Marc J. Spears: One Bucks player said to his knowledge there has been no discussion amongst his teammates about boycotting this afternoons game against the Magic, @TheUndefeated was told.
An assembly, organized by players who are emotionally traumatized by the latest police-involved shooting of an African American that was captured on video, was held Tuesday night at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, sources said, and there were multiple conversations about what actions could be taken throughout the day.
Oklahoma City Thunder star Chris Paul — the union president — and Miami Heat forward Andre Iguodala — first vice president of the union — were in attendance to show support, sources said. Players began reaching out to the committee in recent days, sharing that they’re not in the right frame of mind to play basketball, sources said.
The union’s approach is to educate players on the pros and cons of boycotting games and reassuring them that they would be supported regardless of whatever they decide to do, sources said. There is ongoing dialogue on what more could be done inside the bubble to raise awareness to racial injustice in an effort to enact change and thwart police brutality toward people of color, sources said.
The hearts of players are heavy, with some feeling intense guilt for playing and that they’re providing entertainment that is drowning out the injustices that are plaguing this country, sources said. Players can request to speak with a counselor in the bubble by setting up an appointment in the league’s campus app, but because of confidentiality it’s not known if that resource is being utilized, sources said.
July 5, 2022 | 4:09 pm EDT Update
Ja Morant just signed a five-year max extension with the Memphis Grizzlies. Even before putting pen to paper on a life-changing contract that could pay him up to $231 million, though, the notoriously grounded superstar was making a habit of paying his wealth forward.
On episode three of the Ja Morant Docuseries, titled “God Is The Greatest,” Morant and his crew make a pitstop to get a bite to eat while traveling through Miami. Leaving a $500 tip for his waitress is obviously the most important part of this story, and a heartwarming one all by itself. But her reaction after realizing Morant is the Grizzlies’ superstar is what makes it extra special.
July 5, 2022 | 3:11 pm EDT Update
Adam Wexler: #Rockets rookie @Jabari Smith on what he’s getting from talking with teammates that have been in the league a bit. “Don’t make it complicated, do what you’re good at. At the end of the day you’ve gotta play hard.” @SportsTalk790 pic.twitter.com/MM6OgDRIKH