The Portland Trail Blazers are a close-knit group. Other than superstar Damian Lillard, Portland’s best asset this season has been its chemistry in the locker room.
That extends to people other than just players.
Blazers video coordinator Jonathan Yim is part of that family, and on Wednesday as Portland took on the Denver Nuggets in Game 2 of their second-round playoff series, the whole team showed out for him.
According to The Athletic’s Jason Quick, Yim was recently injured in a serious car accident just a day after Portland beat the Oklahoma City Thunder on Lillard’s epic 37-foot shot. On April 24th, Yim and members of his family were driving back on I-84 outside of Portland when their car crashed into the back of a semi-truck.
It was not a fatal accident, but Yim has suffered serious injuries. In order to raise his spirits as he recovers from his surgeries, members of Portland’s coaching staff decided to wear a bow tie in honor of Yim.
Via Instagram and The Athletic:
“You talk about people who do behind the scenes stuff, he’s the perfect example of that,” Lillard said. “Yim has literally done everything for us, but he doesn’t ask for credit, and people don’t really know just how much he does. But he does everything, so he is a huge part of our team. Plus, he is a great dude.”
Yim started “Bow Tie Wednesdays” as a tradition around the organization, and seeing the entire coaching staff buy into his sartorial flair was pretty cool.
The Blazers video coordinator has reportedly still been in contact with his players, sending them text messages about how best to exploit their new opponent in the Nuggets.
Everyone’s wishing Yim a speedy recovery and to see him back on the sidelines next season.
NEW YORK (AP) The WNBA has suspended Los Angeles Sparks guard Riquna Williams 10 games for a domestic violence incident.
The WNBA handed down the suspension Tuesday. Williams was arrested on April 29 and charged with two felony counts, one involving the assault of an individual with whom she was in a relationship and the other involving a threat to another person with a firearm. Her criminal case is ongoing.
The league conducted its own investigation and consulted with a panel of experts in the field of domestic violence. Among other factors, the WNBA said it took into account the nature and seriousness of the allegations, including the involvement of a gun.
The WNBA also will require Williams to participate in counseling.
Williams’ suspension will begin with Thursday’s game against the Dallas Wings.
Just three 7-footers have averaged 3.5 3-pointers per game and made 35% of them each of the last two seasons:
The Bulls will now have most of them.
Markkanen is Chicago’s top young player. Kornet will join him with the Bulls next season.
Shams Charania of The Athletic:
I’m a little surprised Kornet got more than his minimum ($3,383,360 over two years). But it’s worth taking a flier on him.
In addition to his outside shooting, Kornet has shown good timing as a shot-blocker in two seasons with the Knicks. The 24-year-old must get stronger and improve as a rebounder to play major minutes.
But the Bulls won’t have to press him into action. They also have Thaddeus Young, Markkanen, Wendell Carter Jr., Daniel Gafford and Cristiano Felicio as bigs.
The Bucks waived Christian Wood late last season to ensure avoiding the luxury tax. The Pelicans claimed him. Wood had played well in limited minutes with the 76ers, Hornets and Bucks and in the NBA’s minor league since going undrafted in 2015.
New Orleans gave him his biggest opportunity yet. In 24 minutes per game over eight games, he averaged 17 points and eight rebounds.
But the Pelicans filled their roster for next season and waived Wood.
Detroit will take advantage.
The Detroit Pistons announced today that the team has claimed forward/center Christian Wood off waivers.
Wood’s $1,645,357 minimum salary is unguaranteed until the regular season. So, Detroit could still waive him before the season. But it seems he’ll at least go to training camp and get a shot at a regular-season roster spot.
The Pelicans also could’ve kept him through the preseason then waived him before the regular season. They seemingly did him a favor of allowing him to get somewhere he has a realistic chance of sticking.
Blake Griffin and Andre Drummond will start in the frontcourt for the Pistons. Markieff Morris and Thon Maker appear to be first in line is backups.
But don’t be surprised if Wood earns playing time. At minimum, the 23-year-old should provide nice depth at both power forward and center.
The Pistons have also now acquired four members of last year’s Bucks – Tony Snell, Thon Maker, Tim Frazier and now Wood.
Reggie Bullock had his agreed-upon salary cut by more than half with the Knicks. He’ll reportedly miss at least a month of the regular season.
All because of a mysterious health issue.
The Knicks have finally disclosed what’s happening.
Reggie Bullock underwent successful surgery today at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York for a cervical disc herniation. The team will plan to provide an update on his rehab and progress around the start of training camp.
Bullock is a good shooter from the wing. New York could use him. Many teams could use him.
But Bullock must get healthy first.
At this point, we probably shouldn’t expect much from him any time soon. The best indication: how eagerly his agent praised the Knicks for their handling of this situation. Again, Bullock settled for less than half his initially agreed-upon salary.