Once it became clear that no team had leapfrogged the Lakers on Tuesday night — guaranteeing that the Lakers would keep the pick, which would have been sent to Philadelphia if it had fallen out of the top three — the first stages of a Ball-Laker union were underway. That union could yet be derailed by goings-on between now and draft day, including the potential for a Lakers trade. But for now, this pairing carries the odor of inevitability. In fact, some executives around the league have been concerned about their ability to get Ball in for a workout between now and the draft in June. With the Lakers keeping their pick, front offices with the potential to land in the top three have been bracing themselves for the possibility that Ball will simply refuse to work out for any team other than the Lakers.
May 23, 2018 | 10:22 pm EDT Update
Melissa Rohlin: Kevin Durant on not being in the running for the MVP award: “It’s all good. I wasn’t expecting it.”
Melissa Rohlin: Steph on Dray being named to 2nd Defensive team: “I don’t know advanced analytics but, to the eye test, he’s still as dominating a force on that end as he was last year or the year before. A lot of that is mostly he wasn’t talking about it as much this year as he was last year.”
May 23, 2018 | 9:14 pm EDT Update
Six-time All-Star Amar’e Stoudemire said on Wednesday that he’s considering a return to the NBA. Stoudemire, 35, retired from the NBA in the 2016 offseason and last played professionally in Israel in 2017.
In an interview with The Michael Kay Show on ESPN 98.7 FM, Stoudemire said on Wednesday that he’s in great shape and training as if he were returning to the NBA. When asked if it were accurate to say that he is contemplating an NBA comeback, Stoudemire said, “That would be reality.”
On Wednesday evening, after a brief press conference, the Milwaukee police department released disturbing footage of Bucks guard Sterling Brown’s Jan. 26 arrest. In the video, Brown, who is surrounded by several officers, speaks with police and follows orders. Soon after, however, the mood changes and Brown is told to take his hands out of his pockets and is forcibly taken to the ground and tased. In the background of the video, Brown can be heard writhing in pain.