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Around the NBA: Rodney Hood finally signs a contract, Mo Cheeks’ HOF enshrinement

Checking in on news around the league.

2018 Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

Is it dusty in here?

On Friday night, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame held its induction ceremony. The highlight for Sixers’ fans was former defensive maven Mo Cheeks’ induction speech, in which he shouts out Sixers legends like Dr. J, Andrew Toney and Moses Malone:

Playing for the Sixers and the city of Philadelphia was another moment beyond anything I could have dreamed. - Mo Cheeks

Cheeks’ speech projects a gracious and humble man, and the way in which he spoke of his mother’s influence was heartwarming. It’s delightful to see such a deserving person be recognized for his contributions to the sport.

Others inducted include Steve Nash, Grant Hill, Tina Thompson, Jason Kidd, Ray Allen, Charlie Scott, Katie Smith, Lefty Driesell, Rick Welts, Rod Thorn, Dino Radja and Ora Mae Washington.

Rodney Hood’s restricted free agency finally comes to an end

Rodney Hood hasn’t yet reached the level of play that some expected he could when he entered the NBA in 2014. But the scoring wing has had moments in the league, and he fills, in theory, one of the more coveted roles in the Association. So it became an awkward situation to many when September rolled around and Hood still had not yet signed a deal to play in the 2018-2019 season.

Awkward situation no more, as Hood has accepted the qualifying offer extended by the Cleveland Cavaliers, a one-year, $3.4 million deal, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.

Jabari Bird has been arrested

According to a report published by ESPN, the Boston CelticsJabari Bird was arrested over the weekend for “allegedly assaulting, strangling and kidnapping an unidentified person in a domestic incident Friday.”

That’s quite the list of offenses. Bird has yet to be convicted of any crime, but it sounds like a case of domestic violence. Hopefully the victim is okay and recovering. No one deserves that sort of treatment.

ESPN’s report mentions that the Celtics are “aware of the incident” and “taking it very seriously.”

Bird is scheduled to appear in court Monday (today) to face the charges. However, according to the Boston Globe, Bird is still hospitalized as of this morning and it is unclear whether or not he’ll be medically released to appear in court.

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