Joe Mullinax: Tyus on maintaining a normal focus tonight in yesterday's events: "It's tough, because basketball is not where our focus was. How can it be? Basketball is just a game." Also said there's a lot of wrong going on in our country, and it's their job to make a difference in this world
Joe Mullinax: Tyus Jones is up next. He was asked abt yesterday's events & if the team's discussed it. "You wanna say it's unreal or unbelievable, but a lot of us aren't surprised." The team has talked about the different standards in this country & using platform for change
Michael Grange: “That man is a criminal, he should be charged, he told them to do it and somebody died ... it’s crazy” — Kyle Lowry on Donald Trump.
Ohm Youngmisuk: Paul George: "I would have been all for the league to shut down. I think this is something that definitely should have been addressed but there's a fine line because it does give people some positivity to watch games...but I definitely would have been all for [NBA] shutting down"
Malika Andrews: Clippers Marcus Morris on Warriors and Clippers kneeling during the National Anthem: “My personal opinion: that wasn't enough. I thought we shouldn't have played." Morris noted the two teams never discussed not playing, but felt that some things take precedence over basketball.
Clutch Points: "They're not f**king protestors. They're f**king terrorists." Draymond Green rips those who involved in Capitol riots 😳🔥 pic.twitter.com/9IkJbFxRS2
Connor Letourneau: Draymond Green on what happened at the U.S. capitol: "It just goes to show you where this country is, where it always has been, and where it's probably going to stay, to be quite honest."
Gerald Bourguet: "Nobody ever leaves the arena with their uniform on. I leave the arena every game as just a Black man." Chris Paul says they will continue to work together to figure things out
“It was just a bizarre scene, but it was a pretty clear reminder that the truth matters,” Kerr said. “We’ve been talking about this for years. The truth matters in our country and anywhere and in any circumstance, because of the repercussions if we allow lies to spread and if we enable people in power to lie. All of a sudden you have millions of people who are doubting an election that was certified in every state. We had 7 or 8 million more people vote for Biden than for Trump. Every state has certified those results. Every court appeal has been turned down. A legitimate election is suddenly questioned by millions of people, including many of the people who are leading our country in government, because we’ve decided over the past few years to allow lies to be told.
However, not all in the basketball world are on one side and that goes for former players as well. One of them could be seen among the protesters as well. David Wood, who never hid his support of Trump, was present and even broadcasted the whole ordeal online. Wood, 56, played professionally for two decades including stints with nine NBA teams as well as several European clubs. Among them, mostly Spanish teams: Barça, Baskonia, Unicaja, Murcia, Gran Canaria, and Fuenlabrada.
"It's very emotional," Beal said. "It's very disheartening in a lot of ways, because just the lack of sense of urgency there was to respond to what was going on versus protestors and Black Lives Matter over the summer. That was a direct standout from all over the world. Everybody addressed the same issue, I retweeted something Trump tweeted a few months ago, literally about the people who vandalize or disrespect any piece of federal property in Portland and around the U.S. Those people would face a minimum of 10 years in prison. So we'll see if he has his foot in his mouth or that is something he really, truly stands for. Because of the people who were invading our capital ... they invaded the capitol. It's unheard of.
John Wall played in Washington D.C. for nine years and he’d never seen anything like what happened Wednesday just blocks from his former arena. "Can't believe it, at a loss for words with it,” Wall said, following the Rockets’ loss to the Pacers. “Most important thing we can do is stand up for what we stand for, believe in it and stand behind it."
Jay King: Jaylen Brown plans to continue using his platform: “America is built on a lot of racism. That’s the foundation. ... we want the next generation to know where we stand. We want the next generation to know hopefully it’s better than this one.”
Eric Woodyard: Reigning 2-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo shares his perception of America after seeing so many recent negative incidents targeting Black people. “My kid is black. And I can not imagine my kid going through what I see and what I see on the TV,” he said. See full comment below. pic.twitter.com/052sNNvBfG
Eric Walden: Jordan Clarkson, on how today's Capitol invaders were treated, as opposed to summer BLM protestors: "People see the difference; they saw what people did today and how there were no consequences for them. On the other side, it would have … ended in multiple arrests and deaths."
J. Michael Falgoust: . @Malcolm Brogdon on today's events in DC: "If these were black people that were storming the Capitol, it would end up the largest massacre in U.S. history. ... It's white privilege. We've got to call a spade a spade. It's disgusting." #Pacers
Kyle Neubeck: Rivers once again on Capitol incidents today: “When black people in the past have protested, they called them looters and rioters, today they called them protestors. And then it changed...hopefully this is the first step to healing in this country.”
Rob Schaefer: Billy Donovan, on the events in DC today: "Obviously I think it just goes to show that we have still a long way to go as a country... I thought the players in the bubble did a really, really good job just bringing awareness to a lot of the social injustice issues that we need...
Mirjam Swanson: Ty Lue: "It's just a sad day, no one wants to be part of it. "Saddest thing for me, talking to our players -- they're not shocked. That's messed up. "... I'm tired of all the damn talking about it."
Jason Anderson: Kings coach Luke Walton: “It’s a sad day for our country and I think it continues to be one of those things where we need to look to be united and come together, support each other, much more than we’ve shown.”
Josh Lewenberg: Nick Nurse on today's riots in D.C.: "Obviously really disturbing. Disturbing, disgusting, incredulous, sad. I think it's sad. It just seems to not stop and it just seems to not improve. That's pretty much my thoughts on it."
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 24, 2021 | 5:58 pm EST Update
Noah Levick: For Sixers-Mavs tomorrow, Seth Curry is listed as probable with left ankle soreness. Kristaps Porzingis (lower back tightness) and Maxi Kleber (left ankle sprain) are questionable for Dallas.