"Uncle Drew" is coming back to get more buckets.
Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving, who transformed himself into old basketball playing legend "Uncle Drew" for three webisodes sponsored by Pepsi Max, has signed on to make more.
Pepsi originally signed Irving to a local marketing deal during his rookie of the year season. But Irving became a national star when he executed the role of "Uncle Drew" to perfection. The idea behind the campaign was to highlight that Pepsi Max was a zero-calorie soda in disguise.
He'd prefer to dress in shorts and a tank top instead of street clothes. He'd rather travel with his Indiana teammates than be left behind, watching the games on TV. And, in a perfect world, he'd be helping the short-handed Pacers win games rather than advising them how to win.
At some point, the two-time All-Star will be doing those things.
For now, he must be patient as the long journey back prepares to take another big step -- limited work on the basketball court, which could begin as early as next week.
Taylor is expected to make an announcement on an appeal Friday.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver suspended Taylor for 24 games without pay Wednesday after the forward pleaded guilty last month to misdemeanor domestic violence assault and malicious destruction of hotel property. Taylor will lose nearly $200,000 of his $915,000 salary. He will get credit for the 11 games he has missed and will sit out an additional 13 for a total that is slightly more than one-fourth of the league's 82-game schedule.
Roberts said the union was eager to challenge the NBA on the severity of the suspension based on the league's collective bargaining agreement.
DALLAS -- Kobe Bryant considers the public pressure for longtime NBA stars to take hometown-discount deals, such as Dirk Nowitzki's contract, "a big coup" for NBA owners.
"It's the popular thing to do," Bryant said after the Los Angeles Lakers' shootaround in preparation for Friday's game against Nowitzki's Dallas Mavericks. "The player takes less, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah. I think it's a big coup for the owners to put players in situations where public perception puts pressure on them to take less money. Because if you don't, then you get criticized for it.
"It's absolutely brilliant, but I'm not going for it. I know the new head of the players' association ain't going for it, either."
“I would rather be a support guy and help anybody who is appointed as coach,” Black told the Manila Standard/Viva Sports, just as he did when outgoing Gilas coach Chot Reyes invited him to be one of his assistants in the FIBA Asia Championships in 2013 and the 2014 World Cup in Spain and Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea earlier this year.
Black said he wants to concentrate on “turning around the fortunes of Meralco and this will take some time.”
He said he wishes to concentrate on what he is doing with the Meralco team, which he took over from Ryan Gregorio at the start of the new season.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota Timberwolves shooting guard Kevin Martin will be out indefinitely after fracturing his right wrist in a victory over the New York Knicks, the team announced Friday.
Hours before they were set to tip off against the San Antonio Spurs on Friday, the Timberwolves announced that Martin broke the wrist on his shooting hand in a fall during the first quarter of Wednesday's game.
He managed to remain in the game and score 37 points against the Knicks as the Wolves snapped a five-game losing streak.
WASHINGTON -- LeBron James, as much as any member of the new-look Cleveland Cavaliers, has been vocal about the process it will take to transform his team into a championship contender. But with the Cavs off to a 5-5 start, even James admits it's not easy staying focused on the long view.
"It's my biggest test," James said Friday morning in advance of the Cavs' game against the Washington Wizards (ESPN, 8 p.m.). "My patience isn't [endless]. I have a low tolerance for things of this nature. So it's something I'm working on, as well, which I knew from the beginning that that was going to be my biggest test to see how much patience I got with the process.
"What helps me out is I've been through it before, but at the same time, I'm a winner, I want to win, and I want to win now. It's not tomorrow, it's not down the line, I want to win now. So it's a fine line for me, but I understand what we're enduring right now."