July 23, 2021 | 2:09 pm EDT Update
Jason Anderson: Kai Jones says he had a great workout with the Kings, specifically saying he had dinner with the team and shot the ball well. “They love the passion I play with and the motor I play with.”
Joe Mullinax: I asked Kai if any of the NBA Texas big men have reached out to him with advice on the draft process. He’s close w/ Hayes, & they talked about the NBA during the pandemic. He’s worked out with Bamba too. Myles Turner has reached out. Said Longhorn fam has supported him big time
Trae Young is bringing more opportunities to those in his hometown. The city of Norman broke ground on the Young Family Athletic Center, a nearly $36 million sports facility, Wednesday morning thanks in part to a $4 million donation from the Trae Young Family Foundation. The hope is the multi-million dollar facility establishes Norman as a hub in the sports tourism market.
“I’m so excited for this,” Young said. “It was definitely tough as a kid growing up and having to travel around the whole country (for tournaments). … The biggest things are going to be here in Norman. It’s just special.” The YFAC, which sits on a 12-acre site near the intersection of 24th Avenue NW and Rock Creek Road, will reach an approximate size of 122,000 square feet by the time it opens in spring 2023.
Kurt Pegler: Basketball royalty back home in central Illinois this week. Peoria High grad and former NBA player Shaun Livingston hosting his summer camp. Washington High grad and European pro Alec Peters sharing his expertise at his camp.
July 23, 2021 | 2:01 pm EDT Update
Minnesota Vikings owners Mark, Zygi and Lenny Wilf officially became owners of Orlando City Soccer Club on Wednesday after completing a sale — which includes the Lions, the Pride, Exploria Stadium and an academy system — from Flávio Augusto da Silva. Mark Wilf will assume the role of chairman and governor of the club. The purchase price was not disclosed, but reports from The Athletic place the transaction at $400 million to $450 million. The new ownership group includes a familiar name. The DeVos family, owners of the Orlando Magic, have purchased a minority stake in the soccer club from the Wilfs.