Now, they are a 6-seed down 0-2 with a $150 million payroll on the books for next season, and everyone involved knows there are probably going to be changes up and down the line. Maybe the 76ers get a win or even pull out two victories against the Celtics — though that is unlikely if Jayson Tatum keeps playing like a passed-over MVP candidate — but it will almost certainly not change the reality. It’s plain to see on the 76ers’ faces and in their body language. Like many teams before them over the decades and probably many teams to come, they are going through the motions of the end of the dreaded letdown season.
May 30, 2023 | 8:51 pm EDT Update
Michael Malone on Heat: 'For those who are thinking that this is going to be an easy series...this is going to be the biggest challenge of our lives'
“We’ve got the utmost respect for them,” Gordon said. “They fight and they scrap, and they have no quit in them. They play through 48 minutes a game and more, if necessary. They play fearless. They play disciplined. They’re well coached and have some guys that have been there before and have some guys that have chips on their shoulder. We’re not looking at the seeding or the story around it. This is a very talented basketball team, professional basketball team, and all those guys over there got game.”
The New Orleans Pelicans plan to restructure their player care and performance team after their injury-marred 2022-23 season, sources told The Times-Picayune. Aaron Nelson, the Pelicans vice president of player performance and care, has been in charge of that department for the last four seasons. Under Nelson, the Pelicans have finished seventh, 27th, 20th and seventh in games lost to injury, according to Man-Games Lost.
ClutchPoints: “Before the trophies and the memories over this run, I remember I told you ‘you better get it right!’ And you did… Forever grateful for you as a friend forever.” Steph Curry with a powerful tribute to Warriors GM Bob Myers💙 (via stephencurry30/IG)
NBA Central: Robert Horry says he’s taking Hakeem over Shaq and Duncan (Via @shobasketball) pic.twitter.com/29qcpqw3pI
May 30, 2023 | 7:35 pm EDT Update
Tyler Herro on return: I'm going to be working out multiple times everyday until I come back
Within the past week, Herro was cleared to shoot and dribble with the surgically repaired hand. But he hasn’t yet participated in a contact practice. “I’m going to be working out every day, twice, two, three times a day from here until the day I hopefully come back,” said Herro, who is traveling with the team. “So I’m always going to continue to work hard and see how my body responds day by day and try to come back as soon as possible.”
“I’ve never once missed it,” Atlanta Hawks star Dejounte Murray says. “That explains my professionalism, my attention to detail. I gotta have it. Every game day, gotta be the same. Whether at home or on the road.” Says Toronto Raptors veteran Chris Boucher: “It’s just to make sure that I’m in the right state of mind. It makes you feel good. I never miss sleep.” The thing is, NBA players almost have to be good at day-sleeping, because their schedules are profoundly abnormal. It’s easy to forget that they work nights, with most games starting at 7:30 and finishing around 10 p.m. They might not get home, or to the hotel, until midnight—or possibly 2 or 3 a.m., if the team flew immediately after the game. And of course there are, uh, lifestyle factors in play, too. Pro athletes are known to enjoy the nightlife—yet even for those that don’t, it can be a challenge to wind down after spending two to three hours hopped up on adrenaline. And because most teams hold a morning shootaround—sometime between 9-11 a.m.—they can’t just sleep in on game days.