NBA Rumor: Bill Russell Death

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Ex-NBA player  Mike Woodson agrees with Magic Johnson — every team in the league should “absolutely” retire #6 in honor of Bill Russell … telling TMZ Sports the Boston Celtics legend “was the s**t.” We spoke with Woodson — the current head coach of the Indiana Hoosiers — out at LAX this week … and asked about Magic’s call for the NBA to honor the Hall of Fame center in a unique way.

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“Absolutely. Absolutely,” Woodson said. “That man set the stage for a lot of the players today. For me, a lot of the players before me. Bill Russell was the s***. I don’t care how you cut it.” “At the end of the day, you look what he’s done in his career, and … it’s unbelievable,” he added. “That’s all you can say. So, Magic’s not far off. What he’s pushing for, the league should want to do that for him.” “The players should want to do it because again, he set the stage.”
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August 16, 2022 | 5:44 pm EDT Update

Tyler Herro: Trade rumors don't bother me

Another offseason, another summer of trade rumors. That had Tyler Herro offering a resigned smile Tuesday at a Miami Heat back-to-school event at Target at Dadeland Station. “I mean, every summer, that’s just what it is,” Herro said after helping a group of youths fill their back-to-school carts. “I mean, ever since I’ve been here, my name’s been in rumors. So rumors, like I said last summer, they don’t bother me. I’m just getting ready for this season and whether I’m on the Heat or somewhere else, I’m getting ready for the season.”
“As you get older and more years in the league,” said Herro, who was named last season’s NBA Sixth Man of the Year, “you realize this is what comes with the business. You could be in one city one day, the next city the next day. But at the end of the day, it’s about me and getting better every single day in the summer. Like I said, what team I’m on, I’m ready to play.”
Herro is eligible for an extension well in excess of $100 million, one that would begin in 2023-24. However, once Herro signs an extension, he effectively becomes untradable until next summer due to a “poison pill” that would come with an extension. “I mean, I know as much as you know,” he said of extension negotiations. “I’m just waiting on my turn, and we’ll see what happens. There’s a deadline, but I’m going to let my agent take care of that and see what happens.”