LeBron James was napping in the city that never sleeps on Monday when the NBA announced that the Los Angeles Lakers star would be suspended for the first time in his 19-year career and have to miss Tuesday’s game against the New York Knicks. “Rob [Pelinka] called me. I missed his call,” James told ESPN of the Lakers vice president of basketball operations and general manager dialing in the bad news. “As soon as when I checked my phone and it was a missed call, I was like, ‘I know I’m suspended.’ “I mean, it’s some bulls—. But whatever.”
November 30, 2021 | 1:12 pm EST Update
Former NBA star Jeremy Lin on Tuesday signed for Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) team Beijing Ducks, Xinhua reported, and is expected to play for the rest of the 2021-22 season.
The 33 year-old Lin – who inspired the “Linsanity” craze with the New York Knicks during the 2011-12 season – is named in the club’s official line-up on the CBA website. “Playing basketball in China feels at home,” he was quoted as saying. “Thanks all fans for the support, and I am looking forward to the second and third phase of this season.”
“It’s nice that those guys are coming out. It just shows the type of organization that this is,” rookie Joe Wieskamp said. “You have two of your better players, they just had a game last night, played their hearts out, and fought back to get that win, and then they come up to Austin tonight to watch us play.” Unfortunately, Austin picked up a 108-78 loss in front of the former Austin guards but the San Antonio rookies did well. Wieskamp finished with 14 points and six rebounds while Josh Primo led Austin with a team-high 18 points and six assists.
Following the end of the game, Murray and White went above and beyond. Rather than exiting the arena for the drive back to San Antonio, they went into the Austin locker room to speak with the players to give them words of advice. “They came into the locker room and said ‘hi’ to us,” Wieskamp said. “Basically, it’s just a journey. Play together and things will work out.”
Chris Forsberg: Enes Freedom on reason for name change: “I wanted to make that word part of me, because that was the word that I fought for my whole life. That was the word that I try to stand up my whole life.” What should we call him now? “Mr. Freedom.”
November 30, 2021 | 12:56 pm EST Update
The Milwaukee Bucks have signed free agent center DeMarcus Cousins. Cousins, 31, is a 10-year NBA veteran with averages of 20.4 points, 10.6 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 1.4 steals, and 1.2 blocked shots in 606 career regular season games for the Kings, Pelicans, Warriors, Rockets and Clippers.