USA TODAY: Would be there ever be a gambling aspect in Top Shot, as the legal sports betting industry becomes more popular? Roham Gharegozlou: “I think we’d prefer that others build that – so, third-parties – with the NFTs. You can already do that. OTC bets, I’ll bet your NFT versus mine … so I’d love to see others try that. We don’t consider ourselves a gambling company. We’re just focusing on making the best moments, delivering them fairly to collectors and letting the market take care of it from there. The fact these are NFTs, people can do stuff like that, build apps on top of it. That gives them more functionality. But not everybody should be forced to interact with that. If you don’t want to do it, no problem. If you do, we’re not going to stop you. In fact, we can’t.”
May 8, 2021 | 6:38 pm EDT Update
Fred Katz: How crazy is this run Westbrook has been on of late? He has a chance to tie Oscar Robertson’s all-time triple-double record of 181 tonight. He has been in the NBA for 13 years. And more than 11 percent of his career triple-doubles have come in the last six weeks.
Jon Krawczynski: Asked Rubio if he’d try to get @Alex Rodriguez to pay his technical fine: “I will definitely call the league to see if they can take the fine out. Should he be the one to take it? I don’t think that’s a good way to introduce myself, to be honest with you.”
Josh Lewenberg: Nurse tells a story about going fishing with Jonas Valanciunas in Lithuania one time. “I have never seen a guy so happy when he was reeling in a fish. So intense, so excited. I just told him next year when we’re out on the floor I’m going to tell you to rebound like it’s a fish.”
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.