Before the season, Melli said he planned to â€śrun away from the virus.â€ť That meant when he was not playing basketball, he would hole up in his apartment or in a hotel room if the Pelicans were on the road. Melli said he has done just that. But the mental toll of not being around people outside of work hasnâ€™t been easy. â€śI have no social life,â€ť Melli said. â€śI donâ€™t remember the last time I went to a restaurant. Iâ€™m tired of taking the delivery at home. Itâ€™s not the same thing. I have no social life. But this is the right thing. Personally, to me this is the right thing to do.â€ť
July 1, 2022 | 7:27 pm EDT Update
Brad Turner: Sources: Lakers have a strong interest in reuniting with free-agent center Thomas Bryant, but with LA just having the veteran minimum to offer heâ€™s in no rush to make a decision. Plus, the Lakers have competition for the services of Bryant, as Toronto is also interested.
Southern University’s Fabulous Dancing Dolls are set to star in the third season of “Why Not Us?,” an ESPN+ series that has NBA All-Star point guard Chris Paul as its executive producer. In eight episodes beginning Aug. 11, “Why Not Us? Southern Dance” will give viewers a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to be a member of the Dancing Dolls from tryouts through the year.
July 1, 2022 | 7:04 pm EDT Update
Talkin’ NBA: Marc J. Spears says Kevin Durant’s trade request as held the league at hostage. What the Nets want: â€” Young or future All-Star â€” A lot of picks (and ability swap them) â€” Another starter
Andy Larsen: FWIW: I’m hearing some pushback regarding the idea that the Jazz are definitely keeping Donovan Mitchell moving forward. Sense is that the Jazz are keeping their options open here: they could retool around Mitchell, or trade him for a massive haul to jumpstart a rebuild. In particular, watch Miami. Obviously, Kevin Durant is their No. 1 target, but if that doesn’t work out, they have been and will continue to be aggressive re: Donovan Mitchell.
Clutch Points: “That shit killed me. He said he ain’t touched the rock?! … He can be so much better than what he is. I don’t know what’s around him. I would love to be able to work with somebody like that.” Kevin Garnett on Lakers’ star Anthony Davis đź‘€ pic.twitter.com/7wf5VABWG4