The NBA was shaken by a couple of scandals involving Robert Sarver of the Phoenix Suns and Ime Udoka of the Boston Celtics. Ben Simmons opened up about sitting out during his final season with the Philadelphia 76ers before getting traded.
Meanwhile, the league also announced a new penalty for take fouls in the upcoming season. The NBA has been vocal about its unhappiness with take fouls, and they are taking action starting next season. A new rule regarding score changes will also be implemented.
Here is the latest NBA news roundup for Sept. 24 brought to you by Sportskeeda.
Roughly three months after winning his fourth NBA championship, Andre Iguodala finally decided on his future. On a recent episode of the “Point Forward” podcast, Iguodala announced that he will return to the Golden State Warriors for his 19th NBA season.
The four-time champ will fill the Warriors’ 14th roster spot heading into training camp. He also cracked a joke, blaming his teammates and the entire Warriors organization for convincing him to return. He already felt retired during the offseason before changing his mind.
Ben Simmons appeared on JJ Redick’s “The Old Man and the Three” podcast to discuss his messy divorce with the Philadelphia 76ers. Simmons spoke about Sixers coach Doc Rivers kicking him out of practice.
Doc Rivers’ son, Austin, who will play for the Minnesota Timberwolves next season, chimed in on the issue via Instagram. He seemingly called out Simmons for lying, as per Fox Sports.
Kyle Kuzma spent the first four seasons of his NBA career with the LA Lakers. Kuzma helped the Lakers win the title in 2020, but they traded him last offseason to the Washington Wizards to acquire Russell Westbrook. The narrative surrounding his exit from the Lakers put him in a “dark place.”
Kuzma’s revelation came after former Wizards guard John Wall’s Players’ Tribune essay about his mental health struggles. Wall has been a vocal mental health advocate this offseason, joining previous confessions by Kevin Love and DeMar DeRozan.
The NBA announced a couple of rule changes for the upcoming season. Take fouls will now be penalized with a free throw plus ball possession. Take fouls are fouls committed by the defense during transition without going after the ball.
Another rule to be implemented next season is about changing scores. The NBA Replay Center can make scoring changes after reviewing plays such as 3-point shots or shot clock buzzer beaters. A blue light will now flash at the scorer’s table whenever there are changes, and it will be announced to everyone.
The Boston Celtics are in the middle of a scandal involving their now-suspended coach Ime Udoka. The Celtics went from being a championship contender to a team in turmoil in a couple of months. With training camp just a few days away, there was a glimmer of good news for Boston.
Danilo Gallinari and Robert Williams III underwent successful surgeries to repair their knee injuries. Gallinari suffered a torn ACL in his left knee and will likely be out for the entire season. Meanwhile, Williams had an arthroscopic procedure to address issues in his left knee.
“Time Lord” is expected to resume basketball activities in eight to 12 weeks. He had a breakout season in 2022, averaging 10.0 points, 9.6 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 2.0 blocks per game. He was among the best defensive big men in the NBA last season.
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