The lingering issues from the back surgery he had in 2015 that kept him out for the first half of the season last year returned with a vengeance two games into these playoffs. Brown took over, the winning continued, while Kerr’s condition steadily improved. He still doesn’t sound great. He’s not at his best. But it’s the NBA Finals, the highest level of his hoop. “That’s why I got into coaching,” Kerr said. “My TV gig was pretty good, but I love the competition. This is such an epic matchup. These guys are so damn good. It was frustrating not to be there for Game 1. It’s frustrating not to be with the team the last 5-6 weeks on the sidelines. It’s just great to be back.”
October 20, 2020 | 4:32 pm EDT Update
From Denver’s perspective, trading for Beal means including rookie Michael Porter Jr. That’s a non-starter for the Nuggets, who are highly unlikely to part with Porter unless they get a superstar in return, according to a league source.
The first is that he’s given no indication [Bradley Beal] wants to leave Washington, and multiple league sources believe the Wizards don’t want to move him. He has two more seasons before deciding on a 2022-’23 player option, which buys the Wizards time. Not that the Wizards have been in anything other than purgatory the last few seasons, but moving Beal means a full-scale rebuild.
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October 20, 2020 | 4:12 pm EDT Update
For all the changes to the Rockets since last season, with the departure of Mike D’Antoni as coach and Daryl Morey as general manager, owner Tilman Fertitta said on Tuesday that the stars of his roster will remain. The “window,” he said, is still open, giving him no reason for more widespread changes.