“Sometimes it almost feels like a zoo,” Utah Jazz star Rudy Gobert said. “People pay money to watch us and feel like they can touch us or do whatever they want. Because we make millions, we’re just expected to shut up and take it. But they can’t do whatever they want.”
When they learned about a burglary that took place in February at Parramore’s Wells’Built Museum of African American History and Culture, where Magic memorabilia was stolen, the team quickly sprang into action and lent a helping hand. Although extremely disheartened about the incident, the Magic saw an opportunity to turn lemons into lemonade. Not only did they help repair the damage from the break-in, the Magic replaced the stolen items, which included Nick Anderson and Otis Smith jerseys and sneakers, with even more mementos.
The new Magic exhibit, featuring autographed Grant Hill and Vince Carter jerseys, a Dwight Howard signed basketball and dunk contest photo, a 30th anniversary framed poster and several other team keepsakes, was unveiled on Thursday. “It’s important that we have a presence here, but it’s more important that this museum continues to function as a very important part of our community,” Magic Vice President of Social Responsibility Linda Landman Gonzalez said. “So we’re very happy to be allowed to come back and replenish what was stolen and at the same time it’s always great to come back and see what treasures are here at the museum.”
May 23, 2019 | 3:29 pm EDT Update
One Eastern Conference scout whose team faced Allen four times during the regular season agreed with Atkinson. “He has all the tools,” the scout texted. “You can’t teach his length. He’s already gotten a lot better as most guys have on that team.”
According to a Western Conference executive, Allen exemplifies where the league is going at his position. “I think the center position is changing and he’s working to become a shooter from the corner and he’s a high-level roller,” the executive said over the phone. “He’s got the tools to be a switcher on defense. I don’t know if he’s going to be elite, but he’s got the potential to do that. If you look at what the center position will look like in the future, he’s got that stuff.” “He has upside,” one Western Conference general manager texted. “Don’t know if he’s elite.”
Nick Friedell: Cousins on injury — “Initially I thought it was worse than what it was.” Said it took him a couple days to get over another injury, but was glad it wasn’t as serious as it could have been. Cousins isn’t sure yet exactly what his role will be if and when he returns.
May 23, 2019 | 2:47 pm EDT Update
Chris Mannix: Kevin Durant is unlikely to be ready to play when the NBA Finals open on May 30th, per Warriors. Team is hopeful he can return during the series. @Kevin Durant has yet to begin on-court activities.