Zach Lowe: The NBA health protocols concede maintaining 6 feet of distance during card games “may not be practicable,” and require anyone playing cards indoors wear masks. Players/staff must dispose of the deck at the end of each game/session. “Sufficient packs of cards will be available.”
December 1, 2022 | 9:43 am EST Update
Boston Celtics center Al Horford has agreed on a two-year, $20 million contract extension that ties him to the franchise through his 39th birthday in 2025, his agent Jason Glushon of Glushon Sports Management told ESPN on Thursday morning. Horford, a five-time All-Star, is completing the final season of a four-year, $109 million contract. Horford will earn $26.5 million this season, with the new deal beginning in 2023-2024.
HoopsHype: LeBron James to the media: “I was wondering why I haven’t gotten a question from you guys about the Jerry Jones photo. But when the Kyrie thing was going on, you guys were quick to ask us questions about that.” pic.twitter.com/PFjuBH7BYJ
So with 24 seconds remaining, there first was a technical foul issued to Adebayo by referee Tony Brothers and then another from referee Nick Buchert, leaving Adebayo ejected. “I mean, me personally, I don’t really get bent out of shape about fouls,” Adebayo said, with the Heat turning their attention to Friday’s rematch against the Celtics at TD Garden. “My biggest thing is like, my mom taught me ever since I was younger, if somebody’s talking to you, you look at them dead in the eyes. I feel like that’s unprofessional when players come to try come talk to you and you don’t look at them and, you know, acknowledge them. “I feel like that has to be addressed. And that’s conversations we don’t get to see, we don’t get to hear when they go in their corners. I feel like they should be put on the podium and have to explain certain situations throughout the game.”
Adebayo said no detailed explanations were forthcoming, with a different officiating crew to work Friday’s game. “I asked if I’m getting fouled? They tell me, no,” he said. “And then I go watch film and they were just pushing me. So it’s one of those things where it’s kind of like, ‘Come on bro, y’all are out here to make the game fair.’ And I’m not saying dudes don’t get touched more than others. “But our team shooting a total of nine free throws and we’re one of the teams that gets in the paint, lives in the paint, and you’re telling me we only shoot nine? Come on, man.”
Mitchell Robinson was clear: He’s happy with his role on the Knicks. His tweet Tuesday, responding to a fan asking if he had ever thought of working with Amar’e Stoudemire on his non-existent post game, wasn’t a knock on anyone. “The way we play is not set for me to do any moves,” the center tweeted in his response to the fan. When asked about the tweet, Robinson said it was “my business.” Regarding his role with the Knicks, he said: “If I was unhappy, I wouldn’t have [done] what I came out here and did today and last game. I would’ve just chilled out and just [said], ‘Oh well.’ ”
“From the last time we played [the Bucks], I had to come out with a different mindset,” Robinson said, referring to his five-point, nine-rebound effort in a loss to Milwaukee on Oct. 30. “Last time we played them, I almost fouled out and I wasn’t myself. I had to learn from my mistake last game and I brought it to this game.” As far as working out with Stoudemire, as the fan asked, Robinson seemed ambivalent. “If he comes to the gym we can work out, yeah,” he said.
The Boston Celtics’ matchup against the Miami Heat on Wednesday had some serious royalty in the front row. No, I mean actual royalty, not just movie, TV or music celebrities. Prince William and Princess Kate were in attendance to see Jayson Tatum go off with a huge game for the superstar Celtics forward. They’re in town for the Earthshot Prize — per USA TODAY, that’s “an international contest centered around environmentalism.” As you’d expect, there were so many photos snapped of the British royal couple enjoying the action (and some that, out of context, are very amusing).