Ryan Ward: Frank Vogel on dealing with LeBron’s injury along with all the others: “It’s certainly going to be a challenge when your are undermanned.” Emphasized a need to play “team basketball” during this tough time with injuries.
June 14, 2021 | 3:18 pm EDT Update
Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving could miss time after suffering an ankle injury in Game 4 of his team’s second-round matchup against the Milwaukee Bucks. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski provided an update Monday on KJZ: “I don’t think there’s a great expectation that he can turn this around and be ready for Game 5,” Wojnarowski reported.
He noted James Harden has made “progress” in his recovery from a hamstring injury, but he could also miss the game Tuesday. These injuries are a concern for a Brooklyn team that is in championship-or-bust mode. When one or both of the guards is out, it puts pressure on Kevin Durant to carry the team.
Melissa Rohlin: Scoop: The Orlando Magic have requested to interview Jason Kidd for their vacant head coaching gig and the Lakers granted permission, sources told FOX Sports. Kidd, an assistant coach for the Lakers, will interview with the Magic this week.
When we spoke, she made it clear she wasn’t campaigning for an N.B.A. job. She treasures her team at South Carolina, which she has led to three Final Fours since 2015 and a national title in 2017. “I come with a lot of credentials,” she said. “I surely have the confidence. I surely can stand in front of men and lead them. First-team All-Stars. M.V.P.s. I’m OK with that.”
The first woman will no doubt have plenty of supporters, she said. But there will also be knuckle-draggers who still believe that no matter what the sport, a woman cannot effectively lead male stars. “A lot of people would be out there, just waiting for you to make a mistake, waiting for you to be wrong,” she said. “There’s a whole dynamic that men, white or Black, just don’t have to think about. It’s a female thing. The expectation will be so much greater than the male coach. So much greater.”
Josh Robbins: Construction on the Magic’s new practice facility, located on a 3.8-acre plot between Amway Center and Exploria Stadium, continues to progress. Here’s a photo, taken a few minutes ago, that’ll give you a sense of where things stand. pic.twitter.com/RkLCbcDFII
Former top-ranked women’s tennis player Caroline Wozniacki played her last tournament at the 2020 Australian Open, having announced in December 2019 the major would be her last. At the time, she spoke of goals away from the court – one being to start a family with her husband, former NBA player David Lee. The couple welcomed their first child on June 11, a daughter named Olivia. “Family of 3,” Wozniacki captioned the photo of her and Lee holding Olivia that she posted on her social media accounts.