Paul George: â€śFact of the matter is I didnâ€™t deserve to be an All-Star, I didnâ€™t play enough games and I wasnâ€™t out there enough. Honestly, itâ€™s nice to have three extra days, Iâ€™ll take it with a smile on my face, root Kawhi on from wherever beach we decide to go.â€ť
July 6, 2022 | 2:03 pm EDT Update
Jason Anderson: Sacramento Kings officially announce trade for Kevin Huerter. pic.twitter.com/BIZSsXNugp
James L. Edwards III: Killian Hayes, who was the No. 7 pick in 2020, is the interesting one of the third-year players at Summer League. I get the sense heâ€™ll play a decent amount of games, if not all of them. My assumption is that heâ€™ll be watched closest by the Pistonsâ€™ front office and coaching staff. The 20-year-old has to dominate, or come close to it, in order for Detroit to feel more at ease with him going forward. Itâ€™s been a bumpy two seasons for Hayes because of numerous injuries, a struggling jump shot and difficulties finishing around the rim. The organization surely wants to see him run the offense without hiccups, have the â€śIâ€™m too good for thisâ€ť aggressiveness and show improvements with his jumper.
Sue BirdÂ andÂ Diana TaurasiÂ have reached another historic feat after NBA 2K announced the two WNBA legends would grace the cover of the WNBA Edition of NBA 2K23. Taurasi and Bird embark on this moment together as they did back in college when they won the national title for Connecticut in 2002. From college to the WNBA, they both have had legendary careers.
When Players Only started last fall, it was billed as a unique NFT project, co-founded by Michael Carter-Williams, supported by other pro athletes, that would allow investors who bought its non-fungible tokens to interact with them in person and through the online community the project was building. But by this spring, the project had sputtered. Conversations on its Discord server â€” a voice, video and text digital platform, had slowed. An April AMA session centered on the projectâ€™s founders hearing out grievances from its NFT holders. A long backlog of giveaways built up.
The sudden changes came on the same day thatÂ The AthleticÂ spoke to Carter-Williams, on June 9, about the projectâ€™s problems, and Players Only was already set to sunset. In that conversation, he denied any malevolent intentions; he said the project simply failed. â€śIf thereâ€™s a mistake that I made, Iâ€™m willing to say that we made a mistake. This project was a failure. There are people that are owed things, that will receive what they are owed, and it took too long of a time. Yes, I agree. But I donâ€™t deserve to be called a liar,â€ť he said, referring to accusations made on the official Discord server. â€śI donâ€™t deserve (for it to be said) that I stole peopleâ€™s money. I donâ€™t deserve that. People say that this project was a rug-pull; I put too much time and effort into this for that to be the consensus of it. And thereâ€™s too many people that were happy with the project for that to happen.Â â€śI was the founder of this project and the people that were working with this project as well donâ€™t deserve to be called that and have their image be tarnished like that.â€ť
After a conversation with a reporter withÂ The Athletic, he texted screenshots of tweets from holders expressing appreciation for the utilities they received, like a meet-up in Dallas with Carter-Williams, Ross and Harris.Â â€śThere was many people that were happy and the people that are not happy I do feel for you as well,â€ť he said. â€śIâ€™m not excusing that. There was mistakes that were made. This is definitely not what I envisioned. I wouldnâ€™t say that this was a successful project. This is a project that did fail. In the past Iâ€™ve said this was a great experience because Iâ€™ve learned a lot from this project. But I empathize with those people that arenâ€™t happy.â€ť
July 6, 2022 | 1:32 pm EDT Update
Fred Katz: A note with the free-agency moratorium officially done: The Knicks could not turn the Isaiah Hartenstein acquisition into a sign-and-trade because the Clippers were capped on how much they could pay him. As for Jalen Brunson becoming a S&T, we donâ€™t know until we know.