Sam Amick: Here at the TNT/NBA awards show in a Santa Monica hangar, where James Harden is expected to be named MVP later tonight and will say a few words from this here podium. As I mentioned last week, LeBron will not be attending
Tim MacMahon: Scott Brooks says James Harden deserves to be MVP ... "but you can always argue LeBron can get it every year. Like Michael Jordan should have had 12 of them. LeBron’s the same type of player."
August 5, 2021 | 9:39 am EDT Update
Fred Katz: Here is what the final version of the five-team trade looks like, according to sources: Seven players Rights to three more Draft picks Draft swaps 18 total trade pieces pic.twitter.com/6Uoy74XMcr
Ben Golliver: Slovenia’s Luka Doncic, who received a technical foul and appealed to multiple referees at the buzzer, on whether the officiating impacted last-second loss to France in Olympic semifinals: “No. That’s not a question you ask me.”
FIBA | #Basketball #Tokyo2020: 🗣️ “Nicolas is a class act. He told me he hates playing against me, but in a good way. That was nice of him, he’s just a class act.” – @luka7doncic 🇸🇮 #Tokyo2020 | #Basketball
The Vertical: Nic Batum’s BIG-TIME block to seal France’s win 😱 (via @NBCOlympics) pic.twitter.com/PJfOVCX6wt
August 5, 2021 | 9:15 am EDT Update
Jorge Sierra: Luka Doncic loses for the first time with Slovenia in the cruelest manner. A Batum block sends France to the Olympic final. What an epic game.
Brooklyn knew, too, that Beal, a 2022 free agent, wanted Dinwiddie. So it made an ambitious initial ask, according to sources, trying to pry away a first-round pick. When that didn’t work — and it was probably bound not to, considering the next first-rounder Washington can trade is its 2028 selection — sources say the Nets asked for a player on a rookie contract who wasn’t Caleb Homesley or Anthony Gill.