A Kobe Bryant rookie card sold for $1.795 million late Saturday on Goldin Auctions, an online auction house and repository for sports memorabilia, making it one of the most expensive basketball cards ever sold. The “1996-97 Topps Chrome Refractors #138 Kobe Bryant Rookie Card — BGS PRISTINE/Black Label 10” is just one of two in the world “at its level of perfection,” according to Goldin Auctions. The card’s condition report had perfect 10s across the board, qualifying it for the prestigious “black label” recognition.
June 18, 2021 | 3:45 pm EDT Update
Marc Stein: The most pressing issue, obviously, is his availability for the Western Conference finals, but Phoenix’s Chris Paul has been actively pursued this month by @usabasketball for a spot on the Tokyo Olympic team, league sources say. Lots for Paul, 36, to weigh amid a deep playoff run
June 18, 2021 | 3:43 pm EDT Update
Shams Charania: Washington Wizards star Bradley Beal has committed to Team USA for the Tokyo Olympics, sources tell me and @Joe Vardon. Beal joins Portland’s Damian Lillard, Boston’s Jayson Tatum and Golden State’s Draymond Green among initial pledges.
Tim Reynolds: As The Athletic and the Washington Post reported, Bradley Beal does intend to play for the United States at the Tokyo Olympics. Jayson Tatum still “leaning” that way; Damian Lillard has already committed.
Brad Townsend: . @Mark Cuban on @Dirk Nowitzki’s advisor role and his reaction to having him officially back in the Mavs’ fold: “Dirk is going to be involved in the entire process of our finding a GM and coach. His insights and input are of course invaluable and I’m excited that he is involved.”
Ime Udoka has received strong reviews from Celtics players who played for the U.S. National team in the 2019 World Cup tournament, sources said. Udoka was an assistant under national coach Gregg Popovich. Udoka joined Steve Nash’s staff this year after one season with the Sixers and seven years under Popovich with the Spurs.
UCF alumnus Alex Martins ’01MBA, CEO of the Orlando Magic, was selected as the new chair of the University of Central Florida Board of Trustees in a unanimous vote by his fellow board members Thursday. He will serve a two-year term as chair beginning July 1.
A statue in honor of Boston Celtics and Holy Cross great Bob Cousy was unveiled Friday outside the DCU Center. The 92-year-old hall-of-fame point guard was in attendance for the 2 p.m. ceremony, along with Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, Worcester Mayor Joseph Petty, Celtics owners Wyc Grousbeck and Steve Pagliuca. Mike Gorman, the voice of the Celtics and Cousy’s former broadcast partner, emceed the outdoor event.