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On the latest episode of his podcast, Draymond Green called on the league’s Board of Governors to vote to remove Robert Sarver from the Suns.

“Can this guy just go back into the womb like he still represents us? Like he’s a part of us? This cannot be. Because I, especially African Americans, are uncomfortable. I am very embarrassed and I know that in this position you can just do whatever you want and since you own the asset you cannot be punished.

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“I saw where the commissioner [Adam] Silver said: “I took every possible step. The maximum fine that I can hand out, I handed out. To [Robert Sarver] be ejected as a franchise owner and forced to sell, that vote will fall to two-thirds of the other owners of those assets.” So what I’d like to say is, why don’t we have a vote?”

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The NBA requires 75% Board of Governors approval to remove other owners. This means that 22 out of 29 other governors/owners will have to vote to remove Sarver.

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After reports surfaced that Sarver made racist, sexist and other derogatory comments in the workplace, the league finally punished him last week after a lengthy investigation. He was suspended for one year, fined $10 million, and will be required to take sensitivity courses.

But many in the league believe the punishment was light, given years and years of inappropriate, hatred-inspiring behavior. The idea of ​​bringing Sarver back to the Suns in 2023-24 seems like the wrong idea.

“The NBA stands for inclusion,” Greene said. “The NBA stands for diversity. The NBA is definitely against bigotry and racism… This report, released last week, is the exact opposite of everything the NBA stands for.”

Perhaps the outrage from many of the league’s high-profile leaders will be enough to push for more action against Sarver.

Victor Wembanyama has no control over which NBA team he goes to training camp with in a year – that will determine the lottery ping-pong ball. The 7-foot-4 French prodigy is the clear No. 1 consensus at the top of the 2023 NBA draft boards and is considered a potential player of a generation.

But in a wise statement to the 18-year-old, he said that landing with the right franchise is more important to him than being #1, even though he would like to be picked first. From an interview with Uembanyama during the press session of the French Basketball League: courtesy of BasketNews.com.

“The most interesting thing is to always find an organization that will take care of the project and the player. So it’s better to be second, third or 20th in the draft if you have a better career after that,” he explained. “I don’t know if it’s pride, there’s a part of me [of me] it means that there should be no one in front of me.”

Chances are there’s no one ahead of him (although G League Ignite’s defenseman Scoot Henderson is also considered a potential cornerstone player for the franchise, with 2023 generally seen as a strong pick at the top). The only thing that could make a difference is an injury: Wembanyama is 7ft 4in and weighs only 209lbs. This is the same problem that teams had about Chet Holmgren is going into the draft this year and is now out of action with an accidental foot injury. Wembanyama had serious injuries and did not play at EuroBasket due to injuries.

“It doesn’t bother me,” Wembanyama said of his injury history. “I didn’t have any serious injuries, which is reassuring. We know that in the NBA [medical] support is the best, light years away. So there is no cause for concern.”

NBA fans will get the chance to see Wembanyama and Henderson face off when his Paris-based Metropolitans 92 team faces the G-League Ignite in two games outside of Las Vegas in early October. Those two games are unlikely to change the top of the draft board, but if Wembanyama falls off that top spot for some reason, he doesn’t mind.

As long as he is in the right place for his career.

Robert Williams underwent knee surgery last March and returned to the playoffs playing with a sore knee that swelled up during the NBA Finals: a knee to make sure I run,” and he played well. It was hoped that during the off-season, one of the favorites for Defensive Player of the Year would be ready for the start of the Celtics’ season.

But Williams is currently out of training camp and possibly the start of the season because he needs a knee replacement, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Surgery is scheduled for this week. The Celtics will open the season on October 18 at home against Joel Embiid and the Philadelphia 76ers. While it’s entirely possible that Williams could return for this game, the Celtics would be wise to take their time with a crucial part of their defense for the October game when what really matters to this team starts in April. Boston learned the hard way last season about what happens when players wear out in the postseason, the focus will be on keeping the Celtics core players fresh for this playoff.

Williams averaged 10 points and 9.6 rebounds per game last season, but his biggest contribution was on defense — the Celtics had the best defense in the NBA last season and that D was 3.7 points per 100. possessions are better when Williams was on the court. last season. In the playoffs, the Celtics’ defense was 6.4 points out of 100 better when Williams defended the rim – bad knee and all.

With a six-week schedule, if all goes well, Williams should be ready to play in early November.

Like he’s on the court Anthony Edwards was quick – this time with apologies for using homophobic language to describe a group of men in an Instagram story.



Source: nba.nbcsports.com

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