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Indiana Pacers forward Domantas Sabonis, left, laughs with teammates Malcolm Brogdon (7), TJ McConnell (9) and Myles Turner (33) while awaiting a photoshoot on the basketball team's media day -NBA ball in Indianapolis, Monday, September 27.  , 2021. (AP Photo / AJ Mast)

Indiana Pacers forward Domantas Sabonis, left, laughs with teammates Malcolm Brogdon (7), TJ McConnell (9) and Myles Turner (33) while awaiting a photoshoot on the basketball team’s media day -NBA ball in Indianapolis, Monday, September 27. , 2021. (AP Photo / AJ Mast)


The latest news from NBA Media Day Monday (All Time EDT)


2:45 p.m.

As the Houston Rockets try to find a business destination for John Wall, he strives to help the team in any way he can.

My job here is to be a mentor, ”Wall said.

The veteran shouldn’t be playing for the Rockets while they look for a job for the goalie. Managing Director Rafael Stone said he was not looking to buy out Wall’s contract but wanted to find a suitable profession.

“We’re looking for what we can find that works for everyone… in the long run,” Stone said.

Wall said it would be “very difficult” not to play while the Rockets find him a new team, but he knows this plan is what is best for him.


2:00 p.m.

Pandemic protocols have forced Suns goalie Elfrid Payton and Memphis big man Steven Adams to make personal decisions during the offseason.

Payton was a holdout until recently when it comes to getting the COVID-19 vaccine. The seven-year veteran – who signed with Phoenix in the offseason – just received his second hit on Sunday.

“I definitely had to change my mind,” Payton said. “It wasn’t something I wanted to do.”

Payton didn’t say exactly what made him change his mind, just that he made the decision after he understood “how the league is handling this.”

Adams says he did not return home to New Zealand during the offseason due to protocols.

“There are about two weeks quarantine in a hotel, so logistically it didn’t make sense because I still needed to train and (I) can’t be locked up that long.”

Adams called the NBA’s goal of reaching 100% without a warrant a “very good goal.” The newly acquired Grizzlies center is vaccinated and says he is part of the majority.

Says the league has at least 90% of players vaccinated, Adams said, “Target pretty low I guess.”

Grizzlies Ja Morant has paid no heed to NBA pressure to get everyone vaccinated as he has been vaccinated for quite some time with a lot of motivation to take extra precautions.

“I know a lot of people who have had COVID and died,” Morant said. “Me, I just wanted to protect myself. My family and I got it. I have a baby girl. I travel a lot. So I can’t bring COVID back to him. “


1:15 p.m.

Nate McMillan has a familiar face on his coaching staff as he enters his first full season as coach of the Atlanta Hawks.

His son.

Jamelle McMillan is joining the Hawks’ staff this season after previously serving as an assistant with the New Orleans Pelicans.

When asked if he had worked professionally with his 32-year-old son, Nate McMillan joked, “No. Well, in the house, yeah.

Senior McMillan took over the interim Hawks mid-last season and guided the team through a surprising run to the Eastern Conference Finals. He quickly came to an agreement after the playoffs to fill the position full-time, which resulted in some changes in the coaching staff.

Chris Jent returns as senior assistant and will be joined by newcomers Jamelle McMillan, longtime NBA assistant Joe Prunty and Nick Van Exel, who will work exclusively with guards.

Nate McMillan says his son is “a young buck and can handle himself. Myself, Gent and Prunty cannot move as before. We needed a youngster. I think he will do a great job in helping to develop our young players.


1:00 p.m.

NBA Rookie of the Year LaMelo Ball pushes the NBA to allow him to change his jersey number, but he has had no success.

The Hornets point guard missed the deadline last year to submit a league number change request that would allow him to go from the number 2 he currently wears to the number 1 he prefers. Malik Monk wore number 1 last year for the Hornets.

“Dude, I feel like No.1 is just me,” Ball said on Hornets media day. “And I just wanna be me there. Playing in # 2 doesn’t look good to me. Last year was cool because my brother (Lonzo) I said I would be # 2 for him. … But (No. 2) don’t feel good.


12:45 p.m.

Kyrie Irving joined Brooklyn Nets media day via Zoom, repeatedly asking for confidentiality when asked about her vaccination status.

Due to New York’s coronavirus regulations, all Nets players must be vaccinated in order to participate in home games.

Irving says his status will be clarified in due course.

Kevin Durant says he trusts his friend and says he “expects us to have our whole team at some point.”

New Celtics coach Ime Udoka also had to participate in his team’s media day interviews via Zoom on Monday due to a groundbreaking case of COVID-19.

In Houston, general manager Rafael Stone says the Rockets are 100% vaccinated.



New Orleans Pelicans chief basketball operations David Griffin said Zion Williamson is recovering from offseason surgery to repair a broken metatarsal on his right foot, but he may be available for the start of the regular season.

Griffin says the injury occurred on a basketball court while Williamson was training alone this summer.

“The striker’s rehabilitation has been done in close collaboration with the organization, and we are happy with it,” Griffin said.

Williamson was not with the club during recent volunteer training in Nashville, Tennessee, where the Pelicans chose to temporarily relocate after Hurricane Ida. But he joined the team in New Orleans.

Coach Willie Green says Williamson mainly trains in pools at the moment to minimize stress on his healing foot, but he is expected to be back on the pitch during the preseason.

“The schedule is that we hope he can start the season,” said Green. “Until then, it’s only progress with him and the medical team. “


11:15 a.m.

As expected, Ben Simmons won’t appear at the Philadelphia 76ers when training camp opens on Tuesday.

Team president Daryl Morey said there was still hope that Simmons would return to the Sixers at some point. Coach Doc Rivers said no one has defended Simmons more than him and that he will come into the camp “with the hope that we will have Ben at some point.”

Simmons, the No.1 pick in the 2016 draft and three-time All-Star, has requested a trade during the offseason. He took the brunt of the blame for the seeded Sixers’ second-round exit in last season’s playoffs. He shot 34% from the free throw line in the playoffs and was reluctant to attempt a shot from anywhere on the floor late in the game. This led to him spending critical minutes on the bench.

Simmons has $ 147 million and four years on his contract. Simmons could be suspended or fined every day he misses camp.


11:10 a.m.

New Celtics coach Ime Udoka has a groundbreaking case of COVID-19 and participated in the team’s media day on Monday via Zoom.

Celtics spokesman Christian Megliola said the coach, who is vaccinated, was asymptomatic and on the last day of his 10-day quarantine. Udoka is expected to be in person with the squad when training camp begins on Tuesday, Megliola said.



Pacers coach Rick Carlisle said his new team had a “very high” vaccination rate, but declined to give a specific number due to confidentiality concerns.

He said on Monday that all of the coaching staff were fully immunized.

Training camps open on Tuesday and the pandemic will affect a third NBA season and already means some players will be absent on media day.

The Pacers have already lost reserve goalie Edmond Sumner, who underwent surgery last week to repair a torn Achilles tendon and will likely open the season without starting forward TJ Warren who continues to recover from a fracture left foot stress that cost him most of last season.

“I hope it will be weeks, not months,” Carlisle said. “It won’t be days.”



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