May 13, 2021 | 4:53 pm EDT Update
Chase Hughes: Bradley Beal will miss his third straight game with a left hamstring strain, per the Wizards. Only one regular season game left after that.
James Edwards III: Dwane Casey on his extension: “I never felt like I didn’t have a vote of confidence. I didn’t need it. I felt like we were on target with our plan. I thank Tom and Troy in having faith in what we’re building.”
Some 5,500 miles away from their usual Beaverton, Oregon, product meeting location, Blake Griffin sat down with designers and had a few ideas that he wanted to see come to life on his “player exclusive” sneakers for the upcoming season. He wanted a shoe inspired by one of his favorite movies. Jordan color designer Kelsey Amy and the team got to work, creating a Hawaii driver’s license graphic based off the 2007 movie “Superbad” and the character Fogel’s iconic liquor store scene with a fake ID in hand.
Styled in white and blue hues and originally made just for Griffin in his size 16, the tongue’s license details include his birthday, height, weight, hair and eye colors. The toe of each shoe is accented with “Chikka Chikka,” a line from the quirky Fogel character after he gets hold of the “McLovin” license. The address leads to Detroit’s Little Caesars Arena. Of course, the updated ID doesn’t even have a first name, it just says “McGriffin.”
“They’re honestly so fly,” Christopher Mintz-Plasse, who played the Fogel/McLovin character, told ESPN. “My buddy sent them to me last night and I was stoked, but didn’t expect the internet world today to be this into it!”
May 13, 2021 | 4:31 pm EDT Update
Shams Charania: The Golden State Warriors are planning to sign guard Gary Payton II this weekend, sources tell me and @Anthony Slater. Payton showed a solid defensive presence during his two 10-day contracts.