Same as he was doing last week, in the wake of the trade deadline inaction, when he spoke about how his recent knee injury would likely bother him the rest of the season. The knee surely is an issue, but James was also laying the groundwork to give himself options depending on how the rest of the season plays out for the Lakers (27-31). What James is doing is likely aimed at one primary goal: Force the Lakers into major action this summer. He tried to do it nicely and now he’s doing it harshly.
August 17, 2022 | 4:09 pm EDT Update
MSG threw cold water on a report that owner James Dolan could sell off the Knicks and Rangers next year. “We have no plans to sell either of the teams,” MSG senior VP of communications and marketing Natalie Ravitz told The Post via email. CNBC had given long-suffering Knicks fans hope, thanks to longtime MSG analyst Jonathan Boyar opining that Dolan was finally close to divesting himself from both teams once the MSG Sphere was finished.
Tommy Beer: LeBron is 1,325 points behind Kareem. If LeBron maintains his scoring average of 30.0 points per game from last season and doesn’t miss a single contest, he’d pass Kareem in his 44th game (at home vs. Houston on Jan. 16). The Lakers’ 52nd game is vs. the Knicks at MSG on Jan. 31
John Karalis: According to the Celtics, they will unveil a special Bill Russell tribute 2022-23 City Edition uniform on opening night– a project that the league and team had been collaborating on with Russell himself in recent years – which they will wear a total of 12 times this season
Utah Jazz games will remain on regional sports network AT&T SportsNet for the 2022-23 season — but it could be the last season for the arrangement. AT&T SportsNet is available to subscribers of Comcast and DirecTV, but not Dish. Dish has dropped every regional sports network nationwide in recent years, telling consumers that they consider the per-subscriber fees charged by the networks to be too high.
Now, though, the team says it has opened up negotiations with other TV partners. Their goals are to make Jazz games available to fans through three different pathways: traditional TV packages, options for bundled streaming packages, and, intriguingly, pay-per-view streaming.
The Jazz hope that the flexibility there will help combat the rise of illegal streaming. The team conducted a recent focus group on the situation with 50 participants — and when they were asked if they had watched the Jazz through an illegal streaming service, nearly all of the hands in the room went up, the team said.
August 17, 2022 | 3:36 pm EDT Update
LeBron James is ineligible to be traded during the upcoming 2022-23 season because the second year of his extension exceeds a 5% raise. The Lakers could have north of $20 million in salary-cap space in the 2023 offseason and would have the ability to sign a third max contract player in the 2024 offseason. The player options increase salary-cap space if players decline them, and yet remain on new deals.