This wasn’t apathetic Atlanta anymore. These were the…

This wasn’t apathetic Atlanta anymore. These were the passionate plains. The Thunder fans were still reeling from Durant choosing to leave Oklahoma City in 2016 to sign with Golden State as a free agent. Eventually, Schröder made the decision to switch to the Kyrie Low 2 to start this season. “I had to switch something because you know … the KDs … people don’t want to see them in here,” Schröder said. “I was like ‘OK, let me go back to Kyries.’ “It’s better now. I don’t have to hear nothing from the crowd like ‘Why do you have these VIs on, the KDs,’ so I was like ‘OK, let me fix it.’”
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ESPN cancels Kevin Durant show

Kevin Durant’s show has been cancelled by ESPN, The Post has learned. “The Boardroom,” featuring Durant, Jay Williams and Durant’s agent Rich Kleiman, will not be renewed after being on ESPN+ for two seasons. While there are no public metrics for shows on this platform, ESPN is able to internally identify engagement and its impact on the $4.99-per-month subscription-based service.
“The Boardroom is not being renewed following two seasons on ESPN+,” ESPN said in a statement to The Post. “Thirty Five Ventures are great partners and we look forward to continuing to discuss any future projects.” “The Boardroom” was publicized at its start as a program to “bring fans behind the scenes of the modern boardroom, showcasing the evolution of sports business through the minds of athletes, sports executives and tech moguls alike.” It didn’t make that many waves, except for one episode that featured Stephen A. Smith.
A woman whose car was left stranded along a Florida interstate when her tire blew out got a little unexpected help from former NBA star Shaquille O’Neal, sheriff’s officials say. O’Neal, who lives in the Orlando area, was traveling on Interstate 75 near Gainesville on Monday when he saw the woman pull onto the side of the road, the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office said on a Facebook post.
July 14, 2020 | 2:38 pm EDT Update
Anderson went on the Virginia basketball podcast “J Willy Show” on Monday and accepted congratulations on joining the Nets. Granted, they haven’t signed him yet; but considering he gets daily practice updates from Joe Harris and is reportedly the replacement for Wilson Chandler, it strains credulity to think a deal isn’t in the offing. “I just got to Orlando (Sunday), following protocol. I had a negative test, waiting on the next result. I have to get another one,” said Anderson, 27, currently quarantining in an Orlando-area hotel.
Storyline: Orlando Bubble
“Very strict protocol, but it’s all worth it just to make sure entering the bubble everything is clean and clear for everybody who’s already in there, and myself as well. So I’m back in Orlando right now.” Anderson spent most of the season in the G League, first with Toronto’s affiliate Raptors 905 and then with the Long Island Nets. He averaged 20.6 points and 6.6 rebounds to earn All-NBA G League honors, and even got a 10-day contract with Brooklyn.
July 14, 2020 | 1:26 pm EDT Update

Victor Oladipo's remaining salary in dispute

Indiana Pacers star Victor Oladipo is in an unresolved situation over $3 million in salary, multiple sources told ESPN. Under the rules the NBA established for its season restart in Orlando, players who were healthy but opted not to play would have to forgo their remaining salary for the season. Two weeks ago, in an interview with The Athletic, Oladipo said he was healthy but had decided not to play to ensure recovery from tearing his quad tendon in January 2019.
In the days since, lawyers from the player’s union and the NBA have reviewed the situation and there is dispute over where Oladipo’s situation falls. The union believes Oladipo, who went to Orlando with the Pacers and then cleared quarantine so he could practice, should be paid his remaining salary, sources said. The league, largely in an effort to set a precedent in case other players who are deemed healthy want to leave Orlando and no longer play, believes Oladipo has opted out and should not be paid, sources said. His public comments about feeling healthy has only solidified the league’s position on the matter, sources said. The Pacers support Oladipo’s decision and are willing to pay him the salary whether he plays or not, sources said.
Carmelo Anthony was by no means one of the bigger players in the NBA before the restart in the bubble at Disney World. But it appears he’s joining names like Denver Nuggets star Nikola Jokic and Toronto Raptors center Marc Gasol — he looks slimmer than he did before the league took a pause. Photos of the Portland Trail Blazers legend have made the rounds on social media and “Skinny Melo” has been dubbed. Maybe it’s the right move since he won’t have to do as much work inside the paint with Jusuf Nurkic back and healthy.
The two accomplished NBA stars have traded insults in recent years. Now, Basketball Hall-of-Famer Charles Barkley and Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green have a chance to exchange barbs directly. Barkley and Green will be part of “The Arena,” a new one-hour long NBA show that TNT will launch July 20, air nightly through July 24 and then continue into the restart of the NBA regular season (July 30) and playoffs (Aug. 17). Cari Champion will host the show that will also include NBA star Dwyane Wade.
A Canadian marketing representative who allegedly had an agreement to represent Zion Williamson and purportedly paid his stepfather $400,000 while Williamson was enrolled at Duke said he was conned by someone acting like they were in the New Orleans Pelicans star’s inner circle. In a court filing last week, Gina Ford’s attorneys included documents that they said showed Williamson’s stepfather, Lee Anderson, solicited and accepted a $400,000 payment in October 2018 from Slavko Duric, a Canadian marketing representative.
Duric told Sports Illustrated on Monday that he was contacted by someone in 2018 who was allegedly acting as a middle man for Williamson’s family and friend, James “Chubby” Wells. Duric said he was offered a percentage of Williamson’s future earnings in exchange for a $100,000 payment to Williamson’s family. “I tried to do something I would characterize as outside the lines,” Duric told SI. “I allegedly was involved early. I was at the front of the line through a person who said he knew the family. Somebody who said he was [Williamson’s stepdad] Lee Anderson spoke with me. Someone who said they were Chubby Wells spoke with me a dozen times.”
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When the Raptors won the title in 2019, it was the only time that the NBA champions did not have a lottery pick on their roster since the league changed to a weighted lotto system in 1990. In fact, the 2019 Raptors had the lowest drafted players among NBA champions since the Houston Rockets in 1993-94. (Although those numbers were a bit impacted by the fact that Mario Elie was selected at No. 160 overall, fully one hundred spots later than the final selection eligible in the modern draft).
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Keith Pompey: Simmons was asked if BB came to him about the position switch or did he go to the coach. He said this: “You just got to work with different things. You got to try different things out to see if they work. We are not at a stage where not a stage where we can be comfortable yet … “So I’ve been having fun in that position, whether you guys say the four whatever it is. At the end of the day,once you just see me on the floor, I’m making plays. “
Monty Williams has always enjoyed watching historical documentaries, thanks to his thirst to learn about various people’s backgrounds. So while scanning Amazon Prime shortly after the killing of George Floyd, “The Uncomfortable Truth” piqued Williams’ interest. White filmmaker Loki Mulholland, the son of Freedom Rider Joan Trumpauer Mulholland, digs into America’s history of systemic racism — and confronts his family’s history of slave ownership. When it ended, Williams immediately began texting friends and family — including his young-adult daughters — to suggest they carve out time for their own viewing. The coach knew that, whenever the Suns could safely gather again, he would recommend the film to players and “hope it has a thought-provoking impact on them.”
Williams took things one step further. Instead of practicing inside a Walt Disney World gym Sunday, the team watched “The Uncomfortable Truth” together. It was the latest example of Williams’ leadership during the ongoing social-justice movement, by encouraging education, understanding and love while guiding his roster primarily comprised of young Black men. “We cannot change out history, but we can learn from it,” Williams said Monday on a videoconference with reporters. “I’m not quite sure if we’re learning from it. I’ll do my part. This is an action for me to be with some guys that I care about deeply, and share with them some things that have impacted me.”
July 14, 2020 | 11:12 am EDT Update
One of the goals for Reimagining Justice is to deconstruct America’s War on Drugs, and that’s a massive thing. How do we turn that around? Al Harrington: We’re really focused on trying to bring home these people who are sitting in jail, still, for marijuana possession. Obviously, there are people now who’ve made millions and almost billions of dollars from it and, you know, there are still people locked up. And after these people have served their time, they have no opportunities because they have to work around with this blemish on their record where it doesn’t allow them to apply for jobs.
Right, they still have that on their record. Al Harrington: And we have to honestly do a better job of holding police accountable for the way they police cannabis. Because I can tell you, for sure, that the way they police cannabis in Beverly Hills compared to where they do it in Compton is totally different. So, there’s a lot of things to peel back in regards to reform in general … At the end of the day, there are still people dealing with this.
Storyline: Marijuana Use
How do you feel about the turn on marijuana in sports, particularly with the NBA? It feels like things are changing around the country but sports is coming slow. Al Harrington: Things are definitely changing. The MLB is no longer testing. The NFL is still testing with no penalty, which is kind of weird. The NBA is kind of the last to the party, but they’re going to not test for cannabis in the bubble with the mental ride that they’re about to go through. Change is happening slowly but surely. When we get the schedule to change and start to do real research on stuff like that, that’s when we’ll be off to the races in regards to opening up cannabis to all of sports.
July 14, 2020 | 9:34 am EDT Update
Chris Grenham: The entire Celtics roster surprised Kara Lawson last night by wearing Duke t-shirts, which made her cry. “These men have changed my life. I have loved my time with the Boston Celtics. Our players are authentic, intelligent, creative and passionate men.” pic.twitter.com/ZqNXHiKEVE

July 14, 2020 | 8:40 am EDT Update
Zach Lowe: I was talking to someone around the league the other day, and we were just sort of spitballing about players. There’s a lot of people within the league that think Donovan Mitchell is still a bit overrated. And this guy was one of them. We were talking about who would you rather have Devin Booker or Donovan Mitchell. And I think the only skill in which Donovan Mitchell is ahead of Devin Booker is defense and I don’t think he’s ahead by as much as you think he’s ahead of Devin Booker.
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