Instead, Bassani got the tapes to the broadcasting partner, former American basketball coach Dan Peterson provided the commentary in shaky Italian and 13 days after the Lakers lost to the Celtics in Boston in 1981, Italy became the first country outside of the U.S to air an NBA basketball game. The league soon was a fixture on television in Italy, where a young Kobe Bryant had access to the league’s top games, which almost always featured either the Lakers, the Celtics or the Philadelphia 76ers.
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.”
Ohm Youngmisuk: Told that people are counting the Clippers out now with Kawhi Leonard out, Ty Lue said, “I’ve been counted out my whole life… not really worried about the chatter. We were counted out in the first series as well.”
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.