Good morning. Let’s basketball.
THE KID IS ALRIGHT: Nice Woj column on the humility and happiness of Giannis Antetokounmpo, who signed a four-year, $100 million early extension with the Bucks on Monday. Giannis becomes the second 2013 draft pick to sign an early extension this summer, following C.J. McCollum. The fact that there will likely be a new labor deal in place before the next free agency period begins complicates everything for this early extension crew considerably, though Rudy Gobert is the only other one obviously in line for max money. We’ll see whether the Stifle Tower or any others get their deals. I wrote about the topic at length earlier this offseason.
ENOUGH IS ENOUGH: An unarmed 40-year-old black man was shot and killed by police in Tulsa last week. Video of the incident, which shows Crutcher holding his hands up before being shot by one officer and tazed by another, was released this week. Russell Westbrook, who has got to be the most beloved man in Oklahoma after this summer, reposted a passionate plea for justice on Instagram. This gesture may seem small, but it won’t be as NBA players (and perhaps the wider NBA community including coaches and league officials — we’ll see) organize around these issues. (We’ll also see whether certain notable North Carolina basketball stars say anything about a police shooting in Charlotte.)
WHEN IN DOUBT ... read Marcus Thompson. In this case, on the "why" behind Colin Kaepernick’s protest.
NO PRESSURE: A Vegas sportsbook released its regular season over-unders, which means that you can officially start putting out your NBA decorations. The Warriors are at 66.5. Only 12 teams in NBA history have hit 67 wins, including last year’s Warriors, who gave up a 3-1 lead to lose the NBA Finals.
SPEAKING OF WHICH: Stephen Curry says he still hasn’t gotten over Game 7. Neither has the internet, Steph. See above.
HERE WE GO AGAIN: J.R. Smith will not be participating in a LeBron-led Cavaliers minicamp because J.R. Smith is still not under contract. Cleveland is, like, the only team that has these types of problems with this type of regularity. PAY THE MAN SO HE CAN BUY A SHIRT ALREADY.
WELL, BYE: Rudy Gay has reportedly told the Kings he will opt out of his deal next summer and will not be re-signing in Sacramento. I, for one, am shocked that a player who has been on the trade block all summer is uninterested in re-upping.
BALANCING ACT: Daman Rangoola wants to know whether the Lakers will bring Brandon Ingram off the bench to help him develop ... or because the team is delusional enough to think the playoffs are in reach.
EVENTUALLY HE’LL BE COACHING IN A 6-YEAR-OLDS’ REC LEAGUE: Larry Brown is discussing coaching a high school team in the Hamptons, where he lives.
See you next time. Be excellent to each other.