Renovations to Bankers Life Fieldhouse will add a new outdoor plaza that will be converted into a skating rink in the winter, expand the entry pavilion and remove the top eight rows of seating on the east and west ends of the arena to create observation decks and open gathering spaces. The renovations, which include $295 million in public money, are set to start next February and be completed October 2022, displacing the Indiana Fever for at least the next two seasons.
Chris Mannix: Unclear what contract route Porzingis takes. But I’m told KP forged a strong connection with Luka Doncic in his short time in Dallas and has enjoyed his experience with @Mark Cuban. Seems like a good long term fit.
While his name surfaced in trade rumors following John Wall’s season-ending Achilles’ injury in February, Beal said that Leonsis, Sheppard and Coach Scott Brooks have each independently told him in recent weeks that he would not be moved. “They’ve been very transparent and that’s been great,” Beal said. “They’re not keeping me in the dark about anything, even about the trade rumors. . . . It’s great having that peace of mind.”
The following statement has been issued by Josh Robbins, president of the Professional Basketball Writers Association, regarding the New York Knicks’ ban of New York Daily News journalists from a news conference introducing the Knicks’ 2019 draft picks.
“The New York Knicks’ decision to ban New York Daily News journalists from RJ Barrett’s and Ignas Brazdeikis’ introductory news conference Friday was unprofessional and unacceptable. James Dolan, the owner of the Knicks franchise, previously has said that barring Daily News employees from media availabilities sends the Daily News ‘a message.’ In reality, the only message he is sending is that he is a bully who retaliates against legitimate news outlets that publish content he dislikes. Members of the Professional Basketball Writers Association support our Daily News colleagues, and we condemn the Knicks’ attempts to hinder journalists’ ability to do their jobs and inform the public.”