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Asked if he was surprised, McCollum could only make a joke. “I should have known that they were going to suspend me,” he said. “It cost me a lot of money and the first game of the season. But I should have known better with my history of violence on the court that I would be suspended.”
Portland Trail Blazers star guard CJ McCollum has been suspended for Portland’s regular-season opener after leaving the bench area during an altercation in Wednesday’s preseason game against the Phoenix Suns.
McCollum told ESPN.com in a text message: “I’ve been in the league way too long to have a mental lapse like that. I want to apologize to my teammates and the organization for putting our team in this situation. The Western Conference is already tough enough as it is. It won’t happen again. Lesson learned. I take full responsibility for those eight expensive and costly steps.”
Adrian Wojnarowski: The NBA has suspended Portland guard CJ McCollum for opening night for leaving bench during a preseason game altercation.
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June 25, 2018 | 9:45 am EDT Update
While James hasn’t decided yet whether to pick up his player option, sources close to the situation tell ESPN that he has no intention of hearing elaborate pitch meetings from teams. James might meet or speak with a club official or owner at some point, but the elaborate presentations that have become common in NBA free agency over the years are unnecessary after 15 seasons in the league.
Should James become a free agent, league sources believe he and his agents Rich Paul and Mark Termini have enough understanding of the stakes and NBA landscape to handle the process without much fanfare.
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Today marks “Go Hoops Day,” a global celebration of the sport of basketball. Ahead of the festivities, Houston Rockets’ point guard and Jordan Brand athlete Chris Paul teases the Air Jordan CP3.XI and Air Jordan 10 styled in Martin-themed colorways, with the CP3.XI hitting select retailers soon.