One big focus for next season has been the status of the Toronto Raptors. Due to the United States’ handling of COVID-19, travel into Canada has been banned. MLB’s Toronto Blue Jays played their home games in Buffalo, and the Toronto FC of the MLS played its games in East Hartford, Connecticut. The Raptors face a similar dilemma, and league sources tell Yahoo Sports one alternate location that has been broached is Louisville, Kentucky. Former NBA player and successful businessman Junior Bridgeman has been in contact with the NBA, considering Louisville has the KFC Yum! Center that is NBA-ready.
April 13, 2021 | 11:13 am EDT Update
Shams Charania: Nuggets star guard Jamal Murray has a torn ACL in his left knee, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium. Devastating, season-ending injury for Jamal Murray, who emerged as a superstar in the NBA bubble last summer and has worked diligently in his career to be a lead guard who is respected by his teammates and coaches.
April 13, 2021 | 10:53 am EDT Update
Keith Smith: Isaiah Thomas’ 10 Day contract with the New Orleans Pelicans expired today. The Pelicans can sign Thomas to to a second 10 Day.
Before his team’s game against the Dallas Mavericks, the 76ers coach was asked his thoughts about Sunday’s fatal shooting of Daunte Wright, a Black man, by police in Brooklyn Center, Minn. The incident rocked the Minneapolis suburb miles way from where George Floyd was killed during a police arrest in May. “You know, frustrating as it should be for … I think we should stop staying frustrating for all Black Americans,” Rivers said of his thoughts. “I think it should be frustrated [thoughts] by all Americans.”
Anger was expressed by community members watching the video from the lobby of the police headquarters. Meanwhile, there were protests outside. “I don’t know if it’s a mistake or not,” Rivers said. “I saw the body cam video like everyone else. But I just know the frustration is a real thing for everybody. “And for us, we keep hearing this cancel culture stuff. But you know we’re canceling Black lives. And I think to me, that’s a little more important in my opinion and it just keeps happening. We keep making mistakes on killing Black people.”