A torn ACL would likely sideline Exum for the entire NBA season – which would just be devastating for him and Utah.
Exum became the Jazz’s starting point guard last season, playing a big part in their second-half defensive surge. His youth, athleticism and raw tools suggests an offensive progression could follow. A torn ACL could significantly alter his career arc.
Utah could challenge for a playoff berth this season, though that would become more difficult without Exum. Everything could finally click for Trey Burke, but it’s not comforting to have all your eggs in that basket. Alec Burks could spend more time at point guard, but that would leave shooting guard depth lacking. The Jazz have the cap room to sign another point guard, but the market is thin. There’s just no easy solution if Exum tore his ACL.
We’ll know soon enough whether these fears are founded.
Dorian Finney-Smith slams putback dunk on two Timberwolves (video)
The woman who accused Luke Walton of sexually assaulting her in a hotel room in 2017 has officially dropped her lawsuit against the NBA coach, TMZ Sports has learned.
Unclear if Walton and Tennant struck a settlement — but it’s not uncommon in situations like this.
We might eventually learn details of a settlement. But with Tennant not cooperating with the NBA investigation and now dropping her lawsuit, Walton will likely get to continue his coaching career without this hanging over him.
It’s often difficult for victims of sexual abuse to prove the crime occurred. Likewise, it’s often difficult for wrongfully accused people to prove their innocence. Tennant’s main allegation occurred in a hotel room with only she and Walton present.
Hopefully, justice prevailed here.
Blake Griffin inadvertently hits referee in face (video)
But Griffin saved his most devastating work for referee Scott Twardoski.
Griffin extended his arm and whacked Twardoski in the face, flooring the official. Play stopped for Twardoski to recover. The replay doesn’t do the contact justice. Twardoski was moving quickly up the floor when he ran straight into Griffin’s hand.
At least it wasn’t as bad as this legendary Carlos Boozer moment:
Out of game, shoeless LeBron James waves towel on court near play (video)
LeBron James wasn’t about that NBA-rulebook life last night.
Not only did he get away with a comically blatant travel, he – ostensibly out of the game – later wandered onto the court during play. He got pretty close to the action, waving his towel in celebration of consecutive Kyle Kuzma blocks.
And LeBron was wearing only socks on his feet. He had already given his shoes away to young fans – with 4:20 left! Sure, the Lakers were up 19 on the Jazz, but that’s a lot of time remaining. What a kind and totally disrespectful gesture, a real do-it-all move.