After 20 seasons and 1,565 total games, Kobe Bryant stands just 48 minutes away from retirement. The Los Angeles Lakers icon will close out his storied career Wednesday night against the Utah Jazz at Staples Center, and the 37-year-old will play in that finale, a rather monumental achievement considering his previous three seasons were all cut short by injury.
“I feel really excited and very happy and I’m looking forward to lacing them up one more time,” Bryant said Monday after his team’s 112-79 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder at Chesapeake Energy Arena, the 677th and final road game of his career.
Source: Baxter Holmes of ESPN
Pacers to Host 2021 NBA All-Star Game
Indianapolis will host the 2021 NBA All-Star Game, the league announced Wednesday.
The game will be held at the Pacers’ Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, which hasn’t hosted the event since 1985, when it was played at the Hoosier Dome.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN
Clippers’ Austin Rivers Leaves Game with Concussion
Clippers guard Austin Rivers suffered a concussion during Wednesday’s 106-95 win over the Orlando Magic and will not play Friday night against the Washington Wizards, the Clippers announced.
Rivers left the game after taking an elbow to the head in the final seconds of the second quarter. He did not return.
Warriors’ Green Doubtful for Thursday’s Game
Golden State Warriors power forward Draymond Green, who is nursing a sore right shoulder, was ruled as doubtful for Thursday night’s home game against the Dallas Mavericks.
The reigning NBA Defensive Player of the Year did not participate in practice on Wednesday. Warriors’ head coach Steve Kerr said the team is just being cautious, noting that it’s not a serious matter.
Source: Chris Haynes of ESPN