Mark Berman: ICYMI @Iman Shumpert had nothing to do w/ Kevin Durant’s injury. At the time he wasn’t certain: “I was hoping I didn’t stand under him when he shot his shot. I didn’t feel him step on my foot.Even in times of war u don’t want to hurt another guy..Off the court,great guy”
June 19, 2019 | 8:55 am EDT Update
A. Sherrod Blakely: A team to keep an eye on in the Al Horford sweepstakes is the Brooklyn Nets, league source says. The #Nets are a team on the rise, Al’s close ties to head coach Kenny Atkinson and the team’s cap space mentioned as the main reasons.
Zion delivers amazing rim-rattling slams, but it’s his defensive versatility and willingness to work on that end that makes him the ideal modern big prospect, with the 1-through-5 switchability of Draymond Green. Williamson even produced a 7.2 defensive box plus-minus in his lone season at Duke — identical to Green’s defensive impact as a senior at Michigan State. In the NBA, Green has consistently ranked among the most effective stoppers in the league according to ESPN’s defensive real plus-minus despite his size.
We’ve never seen a 285-pounder who can sky for dunks quite like Williamson, but Griffin (248 pounds as a 20-year-old) was a close replica. Like college Griffin (6-11 wingspan), Williamson is a power dunker set to tear down the rim on every attempt, doing so despite mediocre positional length. He seems to get just as much lift off one leg or two and is challenging for any shot-blocker to challenge when he gets to his launching pad. But it’s not just the dunks that make these two similar.
June 19, 2019 | 7:52 am EDT Update
Back in December 1979, Dick Vitale called ESPN’s first-ever college basketball telecast. Guess what? Nearly 40 years later, the 80-year old’s still in demand come contract time. ESPN is giving sports TV legend “Dickie V” a new contract extension that will take him through the 2021-2022 season, sources tell Front Office Sports. During a phone interview, Vitale confirmed the new deal that’s scheduled to take him through what would be his 42nd year on ESPN.