keep going after it until you get it right. That’s my mentality. And it translates to both.”
LeBron James and Enes Kanter were hit with technical fouls and needed to be separated during a heated scuffle from the first quarter of Monday’s Cavaliers-Knicks game. As Knicks fans applauded Kanter for standing up to LeBron, one New York sportswriter’s joke on Twitter crossed a line. Longtime writer Peter Vecsey reacted to the scuffle by quoting a Notorious B.I.G. lyric with a racial slur. Though Vecsey edited the N-word, the use of the slur (in any form) in reference to LeBron James did not sit well with NBA fans.
But Gasol indicated Domingo realized his fundraising efforts for hurricane relief would be hurt if the concert were held the same day as the Spurs opener. Domingo planned to donate proceeds from the concert to the American Red Cross Natural Disaster Relief Fund to support victims of Hurricane Harvey in Houston and Hurricane Irma in Florida.
“I think somebody recognized I wanted to go to the concert and that it could raise a lot of damage for the hurricane damage and not doing it on the opening night of the Spurs (would be a good idea,” Gasol said. “That is great that the light bulb lit up, and I’m keeping my fingers crossed that the concert is (rescheduled) on a day when I am in town and not playing. That would be magnfique.” Gasol said he learned of the postponement in a phone conversation with Domingo, a fellow Spaniard. “He told me it would be postponed,” Gasol said. “The purpose of the concert besides enjoying Placido’s talents is to raise money for people and families that are suffering and have suffered from these natural tragedies.”