Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Yes, some of the above have apologized — DeSean Jackson, Stephen Jackson, Chelsea Handler — while others continue to defiantly marinate in their own prejudice. Their arrogant and irrational response to accusations of anti-Semitism, rather than dissuade us, actually confirmed people’s worst opinions. Ice Cube’s response was remorseless: “What if I was just pro-Black? This is the truth brother. I didn’t lie on anyone. I didn’t say I was anti anybody. DONT BELIEVE THE HYPE. I’ve been telling my truth.” His “truth” was clearly anti-Semitic but, like Trump, he believes his truth exists outside facts. As writer Roxane Gay summed it up: “It is impossible to take you seriously with regards to social justice or anything when you post anti-Semitic imagery. What the fuck are you doing?”
June 16, 2021 | 6:58 pm EDT Update
Warriors assistant coach Leandro Barbosa said coach Steve Kerr approached him about playing this season and doesn’t know why the opportunity never materialized. Barbosa, who specializes on the Warriors staff in mentoring players, acknowledged that the idea of him returning as a player after three years away from the NBA “wasn’t a joke at all” when injuries decimated the team’s rotation while the Warriors were in the playoff hunt.
“[Kerr] came up to me and said, ‘LB what would you think if we had to sign you to a 10-day contract?’ or whatever,” Barbosa said on the “Locked On Warriors” podcast. “Before it wasn’t a 10-day contract. Before it was like sign the whole rest of the year. I said, ‘What do you mean? What do you want me to do?’ Obviously, I can be a veteran off the bench with the young guys but then he came up to me and said ‘No, I want you to play.’
“It wasn’t a joke at all,” Barbosa said. “Unfortunately that didn’t happen. But if it happened, I was ready to go. I know the offense, I know how we play… So as far as the connection with the guys, I don’t have a problem at all.” So why didn’t it happen? “I really don’t know, my man,” Barbosa said. “That’s a question you’d have to ask Steve or the organization.”
Brad Townsend: I’m told that reports of Luka Doncic being upset about Donnie Nelson’s parting with the Mavericks aren’t based on conversations anyone’s had with Doncic because he hasn’t shared such feelings. Doncic and Nelson are personally close and have been since before Dallas drafted him, but that’s not the same as saying Doncic is upset with the franchise regarding today’s news.
Brad Townsend: Doncic is in fact expected to speak about Nelson’s departure tomorrow during an availability with reporters in Slovenia as he and Team Slovenia prepare for an Olympic qualifying tournament. But to say Doncic is upset with the Mavericks right now is not accurate.
Sarah K. Spencer: No live play for Cam Reddish recently, per Nate McMillan. “He’s still rehabbing and working out. He hasn’t done any live play in the last 24 hours. But everything’s pretty much the same.”
Anthony Slater: Rick Welts will be the Warriors lottery rep next week in what most likely will be his final front-facing appearance for the organization before retirement.