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AUGUST 7 A SCHEDULE FOR THE SCHEDULE?
Mark your calendar… for the NBA calendar. Per Markus Steinthe 2022-23 NBA schedule is “not expected” to be revealed “before next week.”
Knicks fans have much to look forward to on its release: Manhattanites will no doubt be wondering if the Knicks will resume a string of games on Christmas Day, as the team returned to the holiday table after a two-year absence with a win over Atlanta. Elsewhere, Jalen Brunson’s return to Dallas will likely get the national television treatment.
AUGUST 4 GRINER CONDEMNED IN RUSSIA
WNBA star Brittney Griner has been sentenced to nine years in prison by a Russian judge for drug possession and smuggling. Griner, a celebrated star for the Phoenix Mercury, has been jailed in Russia since February when she was found with vaporizer cartridges containing hash oil, which is illegal in the country. She had participated in international efforts with UMMC Ekaterinburg, with which she had been associated since 2014.
“I want to apologize to my teammates, my club, my fans and the city (Yekaterinburg) for the mistake I made and the embarrassment I caused them,” Griner said in a statement, Fox News present. “I also want to apologize to my parents, my siblings, the Phoenix Mercury organization back home, the amazing women of the WNBA and my amazing spouse back home.”
US President Joe Biden has released a White House statement in response to the ruling, urging the Russians to resume negotiations to bring Griner and imprisoned US Marine Paul Whelan (who has been there since 2018) home bring to.
“American citizen Brittney Griner has been sentenced to prison, which is another reminder of what the world already knew: Russia is wrongly holding Brittney,” Biden said. “This is unacceptable and I call on Russia to release her immediately so that she can be with her wife, loved ones, friends and teammates.”
AUGUST 2 HIKERS HEADING SOUTH (WEST)?
Former Knick Kemba Walker may have a new target in sight as the four-time All-Star has reportedly piqued the interest of the Phoenix Suns, an anonymous manager told Heavy.com. While reiterating that a Charlotte reunion is also a possibility, the executor hinted that Phoenix would use Walker as a backup for Chris Paul.
“If he wants to play for a contender, he’s probably best off looking at Phoenix,” the manager said. “They need another point guard, they need depth behind Paul. Give him a non-guaranteed deal and see how it goes, you can still make a change in January.”
Walker, 32, is currently signed to the Detroit Pistons after being traded from New York on draft night to set up a de facto budget for Jalen Brunson. Brunson’s signing was an indirect response to Walker, a Bronx native, who failed to fill the Knicks’ search for a permanent point guard after a lucrative career with the Hornets.
JULY 31 NBA LEGEND RUSSELL PASSES 88
This was announced by Bill Russell’s family that the NBA legend passed away peacefully at the age of 88. To this day, Russell is often considered one of the greatest players in club history, having guided the Boston Celtics to 11 championships (the last two as player-coach) and has earned 12 All-Star appearances and five Most Valuable Player Awards. His defensive aspirations became known throughout the basketball world, as did his efforts to combat racism (which was officially recognized with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011). The 2009 NBA Finals MVP award was named in Russell’s honor.
“We hope that with Bill’s uncompromising, dignified and always constructive commitment to principle, we can each find a new way to act or speak,” Russell’s family said in a statement. “It would be a final and lasting win for our beloved #6.”
JULY 23 WILLIAMS ABSORBES EXPANDING THE SUN
Monty Williams, the NBA’s reigning coach of the year, has signed a five-year extension with the Phoenix Suns, per Adrian Wojnarowski. Williams led the team to the top of the Western Conference and to a franchise-record 64 wins last season.
The Notre Dame graduate continues an NBA journey that began with the New York Knicks, who drafted him in the opening round of the 1994 draft. His playing career began with 55 games divided into two seasons at Blue and Orange, where he averaged 2.8 points and 2.1 rebounds. After nine seasons on the floor, Williams began a coaching career. Phoenix is his second head coaching position after five years at New Orleans. Since taking the job at Phoenix in 2019, the Suns have ended a decade-long playoff drought and reached the 2021 NBA Finals.
JULY 16 KNICKS TO THE TITLE GAME
The Knicks are fighting for a title on Sunday afternoon. No, it’s not as big a deal as the Knicks vying for Donovan Mitchell’s trade-block services, but it’ll have to do.
The Knicks finished the 2022 Summer League in a tie for best record, 3-1, and the points difference will see them advance to the Summer League championship game scheduled for 3:00 p.m. ET. The latest milestone along the way? Read about it here.
JULY 11 BANCHERO LEAVING LAS VEGAS
The Associated Press reports that Paolo Banchero, the top overall pick in last month’s draft, will not appear in the team’s last three Summer League competitions for the Orlando Magic, citing a desire for “other players to get chances” in Las Vegas. Banchero averaged 20 points and six assists as team-best in his first two games, both Orlando wins.
The Magic contestants will face those of the Knicks in the scheduled finals for each team Thursday night (7:30 p.m. ET, NBA TV) before all teams go head-to-head in a fifth game.
JULY 7 KNICKS, MAVS LOOKING FOR FLEXIBLE SIGN-AND-TRADE?
While it’s widely accepted that Jalen Brunson is on his way to New York (Brunson himself has confirmed this via social media), his signing wasn’t among the deals announced after the NBA lifted the transaction moratorium on Wednesday. His former Dallas employers may try to make something of his departure.
DallasBasketball.com pundits have suggested a number of steps, including adding a third team to the Knicks’ payroll dumping case, which has helped establish a de facto budget for Brunson. Alec Burks and Nerlens Noel, for example, could be heading to Dallas rather than Detroit as that move also remained unconfirmed by either group yesterday. Financial assets could also be at stake as the Mavericks could take $12 million in a traded player exception.
2 JULY BRUNSON CLASSY TO COWBOYS
Suddenly, former Dallas Mavericks guard Jalen Brunson always joked that he was a popular player in Cowboys Country — despite being an East Coast guy who played at Villanova and loves his Philadelphia Eagles.
So it’s this fun-loving spirit with which he bids farewell to DFW — after agreeing to his new contract with the New York Knicks — that he makes sure to mention the Cowboys amidst his other righteous thoughts.