Chris Dempsey: #Nuggets POBO, Tim Connelly, on his team’s All-Star representation: “So excited for Nikola, but he shouldn’t be our only player in Charlotte. Jamal’s personal & team success made him worthy. And the impact Monte and Torrey have made merited a spot in the Rising Stars Challenge.”
August 11, 2022 | 2:41 pm EDT Update
Following convincing yesterday’s win against Finland, Lithuania repeated the trend in tonight’s game as well. NBA duo of Jonas Valanciunas and Domantas Sabonis dominated under the baskets and guided Lithuania to another comfortable 87-52 (29-9, 22-15, 16-8, 20-20) win over Finland in Vilnius.
Jonas Valanciunas led the scoring race for the Lithuanians with a double-double: 18 points (7/11 2PT, 0/1 3PT, 4/4 FT), 10 rebounds, 3 turnovers, and 2 steals over 17 minutes. Domantas Sabonis aided his co-partner in the frontcourt with a near double-double. The Sacramento Kings big man had 10 points (4/7 2PT, 2/3 FT), 9 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 turnover, and 1 steal.
Christos Tsaltas: The head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks, Mike Budenholzer, is at WiZink Center, in Madrid and he’s watching in person the friendly game between Spain and Greece. Coach Bud will travel to Greece for Acropolis Tournament in the next days. #FearTheDeer
Kyle Kuzma is the latest NBA player to take his talents to a Pro-Am and put on an absolute show for those in attendance. Kuzma did his part in the Powder League Pro-Am in Utah, where he scored 67 points while playing alongside his new Washington Wizards teammate, Delon Wright.
Adam Spolane: I asked Josh Christopher what I’ll notice is better about his game when camp starts: “I think I’ll look slower. I think I’ll look more confident, less timid. I think it will look like I have a year under my belt.”
Russia confirmed Thursday for the first time that negotiations between Washington and Moscow on a prisoner exchange are underway, after the United States proposed a deal to release WNBA star Brittney Griner and another American prisoner, Paul Whelan. The Russian Foreign Ministry said talks are underway via a channel set up by President Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin when they met in Geneva in June last year.
August 11, 2022 | 1:42 pm EDT Update
Jeremy Lin wasn’t the first Asian-American to play in the NBA but he was by far the most prominent and noteworthy and the sociological impact of his NBA career has been hugely significant. It’s worth pausing for a second, though, to imaging being the human being at the centre of all that. It wasn’t easy at the time and it’s been something that Lin has had to learn to live with since. “I think for me as a person, it’s been an evolution from trying to run away from it because I felt like I didn’t like a lot of the side effects of Linsanity,” he explained. “Some family issues that it caused, all the privacy that was taken away from me overnight, and the paparazzi chasing down me and my family and my friends… just a lot of scary things that had happened.”