“JaJuan Johnson had a tremendous college career,” Butler, who was taken by Chicago at No. 30 in that 2011 draft, told me when I asked if he was aware of the Celtics’ regret. “He probably did more in college than I ever dreamt of doing, and I hope he’s having a healthy career, wherever he is. But I don’t look at it like that, man. You don’t know. I got lucky. I fell into Chicago and turned into a player, and maybe if I’m (with the Celtics) I don’t pan out to be the player that I am. It’s funny how things work together to make something happen like that. I’m grateful for where I am, and I’m grateful for who did take me in the draft.”
June 18, 2021 | 9:05 pm EDT Update
Eric Walden: Quin Snyder, on the Donovan Mitchell and Mike Conley injury situations: “They won’t be put there if there’s a chance they could further hurt themselves. … The impact that they have, even if they’re not at their best, is substantial.”
Eric Walden: Quin Snyder, on the Jazz’s mentality heading into Game 6: “I’m confident in our group. We’ve been through a lot. I can’t remember another group of that I’ve been with that’s had a flock of birds hit their plane. … These guys know what’s at stake and they’re ready.”
Roughly an hour later Mavericks legend Dirk Nowitzki officially returned to the franchise fold, as an advisor in the search for a new general manager and coach. Owner Mark Cuban told The News that Nowitzki will “be involved in the entire process. “His insights and input are of course invaluable,” Cuban said. “And I’m excited that he is involved.” In case there was any doubt about the order of the search, Cuban made it crystal clear. “First GM, then coach.”
June 18, 2021 | 8:27 pm EDT Update
Ohm Youngmisuk: Ty Lue on the Clippers’ this morning at shootaround: “Everyone’s locked in and focused. We understand we won a big game in Utah but the series is not over.” Lue says Utah is number one for a reason and he’s banking on Conley playing tonight.