A week before the crash, MacKenly made the same helicopter trip with the Bryants from Orange County to Ventura County after spending the night at their house. She and Gianna had bonded quickly as teammates, MacKenly said, because Gianna, sensing the newcomer’s unease about joining an established team, went out of her way to help MacKenly fit in. “She was super nice,” MacKenly said.
February 25, 2021 | 5:48 pm EST Update
Shams Charania: Minnesota Timberwolves guard Malik Beasley — a Most Improved Player candidate — is being suspended 12 games by the NBA for conduct stemming from charges in offseason, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium.
Shams Charania: Statement from Timberwolves‘ Malik Beasley: “I will take this time to reflect on my decisions. I apologize to all the great fans out there who have supported me during this difficult time and I promise I will come back very soon as a better person and player.”
Tom Moore: #Sixers coach Doc Rivers on what he knows about Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons now that he didn’t before coaching them: ‘You don’t realize how big (Embiid) is and how efficient his post game. Then, Ben’s speed and vision.’
February 25, 2021 | 5:34 pm EST Update
He joined the Nuggets in July 2018 on a one-year, $2 million deal, and the Wizards a year later on a similar pact, delaying the inevitable with every short-term gain. “I just didn’t feel I had the time to sit,” Thomas says. “That’s the scary part about being 5′ 9″ in the best league in the world. You have to be exceptional every time you play. I was just trying to find ways to stay healthy, stay on the court and show that I was capable of playing at a good enough level.” At his lowest moments, Thomas says, “I fell out of love with the game, because I was in pain every day.”