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Adam Silver Supports Warriors Getting New Arena

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NBA commissioner Adam Silver held his de facto “State of the League” news conference Thursday before Game 1 of the Finals — in the Oakland A’s batting cages.

Oracle Arena lacks the space for a large news conference, so the NBA for the past two years has dressed up the batting cages at the neighboring O.co Coliseum for Silver’s address. And for the second consecutive year, Silver made it clear that the Warriors need a new arena.

“I’m not from the Bay Area, so I can’t speak to sort of the relative importance of the various cities out here,” Silver said. “All I can tell you is I’m very supportive of [owners] Joe [Lacob] and Peter [Guber] and [team president] Rick Welts and their desire to move the franchise to San Francisco. I’m pleased it would remain in the Bay Area. I know they’ve had fantastic support here from Oakland. I don’t think there’s any doubt that they need a new arena in this market. And again, the project has been presented to me several times in San Francisco, and it seems like it will be yet again the best of its kind. I’m very supportive of them doing it.”

Source: Gary Washburn of The Boston Globe

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Joel Embiid Not Happy With Early Minutes Restriction

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The Philadelphia 76ers will be cautious with Joel Embiid early on this season, and the star center isn’t thrilled with that plan.

Sixers coach Brett Brown, when asked how much Embiid would play in Wednesday’s season opener against the Wizards, told reporters that he didn’t have a set number of minutes in mind before acknowledging “somewhere like in the teens.” “That’s f—ing bulls—. I wish I was playing more minutes,” Embiid told reporters on Tuesday. “I think I’m ready. I think I’m ready for more than whatever number they have. I don’t know. I wish I was playing more, but we’re going to see how that goes.”

Source: ESPN

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Report: Bulls’ Mirotic, Portis Involved in Serious Practice Altercation

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Chicago Bulls forwards Nikola Mirotic and Bobby Portis engaged in a physical altercation in practice Tuesday that resulted in Mirotic being hospitalized and sidelined indefinitely, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

Mirotic was taken to the hospital Tuesday after their shoving altercation during practice ended with an alleged cheap shot from Portis to Mirotic’s face, league sources told The Vertical.

Source: Shams Charania of The Vertical

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Warriors Receive 2017 Championship Rings, Unveil Banner

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The Golden State Warriors held their much-anticipated ring ceremony prior to tipoff against the Houston Rockets on opening night. Commissioner Adam Silver started the event by introducing the 2016-17 champions.

The Larry O’Brien Trophy was stationed at center court, with the players camped around it. The Warriors wore white and gold hoodies, which will be signed by the players and auctioned off with the proceeds going to the Bay Area wildfire relief efforts.

Source: Chris Haynes of ESPN

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