ESPN’s Darren Rovell was on uni-watch on Monday, apparently, as he got a early sneak peak at a few alternate uniforms for next season — including the Lakers’ black “Hollywood Nights” one — and tweeted out some pictures.
Also, Rovell said that the Thunder have decided against wearing the gold band on the collar signifying a franchise that has won a title. (They could wear one because they own the rights to the Seattle Sonics records, but the franchise has wisely tried to create a new identity and distance itself from that part of its past.)
The Cavs are shorthanded in the backcourt right now, with Kyrie Irving still out and Iman Shumpert sidelined for up to three months. Yahoo’s Marc Spears reports that they’re bringing in former Temple guard Dionte Christmas, who played for the Suns in 2013-14:
In 31 games for the Suns two seasons ago, Christmas averaged 2.3 points and 1.2 rebounds in 6.4 minutes per game. He probably won’t get very many minutes if he makes the Cavs’ final roster, but there’s a chance they’ll keep him around on a non-guaranteed deal until Irving and Shumpert are healthy, just to have another body in the backcourt.
LeBron James sat out the Cavs’ preseason game against the Sixers on Thursday night, but Cleveland still held the lead for all but the final 5.4 seconds. Then, Sixers rookie Scottie Wilbekin did this:
Wilbekin, who played college ball at Florida, has a chance to earn legitimate minutes for the Sixers this season as they try to find young talent on the cheap. This is a good start.