Sean Highkin: Chauncey Billups: “I woke up this morning with a big smile on my face at the news that Brittney Griner is coming home. … I mainly want to give a shoutout to the WNBA. They didn’t let a day go by without screaming ‘Free BG.’”
February 5, 2023 | 4:00 pm EST Update
Bobby Marks: There was speculation that Kyrie Irving would hold out if he was not traded. A player who withholds services for 30 days or more is viewed as not finishing his contract. If that same player is set to become a FA, he would not be entitled to sign with a new team in free agency
February 5, 2023 | 3:58 pm EST Update
Dalton Johnson: “The first thing he said to me was, ‘The good thing is, I’m going to be back.'” Steve Kerr talked with Steph Curry last night. Steph’s fear was the injury could have been season ending. The MRI made him very happy
Kerith Burke: Steve Kerr on Steph Curry’s injury; “We’re going to reevaluate a few days. And the good news is he’s going to be back. We don’t exactly know when, but it’s not an injury that’s going to keep him out for the season.” Kerr said he’s viewing this from a “glass half full” perspective.
Kyrie Irving, 30, opted into the final season of his deal in the summer but requested a trade earlier this week after failing to reach an agreement with Brooklyn on an extension. Irving has been seeking in the neighborhood of a four-year, $198.5 million maximum extension available to him until June 30, sources said. He is also eligible to sign a two-year, $78.6 million extension with the Mavericks until June 30.
Chris Mannix: Irving deal won’t impact All-Star. Irving was voted an Eastern Conference starter, but because it’s no longer conference vs. conference, it won’t matter who he plays for when the teams are “drafted.”
Giannis posted video on Sunday of a great interaction he had with a young fan in the tunnel. Giannis saw a sign, challenging him in Rock Paper Scissors for his shoes, and Giannis jumped at the opportunity to take on the young kid. The fan showed paper, and Giannis showed rock. Without hesitation, Antetokounmpo took off his shoes (removed the insoles) and gave them to the kid.
Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf says he didn’t know Colin Kaepernick well, but did spend time with the quarterback a few years back. “We never talked a lot, but we did meet up in the Bay Area when he was going through what he did,” Abdul-Rauf told us. “We had a mutual friend. We met in like a private office. We spoke for about an hour. We just shared information and if it resonated, we took it.”