July 2020 Basketball Wiretap

Inglewood City Council Approves Proposed Clippers Basketball Arena

Jul 22, 2020 1:28 AM

The Inglewood City Council unanimously approved the environmental impact report for the proposed arena of the Los Angeles Clippers.

The Inglewood Basketball and Entertainment Center plans to break ground in 2021, and open for the 2024-25 season.

"I want to boldly tell you our vision for this arena: We want to simply make it the single greatest place in the world for basketball, a basketball palace with no peer. We want to make sure that we are giving back to our community and to being great citizens here in Inglewood," said Steve Balmer in a presentation to the City Council.

The arena will also feature the team's corporate office, practice facility, and an outdoor plaza.

The City Council will have a procedural vote to reaffirm today's decision, with another vote centering on the land that the arena will be built upon. 

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Steve Blake, Larry Greer No Longer On Suns Coaching Staff

Jul 19, 2020 12:37 PM

Steve Blake and Larry Greer are no longer on the Phoenix Suns coaching staff, according to Monty Williams.

"The details of it all, I don't want to get into. Organizations go through change and there are times where guys have to make decisions that are best for them and their families. It's a tough loss to not have those guys, but those decisions have to be made and as a leader, I have to respect what's best for the organization and what's best for the individuals," said Williams.

Both Blake and Greer were in their first year under Williams. 

"I miss those guys, but at the same time, I've been in this long enough to know that you have to adapt," added Williams. 

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Carmelo Anthony On Playing Small Forward: 'I Haven't Seen 230, 235 Since Early' In Career

Jul 18, 2020 1:56 PM

Carmelo Anthony said he challenged himself to get his weight down to around 230-235 pounds in preparation to start at small forward for the Portland Trail Blazers.

"I kind of challenged myself to get down to that weight where I feel comfortable with playing the 3, comfortable running around and utilizing things I can do within our system from playing the 3. That was a big motivation for me to come back at that exact weight or around that weight, 230, 235. I haven't seen 230, 235 since early, early in my career," said Anthony.

The 36-year-old Anthony said he experimented with his diet while the league was suspended.

Anthony did note that he's only lost five pounds from his usual playing weight.

"I told him he looks like he lost weight, but he hasn't lost that many pounds. It's more so turning some of the fat into muscle and leaning out. But he's always around the same weight. He just carries it different," said CJ McCollum.

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Mitchell Robinson Likely To Set Single-Season Field Goal Percentage Record

Jul 18, 2020 12:30 PM

Mitchell Robinson will set a single-season field goal percentage record should no player in Orlando surpass him, sources told Ian Begley of SNY.

Robinson finished the season shooting 74.2% from the field, beating Wilt Chamberlain's record of 72.7%.

The league announced that while voting for individual awards will take place before the Orlando restart, statistical awards will continue to be up for grabs.

Rudy Gobert would need to make at least 89 straight field goals to surpass Robinson. 

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Assistant GM Pat Garrity To Leave Pistons

Jul 5, 2020 8:14 PM

Detroit Pistons assistant GM Pat Garrity will be leaving the organization, league sources told Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

Garrity's contract was on the verge of expiring. 

The move comes as new GM Troy Weaver reshapes the front office. 

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