American officials are counting on anyone in the Finals being out for the Olympics, and players on the two teams that lose in conference finals would be pushing it. On top of all that, Olympic organizers in Japan are proceeding as though the COVID-19 vaccine does not exist. There is going to be frequent testing and restrictions on where athletes can go and what they can do when they aren’t playing. And they certainly cannot bring their families to the Games.
March 28, 2023 | 9:36 pm EDT Update
Dwayne Wade, Dirk Nowitzki, Pau Gasol, others among finalists for 2023 HOF
Adrian Wojnarowski: ESPN Sources: Dwyane Wade, Dirk Nowitzki, Pau Gasol, Tony Parker, Becky Hammon and Gregg Popovich are among the finalists who’ve been elected into Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame class of 2023. Formal announcement will come at Final Four in Houston this weekend.
CJ Holmes: Steve Kerr says Andrew Wiggins has been training on his own during his extended absence. He’ll miss his 20th straight game tonight. Still no timetable on when Wiggins will return.
March 28, 2023 | 8:10 pm EDT Update
Simmons’ new agent, Bernard Lee, told The Post the latest issue was part of the expected recovery process from the microdiscectomy he had on May 5 last year, and it won’t impact his ability to be ready for training camp. “Without getting into specifics, what I’ve learned in all these conversations is that what Ben experienced here is considered to be part of the recovery from his previous procedure,” Lee said. “The NBA schedule is obviously rigorous and not forgiving to the need for patience at times and Ben made every effort to be available to help his team in every way as much as he could.
Drew Hill: Taylor Jenkins said the Ja Morant “thigh” injury is being careful with general soreness in a back-to-back. Not something he expects would hold him out multiple games.