Dirk Nowitzki: The first time I really was a free agent I think was in 2010, right before we won the championship. I remember I was in town and I went over to Mark [Cuban’s] house. It was just me and Mark sitting there and I’m like, “What are we doing?” He’s like, “We’re going to keep plugging.” We were so close a couple years and so we were both kind of getting emotional about the stuff we’ve been through and it was just such a great conversation. And I said, “Listen, we’ll try four more years,” and then it was obviously super lucky that the first year out of that four-year deal I signed, we ended up winning the championship and obviously made it all worth it. But that was really the first discussion of a contract that I ever had.
May 7, 2021 | 7:58 pm EDT Update
Eric Nehm: The Bucks have officially listed Giannis Antetokounmpo in their starting lineup for tonight’s game, despite his stomach illness. He’ll start alongside Jrue Holiday, Donte DiVincenzo, Khris Middleton, and Brook Lopez.
Rick Bonnell: Former Hornets coach Steve Clifford reflecting on his time here: “I still have a really great relationship with Michael (Jordan), we communicate from time to time.” Cliff left on good terms; no bitterness from either side.
Michael Singer: [Nuggets pre-game Zoom] Moderator: Sounds like you’re muted. Can you say something? Michael Malone: “It smells like sh*t in here.” Moderator: We heard you on that one. First question …
May 7, 2021 | 7:32 pm EDT Update
Andrew Lopez: Just now on NBA Countdown: @Adrian Wojnarowski said he believes the expectation is Zion Williamson is done for the regular season. It’s possible he could return if the Pelicans make the play-in or beyond. But this isn’t a quick return type injury.