During the Obama administration, State Department officials considered sending basketball players to North Korea to jumpstart diplomatic efforts, according to the Washington Post. Kim Jong Un’s father Kim Jong Il was also a fan of basketball and requested that the U.S. send Michael Jordan to North Korea. “When I was there on my trips, the father [Kim Jong Il] through his foreign ministry people wanted me to extend an invitation to Michael Jordan,” former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson recalled from his communications in 2000 in an interview with ABC News.
June 24, 2022 | 9:16 pm EDT Update
JD Shaw: The Memphis Grizzlies are adding shooting guard Dakota Mathias (@DMathias31) to their summer league roster, his agency Edge Sports tells @HoopsRumors. Mathias holds two-way experience with the Sixers.
Law Murray: Source to @theathletic: Nebraska shooting guard Trey McGowens will join LA Clippers for summer league in Las Vegas next month. McGowens tied for team lead with 1.6 steals per game last season to go with 4.1 rebounds and 36.8% 3-point shooting. Played at Pitt before Nebraska.
JD Shaw: The Dallas Mavericks are adding swingman Isaiah Brown to their summer league roster, his agent Andre Buck tells @HoopsRumors. Brown, 24, attended a free-agent mini-camp with the team earlier this week.
June 24, 2022 | 7:39 pm EDT Update
Charlotte Hornets President of Basketball Operations & General Manager Mitch Kupchak announced today the team has named Steve Clifford head coach. Clifford, who previously served the team’s head coach from 2013-2018, returns to Charlotte, where his 196 wins ranks second in franchise history, sitting just 11 behind Allan Bristow.
Damichael Cole: David Roddy said he got a text message from Tyus Jones before the NBA Draft. He called Jones one of his mentors growing up in Minnesota. He played AAU basketball with Tyus’ younger brother, Tre Jones.