No player has meant more to the Minnesota Timberwolves franchise than Kevin Garnett. The Big Ticket spent the better part of 14 seasons with the T-Wolves, bringing the franchise a run of success that has never been matched. But you won t find KG s #21 hanging from the rafters of Target Center.The Timberwolves still haven t retired Garnett s jersey despite his overwhelming standing as the best player in franchise history. When recently asked why that was the case, KG threw shade at his former organization.Kevin Garnett has previously objected to the Timberwolves retiring his jerseyAlthough Garnett called Minnesota home for close to 15 years, his post-career association with the franchise has been frosty. The main reason stems from Garnett s damaged relationship with former Wolves owner Glen Taylor.Garnett had problems with Taylor dating back to his playing days. In 2007, the owner accused his superstar of faking an injury as an excuse to sit out the remaining few games of the season. In 2015, when KG returned to Minnesota, Taylor promised Garnett a spot within the ownership group. However, the billionaire reneged on that promise following the death of longtime head coach Flip Saunders.
In 2020, KG told The Athletic that despite his love for the fans, he did not want his jersey retired as long as Taylor was in charge.\u201cGlen knows where I m at, I m not entertaining it,\u201d Garnett said. \u201cFirst of all, it s not genuine. Two, he s getting pressure from a lot of fans and, I guess, the community there. Glen and I had an understanding before Flip died, and when Flip died, that understanding went with Flip. For that, I won t forgive Glen.\u201d\u201cI ll always have a special place for the city of Minneapolis and the state of Minnesota in my heart. But I don t do business with snakes,\u201d KG added. \u201cI try not to do business with openly snakes or people who are snake-like.\u201dNew T-Wolves ownership hasn t approached GarnettThe Timberwolves entered a new era in franchise history this summer when Taylor sold the team to an ownership group headlined by Marc Lore and former MLB superstar Alex Rodriguez for $1.5 billion. Coming up just short was Garnett, who headlined another group attempting to buy the franchise.
The Big Ticket is currently scheduled to have his jersey retired this season \u2026 by the Boston Celtics. The C s will hang Garnett s #5 in the rafters after his six successful seasons in Boston. When asked on Jimmy Kimmel Live why the Timberwolves had yet to make a move, KG s answer was telling.\u201cWell if you know anything about the Boston Celtics, they re known for their championships and the way they do things, \u201cGarnett said. \u201cThey do things in a championship way. And that s what I m gonna say.\u201d\u201cI love the city of Minneapolis and I m not here to crap on anything,\u201d Garnett continued. \u201cSomeone has a franchise, and the way they want to run the franchise is up to them.\u201dKimmel also mentioned how the T-Wolves had new owners now, with Garnett jokingly responding, \u201cI don t know, I haven t kept up with that.\u201dThe Minnesota Timberwolves need to work things out with GarnettSince their inaugural season in 1989-90, all the Timberwolves have to show for their franchise are nine playoff appearances and two series wins. Garnett is largely responsible for all but one trip to the postseason. If he was never a part of the team, where would they be as a whole?KG is the franchise leader in games, points, rebounds, assists, steals, and blocks. He won an MVP in 2003-04, the year, Minnesota advanced to its first and only Western Conference Final. Additionally, he was recently named to the NBA s 75th Anniversary Team.Lore and A-Rod have a chance to do right by the franchise s greatest player. Sure, it might be awkward given KG s attempts to buy the team. And it s possible the Hall of Famer will continue to decline. But at the very least, they should engage him in conversation and ask how they can smooth this fractured relationship.The T-Wolves and their fans deserve to have Garnett s number hanging from the rafters. The fact the Celtics are beating them to the punch is a crying shame.All statistics courtesy of Basketball Reference.RELATED: Kevin Garnett s Hall of Fame Career Almost Didn t Happen as He Was Forced to Start His Basketball Career in Secret
Crypto.com has bought the naming rights to the arena that is home to NBA team Los Angeles Lakers, in what is said to be one of the largest naming deals in sports history.The Staples Center in Los Angeles, home to the Lakers basketball team as well as the L.A. Kings hockey team and women's basketball team Los Angeles Sparks, will be renamed the Crypto.com Arena, following a $700 million deal announced on Wednesday.The partnership, which takes effect on December 25, will last for 20 years, and ends the arena's 22-year partnership with the office supplies retailer. The deal ?underscores the rapidly growing influence and widespread adoption of Crypto.com's cryptocurrency platform and NFT marketplace worldwide,? Crypto.com said in the announcement.
Courting Sports Fans Crypto.com was founded by e-commerce exec Kris Marszalek as Monaco in 2016, before its rebranding as Crypto.com in 2018. The platform boasts more than 10 million customers today. The crypto exchange s logo already adorns the jerseys of the National Basketball Association (NBA) Philadelphia 76ers team. Earlier this year, rival crypto exchange FTX became the first crypto business to secure naming rights to a major sports venue when it paid $135 million for the naming rights to the home of NBA team Miami Heat in a 19-year deal. Crypto.com then secured a sponsorship deal with hockey team Montreal Canadiens to have its logo brandished on the ice at its home arena, the Bell Centre. The platform's native token, CRO, currently the 16th largest cryptocurrency by market cap, jumped 35 percent in the 24 hours after the announcement to reach $0.545.
NEW YORK \u2013 The National Basketball Association (NBA) and Sportradar Group AG (NASDAQ: SRAD), the leading global sports technology company creating immersive experiences for sports fans and bettors, today announced an expansive multiyear partnership agreement that will see the NBA, Women s National Basketball Association (WNBA) and NBA G League use Sportradar s global and wide-ranging capabilities to grow U.S. operations, increase their international footprint and drive fan engagement. This new partnership begins with the 2023-24 NBA season and provides the NBA with an equity stake in Sportradar. This agreement with the NBA, WNBA and NBA G League maintains Sportradar as the exclusive provider of NBA data worldwide that will help fans across the globe engage with the three leagues. Sportradar will continue to be both the authorized global distributor of official NBA and WNBA betting data and the distributor of live game video that is available to international sports betting operators for fans to experience in real time.
In addition, the new relationship includes expanded distribution rights regarding the use of player tracking data. Sportradar will also establish a dedicated team to innovate and transform the fan experience. This will include utilizing data to create a deeper understanding and appreciation of the game, developing new data products to enrich fan engagement, and revolutionizing how sports betting data is utilized by betting operators and media partners.\u201cWe are delighted that the NBA has chosen Sportradar as the Official Partner who can support the global popularity and explosive growth of the game,\u201d said Carsten Koerl, global CEO, Sportradar. \u201cBasketball is the largest U.S. sport in the world by popularity and, as a market leader, we are best positioned with the technological expertise and industry relationships to help the NBA entertain fans globally.\u201dContinued Koerl: \u201cWe believe that this agreement will contribute to Sportradar s profitable business and continued growth. The remaining time left on the existing deal, and this new multi-year agreement, gives us significant runway to partner with the NBA and develop exciting solutions across our teams, betting and sports entertainment verticals.\u201d
\u201cSportradar has been a terrific partner as the league has navigated its exploration into the global sports betting landscape,\u201d said Scott Kaufman-Ross, Senior Vice President, Head of Gaming & New Business Ventures, NBA. \u201cAs the market matures, we are thrilled to extend our partnership with Sportradar to utilize data and insights to create new fan experiences and innovate around the NBA globally.\u201dThis deal extends a relationship that began in 2016, when Sportradar and the NBA announced a multiyear partnership, which made Sportradar an Official Provider of Real-time NBA League Statistics.The NBA and Sportradar will continue to collaborate on best-in-class practices to protect the integrity of games, which includes the use of Sportradar s Universal Fraud Detection System (UFDS) to monitor global betting activity and trends worldwide.Over the course of 2021, Sportradar has signed data rights deals with leading leagues and governing bodies across five of the most popular global sports, including Union of European Football Associations, International Tennis Federation, International Cricket Council, the National Hockey League and the NBA.
ESPN s 6 p.m. Eastern SportsCenter Wednesday started with a mistake. The show opened with footage of the Los Angeles Lakers Russell Westbrook and the Milwaukee Bucks Giannis Antetokounmpo walking into Milwaukee s Fiserv Forum ahead of their game, and anchor Hannah Storm commented on Westbrook s jersey. She said that it was a Barry Sanders jersey. (Sanders wore #21 at Oklahoma State, but wore #20 with the Detroit Lions in the pros).
There s some debate about what Westbrook intended with this jersey. Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk tweeted that it was a Dallas Cowboys #21 jersey. Smith thought that was a reference to former Cowboys running back Julius Jones, who wore #21 with the team, and that it was in support of clemency for Oklahoma death row inmate Julius Jones (a different person with the same name who is scheduled to be executed Thursday over a 1999 murder, but maintains his innocence, and has been featured in various documentaries raising questions about the case and about the racial issues involved with the police and jury). That makes some sense, considering how vocally Westbrook has spoken out in support of Jones, including in an open letter last summer (ESPN covered that here). Here s Smith s tweet on this:However, a photo of the jersey from the back indicates that it has a Sanders nameplate.
That would be former Cowboys cornerback/receiver Deion Sanders. Here s that photo:If this was only a reference to Deion Sanders, misidentifying him as Barry Sanders is a much lower-stakes mistake, and an understandable one. We ll await comment from Westbrook on what he meant, and if the interpretations (from Smith and ourselves) putting this together with the Julius Jones case were an overreach. (And if they were, we apologize for that.) What is clear is that Storm said this was about Barry Sanders. Here s the clip of how Storm and co-anchor Brian Custer covered this on SportsCenter:Storm starts with \u201cLakers kicking off a five-game road trip. Off the bus, look at Russ! Showing up rocking a Barry Sanders jersey! Love it.\u201d Custer adds \u201cI love that.\u201d Storm runs through the rest of her intro on the game, and the clip ends with Storm saying to Custer \u201cYou like that jersey? Cool, right?\u201d and Custer says \u201cI love it. It s cool.\u201dIf Westbrook s jersey was a reference to Julius Jones, that s an unfortunate error from ESPN. If it was only a reference to Deion Sanders, and was not intended to have any connection to the Julius Jones case, that s a notable error from us in reading too much into it, and we again apologize if that s the case. (In either case, we apologize for our initial typo in this post that got Barry Sanders NFL jersey number wrong; it was #20, not #22.) We ll keep an eye out for comments from Westbrook on what he intended.
Steph Curry s one-night-only annual homecoming to Charlotte started off beautifully. He had time before he took the court Sunday night for Golden State to watch his beloved Carolina Panthers play the first quarter of their game at Arizona. That allowed him to see Cam Newton s two early touchdowns. \u201cIn true Cam fashion, on his first touch he gets a score and then on his second touch, he throws a touchdown,\u201d Curry said later. \u201cIt was kind of surreal watching him\u2026. I love his vibe and his energy, all the way around.\u201d But things went downhill from there for Curry, whose Warriors then took the court and lost to the suddenly hot Charlotte Hornets, 106-102, Sunday night before a sellout crowd of 19,559 in Charlotte.
Curry suffered through a 3-of-13 shooting night from three-point range against Charlotte and, he admitted later, took too many difficult shots from long range while trying too hard to hit \u201cdaggers.\u201d Curry still ended up with 24 points and 10 assists, but the Hornets got the win to complete a glorious night for Charlotte s NBA and NFL teams.Golden State had the best record in the NBA coming in at 11-1 but only scored 14 points in the final quarter. The Hornets win was keyed by excellent team defense and, at the end by Terry Rozier. Rozier had nine fourth-quarter points and an incredible leap to steal a jump ball away from Draymond Green who is five inches taller than Rozier with 15.3 seconds to go and Charlotte clinging to a two-point lead. Green said later the official was \u201cstill talking\u201d when he threw the ball and so Green wasn t completely prepared to jump. Still, Green said, he should have won the jump ball regardless and \u201cthat s on me.\u201d
Curry said much the same thing after he played the Hornets on Golden State s annual trip to Charlotte for what is always one of the toughest Hornet tickets all year. There were hundreds, maybe thousands, of Curry jerseys in the stands Sunday.
For the 75th anniversary of the NBA, the league is rolling out fresh elements across various aspects of the game \u2013 a new logo for this season, a new game ball partner in Wilson, a tone-setting short film called \u201cNBA Lane\u201d and the announcement of the 75 greatest players in league history on Tuesday through Thursday of this week on TNT and ESPN.
For the Thunder, which is entering its 14th season as an NBA franchise, a span that encompasses 19 percent of the total league years, the occasion is an opportunity to reflect on the pioneers who helped establish the game. It s also the chance to add to the legacy that has been built in the United States, Canada and around the globe.
\u201cIt's a beautiful game,\u201d said Thunder guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander.
\u201cAs soon as I heard that (it was the 75th season), I thought about all the great players I watched growing up. It just feels pretty special to be a part of this,\u201d added fellow guard Ty Jerome.
The Thunder began its NBA journey in Oklahoma City in the fall of 2008, soaring with an unheard-of, meteoric rise from a 23-win team in that first season to an incredible 50 wins the very next year. Since then, the Thunder has been one of the most formidable franchises in the entire league. Since New Year s Eve 2008, the first season in Oklahoma City, the Thunder has the second-best regular season winning percentage in the NBA and the seventh-best winning percentage in all of sports from the start of 2010 to the start of 2020.
The Thunder has also finished with a winning percentage of .610 (equivalent to 50 wins) seven times dating back to the 2009-10 season, with only San Antonio (eight seasons) reaching that benchmark more during the same period. That first era of Thunder basketball in Oklahoma City also produced ten-straight seasons with a .500 or better record, one of just three teams to maintain such a record across those years (Houston, San Antonio).
Each year the NBA displays new city jerseys that combine intricate details with the long history of each franchise. The jerseys can be actively seen on most players on Christmas Day. This year there is an added touch due to it being the NBA s 75th anniversary.
With the NBA hitting this milestone, there was more extensive planning done with this debut. Nike s design and marketing teams have been working tirelessly since 2017 to make sure this debut met the expectations of the league and fans.
On Christmas Day and into the new year, any team can be seen sporting their new city look. The Phoenix Suns and Utah Jazz have decided to keep last year s look. Fans that are particularly interested in the style and look of their favorite NBA stars can get a glance of what to expect before tipoff by going to Locker Vision s website.
When the league hit 50 years, there were similar additions made to the jerseys. During the 1996-1997 season, the cities featured a golden logo. This year is considered the league s diamond year and features a textured logo with a \u201c75\u201d emblem.
In collaboration with Nike, each team has four uniform looks including city, statement, association, and icon. This year, the Celtics, Knicks and Warriors will get the chance to show fans a fifth look that will be entitled the classic look.
According to ESPN s The Undefeated, Jesse Alvarez, product director of global sports apparel-men s basketball at Nike says that this year s jerseys are geared towards the next generation of sports fans and through the stories displayed on the jerseys, a bridge will be created.
The NBA saved Lakers fans some Photoshop work on Tuesday by putting Jayson Tatum and LaMelo Ball in Lakers jersey for a new video.
The Lakers may be one of the top teams in the league with a new Big Three of LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook that will debut on Tuesday, but it s never too early to begin scouting for the future.
And as part of the ongoing celebrations for the league s 75th season, the NBA put together a video recreating some of the most iconic photos over that span. In a decision that would mostly only lead to jokes online, current players sported jerseys of former players to recreate those photos, like Chris Paul in a Celtics jersey to replicate a photo of Bob Cousy or Damian Lillard recreating Michael Jordan s final shot as a Bull.
Given their success throughout the years, the Lakers had many moments to choose from, and the league chose two very interesting players to recreate them. Lifelong Laker fan moonlighting as a Boston Celtic Jayson Tatum was chosen to recreate the photo of Kobe Bryant s game-winning 3-pointer against the Miami Heat, while LaMelo Ball recreated a photo of a Magic Johnson pass.
Originally tweeted by NBA on TNT s Twitter account, the video was taken down. But it s the internet, so nothing is ever really deleted, and Tatum s section specifically talking about Bryant was saved by more than a few people.
2021-22 Nike NBA City Edition Uniform: San Antonio Spurs
The 2021-22 San Antonio Spurs City Edition uniform is a colorful celebration of the franchise s success across eras
The San Antonio Spurs are a team that doesn t just win on the court, but off of it, with a true connection to its community.
The Spurs measure success not just in seasons but in decades; not just in rings and MVPs but in a true connection with their community. The 2021-22 San Antonio Spurs Nike NBA City Edition Uniform spins a colorful story of rising, sustained glory from a singular finger roll to a Big Three that was the class of the league for a new millennium.
In honor of the NBA s 75th season, the jersey is a canvas that shows off the Spurs complex roots:
The shorts feature the boot-spur logo and angular design of those worn by the team in the late \u201870s and early \u201880s, while also reviving the road-running logo of the Dallas Chaparrals, the franchise s original ABA identity.
The ??Spurs classic silver and black stripes appear above the jock tag.
Lining the entire uniform are the signature fiesta stripes, which first appeared on the team s warmups in the mid-90s an homage to the celebrations that have blossomed every spring on the Riverwalk for more than a century.
The uniforms pay homage to the community s rich and storied history.
Available on November 15th on NBAStore.com
Warriors superstar Stephen Curry doesn t have his Davidson jersey retired, all because of an obsolete college rule
In the last 10 years, one player has done to the league what no one else could manage to do. Wardell Stephen Curry II has revolutionized the NBA and changed the way teams approached the 3-point line. In the process of doing so, Curry has won quite a few accolades as well. He is a 3x NBA Champion, 2x NBA MVP, 7x NBA All-Star, 4x NBA First Team, and so much more.
When all is said and done, Steph would have his jersey hanging from the Chase Center rafters, and a possible statue outside it. A few years ago, Steph had gotten his jersey retired by his high school Charlotte Christian. However, the same cannot be said about his alma mater Davidson. They have refused to retire his jersey, well at least until he fulfills one of their conditions.
Kristaps Porzingis, Jusuf Nurkic, De'Andre Hunter among eight other pivotal players
You might not believe it, but the NBA season is about to start. Again. Did it ever end? To think that almost exactly one calendar year ago the Lakers were beating the Heat in the Bubble Finals is a trip. When the 2021-22 regular season begins on Tuesday, parts of three seasons will have taken place over the last 12 months and change.
Our previews for all 30 teams are in. Our awards and playoff predictions are coming next week. Below is a look at 10 X-factor players that stand to swing their teams one way or another.
You might argue Russell Westbrook is too central a player for the Lakers to be an X-factor, but I would argue the farther he is from a central player the better for Los Angeles, which has already proven it can win a title with LeBron James and Anthony Davis operating sans a third star. Westbrook's scoring, assists and certainly his usage rate should all drop precipitously this season, making his defensive contributions and supporting shooting the key to his impact.
Frank Vogel has given Westbrook the green light for catch-and-shoot 3s (this could go terribly), but wants him to be more judicious pulling up off the dribble (good luck). If Westbrook, much like he did over the second half of the 2019-20 season with Houston, stays disciplined on offense, focusing on penetration, and has just a relatively decent shooting season while committing defensively (which he should be able to do with far less offensive responsibility), he should be a plus for the Lakers. If he goes the other way, the Lakers might well follow him right down the drain.
The Wizards have begun the season without a jersey patch, which led some of you to wonder whether GEICO remains a team sponsor altogether.
The Washington Wizards 2021-22 regular season campaign began. Besides a 2-0 start,one thing has been evident on the look of their uniforms. Their GEICO jersey patch no longer appears on the left side of their jerseys anymore. Jersey ads have been controversial part of in the NBA, but they have been lucrative. With the Wizards not having anyone ad sponsor, that also costs them potential revenue.
So, I was wondering when they would get a new sponsorship and what happened to Monumental Sports & Entertainment s relationship with GEICO. The previous jersey sponsorship included the Wizards, Mystics and Capital City Go-Go.
Why is the jersey patch no longer there?
The jersey sponsorship lapsed last August, according to Jabari Young of CNBC. The Washington Mystics season was still ongoing at the time, but they kept wearing jerseys with the GEICO logo. Therefore the news and this photo (among many others) indicate that any chances on Mystics jerseys will be effective in the 2022 WNBA season.
From holding out of training camp to refusing to participate in drills, 76ers guard Ben Simmons has made his intentions of leaving Philadelphia abundantly clear. The former No. 1 pick took another step in his desired Philadelphia exit on Wednesday, listing his New Jersey mansion on numerous public real estate websites.
Simmons' Moorestown, New Jersey home has five bedrooms, six bathrooms, 10,477 square feet and an asking price of $5 million. It's located 23 miles from the Wells Fargo Center, a venue Simmons hopes he doesn't have to visit for much longer.
According to the Trulia listing, Simmons' home is located at the end of a cul-de-sac and features amenities such as a fireplace, custom cabinetry, white oak hardwood floors along with a wet and dry bar. The home also has an "oversized" movie room, a "massive" fish tank and a private gaming room with its own full-service bar, bathroom and candy room. Simmons kept the home relatively free of personal touches, aside from a custom neon sign featuring his gamertag (Simmo the Savage) and a hallway with framed magazine covers and his jerseys.
Johnny Sexton joined an elite group of players to mark 100 caps for his country this afternoon as Ireland take on Japan at the Aviva Stadium.
A specially-embroidered kit has been commissioned for the occasion by Canterbury, with "Jonathan Sexton - Cap 100 - Japan 6-11-2021" tastefully inscribed in the bottom corner.
The change strip has yet to be given a full airing but the regal purple strip will take pride of place in South Dublin's Pantheon of the Oval Ball this afternoon.
Sexton joins Brian O Driscoll (133), Ronan O Gara (128), Rory Best (124), Cian Healy (109), Paul O Connell (108) and John Hayes (105) in the centurions club for Ireland
Sexton's achievement is all the more remarkable for the fact he was a relative latecomer to the international stage, debuting at 24 in 2009, and vied with Ronan O'Gara for the 10 shirt.
Over a 12-year international career, Sexton has racked up 925 points in his 99 caps to date and made six appearances for the British Lions.
LOS ANGELES The night started with LaMelo Ball hearing cheers from hometown family and friends during lineup introductions.
The night ended with Ball hearing near gasps while furiously trying to lead the Charlotte Hornets into a late-game comeback against the Los Angeles Lakers. That did not end exactly the way the Hornets envisioned with the Lakers escaping with a 126-123 overtime win on Monday at Staples Center.
Yet, the game featured what they had envisioned in Ball taking another step in his growth by posting his second career triple-double in points (25), rebounds (15) and assists (11) in a career-high 42 minutes.
\u201cHe took a step forward tonight as a professional,\u201d Hornets coach James Borrego said. \u201cHe got us in good stuff, especially down the stretch. I was really proud of him.\u201d
After all, Borrego had outlined following the Hornets loss to the LA Clippers on Sunday and 90 minutes before Monday s game how he wanted more from Ball. It has only been five months since Ball won last season s Kia Rookie of the Year Award after becoming the 12th rookie in the NBA history to average at least 15 points, five rebounds, five assists and a steal. Yet, Borrego has looked for signs that Ball can become known for more than just his highlight-reel passes, his eclectic fashion choices or his father s outspoken marketing efforts.
After feeling encouraged with Ball bulking up his listed 6-foot-7, 180-pound frame this offseason, Borrego has called on Ball to develop another winning habit. The challenge: can Ball refine his decision making without compromising his creative playmaking?
\u201cThat s obviously the balance with me,\u201d Borrego said. \u201cThe homeruns allow that momentum to continue. But he can t always seek out the home run or the home-run play. We have to be more consistent. That s the message for him right now: Be solid, be stable.\u201d
Ball did not initially seem receptive to that message.
As the Hornets allowed the LA Clippers to score 22 unanswered fourth-quarter points on Sunday, Ball did not record a single basket or assist during that stretch. Borrego also played Ball fewer than six minutes in the fourth quarter because of foul trouble and late-game decision making.
\u201cI feel like I ve got to be in there longer for the fourth quarter,\u201d Ball said. \u201cYou feel me? I feel like I came in a little late in the game.\u201d