Before Wednesday’s 2016-17 NBA season opener against the Miami Heat, a night aimed at propelling them into what they hope will be a fruitful future, the Orlando Magic paused to look back to the recent past — to mourn, to remember, and to celebrate. The Magic dedicated their home opener to honoring the 49 people who lost their lives and the 53 who were injured in the mass shooting at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, on June 12. A banner printed with the names of the Pulse nightclub shooting victims and 49, the number of people who died in the shooting, is unveiled at Amway Center.
The 2018 field of the Maui Invitational was announced Wednesday, and it features some of the top programs in the sport. Arizona, Duke, Iowa State, Gonzaga, Illinois, Auburn, Xavier and San Diego State will make up the eight-team field for the tournament that will be played Nov. 19-21, 2018, at the Lahaina Civic Center. “Our fields always showcase the best in college basketball,” tournament chairman Dave Odom said in a release, “and 2018 will be as strong as we’ve ever had.” The 2018 edition of the tournament will also be the first that has eight Division I teams as host Chaminade will compete in the open round during even years going forward and in odd years beginning in 2019 in the championship
Sevyn Streeter said the 76ers prevented her from singing the national anthem at tonight’s game because she was wearing a “WE MATTER” jersey: 76ers statement: “The Philadelphia 76ers organization encourages meaningful actions to drive social change. We use our games to bring people together, to build trust and to strengthen our communities. As we move from symbolic gestures to action, we will continue to leverage our platform to positively impact our community.” This is a continuation of Carmelo Anthony‘s argument: The emphasis should be on action in communities and there’s no longer a place for gestures like Colin Kaepernick kneeling. But this needn’t be an either/or discussion. Community-based