Meanwhile, Giannis Antetokonmo of the Milwaukee Bucks and Shay Gilgus Alexander of OKC Thunder have been named NBA Players of the Week. Antetokounmpo appears unstoppable to start the season as the Bucks remain the only unbeaten team in the league.
On that note, here’s a look at today’s NBA news (November 1) brought to you by Sportskeeda:
Nike reacts to Kyrie Irving’s antisemitic movie sharing link
Kyrie Irving is embroiled in another controversy to start the NBA season. He received a lot of criticism for promoting an anti-Semitic movie on Twitter. Brooklyn Nets owner Joe Tsai has called up his star guard, while the league has issued a statement regarding the same.
Nike also released a statement regarding Irving’s latest actions. The Nets star has a shoe line with Nike.
“At Nike, we believe there is no place for hate speech, and we condemn any form of anti-Semitism,” the statement said. Mike Vokonov from Athletic.
Irving has since deleted the links and screenshots he posted for “Hebrews to Negroes: Wake Up Black America.” This post was made after rapper Kanye West lost billions of dollars from Adidas and Gap for his anti-Semitic comments.
Philadelphia 76ers lose two selections in the second round due to tampering
The Philadelphia 76ers were found guilty of tampering with negotiating PJ Tucker and Danuel House before the start of free agency. The NBA stripped the Sixers of their second-round picks in 2023 and 2024. The Sixers issued a statement accepting the league sanction.
“The Philadelphia 76ers have fully cooperated with the NBA investigation and acknowledged the NBA’s ruling,” the statement read. He said. “We’re moving forward, and we’re focused on next season.”
The Sixers signed Tucker to a three-year, $33 million contract, while House secured a two-year deal worth $8.5 million. James Harden took a pay cut for The Sixers to sign free agents. Tucker and House were brought in as potential lost flocks for the Tournament Tour.
Joshua Primo removes concessions, becomes an unrestricted free agent
The San Antonio Spurs relinquishing Joshua Primo on Friday was the most shocking news in the NBA this season. Spurs parted ways with Primo, who allegedly revealed himself to many women on numerous occasions. A former Tottenham employee has even hired a lawyer because of the situation.
Before ceding Primo, Tottenham had exercised their team option for the next two seasons. He did not claim the previous lottery selection before the Monday afternoon deadline. He is now an unrestricted free agent who can sign with any NBA team.
However, Primo focuses on improving his mental health after his release. He said a previous trauma was the cause of his problems. Despite the circumstances of his release, several bands are interested in Primo, according to ESPN.
Giannis Antetokonmo and Shai Gilgus Alexander have been named NBA Players of the Week
The NBA on Monday named the Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antikonmo and OKC Thunder’s Shay Gilgus Alexander as their Player of the Week.
Antetokounmpo averaged 35.7 points, 15.0 rebounds and 6.0 assists in three games last week. The Bucks are the only team undefeated in the league, with Antetokounmpo emerging as the MVP’s start of the season.
Meanwhile, Gilgus Alexander drove the Thunder into an undefeated week. He averaged 31.7 points, 5.3 rebounds and 7.7 assists in three games last week. He picked up a knee injury before the start of the season but seems to have made a full recovery from that.
Warrior Training Options on Jonathan Kominga, Moses Moody and James Wiseman
To no one’s surprise, the Golden State Warriors are planning to retain three of their young stars. The Warriors announced on Monday that they have exercised the options of James Wiseman, Jonathan Kominga and Moses Moody. The team chose the fourth-year Wiseman option and the third-year options for Kuminga and Moody.
Wiseman was the second overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft. He struggled in his rookie year and missed the entirety of last season with a knee injury. He averaged 8.7 points and 4.4 rebounds this season.
Meanwhile, Kuminga and Moody were Warriors lottery picks last year. While Kuminga struggled to start the season, Moody became an important player on the bench. The Warriors are counting on three young players to rise this season.