James understood many players were not in a position to attack the questions head on, and led the joint players-only meeting after their session with Silver where the same concepts were discussed among all 38 Lakers and Nets players on the trip to China. “Why are we the ones to go through the risks of speaking out in China when the league should be the first to address the matter, with our voices to follow?” said one source with knowledge of the meeting and the players’ thinking in regard to James’ message. They discussed making sure they felt safe and protected without thrusting themselves in unfair positions, sources said. Nets star guard Kyrie Irving and Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma joined James in speaking during the players-only meeting, sources said.
January 25, 2021 | 6:01 pm EST Update
Noah Levick: Joel Embiid, just off Doc Rivers’ Zoom camera, on his pick-and-roll defense: “I’ve been doing an OK job. I can always get better.” Rivers said Embiid’s been “great, actually” in playing higher up this year. He thinks many NBA guards have figured out how to beat drop coverage.
Chase Hughes: The Wizards-Rockets injury report for tomorrow’s game is out. Russell Westbrook and John Wall are both good to go. Christian Wood, who has having a big year, is doubtful with a right ankle sprain. Raul Neto is questionable with his groin tightness.
Start-up financial tech company Goalsetter has raised $3.9 million in a seed round that includes top National Basketball Association stars and the billionaire chairman of investment firm Vista Equity Partners, Robert F. Smith. The company said the funds would be used to expand its mobile application platform and accelerate subscriber growth. The Brooklyn Nets’ Kevin Durant and Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul are investors. Joining them is former NBA player Baron Davis, ex-New York Yankees pitcher C.C. Sabathia.
January 25, 2021 | 5:55 pm EST Update
Marc Stein: The NBA will institute All~Star voting this season with or without a game, sources say Proposals for staging an actual All-Star game include holding it on an HBCU campus in the Atlanta area in the March 6-7 range