“So I apologize if I’m not going to be focused on y’all’s questions. It’s just too much going on in the world for me to just be talking about basketball. I focus on this most of the time, 24/7, but it’s just too much going on in this world not to address. It’s just sad to see this s— going on. It’s not just in Palestine, not just in Israel. It’s all over the world, and I feel it. I’m very compassionate to it — to all races, all cultures and to see it, to see a lot of people being discriminated against, based on their religion, color of their skin, what they believe in. It’s just sad.” Israeli airstrikes on Gaza City flattened three buildings and killed at least 33 people Sunday, medics said, making it the deadliest single attack since heavy fighting broke out between Israel and the territory’s militant Hamas rulers nearly a week ago.
June 18, 2021 | 5:43 pm EDT Update
Adrian Wojnarowski: Phoenix Suns All-Star guard Devin Booker has committed to join the 12-man Team USA roster for the Summer Olympics in Tokyo, sources tell ESPN.
Brian Mahoney: Steve Nash, keeping the faith in a Game 7 without Kyrie and a limited Harden: “This is what it is. This is the deck we have. We’re going to solve as many puzzles as we can and we’re also going to try to play our hearts out and enjoy the opportunity, as we have done all year.”
Anthony Slater: Klay Thompson, from his boat, updating his patient rehab approach: “Hopefully (return) early next season. The Achilles is like a 12-month recovery phase. I also have to factor in my left knee. I don’t want to come back and be half myself.” Thompson had Achilles surgery on Nov 25
June 18, 2021 | 5:01 pm EDT Update
Malika Andrews: Kyrie Irving remains out for Nets-Bucks Game 7 on Saturday, Steve Nash says. Nash says Irving still has some “miles to make up.”