League sources say NBA players had occasionally taken games off before 2005-06, with teams typically covering it up with bogus injury labels such as hamstring soreness or a back strain. This season, with a record 46 players competing in the Summer Olympics in Rio, many around the league expect the number of healthy scratches to climb as teams manage the schedule. Says one long-time NBA exec: “We have to strategically choose a few lambs to slaughter.”
The Indiana Pacers announced additional plans today for a season-long celebration of their 50th season, highlighted by six Decade Games that will celebrate each decade of Pacers basketball. The Decade Games will be celebrated throughout the season during one home game per month along with a special 50th season tip-off celebration during Opening Night presented by Kroger on October 26.
The Atlanta Hawks Basketball Club today announced plans to host a unique game experience, celebrating multicultural groups, diverse populations and organizations committed to improving relations amongst different groups, in its first-ever Unity Game on Monday, Oct. 10th as the team takes on the NBA Champion Cleveland Cavaliers. Members of the Hawks organization will participate in two major events prior to the Unity Game: an all-staff service day (six service projects within the city of Atlanta) and the 46th Atlanta Pride Festival, the largest event of its kind in the Southeast.
The Hawks will hold two practices on the 27th and 28th and a final workout on the 29th before returning to Atlanta for practices at Philips Arena. None of the workouts are open to the public. The Hawks open their preseason schedule on Oct. 6 at the Grizzlies. The first home preseason game is Oct. 10 against the Cavaliers.