Frank Vogel’s former assistant coach Jason Kidd left the Los Angeles Lakers to become the head coach of the Dallas Mavericks. He joined fellow former NBA stars Richard Jefferson and Kendrick Perkins on ESPN’s The Jump to talk about his visit to Slovenia for the signing of a 5-year $207 million super max extension with Luka Doncic. “One, [Slovenia] is a beautiful country,” Kidd recalled his visit to Luka’s homeland. “I had a lot of fun and spending time at dinner with Luka and also at the press conference. What an incredible 22-year-old. He’s wise before his years. So I’m just excited to have the opportunity to coach him.”
October 19, 2021 | 6:16 pm EDT Update
Fred Katz: Kemba Walker on why it didn’t work out in Boston: “I don’t know if that’s a question for me, to be honest. Yeah, I don’t know. I don’t think it had anything to do with my basketball skills. I think it was more my health. But yeah, I don’t know if that’s really a question for me.”
The Los Angeles Lakers are expected to go with a starting lineup of Russell Westbrook, Kent Bazemore, LeBron James, Anthony Davis and DeAndre Jordan in tonight’s season opener against the Golden State Warriors, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
Omari Sanfoka II: Cade Cunningham (right ankle sprain) is officially out for tomorrow’s season opener against the Bulls
Brendan Hedtke: Timberwolves Head Coach Chris Finch has joined the board of Second Harvest Heartland, a Brooklyn Park, MN based food bank. It’s cool to see Finch get involved in the community in Minnesota.
October 19, 2021 | 5:05 pm EDT Update
Jared Weiss: Celtics announce Jaylen Brown has cleared COVID protocols but is still questionable for tomorrow’s season opener in New York as he ramps up his activity. Al Horford remains in the protocol and is out.