Saturday’s meeting between the Celtics and the Lakers will be broadcast live in Italy on Sky Italia, which will also show the 1981 game, a full-circle moment for a league that’s seen its net stretch to all corners of the globe since Bassani got his tapes past customs officers. “Our league has done a great job of branding itself, not only here in the United States but all around the world,” said Detroit coach Dwane Casey, who coached in Japan’s professional leagues. “Now it’s instant. It’s instant. Once we play this game tonight, you can call somebody over in Japan and they’ve seen it or at least seen the highlights of it. That’s a good thing.”
June 16, 2021 | 8:43 pm EDT Update
Mirjam Swanson: Ty says Kawhi is a “little down” because he wanted to be there for his guys … adds that there’s no potential return, waiting for testing and “go from there.”
Andy Larsen: Mike Conley just wrapped up his pregame workout, which didn’t feature much movement at all… some light shooting and dribbling, but not much that would give Jazz fans optimism.
Can Marc Eversley produce lottery luck for the Chicago Bulls again? The general manager will represent the franchise virtually for Tuesday’s NBA draft lottery after executive vice president Artūras Karnišovas handled the duties last year.
June 16, 2021 | 8:28 pm EDT Update
Marc Stein: Former Mavericks All-Star Michael Finley, already a member of the team’s brain trust as vice president of basketball operations, has immediately emerged as a candidate in the club’s search for a new head of basketball operations, @NYTSports has learned.