NBA superstar Dwyane Wade is challenging athletes to move beyond symbolic gestures and rhetoric amid protests to raise awareness of social issues dividing parts of the country.
“Actions speak louder than the words you say,” Wade said Saturday. “We have to continue to do things in our communities to try to raise the bar. The great thing about being an athlete today is you can make a stand for what you believe in, and it’s OK.”
For Wade, that meant spending his Saturday morning pedaling along a 6-mile course in Coconut Grove alongside more than 1,000 other cyclists that included minority children, adults from various backgrounds and police officers from Miami in the D-Wade CommUNITY Bike Ride. The event capped a week of promotional events Wade’s foundation held back in Miami before the former Heat icon heads to his Chicago hometown to open training camp next week after signing with the Bulls.
Source: Michael Wallace of ESPN
James Harden Could Return as Soon as Thursday?
The Houston Rockets hope star guard James Harden can return from a Grade 2 strain of his right hamstring within a week, coach Mike D’Antoni said.
“It could be Thursday or Saturday, I don’t know,” D’Antoni said before the Rockets’ practice Sunday at UCLA. “He’s got to get better. We’ll see. Whenever he’s ready.”
Source: Tim MacMahon of ESPN
Anthony Davis Posts Season High 48 Points in Win vs Knicks
New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis had a simple explanation for his 48-point, 17-rebound performance against the New York Knicks on Sunday. “I just tried to get us going on both ends of the floor. I was able just to continue to make shots,” Davis said. That’s quite an understatement.
Davis set a season-high for points on Sunday and compiled a stat line rarely seen in the NBA. In the process, he helped the New Orleans Pelicans rebound from a 19-point third-quarter deficit to beat the Knicks in overtime.
Source: Ian Begley of ESPN
Lakers’ Lonzo Ball (Knee) Questionable vs Grizzlies
Los Angeles Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball has a minor left-knee sprain after the rookie underwent an MRI, the team said Sunday. Ball is questionable for Monday’s game against the Grizzlies.
Ball woke up feeling soreness in the knee on Sunday, and the team sent the No. 2 overall pick to undergo an MRI in Memphis.
Source: Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN