On the courts in Vegas for summer league, the reunion has started to feel real. After so much tumult, the franchise is turning to an exacting coach who returns with a ring on his finger and the credentials to demand more out of a roster that has bucked against authority over the last two years. And Carlisle is finding comfort in turning to a home away from home, the place where his daughter was born and he earned the undying support of hallowed former executives Walsh and Larry Bird. “He’s got deep relationships, marrow-deep to people in this organization,” Pacers President of Basketball Operations Kevin Pritchard said. “Those relationships mean a lot to us.”
December 1, 2021 | 3:33 pm EST Update
Adrian Wojnarowski: As I just reported on NBA Today with host @Malika Andrews: Suns star Devin Booker is expected to miss a few games with his left hamstring injury, per sources. It’s considered minor, and Suns plan to err on side of caution with a long way to go for a team with title hopes.
December 1, 2021 | 3:18 pm EST Update
Marc Stein: The Heat announce that Bam Adebayo will require surgery and is out indefinitely after sustaining a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right thumb. More NBA from me: marcstein.Substack.com