It is well-documented that football was Edwards’ first love, so much so that it was misconstrued before the draft to mean that he didn’t love basketball as much as a No. 1 overall pick should. That has been disproven all season long by the joy with which Edwards plays, but his eyes still lit up on Saturday night when the subject came up. “I (would) probably be like a Kam Chancellor, but I wouldn’t be that much hard of a hitter though,” Edwards said, referring to the safety who was a member of the Seattle Seahawks’ famed “Legion of Boom” secondary. “I wouldn’t be too much of the boom part.”
June 17, 2021 | 4:13 pm EDT Update
Adrian Wojnarowski: Rick Carlisle — who led Dallas to the 2011 NBA championship — informed Mavericks owner Mark Cuban today that he won’t be returning as coach next season, Carlisle told ESPN. Carlisle had two years left on his contract. He spent 13 seasons as Mavericks coach.
With Chris Paul in the COVID-19 protocol and his playing status uncertain, the Suns may rely on Cameron Payne even more. Judging from the past several months, Payne will be ready. “I’ve found my niche on a great team,” Payne said. “I just want to keep pushing that forward. You’ve got to be humble and stay hungry. Because you can be out of this league in a heartbeat and I don’t want that to happen again.”
Payne said he’s leaned on the support from his family during the tough times and they’re a constant presence in the stands at Phoenix Suns Arena. They’re enjoying the guard’s resurgence and playoff run just as much as Payne. “When you’re in a marriage that works, it’s just awesome,” Payne’s dad Tony said. “Phoenix is good for him, and he’s good for Phoenix. The style of play really fits, they allow him to be up tempo, he sees the floor real well. Phoenix plays a wide open style and allows him to shoot the 3.”
June 17, 2021 | 4:00 pm EDT Update
After Nikola Jokic’s decision, two more NBAers have been added to Serbia’s list of players who decided not to join in this summer for the Olympics – Aleksej Pokusevski and Alen Smailagic. The two young prospects decided to prepare for the next season with their teams.
“Pokusevski decided to dedicate himself to his physical preparation for the next season. I respect his decision, but with his talent, he could have learned a lot in the national team. Smailagic also made the decision to prepare for the next season. I wish them all the best,” national team coach Igor Kokoskov explained.
How does it feel to be recognized as a finalist for an award named after someone like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar? Juan Toscano-Anderson It’s really cool to be acknowledged for the good deeds that we try to do. And when I say ‘we,’ I’m speaking of all the guys who had the opportunity to be nominated and the finalists as well. The acknowledgment is cool. I’m sure none of those guys do it for the acknowledgment. It is very gratifying to be in that conversation for an award by a Hall of Famer, a guy who is greatness in Kareem.