Before you signed with the Kings, how stressful were those couple months between the season ending and that deal? Tyler Lydon: I think I went through my phases. There were a few times throughout the week where it just kind of hit me. I’d be, like, freaking out. What team am I going to go to, am I going to go to a team? All that stuff. But I talked to my agent a lot through the process and he did a good job reassuring me. Honestly, the biggest thing for me was being able to come home (to Pine Plains). If I would have stayed in Denver or was trying to work out someplace else, it would have been on my mind all the time.
August 17, 2022 | 7:21 pm EDT Update
CJ Holmes: Here’s all four of the Warriors’ long road trips this season: Oct. 29 – Nov 4: Charlotte, Detroit, Miami, Orlando, New Orleans Dec. 13 – 27: Milwaukee, Indiana, Philadelphia, Toronto, New York, Brooklyn Jan 13 – 20: San Antonio, Chicago, Washington, Boston, Cleveland
Jason Dumas: Looks like a local artist in the LA area has painted a mural of JTA in Inglewood. It’ll be unveiled to the public tomorrow. I realized how impactful Juan was at the first Mexican-American to win an NBA Finals during the Warriors parade. Cool stuff. pic.twitter.com/rTPdj8Op4c
August 17, 2022 | 5:43 pm EDT Update
Marc Stein: The NBA’s new schedule has 55 baseball-style series in which the road team plays the same foe twice in a row without travel … up from 23 last season. Plus 33 instances on the schedule in which the road team stays in LA or New York to play both local teams on the same trip.
Andrew Greif: Bally Sports today announced a new streaming service (Bally Sports+) available on all of its regional sports networks beginning Sept. 26. Bally’s deal to carry Clippers games expired earlier this offseason. No renewal deal has been reached yet but the sides continue talking.
Three California NBA teams—the Golden State Warriors (49x), the Los Angeles Clippers (38x) and the Los Angeles Lakers (32x)—have all multiplied their values more than any other major sports teams since Michael Jordan began his quest for a second three-peat in 1996.
The New York Knicks (28x) haven’t fared too badly, either, edging out their neighbors the New York Jets (26x), New York Giants (25x) and New York Yankees (25x), who each rank in the top three for value growth in their respective leagues.
Bringing up the rear in the NBA are the Detroit Pistons (8x), whose Palace of Auburn Hills was one of the first modern-style NBA arenas with a large number of luxury suites. The team was the third most valuable basketball club in 1996 before a prolonged automobile industry slump led to a regional population decline.