Much like the NBA, the NBA 2K eLeague will feature head-to-head competition between its 17 teams and an extended schedule that includes a regular season, bracketed playoff system and championship matchup. But instead of Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum and the rest of the Blazers’ starting lineup, five yet-to-be-determined professional eSports players will don virtual red and black uniforms featuring the Blazers’ iconic pinwheel logo.
September 27, 2021 | 11:00 am EDT Update
In the two months that followed their first-round playoff flop against Phoenix, when Davis’ groin injury left them pulling up lame, the Lakers explored the prospect of trading for such stars as Damian Lillard, Bradley Beal, DeMar DeRozan and Russell Westbrook. The process unfolded well beyond the team’s front office’s search, with James setting up a war room of his own at his Brentwood estate for some in-person player meetings while leading remote communications in other conversations.
The group focused first on Lillard and Beal, but with no viable path to trading for either of them, turned their attention to more realistic targets: Westbrook, DeRozan, Hield and Kyle Lowry, who would eventually pursue a deal with the Miami Heat instead.
Sarah K. Spencer: Nate McMillan says the Hawks are crossing their fingers they can get Kevin Huerter signed to an extension. Says Atlanta is laying the foundation by locking in players long-term this offseason.
Brian Lewis: Deandre Bembry on if his contract being only partially guaranteed puts extra pressure on him: “Nah, no pressure man. This is gonna be my 6th year. I’m going to go out there and play my game and earn what I’ve been earning.” #Nets
Brady Hawk: Bam Adebayo says, “I love when people doubt me… I try to find stuff that will motivate me, like UD’s rebounding record.” “Seeing what D-Wade did…That’s something I want to do, that’s something I wanna be a part of.”
Scott Agness: Myles Turner, who finished the year on the bench with a toe injury, says it took 3-4 months to heal and has no limitations entering camp. “Welcome back, y’all” he said to reporters after finishing. It’s good to be back, Myles.
But as a crowd waited Saturday inside Moreno Valley’s Weston Park to see the basketball court the All-Star had helped donate, one about to be dedicated in his name, Leonard said his travels since leaving the Inland Empire had done little to fray a connection to the city where he spent most of his childhood and the place he feels most rooted in adulthood. “This is where I grew up. When I come here, you get all the memories back in your head, the thoughts of the fun, the downfalls and the uprisings,” Leonard told The Times. “It’s a lot of mixed emotions for me to come out here. My family’s here still, and it’s always a good time when I come back.”