The Rockets’ Gretchen Sheirr, who was promoted to the position from her previous role of Chief Operations Officer just two weeks ago, is well aware of the statistic. There has been a recent admirable charge for increased diversity in sports, and while the number of hirings of women and minorities show at least some signs of progress, there is still a long way to go. Sheirr understands that her hiring is a big step not only for the Rockets, but for the NBA overall. She’s spent the last two weeks responding to the flurry of congratulatory calls, texts and emails. At some point, she says, there will be time to sit and reflect on the moment. What she doesn’t want, however, is to focus on the number of women in her role. “I know that currently, there’s four of us,” Sheirr told The Athletic in a recent phone call. “And my goal is that one day, we stopped counting how many there are of us because that’s not right. That’s not the story. It’s the accomplishments that have happened. But until we get there, we’ve got work to do. And hopefully, I represent us well.”
June 22, 2021 | 7:49 pm EDT Update
Wes Goldberg: Klay Thompson in an Instagram post says he’s begun light on-court work — running up and down the floor, shooting, etc.
Tim MacMahon: The Mavericks will not seek any compensation from a team that hires Rick Carlisle despite the coach resigning with two years remaining on his contract, sources told ESPN. Mark Cuban does not want to complicate Carlisle’s quest for a new opportunity.
Brandon Rahbar: Sam Presti: “Unless we want to change our goals and aspirations, we have a clear plan we want to follow. We know we can be successful. We’ve done it before. It’s something that’s going to take some time. It’s something that’s going to take some good fortune at some point.”
June 22, 2021 | 7:24 pm EDT Update
Joe Mussatto: Presti said the Boston trade made sense for both sides. When asked about how Kemba fits with SGA, he said that won’t be a problem with the way the Thunder plays. SGA played alongside CP and Dennis Schroder two seasons ago. Last season, the team wanted the ball in SGA’s hands.