Joe Tait, the legendary “Voice of Cleveland Cavaliers” basketball for the bulk of their first four decades of existence, has died at the age of 83. His daughter Karen confirmed the news on Facebook, saying her father passed away peacefully in his sleep at his home in Lafayette Township Wednesday afternoon. The longtime broadcaster had been battling numerous health problems for years.
While at Monmouth, he befriended the head basketball coach at another small college, and when that coach later got a job in the NBA, Tait wrote to congratulate him and joked that he was available to help, if needed. That coach was none other than Bill Fitch, the man chosen to lead the expansion Cavaliers in 1970. He asked Tait to audition for the role as the team's radio play-by-play voice, and the organization eventually hired him with their inaugural season already under way.
June 17, 2021 | 5:28 pm EDT Update
Kyle Neubeck: Rivers on Simmons’ free throw issues: “It is a mental thing, we all know that.” Says that you can try to work around it with things like a routine and such, but, “It’s hard to do right now, we just got to keep him working on it, and that’s what he’s doing.”
Tom Moore: #Sixers coach Doc Rivers after team film session on saying he expects a Game 7: ‘I believe in my team. … Every game’s a single game. If Tobias says he was out of it (Wednesday), does that mean he’ll be out of it next game.’
It has been a busy week for Geo Baker. The Rutgers senior guard underwent a workout for the New York Knicks at their G-League facilities in White Plains, New York, on Thursday, a source told NJ Advance Media.
Jake Weingarten: Nebraska forward Dalano Banton will workout with the Houston Rockets tomorrow afternoon, a source told @stockrisers. With good size and upside, Banton is a sneaky underrated draft prospect.
La La and Carmelo Anthony’s marriage has been through a separation, a reconciliation, and years of speculation — but now they’ve amicably decided to officially call it quits. La La filed divorce docs Thursday in New York, 11 years after tying the knot with the NBA star, and cited irreconcilable differences.
June 17, 2021 | 5:14 pm EDT Update
The tension between Carlisle and 22-year-old superstar Luka Doncic had increasingly become concerning within the Mavs organization, sources said. Doncic showed up Carlisle several times this season, such as making animated gestures on the court when he disagreed with a decision or yelling at Carlisle in front of assistant coaches and teammates.