Kyle Goon: Lonzo Ball officially questionable for Thursday’s game against Indiana. Did not participate in on-court work today in practice. Ankle is “tender to the touch” which Luke Walton said is to be expected, but they’ll re-evaluate tomorrow.
June 17, 2021 | 4:00 pm EDT Update
After Nikola Jokic’s decision, two more NBAers have been added to Serbia’s list of players who decided not to join in this summer for the Olympics – Aleksej Pokusevski and Alen Smailagic. The two young prospects decided to prepare for the next season with their teams.
“Pokusevski decided to dedicate himself to his physical preparation for the next season. I respect his decision, but with his talent, he could have learned a lot in the national team. Smailagic also made the decision to prepare for the next season. I wish them all the best,” national team coach Igor Kokoskov explained.
How does it feel to be recognized as a finalist for an award named after someone like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar? Juan Toscano-Anderson It’s really cool to be acknowledged for the good deeds that we try to do. And when I say ‘we,’ I’m speaking of all the guys who had the opportunity to be nominated and the finalists as well. The acknowledgment is cool. I’m sure none of those guys do it for the acknowledgment. It is very gratifying to be in that conversation for an award by a Hall of Famer, a guy who is greatness in Kareem.
Juan Toscano-Anderson: We are basketball players, but we’re humans first. After we leave this gym, we go home to a family, we go home to the real world. When we’re in transition from the gym to our house, a lot of us are worried about, ‘Am I driving correctly? Do I have my driver’s license?’ I would hate to come in contact with the police just because I don’t know how that interaction is going to go. I don’t think all policemen are bad, but you never know. I could easily have been George Floyd. It’s really cool that the NBA’s supportive and progressive enough to allow us to have a platform to speak openly. And I think that’s very healthy and I think it’s very needed for the Black community right now.
Your family is from Mexico, so for you, living in both of these worlds, what have these last five years been like for you on a personal level? Juan Toscano-Anderson: A lot of it makes me angry. But then again, I also have to realize that there are a lot of idiots in this world. And I stand firm on using that word. A lot of people are ridiculous people. A lot of people are evil people. I don’t understand how you could wake up and have hatred for a whole group of people. But then again, I grew up differently. I was raised differently. I was raised with a pure heart and by a pure person. I was never raised to hate anybody.
Warriors guard Damion Lee and wife Sydel Curry-Lee are expecting their first child in November, the couple announced on social media Wednesday. “Lee for 3!,” Lee wrote in a tweet announcing the baby. “Baby Lee coming at you November 2021!” Curry-Lee wrote in an Instagram post, along with a photograph of the couple.
Former Mount St. Mary’s basketball coach Jim Phelan died early on Wednesday morning, according to a release from the school. He was 92 years old at the time of his death. There will be a memorial service for Phelan on June 24 at Knott Arena at 1 p.m. Phelan played his college basketball at La Salle from 1948-1951 before being drafted in the eighth round of the 1951 NBA Draft by the Philadelphia Warriors. Phelan didn’t play long, though, as he began coaching as an assistant at Mount St. Mary’s in 1953.
June 17, 2021 | 3:48 pm EDT Update
After three years with the Toronto Raptors, Sergio Scariolo is saying goodbye. The 60-year-old Raptors assistant has reportedly taken a job in Italy to become the new head coach of Virtus Bologna, according to multiple reports. While the Raptors haven’t officially announced his departure, Scariolo took to Twitter to say goodbye to Toronto and the Raptors.