Memphis teammates Jonas Valanciunas and De’Anthony Melton also addressed the situation regarding Morant’s family and suggested they weren’t surprised by treatment dished out by a few Utah fans. “About the fan treatment, I mean, this is unacceptable,” Valanciunas said. “That’s terrible. I mean, especially families and everybody. I don’t know what to say. This is tough to see and one thing I hope is our fans are going to be different because we are above that and we gonna treat everybody the same and be nice to opposite team, too.
Shams Charania: When reached for comment on difference between Porzingis-LeBron James‘ situation, NBA spokesman Mike Bass: “While we understand the inclination to compare this incident to protocol violations by other players, including LeBron James, those facts are very different.” Statement: pic.twitter.com/MxbeDkVQz4
ESPN’s Dave McMenamin reported Saturday morning that the NBA would not suspend James for the breach, but did address the matter with the Lakers. Barkley had some choice words for how the league handles its biggest star: “I love Adam Silver, rest in peace David Stern, best commissioner in sports. The NBA ain’t got the balls to f***ing suspend LeBron James. Zero. Listen, today, when I read that, I just — sometimes you read stuff, you just start laughing.”