Jay Williams: “I’m about to make a headline for you…

Jay Williams: “I’m about to make a headline for you: Woj off air? Oh. My. Goodness. If I could turn that into an HBO After Dark show, it would win so many awards. He’s one of my all-time favorite people. The amount of knowledge and how he works, it’s so impressive. It’s relentless, man. I would hear insight sometimes, and it would be a little different from his insights, and he’d say, ‘Well, let’s talk this through.’ He’s very thorough. He’s always researching and fact-checking. And look, [being the top newsbreaker], that’s a lot of pressure all the time, but he handles it with such class. He’s one of the most impressive people that we have. He’s next level, and he’s a really unique person.”
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May 17, 2021 | 7:44 am EDT Update

Raptors bringing back Khem Birch?

Birch certainly gives the impression that he would love to be back with Toronto and it’s hard to imagine the Raptors wouldn’t have a role for him. But he’ll be 29 next season, so the contract will have to be right also. He’s coming off a two-year deal that paid him $6 million and would doubtless like some security on his next deal. “I think [on-court] fit and financial is probably what’s tied right now,” said Birch. “I’ve seen a lot of guys who actually go for financial but they get flushed out after their contracts [are over]. So I think fit is very important because I don’t want to just be the kind of guy who gets money and gets flushed out. I actually want to have a career and play a big part on a championship-level team or just win. That’s my goal.”
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May 17, 2021 | 4:43 am EDT Update

Marcus Morris apologized to Luka Doncic

With a first-round rematch between their teams set, Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic said there are no hard feelings remaining from the heated rivalry that he developed with LA Clippers forward Marcus Morris Sr. during last season’s playoff series. According to Doncic, Morris apologized to him during a game earlier this season about stepping on the back of Doncic’s left ankle in Game 5, a controversial play that the Mavs considered dirty with their star playing on a sprained ankle.