Jim Eichenhofer: Alvin Gentry pregame on return of Elfrid Payton vs. NY: “It gets us the team that started out the year playing at a really great pace and him distributing the ball. Basically, what it does is puts guys back in the role that we anticipated them having at the start of the year.”
Scott Kushner: Alvin Gentry said he “anticipates” Elfrid Payton playing tonight. But still questionable at this point.
Jim Eichenhofer: Elfrid Payton, who is listed as questionable Friday vs. Knicks, on his emotions about a potential return to the court: "Super excited. I feel like we were in such a good rhythm before I went out. Just trying to get that back." #Pelicans went 4-0 in the full games he played
Scott Kushner: Alvin Gentry told reporters in Minnesota that PG Elfrid Payton (out, ankle) is "really close" to returning and that "it would be ridiculous to take any chance at all". Gentry said that ultimately the decision was his.
Payton has been upgraded on the team’s injury report a couple times this week and was deemed a game-time decision to play Saturday against Phoenix, which would be his first game action in exactly two weeks. “We’ll have to see,” fourth-year head coach Alvin Gentry said after Friday practice of Payton’s status. “He’s going to do some other stuff (physically to test whether Payton can play). He’s a game-time decision. He’s made progress.”
Will Guillory: Elfrid Payton and Nikola Mirotic are both listed as questionable for tomorrow's game against the Phoenix Suns due to right ankle sprains pic.twitter.com/u2rOax0xCL
Will Guillory: Alvin Gentry says he doesn't expect Elfrid Payton to play Wednesday night but Saturday is a real possibility.
Scott Bordow: Sounds like Devin Booker, TJ Warren, Elfrid Payton, Len all out. Triano expects same lineup as he had against Golden State
Jonathan Feigen: Add Elfrid Payton and T.J. Warren to the Suns' out list tonight. As mentioned earlier, Devin Booker and Alex Len are out vs. Rockets tonight.
Josh Robbins: Elfrid Payton (hamstring) is expected to play tonight against the Warriors, Frank Vogel said.
Josh Robbins: Elfrid Payton will not play tonight against the Denver Nuggets, the Magic have announced. Payton continues to be bothered by a sore left hamstring.
Josh Robbins: Elfrid Payton (hamstring) will not play tonight against the Celtics, Frank Vogel said.
Josh Robbins: Frank Vogel said Elfrid Payton, as expected, also will be out tomorrow night in New Orleans due to his hamstring injury.
Josh Robbins: The Magic have listed point guard Elfrid Payton as out for Sunday's game in Charlotte. Payton has an injured left hamstring.
Josh Robbins: Aaron Gordon (ankle) is unlikely to play tonight. Elfrid Payton (hamstring) also is out, as disclosed previously.
August 17, 2022 | 1:20 pm EDT Update
The Silver and Black will make a historic return to the Alamodome in San Antonio on January 13. With a capacity of 65,000-plus for the Dome, the Spurs are poised to break the attendance record for an NBA regular season game. The Spurs will travel to Austin for a pair of games on Thursday, April 6 and on Saturday, April 8 at Moody Center.
Nets star Kevin Durant enjoyed a trip to Saint-Tropez just days before he doubled down on his trade request earlier this month in a meeting with team owner Joe Tsai. The two-time NBA champion took in the French Riviera as he walked the streets of Saint-Tropez in photos taken on Tuesday, Aug. 2, — a few days before he met with Nets brass that weekend, and proposed an ultimatum to trade him or fire coach Steve Nash and GM Sean Marks.
Durant was pictured dribbling a basketball while out with a group of people, including a few women, around 3 a.m. The former league MVP stepped out in a pair of Nike sneakers and rocked a brown hat, a Balenciaga T-shirt, and off-white sweatpants.
Quebec NBA player Luguentz Dort of the Oklahoma City Thunder announced he is launching the Maizon Dort Foundation for underprivileged youth. Maizon Dort is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of underserved youth in Montreal, Oklahoma City and central Arizona.
Maizon Dort’s mission will focus on promoting the health and well-being of young people. The foundation will focus on providing opportunities for children to be active in team sports, such as basketball and soccer. “Basketball and soccer have not only kept me healthy and active as a child, but these team sports have also kept me in a safe environment and on the right path to success,” said Dort. “I learned principles such as hard work and teamwork, which carry over into many aspects of my life today.”
August 17, 2022 | 1:04 pm EDT Update
Christos Tsaltas: Turkey started the Acropolis Tournament with a win over Georgia (101-88). Cedi Osman 22pts, 9-14 FG, 3rebs Furkan Korkmaz 18pts, 4rebs Alperen Sengun 17pts, 6-8 FG, 3rebs Tornike Shengelia 20pts, 5rebs, 6asts Sandro Mamukelashvili 16pts, 14rebs #BizBirlikteyiz #GoGeorgia