LeBron James had a ton of praise for Villanova’s Donte DiVincenzo when asked about the NCAA title game. “Listen, that kid, he was on fire,” James said Tuesday. “But he did it in an all (around way). First of all, he made himself a lot of money. That’s the first thing I thought. Obviously, I’m not with the whole college thing so I don’t care about that. He made himself a lot of money last night and not because of the way he was shooting, but he was doing it all. He was getting into the lane, and-1s. Backdoors. Lobs. Verticality with Matthews at the peak, showing his athleticism. And then when the game started to kind of get (close) when Michigan cut it to 12, boom, he hits another backbreaker. Michigan kind of gets it to 10, boom, he shows up again. Man, listen, at the end of the day, Villanova was the best team in college basketball this year and when the National Player of the Year is on the sideline with four fouls for the majority of the second half and you’re still winning? That lets you know how great of a team you are. So, Donte, obviously he was great. The kid (Mikal) Bridges, he was shooting the heck out of the ball. That one kid, No. 4, I call him ‘Baby Millsap,’ (Eric) Paschall, I call him Baby Millsap. Listen, he’s a matchup problem. But the best team won and I’m actually happy they won a little bit because we don’t really speak that other team’s name around here. But I do feel, I feel for the kids though.”
July 15, 2019 | 8:19 pm EDT Update
Houston Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta was fined $25,000 by the NBA for commenting about the Russell Westbrook trade before the deal was official, sources confirmed. The league office has not announced the fine, which is for comments Fertitta made to Houston’s Fox 26 after the Rockets agreed to send Chris Paul and two future first-round picks to the Oklahoma City Thunder for the perennial All-Star point guard.
Tim Bontemps: The two-year deal the Celtics agreed to today with big man Vincent Poirier was for a total of $5.1 million, league sources told ESPN. Poirier averaged 10.5 points and 7.3 rebounds last season for Baskonia in 59 games between the Spanish and Euroleagues.
Ryan Ward: Jerry West on #Lakers & #Clippers: “There’s arguably 4 of the best, top 7 players in bball on respective tms, so I think the gms here in LA now are going to be fun. Anxious to watch them get after each other. It’ll be more like the playoffs every time we play them.” via @dpshow
At a post-free agency press conference Monday afternoon, Warriors general manager Bob Myers expressed concern and support for former Warriors center Ognjen Kuzmic, who reportedly suffered severe head and chest injuries in a car crash on Sunday and is in a coma.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with Ognjen Kuzmic,” Myers said at the end of his 22-minute scrum. “I don’t have all the details but it sounds like a very serious thing. We’re thinking about him. Hopefully he emerges okay but that’s something that was on our minds.”
In hoops, Giannis Antentokounmpo is court royalty. But in baseball, he’s a complete rookie. In fact, the 24-year-old from Greece said he’d never even touched a baseball before he did so Monday night at Yankee Stadium. The reigning NBA MVP was shocked. “It was really heavy,” Antentokounmpo told The Associated Press. “I thought it would be lighter.”