The memo, sent Saturday morning just a few hours before the postseason opener between the Miami Heat and Milwaukee Bucks and obtained by The Associated Press, also said that head coaches will have to wear masks during halftime, during warmups and shootaround before the start of the third quarter and postgame. If opposing coaches choose to meet briefly on the court after a game, masks are encouraged.
December 3, 2022 | 2:26 pm EST Update
Jeff Zillgitt: NBA fines Grizzlies guard Ja Morant $35,000 “for confronting and directing inappropriate language toward a game official and failing to leave the court in a timely manner following his ejection,” per league. Happened in Wednesday’s loss to Timberwolves.
December 3, 2022 | 1:50 pm EST Update
Callie Caplan: In a recent conversation with Jason Kidd, Luka Doncic asked: “What can I do more?” Kidd’s answer: “That’s a hard question to answer because he’s doing everything for us. I jokingly said, ‘I could play you 48 minutes,’ and he would be up for that. He wants to help this team win.”
Callie Caplan: Jason Kidd said Mavs miss Jalen Brunson off the court as much as on: “You can ask Josh and DP and Maxi, those guys in that locker room, when things weren’t going well, he was always someone that’s a calming voice to be positive and try to help you out of a slump.”
December 3, 2022 | 9:36 am EST Update
The consensus around the league is that Horford, even at his advanced age, left money on the table to remain with the Celtics. “I think he could have got more,” the executive said. “This is definitely a hometown discount, it’s like Dirk (Nowitzki) or Tim Duncan (both signed team-friendly contracts late in their careers). But, look, the teams with money next year are mostly young teams. So maybe Horford was looking at the landscape and saw who had cap space and wound up saying, ‘I do not want to go to Houston, man.’ It is a win for both sides, really, but if he wanted to chase money, he could have gotten more.”