Charlotte Hornets point guard Ramon Sessions has donated $1 million toward the development of a basketball practice facility on the University of Nevada campus in Reno, the Wolf Pack athletics department announced Tuesday. Sessions played for Nevada from 2004-2007 before entering the NBA as a second-round draft pick.
The Ramon Sessions Basketball Performance Center will be housed at what is currently the Lombardi Recreation Center. Construction will begin later this year, with the project expected to be completed in August. “This was always a second home for me, a place that gave me a chance when a lot of schools didn’t,” Sessions said in a release on Tuesday. “Coming up as a college kid, we didn’t always have access to a gym.
Source: The Associated Press on ESPN
Nets’ Jeremy Lin Out For Year With Ruptured Tendon
Agent: Gordon Hayward Unlikely to Return this Season Following Surgery
Celtics All-Star forward Gordon Hayward is unlikely to return during the 2017-18 season, his agent, Mark Bartelstein, told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Hayward underwent surgery to repair a dislocated left ankle and a fractured tibia in Boston on Wednesday night, a procedure that Bartelstein labeled a success.
“We expect him to make a full recovery and return to his All-Star form,” Bartelstein said.
Ben Simmons on NBA Debut: ‘It felt like I was playing 2K’
Ben Simmons finally made his long-awaited NBA regular-season debut against the Wizards in Washington on Wednesday night. And after his extended wait to wear the Philadelphia 76ers jersey in a meaningful game, he said he felt initially like he was in a video game.
“It felt like I was playing 2K, honestly,” Simmons said postgame.
“Just looking at Joel Embiid out there with the lights on his jersey. I was like, ‘man, I’m actually here.'”
Simmons was drafted with the first overall pick by the Sixers in the 2016 draft, but he missed the entire 2016-17 season while recovering from foot surgery to repair a Jones fracture. He suffered the injury on Sept. 30, 2016, less than a month before the start of the regular season. The Australian was originally expected to miss three months, but was eventually ruled out for the entire season.
Source: Nick Metallinos of ESPN