UPDATE 6:41 PM: So the rolled ankle turned out to be a cover story — Ben Simmons has a Jones Fracture in his right foot. 4:18 PM If you’ve been impatiently waiting to see No. 1 pick Ben Simmons in a Philadelphia 76ers uniform, you likely will have to wait a little longer. Simmons rolled his ankle at practice Friday, reports Jessica Camerato of CSNPhilly.com.
After years of searching for a new home, the Sacramento Kings are set to open a new venue that raises the bar of what an arena can be. There are the airplane hangar doors that can open to turn the venue into an indoor-outdoor arena and the “smart turnstiles” that will allow fans to enter at more than triple the usual speed. The 17,500-seat arena will be the first professional sports venue powered completely by solar energy, will save about 1 million gallons of water a year compared to a typical venue of its size, was built with recycled material from the mall that stood at the site before construction began and will get 90 percent of its food and beverages from within 150 miles. The next task was getting the new downtown arena built.
There are three particularly notable unsigned restricted free agent defensemen left in the NHL. One is Jacob Trouba, he of the now-infamous trade demand that likely will not be met. There’s also Hampus Lindholm, whom the latest rumors say is seeking something like $48 million-plus for the next eight seasons.