Morey described this dynamic as “a media creation” and added that “it’s convenient for agents to focus on it.” Still, coaches in professional sports often feel their authority diminishes within a front office and locker room if they have lame-duck status. D’Antoni has dismissed that idea with as much conviction as he has that offenses should center more on outside shooting and floor spacing and less on plodding big men. “The moment is too big to get distracted. We’ve been through a lot. I’ve been through a lot in all kinds of different ways,” D’Antoni said. “Everybody has something to fight for, but it’s a little bit bigger than that. It’s what we’ve done all year together and trying to build a team and trying to get to where we want to get at. That supersedes everything.”
August 17, 2022 | 3:01 pm EDT Update
Adrian Wojnarowski. BREAKING: Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James has agreed on a two-year, $97.1 million contract extension – including a player option for the 2024-2025 season, @KlutchSports CEO Rich Paul tells ESPN. James had been entering final year of deal worth $44.5M.
Adrian Wojnarowski: The two-year, $97.1M extension, which includes a 15 percent trade kicker, makes LeBron James the highest earning player in NBA history with $532M in guaranteed money. He surpasses Brooklyn’s Kevin Durant.
With Cedi Osman scoring his first 19 points in 19 minutes of action, Turkey after a slow first quarter kept things in check against Georgia for the 101-88 win in the first game of the 31st “Acropolis tournament” in Athens Greece.
Osman finished the game with 22 points, Sengun had in total 17 points, Furkan Korkmaz added 18 and Onuralp Bitim scored 12. Naturalized point guard Shane Larkin in his first game with the team this summer had two points and six assists.
Capping a challenging multi-year development process, Sinclair Broadcast Group’s regional sports unit has set September 26 as the nationwide launch date for direct-to-consumer streaming service Bally Sports+.
At $19.99 a month or $189.99 a year, Bally Sports+ will be among the priciest streaming options in the marketplace, but the company expects many diehard sports fans lacking pay-TV subscriptions to pony up to watch their local teams. The 19 Bally networks operated by Sinclair’s Diamond Sports Group subsidiary feature Major League Baseball, NBA and NHL games, along with a range of college and prep sports. The company says additional pricing options will be released once the service is live.
August 17, 2022 | 1:20 pm EDT Update
The Silver and Black will make a historic return to the Alamodome in San Antonio on January 13. With a capacity of 65,000-plus for the Dome, the Spurs are poised to break the attendance record for an NBA regular season game. The Spurs will travel to Austin for a pair of games on Thursday, April 6 and on Saturday, April 8 at Moody Center.