Eric Koreen: "Even though we've heard this kind of thing could happen, there's still confusion and sadness," says Suns coach Monty Williams. "I find it hard to figure out things that help a situation like that. I don't know how to be a part of that solution."
Ryan Smith: We are witnessing an attack on our democracy. Peaceful transitions of power are fundamental to who we are as a country. Lies and division have consequences. We need to come together as a nation immediately to restore basic values and decency in order to move forward. Together.
National Basketball Players Association executive director Michele Roberts expressed outrage over the mob that stormed the United States Capitol Building in Washington on Wednesday and how it reflected on racial double-standards in America.
"Today started yesterday, when the Jacob Blake shooting was being justified, although I'm not sure there was a single human surprised at that finding," Roberts told ESPN on Wednesday. "Every single player that contacted me -- or that I contacted -- saw the same connection to the Blake shooting being justified. We were watching these people essentially committing treason at the Capitol and I have yet to hear about a single shot being fired.”
Michele Roberts: "On a day like this, it's the first thing that comes to mind. And all I can say is that I'm grateful knowing that hopefully nobody who looks like me is going to Capitol Hill to respond to this, because if they do, you'll see a different response by law enforcement. You know it -- and I know it."
Omari Sanfoka II: Dwane Casey: "As a father and husband and human being, the situation that happened at the Capitol and seeing our house, the people's house be overtaken, basically ... it was malicious, it was dangerous, it was a huge attack on our democracy. That is concerning."
Omari Sanfoka II: Dwane Casey: "For our country to be in a situation where it's being attacked, politicians are running for cover ... it's a sad day for our country and we can do better."
Michael C. Wright: OKC coach Mark Daigneault on today's developments: "We are gonna keep those kinds of conversations inside our locker room. Obviously, it's appalling and pretty surreal."
Rod Boone: James Borrego on today's events: "The pain, the hurt in this country right now, it’s real. … It’s disheartening. It’s disappointing, it’s embarrassing for our country to be at this point. It’s not the country I want my kids to inherit and it’s extremely sad.”
Eric Walden: Quin: “It’s hard to have any preparation. ... It’s something we had a chance to discuss. ... It’s hard to concentrate. It’s important for us all to collectively acknowledge what’s going on.”
Rod Boone: James Borrego said although they are professionals, it's tough to play a game tonight in the wake of what's going on in Washington. Also said it's difficult to not be with his family on days like this. "This is bigger than basketball," he said.
Kelsey Russo: #Cavs J.B. Bickerstaff when asked about today’s events at the Capitol: “I spent a lot of the afternoon watching and listening. It’s saddening. It’s disgusting, to be honest with you.”
Chris Grenham: Brad Stevens: "We elected a President, who luckily is on his way out, and others, that have not shown that kind of grace. It's been consistent."
Tim Reynolds: Celtics coach Brad Stevens: "My reaction is sad. ... I'm looking forward to two weeks from now, as I know a lot of other people are, too."
Tim Reynolds: The Celtics talked as a team about the Jacob Blake case today. "It's been a heavy 24 hours, 48 hours," Brad Stevens said. Neither the Celtics nor the Heat have formally discussed any actions or protests for tonight.
Josh Robbins: Magic coach Steve Clifford when asked about the events in Washington: "We can disagree about policies or about the way the country should be run. But there's no place in our country for what's going on right now. That's not a protest. They've gone way over the line. It's sad. Our country, we're being laughed at all over the world from the way we've handled the pandemic to this. It's a sad day for everybody."
Ira Winderman: Erik Spoelstra, on today in D.C., "It's really disturbing images. We've all been talking about it really last couple of hours. It's really disturbing."
Mark Medina: Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce on today's riots in D.C.: "It's not unexpected. It's tragic in nature. It's a sad reality. It's unfortunate this is what we're looking at in our county after the year we've been through, but it's not unexpected."
Mike Vorkunov: Tom Thibodeau on the insurrection at the Capitol: "It’s shocking. Disappointing. I haven’t had an opportunity to speak to the team yet.. As Americans you want everyone to be safe. We can debate things & do all that but once there is violence involved it’s not good for anybody."
Adrian Wojnarowski: After the rioting and attack on democracy in Washington today, there's been no formal discussion between the NBA and NBPA on postponing any of the league's 11 games tonight, sources tell ESPN. The Washington Wizards are set to play the 76ers in Philadelphia.
Quinton Mayo: Scott Brooks on the DC riots: “It’s disgusting, unacceptable and should not be allowed. It’s embarrassing and should never have happened”
Jeff Zillgitt: "It's pretty disturbing. Sad," Sixers coach Doc Rivers on today's event at the U.S. Capitol. He also continued and said, "Democracy will prevail."
Derek Bodner: Doc Rivers: "Could you imagine, today, if those were all black people storming the Capitol? And what would have happened?"
J. Michael Falgoust: Bjorkgren on unrest in DC and the team’s mood: “Our guys want to play” #PacersRockets
Ty Jerome: Ahhhhhh , they’re showing us the right way to protest today. 📝 pic.twitter.com/Delu62qQwU
George Karl: Sad to see this in DC! Bad verbiage and behaviors, stemming from poor leadership, led to this moment.
February 28, 2021 | 10:49 am EST Update
Brooklyn, which is clearly all-in on winning a championship, covets Drummond. But sources said three other Eastern Conference playoff-bound teams – Toronto, Boston and Miami – wouldn’t mind taking Drummond off the Cavs’ hand as well. “All of those teams in the East know they need an established and reliable big if they were to face Embiid or Giannis in the playoffs,’’ an Eastern Conference executive said.
With seemingly no inclination to spend money and pay the luxury tax and, with GM Jon Horst having virtually mortgaged the team’s future — he dealt three No. 1 picks (all unprotected) to acquire Jrue Holiday, the Bucks options are clearly limited. One player who could come at a small price and help them is Glenn Robinson III, who was recently released by Sacramento and whom the Bucks have shown interest in in the past. “I think he’s a solid player,’’ a player personnel official said of Robinson. “His shot is pretty good; his defense is pretty good. I think he’d be a handy pickup for a team like the Bucks looking for an off-the-bench guy.’’
I was told the Bucks were hoping to rekindle interest in former first-round pick D.J. Wilson by showcasing him earlier this season. But Wilson didn’t produce and his trade value is almost non-existent. When I asked a player personnel director earlier this week if the Bucks could get a second-round pick for Wilson, he replied, “I don’t know.’’
The founder of Girls Talk Sports TV, Khristina Williams, asked Allen’s interest in owning a Seattle Sonics stake. “So, I tell people when you believe in something or when you have a goal or idea. You write it down, and then you tell your friend or tell somebody you don’t know. The reason why you do that because you can’t run away from it. Cause a lot of times, and people don’t share their goals because they are afraid if they don’t accomplish them, they are a failure,” said Allen. “Even when you don’t accomplish them, you learned something. You have information, and then you go back to the drawing board. So, we have to give our desires and our dreams to the world to help us inspire. So, the signs tell us everything, and I have put stuff like that into the universe, like one day, I want to run a marathon, run a triathlon, I want to own an NBA team. There are small little things that push you into a direction or away from it.”
“I would love for Seattle to have a team, and I would love to be part of the ownership. When I left Seattle in 07, so many were disenchanted with the ownership, and the one thing that I told them was, this is something people all over the world in any city with a sports team. People were upset with the then owners, and I told them, listen, I wear Seattle on my chest, but I only wear it for a brief time. When I leave, this is your city. You always have to fight for your city, for your team, and the pride of what it is. You cannot lose a sports team in your city because it is a community resource. As an adult you have your frustrations and things that piss you off the dynamics, the politics, but we do things for the kids.
February 28, 2021 | 6:15 am EST Update
Cleveland Cavaliers power forward Kevin Love is on this quick two-game trip with his teammates so he can continue to rehab a high-grade strained right calf, but the five-time All-Star is “unlikely” to return until after the NBA All-Star break, league sources tell cleveland.com.