Eric Walden: Rudy Gobert, on Donovan Mitchell’s return: “It’s been more than a month, so he was really antsy to get back out there. We missed him. We needed his energy, his positivity, his talent. Tonight was a great night to have him back.”
March 22, 2023 | 3:37 pm EDT Update
Kelly Iko: The Houston Rockets plan to sign veteran point guard D.J. Augustin to a minimum rest-of-season contract, source confirms to @TheAthletic. Team had to have at least 14 players under contract by 3/23.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander: I never liked LeBron James' game growing up
NBA Central: “I never liked [LeBron James’] game. To me, when I was younger he was just super athletic, I wasn’t that. He was 6’8″, and super strong and I wasn’t that either.” – Shai Gilgeous-Alexander on LeBron’s game growing up (Via Pass The Rock | h/t @NBA on ESPN ) pic.twitter.com/NEf1tuhvnK
NBA Central: Draymond Green trolls Dillon Brooks after the Kyrie Irving jersey swap incident 😅 (Via @TheVolumeSports) pic.twitter.com/BsK5DEyjrk
Scott Agness: Pacers guard Buddy Hield has been $25,000 for making an absence gesture early in the second quarter at Charlotte. The Hornets’ TV broadcast caught him, while on the bench, flipping off someone across the court.
Gina Mizell: Jalen McDaniels has been added to the Sixers’ injury report, listed as questionable with that right hip soreness. He has played in the past two games, but has looked visibly uncomfortable. James Harden (Achilles soreness) and P.J. Tucker (ankle soreness) are still questionable.
Garnett’s grudge against Allen had lasted much longer than many of his former Celtics teammates and it wasn’t clear what led to the change of heart for the Hall of Fame forward when it came to the Allen feud. For the first time, Garnett provided some detailed insight into his perspective on an episode of Cold as Balls with Kevin Hart. “What made the Ray situation so prolific with us is because the structure we built in Boston, the three of us built that,” Garnett told Hart. “If there was one team that we had an issue with, it was Miami. I wasn’t looking at it like it’s a business decision for Ray. Ray had a chance to get another ring. I didn’t take on none of that. I was in my own feelings, so I was super competitive. Everybody who knows me knows I’m like that.”
Kobe Bryant’s tragic death in a helicopter crash in 2020 caused Garnett’s perspective to change on his relationship with Allen though. “The passing of Kobe and all of us getting older helped me understand that life is given to none of us,” Garnett said. “It would have f***** with me if something would have happened to Ray, and I didn’t get a chance to amend this.”