Indiana’s 108-90 home victory over Toronto on Tuesday night was marred by a heated confrontation between the Pacers’ Lance Stephenson and the Raptors’ DeMar DeRozan with 3.3 seconds remaining in the contest.
The shoving match broke out when tempers flared between Stephenson and DeRozan after the Raptors guard took issue with Stephenson’s layup at the end of the Pacers’ runaway win over their Eastern Conference rivals. DeRozan told reporters after the tilt that the play was “disrespectful to the game.” Tucker called the play “classless” and “tasteless.”
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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.