Harden is in Houston complying with the NBAâ€™s coronavirus testing protocol, and sources close to the team and Harden expect the former league MVP to remain professional. The NBA ruled on Wednesday that Harden must register six negative coronavirus tests before practicing with the Rockets, a source said.
August 18, 2022 | 8:28 am EDT Update
After being traded by the Portland Trail Blazers to the Clippers last February, Powell proceeded to play three games before sustaining a left foot fracture. His recovery took weeks, which only allowed him to suit up in the teamâ€™s last four games including the Play-In tournament. The veteran admitted that it was a tough experience of not being able to have an on-court familiarization with his team in the previous campaign. â€śItâ€™s kind of a tough hill to climb on, only playing for three games and then coming back for the playoffs, itâ€™s tough,â€ť Powell said, via David Yapkowitz of 213 Hoops. â€śI really didnâ€™t get a full chance to show what I bring to the table, just a little bit of a spark there.â€ť
Former Boston Celtics player Enes Kanter Freedom explained why the NBA is “really mad” as its hypocritical business ties to communist China are exposed Wednesday on “The Ingraham Angle.” KANTER FREEDOM: Everything the NBA does is either for money or a publicity stunt. It’s been like that for years, so I’m not really surprised. They could care less about the players, about the coaching staff and the fans as long as the league image is profitable.
Enes Kanter Freedom: And finally, they are really mad because someone finally from the inside who played 11 years in this league â€” [is] going out there and exposing them one by one. And that is unacceptableâ€¦ What is unacceptable is how they can bow down to the biggest dictatorship out there in the world. So that hurt my heart. I was like, “You know what? Enough is enough. Someone has to call out this hypocrisy.” And I did it.
Vanessa Bryantâ€™s ongoing civil trial against Los Angeles County has gotten so gory and gruesome at times that Bryant felt compelled to stay out of the courtroom during testimony three times in the first three days, including one time after she got up and left the room in distress. In one exchange, a witness described â€śpieces of flesh hanging from trees.â€ť
â€śDidn’t it open (the victim’s) brain cavity?â€ť the attorney asked. â€śYes,â€ť said the witness. â€śThe cavity was opened, and the cavity that contains the brain was exposed.â€ť â€śAnd the brain tissue was vacated, correct?â€ť the attorney asked. â€śMissing?â€ť â€śCorrect,â€ť the witness replied in front of a federal jury of five men and four women.
August 18, 2022 | 2:54 am EDT Update
The Lakers remain active in trade talks and would part with their 2027 and 2029 first-round picks in the right deal, ESPNâ€™s Adrian Wojnarowski said in an appearance on Sports Center (video link). Those picks â€śhave a lot of value in the marketplaceâ€ť if theyâ€™re unprotected, Wojnarowski states. He adds that L.A. would be willing to give them up in a trade for Kyrie Irving, but the Nets havenâ€™t been interested.
Those around the team were confident that James signing an extension was likely, considering how much heâ€™s enjoyed playing for the Lakers and living in Los Angeles. The primary complication in Jamesâ€™ decision was that he has been privately adamant that the Lakers still need to improve the current roster and trade for superstar point guard Kyrie Irving, league sources have told The Athletic.