Sund had fallen in love with North Carolina‚Äôs recent teams and had dreams of pairing Jordan with his college teammate, Sam Perkins, who had also entered the ‚Äô84 draft. If he could finagle the third pick, he‚Äôd be able to do it. The Mavericks were already choosing fourth. So, as he puts it, he ‚Äúdangled‚ÄĚ Aguirre. But there was one problem: Thorn and the Bulls had been waiting a long time for this moment, and they weren‚Äôt exactly trying to flush it away. ‚Äú(Rod and I) talked about this a couple weeks ago,‚ÄĚ Sund told The Athletic. ‚ÄúAnd I said, ‚ÄėYou know, Rod. You‚Äôd have won the press conference, but we‚Äôd have won NBA championships.‚Äô‚ÄĚ
August 17, 2022 | 8:47 pm EDT Update
Tommy Beer: Stephen A Smith on SiriumXM w/ @Rick Kamla this afternoon when asked about potential Mitchell deal: “Utah didn’t want Julius Randle, from what I’m told. They don’t want him. The Knicks were willing to unload him. They want RJ Barrett. They want at least 6 1st-round picks.” pic.twitter.com/9Nn7DuwlZe
I knew if we could win Game 3 and go to 3-0, it was pretty much a wrap on the series. It was just a matter of whether [the series would be won] in Game 4 or a ‚Äúgentleman‚Äôs sweep‚ÄĚ in Game 5. Down the stretch in the fourth quarter, we got a stop, and I was just talking to myself: ‚ÄúPut ‚Äėem to sleep. Put ‚Äėem to sleep.‚ÄĚ That was the conversation I was having with myself. Not with anyone else on the team or anyone else in the arena. Then, I had finished that layup underneath Jokic, and that was the thought that came out ‚Äď just to do the sign. I didn‚Äôt say, ‚ÄúNight Night‚ÄĚ at the time. I was just telling myself, ‚ÄúPut ‚Äėem to sleep.‚ÄĚ Fast forward to Game 5, when I made the last layup to go up five with 19 seconds left. That was the official, ‚ÄúPut them to sleep.‚ÄĚ The camera didn‚Äôt get me on that one, but I actually said it. Fast forward to Memphis, Dallas and then Boston, and it kind of took on a life of its own.
NDP: How did it feel to break it out again in Boston and seal the Finals win? SC: It felt the best. The way that game went, it was an emotional rollercoaster. They came out just hitting every shot, and they were up double digits in the first four minutes. We slowly just crept back and then went on that 21-nothing run. When we came out in the third quarter, everyone was feeling it. Let‚Äôs just step on their throats, right now.
NDP: What‚Äôs it been like seeing athletes from sports all around the world doing the celebration? SC: It‚Äôs the best, ‚Äôcause some are taking it to new extremes that I would never feel comfortable doing in the league. But it‚Äôs dope to know how far the reach is. I‚Äôve told people before, ‚ÄúI know there‚Äôs people that did the symbol before me.‚ÄĚ But to know that you cemented a moment that‚Äôs on the biggest of stages, and people are inspired by it and want to have fun with whatever they‚Äôre doing with it ‚ÄĒ they‚Äôve taken their own spin on it and have had some creativity with it.
August 17, 2022 | 7:21 pm EDT Update
CJ Holmes: Here’s all four of the Warriors’ long road trips this season: Oct. 29 – Nov 4: Charlotte, Detroit, Miami, Orlando, New Orleans Dec. 13 – 27: Milwaukee, Indiana, Philadelphia, Toronto, New York, Brooklyn Jan 13 – 20: San Antonio, Chicago, Washington, Boston, Cleveland
Jason Dumas: Looks like a local artist in the LA area has painted a mural of JTA in Inglewood. It‚Äôll be unveiled to the public tomorrow. I realized how impactful Juan was at the first Mexican-American to win an NBA Finals during the Warriors parade. Cool stuff. pic.twitter.com/rTPdj8Op4c
August 17, 2022 | 5:43 pm EDT Update
Marc Stein: The NBA’s new schedule has 55 baseball-style series in which the road team plays the same foe twice in a row without travel … up from 23 last season. Plus 33 instances on the schedule in which the road team stays in LA or New York to play both local teams on the same trip.