A decade ago, there were 18 total triple-doubles during the 2011-12 NBA regular season. Last season, there were 142. As the game and its positions have evolved, that number will likely continue to go up. The days of having a point guard, a shooting guard, a small forward, a power forward and a center who all have very distinct jobs on the court are gone. (Except, of course, Wilt Chamberlain, who had 78 career triple-doubles and led the league in assists in 1968, just to prove he could.) “It used to be that a center could rebound and score, but he wasn’t getting assists. A guard was getting assists and scoring, but he didn’t need to get rebounds,” said Christopher Dempsey, reporter and analyst for Altitude Sports. “All of that has been turned on its head now. Players are being asked to do more because they are capable of doing more. They are growing up in their basketball lives doing all the things.”
May 25, 2022 | 8:35 pm EDT Update
Tim Reynolds: The moment of silence ended with this: “The Heat urges you to contact your state senators by calling 202-224-3121 to leave a message demanding their support for common sense gun laws.” Some fans applauded as that was announced.
May 25, 2022 | 7:51 pm EDT Update
Jared Weiss: Marcus Smart’s ankle will allow him to move “good enough” per Ime Udoka after testing it at shootaround. “He has enough movement where he’s not restricted in certain areas like a few days ago.” Said Smart can play through the pain.
Andy Larsen: Jazz announce their first draft workout tomorrow. Six players will take part: · R.J. Cole, Connecticut · Tyson Etienne, Wichita State · Johnny Juzang, UCLA · Jared Rhoden, Seton Hall · Akoldah Gak, Australia · Trevion Williams, Purdue
According to sources, Terry Stotts was asked previously if he would have interest in joining the Lakers as an assistant should he not be hired as a head coach. Stotts, sources said, told the team that he has no interest in a role as a lead assistant. Stotts was approached about joining Frank Vogel in that role last season on the Lakers’ bench and also declined, sources said.