Scott Agness: Pacers at OKC tonight, facing them for the second time in 11 days. JaKarr Sampson is out due to a concussion sustained from the Blake Griffin elbow. Sabonis, who has been out for two weeks with a sore back, has been upgraded to questionable — as is Brogdon, Bitadze and Lamb.
Tony East: Turner and Sabonis remain out against Portland tomorrow. Bitadze and Lamb are both questionable again. Zach Collins is out for the Blazers.
Tony East: Bjorkgren with some injury updates: Myles and Domas did not practice today. They did some work in the weight room. Lamb was 40% in practice. McDermott was in a full practice today. Bitadze shot a little bit, his ankle is getting better, but he didn't do much on court.
Scott Agness: Pacers center Domantas Sabonis (sore lower back) will not play Wednesday against OKC. McDermott, Lamb and Bitadze are all questionable. The team had the day off.
Tom Orsborn: Updated Pacers injury report for tonight vs. Spurs: Doug McDermott - Available (left ankle) Domantas Sabonis - Out (lower back) Jeremy Lamb - Out (left knee) Myles Turner - Out (right toe) T.J. Warren - Out (left foot)
Scott Agness: Pacers injury update: Myles Turner (left ankle sprain) is out Friday in Orlando. Brogdon and Sabonis are questionable.
Scott Agness: #Pacers Brogdon, Lamb, Sabonis and Turner are all listed as questionable for tonight vs Wolves. D’Angelo Russell is probable.
Tony East: Caris LeVert and TJ Warren are out tomorrow vs Charlotte. Domantas Sabonis, who banged knees with Kyle Lowry on Monday, is officially listed as questionable.
Scott Agness: Kevin Pritchard on Sabonis: "Domas looks good and we expect him in full in camp. … He says he feels great."
Scott Agness: Kevin Prtichard said Domantas Sabonis (plantar fasciitis) is doing well. “Over time, it tends to get better.” It’s currently under consideration whether Sabonis will play with the national team.
J. Michael Falgoust: McMillan says there's been no talk of Sabonis (left foot) returning #PacersHeat
Adrian Wojnarowski: It isn't believed Indiana All-Star F/C Domantas Sabonis has been able to engage in basketball activity for past 6 weeks rehabbing plantar fasciitis and sources say there’s no expectation he'll rejoin active roster should Pacers still be alive once he clears quarantine this week.
Scott Agness: Nate McMillan confirms on @FSIndiana pregame show that Domantas Sabonis is scheduled to return to the bubble today and will enter quarantine for “a few days."
Sabonis left the bubble to deal with the same injury and remains away from Orlando. Coach Nate McMillan said Sunday there still isn't a timetable for his return. Warren's case is obviously milder. It's unclear whether he participated fully in practice Sunday, as McMillan said some players were limited.
J. Michael Falgoust: Nothing has changed on Sabonis (plantar fasciitis). The reason why there are no updates is b/c there aren't any #Pacers
When you first heard that Sabonis was out and definitely, what went through your mind? Myles Turner: Well, one of the first things that went through my mind was the fact that I’d be going back to playing the five. The five position is where I’ve become accustomed to being in this league. It’s where I’ve played my entire career. This year, I’ve had to play the four and spread on the perimeter a bit more. It was a little different for me because I wasn’t necessarily used to it in a sense. I could shoot the ball, but there’s a lot of other stuff that comes with playing the four position. Playing the five, you have the ball in your hands a lot more, you make a lot more decisions. You can get in more of a rhythm. I just knew I was going to have an opportunity to go back to my position and be able to step up and just play a more elevated role.
J. Michael Falgoust: McMillan says Sabonis is "still a ways away" with plantar fasciitis in his left foot #Pacers
J. Michael Falgoust: Turner on if he expects Sabonis to be back: "I'm playing with the mentality he won't be back. I'm preparing for the worst." #PacersSpurs
Domantas Sabonis is gone from the Indiana Pacers, and it's not clear when -- or if -- he'll be back for the NBA restart in Orlando. "He's been sore. There's a bruise there," coach Nate McMillan said of Sabonis, who hadn't practiced in seven days because of plantar fasciitis, a soft tissue flare-up in his left foot. "Right how he is out indefinitely. We'll see how he feels in another week or two and really make our decision then. "He went to Los Angeles and he felt there’s some treatment he could get that could help him. That was his reason for leaving." The Pacers play their second scrimmage Sunday vs. the Dallas Mavericks in the "bubble" at Disney's Wide World of Sports complex.
Scott Agness: Domantas Sabonis will visit a specialist to further evaluate his left foot injury and recommend the best course of action, per league sources.
Indiana Pacers forward Domantas Sabonis will leave the NBA campus in Orlando to receive medical treatment for plantar fasciitis in his left foot. Sabonis' availability to return to the campus in Orlando is yet to be determined.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Indiana's Domantas Sabonis has a signficant foot injury and will leave the Orlando bubble to seek treatment from a specialist, sources tell ESPN.
J. Michael Falgoust: Sabonis (plantar fasciitis) had an issue with his foot with he left Indy. Had an MRI. “6 days, I haven’t touched the ball.... there’s no timetable to return” #Pacers
J. Michael Falgoust: McMillan says Sabonis isn't putting any weight on his foot for the past 2-3 days. Plantar fasciitis flare up #Pacers
Last week, I passed along how the Pacers were informed that Domantas Sabonis could not hurt his left knee anymore but would have to play through pain in the meantime. Many were upset with that strategy and wanted to see Sabonis take it easy. We’ve seen other guys play through injuries, and it often leads to something else, sometimes something worse. So I went to Sabonis to get the full story. Many players hate discussing injuries; they’d rather talk about almost anything else. Sabonis, though, opened up and shared what he had learned.
“I’ve been told it’s a bone bruise, so there’s swelling in the bone that all doctors say it can’t get worse unless you get hit in that same spot,” he said. Sabonis was evaluated by the team doctor, and then his representatives also had him checked out by two additional specialists, which is normal. And all three doctors were in agreement: It’s simply a bone bruise and he’s not subject to additional risk by continuing to play on it.
“It’s the same thing if I get hit in my healthy knee,” Sabonis said, pointing to his right knee. “There’s the same chance. It’s not a muscle or anything, so by doing more stuff, you can’t technically get it worse.” Sabonis tried the rest thing. He strategically didn’t do much on it for three days. He didn’t practice before their game in Chicago on Jan. 10 and didn’t play in the game, and the team had the following day off. “Not even ice helps it,” he said. “You can’t really put anything on it. It just has to heal.”
J. Michael Falgoust: Sabonis (left calf) is OUT and Turner (right ankle) remains OUT tonight. Sampson and Bitadze will start again #PacersHornets
KC Johnson: Pacers coach Nate McMillan said Domantas Sabonis, who didn’t practice Saturday with a calf contusion, will NOT play vs. Bulls. Pacers already are without Myles Turner and obviously Oladipo.
Scott Agness: The flu is going around the locker room. Myles Turner became the third different Pacer to miss practice time. Domantas Sabonis collided with Aaron Holiday during a scrimmage and had his leg looked at, but he appears fine.
Scott Agness: Sabonis (left ankle sprain) remains out. He received treatment while his teammates shot around, then did some live-action work on the floor. pic.twitter.com/CRamJqAHPg
Scott Agness: Domantas Sabonis still hasn’t practiced since spraining his left ankle in Detroit and has been ruled out for tomorrow vs Chicago.
Eddie Sefko: Pacers report that Domantas Sabonis is out Wednesday against Mavericks with sprained ankle. Tyreke Evans iffy with stomach issues.
Jim Ayello: Sabonis said he weighed himself this morning and is still 7-8 pounds below his normal playing weight. Food poisoning sucks.
Mark Montieth: Nate McMillan says it was the shrimp in Orlando that made him and @Domantas Sabonis ill. McMillan nearly didn't make the game last night. Sabonis is a game-time decision. No truth to the rumor that @Kyle O'Quinn ws the one who recommended the shrimp to Sabonis.
J. Michael Falgoust: Sabonis is IN tonight. Not surprising given he was out here this time working out #PacersKings
Scott Agness: Domantas Sabonis will NOT play tonight in Orlando due to food poisoning. You know it must be bad if it’s keeping him out. That will open up minutes for Kyle O’Quinn, who spent his first three years with the Magic.
J. Michael Falgoust: Sabonis (sick) is questionable for tonight. There was just an optional shoot around this morning. Oladipo (knee) who is still OUT was participating fwiw #PacersMagic
J. Michael Falgoust: Turner (ankle) is OUT and Sabonis (ankle) is IN for tonight's game and the likely starter. That pushes O'Quinn into the 1st center off the bench role #PacersSpurs
J. Michael Falgoust: McMillan says knee to knee contact with Giannis caused Sabonis’ to “stiffen up” overnight so O’Quinn is the backup 5 tonight. Leaf (ankle) remains out #NetsPacers
Scott Agness: Pacers center Domantas Sabonis won’t play tonight. Nets without DeMarre Carroll, Alan Williams, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Shabazz Napier and Treveon Graham.
Scott Agness: Domantas Sabonis twisted his left ankle pretty good during pre-game shooting. McMillan hopeful that he’ll be able to play on four-game road trip.
Domantas Sabonis suffered a left ankle sprain Tuesday night in Philadelphia and X-rays were negative, according to Pacers head coach Nate McMillan. Sabonis went back to the locker room and did not return to the floor.
Scott Agness: Nate McMillan wasn’t sure whether Sabonis (right calf) would travel to Detroit. He’s day-to-day, like all of us.
Domantas Sabonis posted a video to his Twitter account last week that showed the Thunder rookie unpacking a new mattress in Oklahoma City. Also in the video: A fat bandage around his left index finger. On Monday, Sabonis told The Oklahoman he cut his finger while lifting weights. The cut required stitches, but Sabonis said he'll be ready for the start of training camp on Saturday.
July 23, 2021 | 1:38 pm EDT Update
Former Duke men’s basketball captain Amile Jefferson has been added to the staff as the team’s director of player development. “This is an honor to be back at Duke and I’m so grateful to Coach Krzyzewski for considering me for this opportunity,” said Jefferson. “I’d also like to thank Coach Scheyer for his help through the process and look forward to his leadership in the future.”
Jefferson rejoins the Blue Devils after a four-year professional playing career that included time with the NBA G-League’s Iowa Wolves (2017-18), Orlando Magic (2018-20), Boston Celtics (2020) and the Turkish Basketball Super League’s Galatasaray (2020-21).
The Chicago Bulls are dipping their toe into the NFT game. On Wednesday, July 26, the organization will begin a six-day rollout of its first NFT collection, titled “The Bulls Legacy Collection.” The collection features a total of 567 “non-fungible tokens” — in other words, digital art pieces — modeled after each of the franchise’s six championship rings and replete with an identifying code to ensure each token’s uniqueness.
Each ring-inspired design will be released daily from July 26 through July 31 (on sale at 11 a.m. CT, 8 a.m. CT if signed up for priority access) with 91 uniquely encoded versions of the 1991 design becoming available for purchase on July 26, 92 versions of the 1992 design becoming available on July 27, and so on. Within each of those drops are tiers assigned at random: Legendary (six per ring design), iconic (23 per ring design) and rare (the rest). Collecting multiple of each tier can lead to prizes; for example, collecting a legendary-tier token from all six championship years can win a “Bull for a Day” experience, which includes courtside seats to a game and shooting hoops at the United or Advocate Center.
Each NFT features a 25-30 second video reel custom-fitted to each year’s NBA Finals matchup. The 1991 edition, for example, features the championship ring floating above a red carpet as a nod to the Los Angeles Lakers, who the Bulls defeated in that year’s Finals. Later in the clip, a game-clock reading “7.9” flashes across the screen, commemorating the time left in the fourth quarter when the Detroit Pistons infamously walked off the floor without shaking the Bulls’ hands at the end of Game 4 of the 1991 Eastern Conference finals.
July 23, 2021 | 1:16 pm EDT Update
LeBron James, 36, will be hard-pressed to beat MJ’s six NBA titles—he trails by two—but he already tops Jordan in another category—first NBA player to crack $1 billion in career earnings while still active. Jordan fell short of $1 billion during his playing career, even adjusted for inflation. Don’t shed a tear for MJ, though. His highest annual earnings have come in retirement, thanks to skyrocketing revenue at Nike’s Jordan Brand, and Jordan’s total earnings are now roughly $2 billion since he left Chapel Hill for the NBA in 1984.