“It’s tough at times, but ultimately, it brings you back to why do you play the game?” Beal said earlier this week when asked what it’s like for the All-Star snubbing to become part of his personal story. “When I first picked up a basketball, it wasn’t to win a trophy. It wasn’t to win someone’s approval. It wasn’t to win someone’s vote. And so, it always brings me back. I think that’s been my approach the last couple of years. “You guys hear me say all the time, say I don’t care about being an All-Star if I make it, because at the end of the day, accolades are not what I wanna be remembered by. I wanna be remembered for the impact I leave on people.”
May 8, 2021 | 5:28 pm EDT Update
Scott Agness: Pacers assistant coach Greg Foster is back, and continues working with Goga Bitadze. They hugged before beginning pre-game warmups.
Tony East: Nate Bjorkgren says Myles Turner has upped his time in the weight room and training room, but hasn’t returned to the court yet in practices. Said he will hear more soon, didn’t say if his season is over or not.
Scott Agness: Edmond Sumner is available today v WAS. Brogdon, Lamb and Sampson remain out. Pacers being cautious with Lamb’s knee. “He’s in the gym, he’s been working hard,” Bjorkgren said. “He had another good workout that I just saw him doing an hour ago.”
Rick Bonnell: Positive movement on @Charlotte Hornets injury report: Devonte Graham questionable after sitting last 3 games with right knee discomfort. Malik Monk not listed as injured, after missing 4th quarter Friday with a sore ankle.
May 8, 2021 | 4:39 pm EDT Update
A game-worn jersey belonging to Michael Jordan from his 1982-83 championship season at the University of North Carolina sold for $1.38 million Saturday, making it the most expensive Jordan jersey sale ever. The previous record had been set in October when a No. 23 Chicago Bulls jersey from 1986-87 went for $480,000 through Heritage Auctions, which also auctioned theNorth Carolina jersey.