Julius Randle: But as far as myself, I know Thibs (Knicks head coach Tom Thibodeau) is thinking (it as well), it’s just win at all costs. For me personally, that’s just how I prepare myself. I prepare myself to compete at the highest level of our game. Like I said, there’s a lot of factors (that go into winning an NBA title). But I trust Leon (Knicks president Leon Rose), I trust Thibs, Wes (Knicks vice president William Wesley), our coaches, Scott (Knicks GM Scott Perry) – all these guys, I trust. That was part of my process in thinking of signing the extension and that’s my goal, that’s our goal as a team and the guys that are around us. We want to be able to say that we won a championship here in New York. I don’t think there’s any better feeling than that.
October 19, 2021 | 6:33 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.
Nets Daily: Michele Roberts told Stefan Bondy last week that she expected there would be no more that a dozen unvaccinated players by Opening Night. Adam Silver told Malika Andrews on ESPN that players were getting jabbed today. Sounds like the coterie of the unvaxxed is increasingly small.
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.