“I wouldn’t say (my passion has been) taken away, that’s probably a little bit too strong,” VanVleet said on Saturday. “But there’s certainly ups and downs to this thing more than I’ve ever experienced in my life. To be honest, this is probably the most unpure year of basketball I’ve ever been a part of, just from the whole league and rushing the season back. “It’s pretty much all about business this year on every level and it’s hard to hide it, you know what I’m saying? The NBA is a great balance of like the pure love and joy of one of the best sports in the world mixed with a billion-dollar industry, and I think this year the industry side has taken precedence over some of the love and the joy.”
May 8, 2021 | 8:54 pm EDT Update
Fred Katz: There it is. Russell Westbrook has officially tied Oscar Robertson’s all-time triple-double record of 181 for a career, a record that has stood for 47 years. Westbrook now has 21 triple-doubles in his last 25 games and will go for the record Monday against the Hawks.
Russell Westbrook is making history every other day at this point and Saturday night was no exception. The Wizards’ point guard earned his 7,988th assist against the Pacers, passing former Wizards point guard Rod Strickland for 12th all-time on the NBA’s career assists list.
Tim Reynolds: Triple-doubles in regular-season games since Russell Westbrook entered the league: Russell Westbrook, 181 Anyone in a Utah Jazz uniform, 0 (Ricky Rubio had a playoff triple-double for the Jazz in 2018. Their last regular-season triple-double was by Carlos Boozer on 2/13/08.)
Tom Orsborn: Pop on Carmelo: “He loves the game. He’s having a great year doing a great job. He has been wonderful throughout his career. Anything that’s good that happens for him, I’m very excited about it, because he has done a lot.”