Adam Himmelsbach: According to a league source, Celtics guard Marcus Smart is scheduled to have his right thumb reevaluated by doctors next week, at which time an updated timetable for his return could become more clear. As of now, conference semifinals remain the most likely possibility.
May 23, 2018 | 12:12 pm EDT Update
Do the Blazers need Paul George to compliment you and Damian Lillard? CJ: “I already tried to get Paul George once. He already turned us down once. You can only shoot your shot so many times in the DMs before you just have to give up. He left me on red receipt, you know [laughs]. “But nah, he’s a cool dude, and he’s got to do what’s best for his family. He couldn’t control where he went. He ended up getting traded anyway to OKC. “I wish him nothing but the best, and I’m sure he’ll enjoy that California sunshine next season.” (Crowd laughs) CJ: “What? It’s the truth.”
He’s still struggling with Kirk’s death. Last Sunday marked two months since the date. Kyle relies on his wife, Juliet, and the rest of the family for support. The grieving process is still ongoing, but basketball has enabled him to smile a little, just as it did all those afternoons in the backyard with his brothers. “You know the world gives you a little bit of time. They’re very sad for you. And they still are,” Kyle said. “But sometimes it’s like, ‘OK, we’d like you to take the shots and make every one, please.'”
Korver’s youngest brother, Kirk, died on March 20 after a brief illness that caught the family and the doctors by surprise. It was devastating for the close-knit family and for the town of Pella, where Kyle’s father, Kevin, has been the senior pastor of one of the community’s largest churches for 25 years and the Korver brothers are treated as ambassadors and heroes. In Pella, though, in the days and weeks after Kirk’s death, there has been an element beyond grief, an unexpected uplifting. It started at the funeral, attended by more than 1,500 people at the Third Reformed Church of Pella, when Kyle and his parents spoke with such purpose that it left those in attendance in awe. And it has carried on as each Korver 3-pointer splashes through the net in the Cleveland Cavaliers’ playoff run as he plays for more than himself.
The plan was for the liver to be flown to Iowa and Kirk to undergo surgery on the morning of March 20. “At 4 a.m., they intubated him. At 10 o’clock, he coded for the first time. About 11, 11:30, he coded the second time. And we pulled all the machines off at 1 o’clock,” Kevin said. “So we went from, ‘He’s going to get a liver. He was the No. 1 option,’ to ‘Your son is dead.’ And that was in 15 hours. I mean, you talk about roller coaster. … That is as intimate and raw as you can be as a family.”
The Houston Rockets are planning a pregame tribute to honor the victims of last week’s Santa Fe High School shooting ahead of Game 5 of the Western Conference finals against the Golden State Warriors, the team confirmed. Plans are still being worked out in coordination with the NBA, but Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta plans to invite the high school’s seniors and administrators on the court for a video tribute in addition to providing tickets, food and transportation to Thursday’s game.
“We’re going to bring all the seniors out on the court and recognize them,” Fertitta told reporters ahead of Game 4. “There’s going to be a tribute video to the deceased, and we’re going to bring some of the first responders out. Just make it a special night. We’re bringing them up on buses, police escort and we’ll feed them. Just show them a good time Thursday night. Just want them to have a good time just like the rest of us.”
New Line has acquired the pitch “Public Enemy” with LeBron James and Channing Tatum’s production companies, SpringHill Entertainment and Free Association, on as producers. Lucas Carter will pen the script, which is a subversive action-comedy that looks at the speed of media in our current landscape.
May 23, 2018 | 11:22 am EDT Update
Exec weighs in: “Three years, that’s the big number. They’re going to want a draft pick in a package for him, and there aren’t a lot of teams that are going to include possibly good picks or young players for a guy who is kind of a square peg in today’s league. It’s not saying DeRozan doesn’t have value, it’s just that you’d have to adjust your whole offense for him. You can’t just stick him on the Pelicans, for example, because he wouldn’t pair up with Anthony Davis well. There’s too many obstacles.”