Far more crucially: Dec. 15, 2022, is also the deadline in the NBA’s current collective bargaining agreement for both sides — either the league or the players — to give notice that it is opting out of the existing labor deal. The NBA’s current labor pact runs through the 2023-24 season, but an opt-out from either side in the next nine days would sound immediate alarm bells because A) it essentially breaks the contract effective at the end of this season and B) it’s a measure that instantly makes the threat of a lockout tangible.
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As for Carmelo Anthony, he hasn’t played a game since last year’s NBA season ended. In 2021-22 with the Los Angeles Lakers, he averaged 13.3 points, and 4.2 rebounds. Now 38 years old, I asked him if he has ruled out a potential NBA comeback. “I’ve never ruled it out. If you didn’t hear it from me you didn’t hear it from nobody,” said Anthony.
No matter where he lives, Baltimore will always hold a special place in Carmelo Anthony’s heart. It’s a reason why he returned to Charm City on Saturday to put on the first ever A Very Melo Classic. The high school basketball showcase featured three matchups with some of the best players and teams in the country taking part. “We want to keep building this, we want to make this annually,” said Anthony. “We want to keep growing, getting better, and giving these kids opportunities.”
“I’m going to always be committed to this city,” said Anthony. “These are the streets I walked on, these are the streets that I’ve ran on, these are the streets that I did everything on, so for me to come back here and really put a staple here, something that the city can look forward to every single year, I mean you can’t beat the name A Very Melo Classic, and this what we here for.”
Eric Walden: Collin Sexton, when asked if he was going to vacation over ASB, said he was sticking around to support teammates: “I know Walker, and then I know Saturday, JC and Mike, and even maybe Lauri again for Saturday, and Sunday at the game.”
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Q: With D’Angelo Russell, he’s had a big year offensively. Helped you win a lot of games. Do you think you’ve seen enough that he can fit in long-term if you want him to be the point guard down the road? Tim Connelly: What I’ve seen is the guy put in a huge summer. He was in the gym all the time. I don’t think it’s coincidental he’s having such a good shooting year. Every time I looked up, he’s down there working out. He knew the expectations were risen this year. He challenged himself to have a better year. He’s such a basketball-obsessed guy. Nobody watches more college or NBA. He’s had a great year, a tremendous summer where he worked his tail off and certainly there’s plenty of scenarios where he’s our point guard not just now but for the future as well.