Memphis Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley suffered an eye injury that was repaired by what one of the team’s athletic trainers called “a continuous stitch” after a collision in the fourth quarter of his team’s 95-89 overtime loss to the San Antonio Spurs.
The injury occurred when Conley collided with Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard with 3:42 left to play. Grizzlies coach David Fizdale claimed Conley was “knocked unconscious” in the collision, but the point guard said he would have returned to the game if the team’s medical staff had been able to stop the bleeding. Conley said he wasn’t sure whether he’d be available for Memphis’ matchup Wednesday against the Oklahoma City Thunder, as the team would evaluate the injured area for swelling.
Source: Michael C. Wright of ESPN
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J.J. Barea Waiting to Hear From Family in Puerto Rico
As he waits to hear from his parents and other relatives in Puerto Rico, Dallas Mavericks guard J.J. Barea has launched a fundraising campaign to prepare to help people in his homeland after the island was devastated by Hurricane Maria.
Barea and his wife, Viviana Ortiz, organized a relief fund on the same online platform used by Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt to raise more than $37 million to aid people affected by Hurricane Harvey. Barea’s fund had reached three-quarters of its original goal of $100,000 as of Thursday afternoon.
Source: Tim MacMahon of ESPN
Lakers Ink Jersey Sponsor Deal with Wish
The Los Angeles Lakers will wear the Wish logo on their jerseys starting this season after agreeing to a three-year deal with the California-based e-commerce mobile app company.
The Lakers’ multiyear deal with Wish — a company that rose to prominence recently as a sponsor of the Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor fight — will be for $12-14 million annually, as first reported by the Sports Business Journal. The jersey sponsorship ranks second behind the Golden State Warriors’ deal with Rakuten, which is worth $20 million annually and includes naming rights to the Warriors’ team facility.