Christopher Hine: Ricky Rubio was asked what he liked best about Chris Finch as a coach. Rubio said it was his way of holding everyone accountable: “He’s not going to back down from anybody because of their status.”
Rapper J. Cole made his debut with the Patriots Basketball Club on Sunday and held his own on the court in the Basketball Africa League. Cole, whose real name is Jermaine Cole, finished with three points, three rebounds and two assists in just under 18 minutes of action as the Patriots, who are based in Kigali, Rwanda, took on the Rivers Hoopers Basketball Club. His first points came on a putback layup off of a miss by Steve Hagumintwari in the final minute of the first quarter.
Shaquille O’Neal is joining Alkaline Water Co. as an equity partner, becoming the company’s largest shareholder as it attempts to turn around recent losses — the stock is down 62% since July. O’Neal will join the board of advisers and receive roughly 7 million common shares — 5% to 6% — of the company over a three-year period. The announcement comes just two months after the Hall of Famer co-founded Majority, an ad agency focused on diversity, and follows a string of other investments.