Inside his travel bag were two reels with 90 minutes of one-inch film wrapped around them. If he was successful, he could open his country’s eyes wider than ever to the NBA’s most famous teams — the Los Angeles Lakers and the Boston Celtics. For the first time in the league’s history, a game was going to be shown to an international audience, and Andrea Bassani couldn’t make a mistake with the cargo. If those tapes didn’t make it to Italy in time for the broadcast, the first televised NBA game outside of America would be delayed. “I would’ve taken the next flight back to New York and stayed there forever,” said Bassani, who was nervous about what would happen if questioned by customs officials about the tapes.
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.
Law Murray: Quin Snyder says that Jazz have already talked about how aggressive Paul George has been, mentions Reggie Jackson and Marcus Morris Sr. as players Jazz expect to take on a larger role offensively
June 16, 2021 | 7:40 pm EDT Update
Sarah K. Spencer: As expected, Trae Young (right shoulder soreness) is officially available to play tonight. Also: Brandon Goodwin (minor respiratory condition) is out. De’Andre Hunter (right meniscus tear) is out. Cam Reddish (right Achilles soreness) is out.