A small group of NBA referees and players held a meeting Saturday, working to relieve mounting tension between the sides.
The meeting included three players, three referees and officials from both the referees’ union and the players’ union. Among the items agreed on was establishing a direct communication line between the two unions that would not involve the NBA league office to address issues that arise between the sides, the unions announced in a joint statement.
Several issues that have been causing friction were raised during the meeting. One, sources told ESPN, is the referees’ enforcement of the so-called “respect for the game” rules. These rules were introduced by the NBA in 2010 and updated in 2015 and were aimed at limiting players’ reactions to referee decisions, among other issues.
Source: Brian Windhorst of ESPN
Dirk Nowitzki Passes Wilt Chamberlain on All-Time Scoring List
Dirk Nowitzki has reclaimed the No. 6 spot on the NBA’s all-time scoring list, passing Wilt Chamberlain on Monday night in what will probably be the final major milestone of his legendary career.
Nowitzki, the longtime face of the Dallas Mavericks franchise who is playing his 21st and likely final season, spent a few years as the sixth-leading scorer in NBA history before LeBron James passed him earlier this season. He entered Monday night’s game against the New Orleans Pelicans needing four points to pass Chamberlain, who scored 31,419 points in his Hall of Fame career, and accomplished the feat by swishing his first two shots of the night.
Source: Tim MacMahon of ESPN
Sources: Bucks to Sign Tim Frazier, Waive Christian Wood
Milwaukee Bucks will sign guard Tim Frazier and waive forward Christian Wood in aftermath of Malcolm Brogdon foot injury, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) March 18, 2019
Source: Chris Haynes on Twitter
Sources: CJ McCollum Out at least One Week with Left Popliteus Strain
Sources: Portland guard CJ McCollum has a popliteus strain in his left knee. He will be re-examined in a week.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) March 17, 2019
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN