“Every night we’re just going to go out and just play hard. We’re going to compete at the highest level,” Knox said. “We might make some mistakes towards the end of the game which costs us the games. We’re in a lot of close games with a lot of great teams, playoff teams. That just shows you how close we are from winning those games.”
June 19, 2019 | 6:48 pm EDT Update
Brad Townsend: League source’s texted reply when asked if Horford-Mavs reports are accurate: “Not really.” No elaboration or reply, as of yet, to follow-up. Interpret as you will.
Eric Woodyard: Donovan Mitchell to @usatodaysports on Mike Conley trade: “He’s a great player. He’s very underrated in my opinion. He does a lot of getting into the lane and being able to find guys and also I can learn a lot from him so as far as being a point guard.”
The pick exchanged by the Heat is a 2024 conditional second-round pick that already has partial guarantees to the Cleveland Cavaliers. The pick was part of the machinations at the 2016 NBA trading deadline for the Cavaliers to send Dwyane Wade back to the Heat.
Vivek Jacob: Nick Nurse on potential White House visit: “We’re here, let’s visit Trudeau. We’re Canada’s team.” Said that plans are already in the works for the visit to Parliament Hill. Haven’t heard from the White House.
On Wednesday, Fox Sports 1 host Skip Bayless repeated a false claim tweeted by a parody account stating that NBA star James Harden stormed out of several Houston Rockets practices in tears after his teammate Chris Paul mocked his “manboobs.” With Harden and Paul’s “unsalvageable” relationship being the focus of sports media this week, a parody Twitter account posing as ESPN’s top NBA reporter Adrian Wojnarowski wrote that sources say Paul had insulted Harden’s figure.
With the New Orleans Pelicans poised to use the NBA’s No. 1 draft pick to select Duke phenom Zion Williamson, one Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen location in New Orleans will wheel out a gigantic chicken tray dubbed the “wingspan box.”
June 19, 2019 | 5:44 pm EDT Update
The Grizzlies took a slight risk in waiting until now to deal Conley instead of acting at the trade deadline, but it ended up costing them nothing beyond the chance to clear more 2019-20 salary. They might have come out better for it. They always wanted two first-round picks, and they got them. The Detroit Pistons opted against paying that price, sources say, and even had the Pistons agreed, Memphis might have been stuck with Reggie Jackson. The Pacers would not surrender two first-round picks and Aaron Holiday, sources say.