Meanwhile, Kyle Lowry revealed that he tried to bring Vince Carter back to the Toronto Raptors before he retired. Lowry has spent most of his career in Toronto, while Carter is considered a legend for the Raptors. Although Carter left Toronto on a bad note, his fan base has since forgiven him.
Here’s the latest NBA news roundup for August 6 from Sportskeeda.
The NBA has issued a statement regarding the conviction of Britney Grenier
WNBA star Britney Grenier has been found guilty by a Russian court on drug charges and sentenced to nine years in prison. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver released a statement regarding the issue via the league’s official website.
“Today’s ruling and ruling are unwarranted and unfortunate, but they are unexpected and Britney Grenier remains unjustly detained,” Silver said. “The WNBA and NBA’s commitment to her safe return is unwavering and we hope to be near the end of this process to finally bring BG back to the United States.”
The referee has united the basketball community, with several NBA and WNBA stars calling for Griner’s release. The US government is expected to continue negotiations with the Kremlin. US President Joe Biden also issued a statement on the issue, calling the ruling “unacceptable.”
Steve Curry responds to Mike James’ ‘one-dimensional’ comments
Former Brooklyn Nets guard Mike James recently made headlines for describing Steve Curry as a one-dimensional player. James Curry was not even included in his list of the top five players in the league. The Euroleague star told ‘Players’ Choice’ podcast that Curry isn’t the main ball-handling he underestimates his greatness.
“Steve, like, how he plays, how he gets things done, it’s just one dimension sometimes, if that makes sense,” James said. “He’s not much of a ball wizard, and for a key keeper, that kind of bothers me, but he scores dribbling. He’s a great star.”
“The Little King” applauded again for James during a recent press conference, according to NBC Sports. A reporter asked Curry about the possibility of meeting the kids at his annual camp. The reaction of the hero four times was funny:
“Oh, it’s all bad for them,” said Carey. “Everything is bad for them, even if you are one-dimensional.”
Carrie tried to be serious, but eventually burst into laughter, saying:
“I’m sorry, I’m petty. I’m so petty. Keep it up, I love this so much.”
The Antetokonmo brothers will play for Greece in the European Basketball Championship
Giannis Antetokounmpo will try to lead Greece in the upcoming EuroBasket tournament. International awards are the only thing missing from Antetokounmpo’s impressive career. However, Antitokonmo will not be the only one in the Greek national team.
Coach Dimitris Etodis has named Giannis, Tanasis, Kostas and Alex Antetokounmue to his squad. To celebrate this amazing feat for his family, Giannis posted a photo of “Anticon Bruce” wearing the national team jersey.
Giannis and Thanassis are teammates at the Milwaukee Bucks. Alex has been traded to the Bucks’ G League’s Wisconsin Herd, and this is off season. Meanwhile, Kostas recently played for LDLC ASVEL of LNB Pro A and Euroleague.
Kyle Lowry Tried To Bring Vince Carter Back To The Raptors
Vince Carter is a certified legend of the Toronto Raptors. Carter’s relationship with the Raptors was non-existent after he left via trade in 2004. Before retiring in 2020, the former Slam Dunk champ reconciled with his fan base. He received a video tribute in 2014 and a standing ovation in 2019.
But before ending his career with the Atlanta Hawks, another Raptors legend tried to bring Carter back to Toronto. On ESPN’s “The VC Show,” Laurie revealed that he wanted the Raptors to sign Carter into free agency. There were talks between the two sides, but it did not come to fruition.
“I don’t know if anyone knows that,” Lowry said. “But I did try to get Vince back with us at some point. I wanted Vince. I was trying.”
Lowry won a title with the Raptors in 2019 before being traded to the Miami Heat last season. Meanwhile, Carter bounced back in the league after being traded by the New Jersey Nets in 2009. He hasn’t won any championships, but he is the only player to have played for 22 seasons in NBA history.
The most important remaining NBA agents left without signing
The NBA Free Agency started with great fanfare, but the market slowed down. However, there are still some good players available. NBA.com has listed the top five free agents available on the market.
LaMarcus Aldridge may be 36 years old, but he’s still a capable player who can shoot the ball. He averaged 12.9 points and 5.5 rebounds last season with the Brooklyn Nets.
Another veteran on the market is Carmelo Anthony, who last played for the Los Angeles Lakers. He embraced his role as the sixth man last season, averaging 13.3 ppg and 4.2 rpg in his 19th season.
Dennis Schroeder played with the Boston Celtics and Houston Rockets last season. He turned down a nice wage from the Los Angeles Lakers last summer, and it looks like he’ll never be able to receive that kind of offer again. However, he is only 28 years old and could be a starting goalkeeper or scorer from the bench.
Montrezl Harrell won his sixth Man of the Year in 2020, but has played for three different teams since then. Harrell is one of the top scorers off the bench, but his future is in doubt. He is facing drug charges after he was arrested last month.
Finally, Colin Sexton is the youngest on the list. Sexton played 11 games last season after sustaining a knee injury. It’s a restricted free agent, which means the Cleveland Cavaliers can match any offers.