Illinois freshman guard Ayo Dosunmu announced via his Twitter account Thursday that he will be returning to school. “I stayed home to help [Head] Coach [Brad] Underwood turn the Illinois program around,” said Dosunmu in his video statement. “We beat some ranked teams this season. We tasted some success, but we didn’t dance. Illinois needs to dance.”
Craig Choate: Just left the #Illini end of season banquet. Ayo Dosunmu declined interviews until he “figures out what he’s going to do”. He’s got until 11:59 pm on April 21st to enter the NBA draft.
Ayo Dosunmu’s father told the Tribune in February that his son likely would test the NBA draft waters but would listen to advice from scouts before making a decision. Dosunmu avoided answering questions about his plans to evaluate his NBA potential. “I’m not focused on it,” he said. “I’m focused on playing together and getting bigger and stronger in the offseason.”
September 27, 2022 | 10:40 am EDT Update
Bobby Marks: Some extension 📝 🏀First year of the CJ McCollum extension in 2024-25 is $33.3M. The second year is $30.7M. 🏀Jordan Nwora has $400K ($200 per year) of unlikely but obtainable bonuses built into his contract. $2.8M and $3M fully guaranteed (no options) for 22-23 and 23-24.
James can continue to climb the ladder in two accumulation categories this season. He enters the campaign third all time in minutes played with 52,139, needing 2,714 more to pass Malone for second. He would have to be in the lineup for around 75 games to do that. Abdul-Jabbar tops the list with 57,446 minutes. Speaking of games played, he is 14th on the all-time list with 1,366. If he plays in 59 contests this season, he would move up to eighth, passing Clifford Robinson, Reggie Miller, Jason Kidd, Tim Duncan, Jason Terry and Kevin Willis.
If he averages a more modest 24 points per game and misses 15% to 20% of the season, James would be nearing the plateau somewhere in the range of Game Nos. 65 to 68. That coincides with a homestand in early March when the Lakers host the Golden State Warriors (March 5), Memphis Grizzlies (March 7), Toronto Raptors (March 10) and New York Knicks (March 12).
The NBA is rolling out a newly redesigned app Tuesday that it hopes will become a one-stop shop for its fans and serve as its digital flagship. The NBA App, which took more than two-and-a-half years to design and finish, will serve as a portal to League Pass and NBA TV, and as a store for short- and long-form content. In creation and in its effect, it has the look and feel at times of the NBA’s attempt at making a social media app for its fans, with vertical content and an interface that mimics the ones seen on Instagram and TikTok. The NBA debuts at the same time as the league has made other changes to its digital offerings. It drastically lowered the price of NBA League Pass this season, down over 50 percent to $99.99. It also cut down on the latency between live games and the broadcasts on League Pass by half, promising a faster and higher quality feed.
The NBA App will also allow users to connect to limited live action, but it will allow them to can access games with their League Pass subscription, and it will have different streams of games like a betting stream or a strategy stream. Most importantly, the games will be shown with less latency and in better quality. Last season, the latency was roughly 45 seconds to a minute behind; the latency speed this season should be on par with traditional broadcasts. “We know that people are doing things direct to consumer with merging of those places, and the plan is to continue to integrate and bring that more in,” Benyarko said. “And we established a membership program to provide that connective tissue to get us started. But the idea is that when we think about direct to consumer moving forward, it’s going to be way more than just League Pass or NBA TV.”
The NBA will also debut a new membership program called NBA ID which will link all of its products together and is free to sign up for. It will allow fans to buy products like new content and win member-based experiences. Fans will be able to get a customized experience in rewards and viewing. It is a part of the NBA’s attempt to build a more personalized app and bring a customized ecosystem to each user. Fans will be able to find content personalized to their favorite teams and players and have new personalized franchises to follow — a “For You” feed. The league will produce automated highlight packages for specific players, and not just stars, based on the user’s preferences. But it will also offer content produced by teams and by fans on social media.
Marc Stein: Some key NBA Transactional News as training camps open leaguewide today: Industry sources say @YahooSports is signing @JakeLFischer (formerly of @BleacherReport ) to add the newsbreaking ace to their NBA team.
September 27, 2022 | 8:06 am EDT Update
“Facundo Campazzo gave his heart and soul when he was here. He was loved in the locker room,” said Calvin Booth on Monday at a press conference for NBA media day in Denver. “We wanted to try to be a little bigger team and we didn’t think it was absolutely necessary to have a real point guard like Facu so we made the decision to move in a different direction,” he added. “I know he probably wanted to have played more. But these are things that happen throughout a season,” Booth said.