Trivia: Which undrafted NBA player has scored the most points in a game?
*Answer at the bottom
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🎾 Novak Djokovic ended the speculation and announced he will play in the Australian Open after receiving a medical exemption for his vaccination status.
The Djoker, the nine-time Aussie champ, is the heavy tournament favorite (+140).
🏈 A year and a half after rebranding to the Washington Football Team, the franchise announced it will reveal its permanent name on February 2nd.
For a short time yesterday, WashingtonAdmirals.com rerouted visitors to the WFT webpage before the link was taken down. Make of that what you will.
Other finalists for the new nickname are Armada, Presidents, Brigade, Defenders, Redhogs, and Commanders.
🏈 Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh was linked to the Las Vegas Raiders as a potential permanent replacement for Jon Gruden.
The khaki king has four seasons left on his contract with Michigan, who he took to the Playoffs this year after beating Ohio State for the first time.
Old Guys Rule
Omicron is flying through the NBA with over 25% of the league having entered health and safety protocols in the last six weeks.
The league's new loophole: The NBA’s ‘hardship exception’ gives teams roster flexibility to deal with Covid absences. Basically, for every player that tests positive for Covid, teams are allowed to sign one replacement on a 10-day contract without affecting the salary cap.
Instead of going with younger G League guys, many teams went with older vets.
“Iso Joe” Johnson signed with the Celtics.
Isaiah Thomas played for the Lakers before moving to the Mavericks.
Lance Stephenson returned to the Pacers while Mario Chalmers went to the Heat.
Joe Johnson became the only active player from the 2001 draft and even drained his first shot. But, until Jamal Crawford gets a contract, we’re not satisfied.
Disrupted, not paused:19 teams had at least one game impacted with a total of 21 games being postponed. Players and coaches are concerned the postponed games and subsequent tighter schedules will lead to more injuries late in the season, like what we saw in the 2020 Bubble.
“If we were expecting it to be a sweet little add to the schedule, and no blood drawn, that would be foolish.” – Steve Nash.
Step back: Over 100 players have been signed thanks to the hardship exception. The new rule stays in effect through January 19th (at least) and allows the league to postpone the fewest games possible while continuing the season.
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