April 4, 2020 | 9:33 pm EDT Update
Shams Charania: Sources: Pacers GM Chad Buchanan has decided to stay in Indiana and decline interview for Chicago’s top basketball operations position. Buchanan expressed appreciation and positivity about Bulls, but he and his family have been treated well in Indianapolis and opted to remain.
KC Johnson: Michael Reinsdorf’s goal is to build front office depth. Buchanan dropping off target list doesn’t change that. Bulls still hope to interview Nuggets GM Arturas Karnisovas, Raptors GM Bobby Webster, Heat asst GM Adam Simon with understanding final hire could make additional hires
Grizzlies owner Robert Pera will donate 300,000 meals to a local food bank, according to a source familiar with the decision. The source was granted anonymity because it has not announced by the team.
The source also confirmed that the team has spoken to the Army Corps of Engineers about FedExForum being used as an overflow medical facility, if needed, to help relieve hospitals as more cases of COVID-19 are reported. Governor Bill Lee told lawmakers Wednesday that he expects the state to eventually see hospital bed shortages due to the rising number of coronavirus cases in Tennessee. As a result, hotels, convention centers and college dormitories could be used as space to help deal with new patients.
April 4, 2020 | 8:24 pm EDT Update
After battling the coronavirus for nine days on a ventilator inside the Intensive Care Unit at the University of Tennessee Medical Center, beloved Detroit Pistons scout Maury Hanks has been released from the hospital and is resting comfortably at home, CBS Sports confirmed on Saturday.
On Wednesday, after failing to keep his oxygen levels high enough on his own one day prior, Hanks was finally taken off the ventilator, and shortly thereafter he was able to be removed from an oxygen mask entirely. “We are lucky enough to have a happy ending,” Maury’s wife, Susan Hanks, texted on Saturday.
“You never know what someone can hear,” Susan told CBS Sports. “I know [Maury’s] worked in the basketball business a long time, but I really had no idea how many friends that we have,” Susan said. “The number of people that have been reaching out is honestly mind-blowing. If he makes it through this, I don’t think he’ll ever be able to thank everyone that has called and checked up on him. It’s just been unbelievable. The NBA family has shown up for Maury like I never could’ve imagined.”
New president Leon Rose has no political attachment to Smith like Mills did. Trading Smith will be an option in the offseason as the Knicks try to figure out their point-guard solution. Minnesota had some interest, but the additions of D’Angelo Russell and combo guard Malik Beasley make the Timberwolves less likely to pounce. The Magic could be a suitor.
Duncan’s partners on the court were instrumental at his side and both sent heartfelt following his election to the Basketball Hall of Fame. “Congrats… Hall of Fame, well deserved. It was an honor to play with you,” Parker said. “In my book, the greatest power forward ever. It was just a blessing to play with you every night. All those championships. I will cherish those memories forever.”
“I can’t say that I am surprised that this is happening but getting inducted into the Hall of Fame is a big thing,” Ginobili said. “It goes without saying, one of the best players to ever play the game. Amazing teammate. Great person. So well deserved.”
April 4, 2020 | 6:19 pm EDT Update
Adrian Wojnarowski: The NBA and ESPN are working on televising a H-O-R-S-E competition involving several high-profile players, sources say. Players would shoot in isolation – presumably in home gyms – and match shots against competitors. Details are still being finalized.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Saturday that the New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets and the NBA, in collaboration with Huang Ping, China’s consul general have collaborated to donate one million surgical masks to be distributed to New York City’s essential workers. In addition to the masks, Nets owner Joe Tsai and his wife, Clara Wu Tsai, are donating 1,000 ventilators to bolster resources during the coronavirus pandemic.
Cuomo said that the ventilators, whose delivery is being facilitated by the Chinese government, will arrive at JFK on Saturday. “This is a big deal and it going to make a significant difference for us,” Cuomo said. The NBA and WNBA, in addition to players and teams, have committed $50 million to coronavirus-related relief efforts.
Just two days before Saturday’s donation, Cuomo had announced that New York’s stockpile of ventilators was projected to last just six days. And New York officials have said the state is yet to reach the peak of the virus. The Alibaba Group, of which Tsai is the co-founder and executive vice chairman of, had already donated one million surgical masks and 500,000 testing kits to New York.
Upon the announcement that Kevin Garnett will be entering the Basketball Hall of Fame, Glen Taylor put out a statement released by the team praising Garnett. “This is an honor so well deserved,” said Taylor, who also owns the Star Tribune. “We congratulate Kevin on being selected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. From the day we drafted him in 1995, we knew there was something special about him that Minnesota had never experienced before. I’ve watched Kevin grow on and off the court and will forever be grateful for his contributions to the Timberwolves organization.”
“He was beloved by our fans in a way that only few players experience and will always have a place at Target Center,” Taylor said. “To be elected in his first year of eligibility validates the impact he had on basketball in Minnesota, the NBA, and around the globe. We are so happy for him to receive this recognition.”
Meyers Leonard: 24 hours of streaming begins TOMORROW live on @Twitch at 1pm EST. I’m attempting to feed 1 million people in April through @FeedingAmerica and it’s going to be a hell of a ride. Need everyone’s support on this. It’s HAMMER TIME!! #HammerClassic
April 4, 2020 | 4:53 pm EDT Update
Tim Reynolds: President Trump on his meeting with sports commissioners today: “They want to get back. They’ve got to get back. They can’t do this. Their sports weren’t designed for it. The whole concept of our nation wasn’t designed for it. We have to get back. We want to get back soon.”
Adrian Wojnarowski: On conference call with Trump and pro sports leaders today, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver spoke of a possible return to play once there was an “all clear” from public health officials, sources familiar with call tell ESPN.
Ryan Kartje: California governor Gavin Newsom said he does not anticipate sports leagues starting by September, with full stadiums, as President Trump suggested on a conference call with sports commissioners this morning.
Junior forward Marcus Santos-Silva has entered his name into the NBA Draft, while keeping his NCAA eligibility, he announced on an Instagram post on Friday night.
Kyle Guy: Covid-19 took my grandpa last night. Mortality is a tough pill to swallow. You used to live down the street, now you’re with us everyday Red heart I beg you, don’t let this be your wake up call. Take this seriously & stay safe 🙏🏼
April 4, 2020 | 3:26 pm EDT Update
April 4, 2020 | 2:44 pm EDT Update
In a recent conversation with The Athletic, general manager Tommy Sheppard detailed some of the organization’s preferences for the NBA Draft and free agency. “We’re not hiding any state secrets,” he said when asked what types of players the Wizards might prioritize adding after the season. “We’re gonna improve defensively, and a lot of that is by repetition and continuity. We certainly look inside. Maybe we can get some more physicality there and get some more help out on the wings. There’s a lot of need that comes, but sometimes those needs get met by just staying patient (with your) players.”
Sheppard hopes progression will continue into next year and trusts that a group entering training camp merely knowing one another has a better chance to force stops. “The continuity — Coach will tell you, it’s hard to roll out a new lineup every night and think you’re gonna be able to get a consistent effort defensively,” Sheppard said. “Offensively, we’ve always been able to score. It’s almost interchangeable. … But defensively, it’s hard to keep rolling in new guys all the time.”
Mark Berman: Rudy Tomjanovich, in an interview with FOX 26 Sports: “You don’t know how you’re gonna feel. I know how I felt when I didn’t hear what we wanted to hear and it was disappointing. It didn’t ruin my life, but hearing that call, unbelievably the things that popped up into my head..” pic.twitter.com/8bSB6ynA5z
Mark Berman: Rudy Tomjanovich on being a member of Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame: “It’s almost surreal..It’s almost a numbness that happened when we won the championships. It didn’t really sink in until I went to another state & I saw some highlights of us & oh my God,that’s us..” pic.twitter.com/vAGYMktjpE
Mark Berman: Rudy Tomjanovich on joining the best of the best in @Hoophall: “It’s just really awesome to think about those kind of things. I was such a fan of the game.When I was a kid we didn’t have much money and my mother would go to the second hand stores and get me all these yearbooks..” pic.twitter.com/FezRCnCLlM
April 4, 2020 | 1:31 pm EDT Update
Adrian Wojnarowski: We probably don’t have a draft or free agency till September until the season’s over. But what if you wait on this and all of a sudden we get to June 1 or June 5 or June 10 and there’s an environment where the season can’t resume where they say, we’re going to have to, we’re not close enough to being able to return to work in the NBA. We’re out of time. We’ve got to look at canceling the season. Well, now all of a sudden, you’ve got the draft on June 25, you got free agency on June 30. Those very well probably then just stay intact. And so you can’t you don’t want to start your search then. So I think it makes a lot of sense. In any scenario, that you get it done now, especially in a circumstance like Chicago, where you know, Paxson and Gar Forman knew they were aware of what was coming.
Adrian Wojnarowski: I think everybody in the league trying to kind of wrap their minds around what it would look like and what what a return for the league would look like in June, July, August. I know this. The league’s hope is their goal is objective is to have a season wrapped up by Labor Day weekend and that way they could have the back end of the finals right before the start of or right at the start of football season, if at the football starting, but there’s just no way for them to know what it all looks like in June. I think if we’re in June and they’re not right at the cusp of being able to open up camps for a couple weeks, and then play a few regular season games… If you start to get into June, and that doesn’t seem like something that the league can move right into, then I think it becomes really hard to restart the league. Then you’re then you’re looking at such a compact.
Adrian Wojnarowski: At some point, the hardest decision Bobby is going to be: What is a legitimate representative, like tournament playoff system to really have a legitimate champion, not something that’s just you know, we’ve only got six weeks, we’ve only got five weeks, we’ve only got five and a half weeks and say, okay, this isn’t legitimate, and we have to walk away from it. I think that decision if it comes down to that it’s going to be excruciating for everybody, because while you do want to financially salvage what you can, it can’t be something that feels or looks or seems farcical and without credibility is how to crown a champion and have a playoff. So I I just think that’s going to be a fascinating part of this when we get down to those decisions.
April 4, 2020 | 12:26 pm EDT Update
Tim Reynolds: “Obviously, we wish that he was here with us to celebrate. But it’s definitely the peak of his NBA career and every accomplishment that he had as an athlete was a stepping-stone to be here. So we’re incredibly proud of him.” — Vanessa Bryant, on Kobe, via ESPN’s broadcast.
Bill Oram: Upon Kobe Bryant’s posthumous selection to the Hall of Fame, Jeanie Buss says “no one deserves it more.” Lakers GM Rob Pelinka: “Now a part of you will live in the Hall with the rest of the all-time greats.” (via @Los Angeles Lakers) pic.twitter.com/9B0Gvzl3wq
Dane Moore: Statement from Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor on Kevin Garnett’s induction to the Hall of Fame: pic.twitter.com/LxdDhFyD1i
Mark Berman: Hakeem Olajuwon (@Hakeem Olajuwon) on Rudy Tomjanovich joining him in @Hoophall: “It’s no question it’s well-deserved.I’m very, very happy it finally came true.I’ve been hoping it would happen for a long time. What he has done for the game of basketball speaks for itself. I’m proud of him”
Mark Berman: Clyde Drexler on Rudy Tomjanovich joining him in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame (@Hoophall): “Finally, Rudy T gets in the Hall of Fame. He gets his just due as a coach. He could’ve been in as a player as well. He was a phenomenal player. Rudy’s a great guy…” pic.twitter.com/CWfnAsFPlM