Luca Vildoza: “The Argentinians [fans] go crazy with the NBA. You already see it in social media. The NBA is the best league in the world and you always want to get there, even though my dream as a kid has been to be in the EuroLeague. In the last few years, I realized that maybe I could take that step. The Knicks gave me the opportunity and I decided to take it. I don’t want to get stuck in a comfort zone and I wanted to take that step.”
June 17, 2021 | 3:48 pm EDT Update
After three years with the Toronto Raptors, Sergio Scariolo is saying goodbye. The 60-year-old Raptors assistant has reportedly taken a job in Italy to become the new head coach of Virtus Bologna, according to multiple reports. While the Raptors haven’t officially announced his departure, Scariolo took to Twitter to say goodbye to Toronto and the Raptors.
The Hornets are hosting six players Thursday at Spectrum Center for pre-draft workouts as they try to find the missing pieces that can help them make the playoffs for the first time in six seasons. This past season, Charlotte played its first postseason game since 2015-16, losing to the Indiana Pacers in the playoff’s play-in tournament. Players attending the Hornets’ Thursday workout are Armando Bacot (UNC), Jalen Crutcher (Dayton), Chandler Vaudrin (Winthrop), Yves Pons (Tennessee), Naziah Carter (Washington) and Marcus Carr (Minnesota).
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is executive producing Fight the Power: The Movements That Changed America, a new one-hour documentary “which will chronicle the key movements that have made a major impact throughout U.S. history, including the labor movement of the 1880s, women’s suffrage and civil rights, as well as LGBTQ+ and Black Lives Matter movements.” The UCLA alum will also serve as narrator for the project, which is set to debut on the History Channel during Juneteenth.
Ahead of its premiere, Abdul-Jabbar spoke to The Root about the film and explained his decision to become involved with such a powerful documentary. “These types of movements have always been a part of the American DNA on what is fair and just in America,” he said. “So these issues really appeal to Americans across a whole lot of different lives. I thought that showing what they all have in common would be the best way to approach it because people want to draw lines in between. And really, it’s all based on the same need for equal treatment and transparency.”
“Protest is a common element to so many different aspects of American society,” Abdul-Jabbar said. “You have the women’s suffrage movement, right? You have the March on Washington. You have the Stonewall riots, which had to do with gay rights, and then the L.A. riots that had to do with the Rodney King incident. There’s so many different aspects of why people protest and take to the streets. Just recently, the George Floyd protest of last summer […] was a moment where we could see that what Black Americans had been talking about for so long was a reality. And white Americans took note of that and didn’t continue to try to say that it was just a figment of our imagination. This is progress and we have to acknowledge it and build on it.”
June 17, 2021 | 3:32 pm EDT Update
Monte Poole: Warriors rook James Wiseman, rehabbing after meniscus surgery, on chances of offseason workouts with Kevin Garnett: ‘We should. I’m getting better rapidly, at a high rate. I’m getting better each day because I’m taking care of myself. It should still happen. For sure.’