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June 6th, 2019

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1. What’s New 

Emanuel “Book” Richardson a former assistant basketball coach at the University of Arizona was sentenced to three months in prison and two years of probation on Thursday for his role in a college hoops corruption scandal.

Nicole Curran, the wife of Golden State Warriors majority owner Joe Lacob, has received multiple death threats since an incident with singer/actress Beyoncé took place during Game 3 of the NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors.

GumGum Sports analysis, over the entire NBA season, jersey patches received 121,000 total exposures, 42 billion total impressions and 3.2 billion total engagements on social media.

The assistant football coach at a Kansas community college told officials a 300-pound defensive lineman who died of heatstroke after practice was “making a stressful moan” when he arrived to help, but rather than immediately dial 911 he called the head coach “for instruction to see how we wanted to handle the situation.”

CBS Corp. sees sports betting as a “huge” and growing business opportunity as it gets legalized in more states, particularly in terms of advertising revenue.

The Latest on the incident during which Toronto guard Kyle Lowry was shoved by a courtside Warriors’ fan (all times local). An NBA spokesman says the conduct of Golden State Warriors investor Mark Stevens at Game 3 of the NBA Finals was “beyond unacceptable.”

Peloton is heading for Wall Street as the connected fitness company confidentially filed for an IPO. It has product lines in both bikes and treadmills, was most recently valued at more than $4 billion after its latest funding round of $550 million in August.

Bill Foley, the owner of the Golden Knights, is also actively seeking ways to bring an MLS team to the city with the goal of them playing at the new Raiders Stadium.

FIFA vice president Ahmad was detained and questioned by French authorities on Thursday in the latest criminal investigation to hit the governing body of world soccer, a day before the start of the Women’s World Cup.

ESPN announced the creation of EXP, a new gaming series featuring esports competitions at ESPN-owned events, which kicked off in May at the first-ever Collegiate Esports Championship.

Police say two female acquaintances vanished with more than half a million dollars in jewelry from star NFL running back Le’Veon Bell’s Florida home.

The start of the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, Concacaf has rolled out its first-ever strategic plan to grow and develop the game of women’s soccer. In August, the confederation appointed its first-ever head of women’s football – former Canadian women’s national team player Karina LeBlanc.

2. National Basketball League news during the finals and prep for the draft a few weeks away.

The NBA has banned Golden State Warriors minority investor Mark Stevens from games and team activities for shoving Toronto Raptors All-Star point guard Kyle Lowry in Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Wednesday. (READ) by

Golden State Warriors star forward Kevin Durant is listed as out once again ahead of Game 4 of the NBA Finals against the Toronto Raptors, Warriors coach Steve Kerr announced Thursday. (READ) by

Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr expects All-Star shooting guard Klay Thompson to play in Game 4 of the NBA Finals on Friday. Thompson missed Game 3, the first career playoff game he didn’t play in. The Warriors lost to the Toronto Raptors and now trail the best of seven series 2-1. (READ) by

This is the essential question that has occupied the Toronto Raptors since their bold trade for Kawhi Leonard last July. Leonard is one of the NBA’s most inscrutable superstars, a man of few words and little subtext. (READ) by Kevin Arnovitz

When the Golden State Warriors laid a crushing 18-0 run on the Toronto Raptors in Game 2 of the NBA Finals, their leader, Stephen Curry, declared it one of those moments when “our DNA shows up.” (READ) by Jackie MacMullan

Marc Gasol once a basketball dinosaur before becoming a Toronto Raptor. (READ) by Jackie MacMullan

Golden State has now scored 109 in each of the first three games of this series. The Raptors, meanwhile, have fluctuated offensively. And after an incredibly poor showing in Game 2—particularly in the second half—Toronto bounced back with its best scoring night yet, three-point bombing the Dubs into submission Wednesday night. (READ) by Rohan Nadkarni

Was it five years ago, or six? Raptors announcer Matt Devlin doesn’t remember—that’s how naturally his signature three-point call developed. It started with a Kyle Lowry three, he thinks, from Mississauga!, or something like that. “It’s nothing that original,” Devlin says. Broadcasters have been yelling from downtown since the 1960s, at least, adding local markers for effect. (READ) by Jacob Feldman

The Brooklyn Nets are already gearing up for what promises to be a festive summer in the Big Apple. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Nets have traded high-priced wing Allen Crabbe, the 17th overall pick in this month’s NBA Draft and a conditional 2020 first-round pick to the Atlanta Hawks for Taurean Prince and a 2021 second-round pick. (READ) by Vincent Frank

There has been a lot of smoke regarding Boston Celtics star point guard Kyrie Irving going to the Brooklyn Nets this summer, and the rumor mill was churning again on Thursday. (READ) by

The Houston Rockets recently announced they are going to be aggressive this summer as they hope to improve their roster. One of their most attractive assets is veteran guard Eric Gordon, who averaged 16.2 points and shot 36 percent from beyond the arc. (READ) by

The NBA has long awaited Vince Carter’s retirement announcement, and on Wednesday the legend who spurred Vinsanity announced that the 2019-20 season will be his last. Carter is currently one of five players in league history to play 21 seasons, and after next year he will be the only player to ever suit up for 22.

Stars may get a team to the Finals, but role players help you win them. With a top-heavy draft, there are plenty of defensive specialists, savvy leaders, and guys you want to go to war with; general managers just need to dig deep. (READ) by Kevin O’Connor

What—or who—does your team need to add this offseason? How can they address their weaknesses through the 2019 NBA draft? And what other options do they have? (READ) by Jeremy Woo

The city of Dallas has approved the renaming of a street to Nowitzki Way. It was Olive Street, which runs by the American Airlines Center. (READ) by Vincent Frank

Kenyon Martin Jr., son of former NBA forward Kenyon Martin, is skipping college to pursue professional basketball opportunities. (READ) by Jeff Borzello

 

 

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