There’s a former Knick who still plays in the league. He talks to different players on different teams regularly. And the general feeling that he’s gotten from players outside of New York is this: It looks like they’re having fun. “They see (William Wesley) on the sidelines, they see Julius and the other young guys and see chemistry,” that player says. We should note that the opinions above are from a small sample of players. And some members of opposing teams have privately scoffed at Wesley celebrating with players and coaches as he sits courtside at games. But Randle and the players appreciate it. And that’s probably the only thing that matters; the opinions of players – more so than opposing coaches/front office members – will be key for the Knicks moving forward. “Most guys I speak with like what they’re doing over there,” the former Knick said.
September 28, 2021 | 6:58 pm EDT Update
Tim Bontemps: The NBA and NBPA are in the process of finalizing an agreement on COVID-19 health and safety protocols for the upcoming season, sources told ESPN.
Tim Bontemps: The impending agreement will cover the way vaccinated and unvaccinated players will be monitored, sources told ESPN. Unvaccinated players will have restrictions similar to what was in place last season, while vaccinated players largely won’t.
Tim Reynolds: The NBA has given teams a draft of the health and safety protocols for this season. As reported, unvaccinated players will be tested (almost) daily, vaccinated players will not be. Unvaxxed players will also be limited in how much they can be around vaxxed players in team areas.
The Denver Nuggets have agreed to a multi-year contract extension with forward Aaron Gordon, President of Basketball Operations Tim Connelly announced today.
Ben Anderson: Miye Oni said his mom told him he couldn’t declare for the NBA draft early unless he promised to graduate within five years. Said he has four classes left to finish his political science degree. Worked on it, along with his new rap album a lot over the summer.
Jay Allen: Chauncey Billups says he was “pretty bad” with the referees as a player. His daughter will be grading him each game on his interactions with the officials. What will happen if he gets a technical? “I’m pretty sure she’s going to make me pay her. She’s tough on me.” #RipCity
Fans wanting to attend Grizzlies games this season at FedExForum must present proof of having received at least one vaccination dose, or if they are 12 and over and unvaccinated, must present proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken at least 72 hours in advance, according to a team source on Tuesday.
September 28, 2021 | 6:12 pm EDT Update
Things can change fast, but league sources don’t sense that a deal is anywhere close right now. The Sixers still hope Simmons will return to the team so they can experiment with his role, or increase his value and help create more trade possibilities. On media day, Morey compared the Simmons situation to that of Aaron Rodgers, who threatened to leave the Green Bay Packers but ended up returning for one more season. The Sixers hope Simmons will choose to do the same.