Last month when the 2020 NBA Free Agency period opened up, Austin Rivers was searching for his next opportunity. Although he had an option to stay on board with the Houston Rockets, the veteran guard wanted to seek other opportunities to see if there was anything else better out there for him.
The Philadelphia 76ers had an interest in Rivers, but their new head coach might’ve prevented a possible family reunion from happening. “When I took the job, I said, ‘You don’t want that,'” Doc Rivers told the Sixers, according to Marc Berman of The New York Post. “‘You got too many other things we have to deal with.’”
Doc and Cheap Austin Rivers Jersey worked together a few years ago with the Los Angeles Clippers’ organization. Based on this offseasons’ events, it seems they might not have had the greatest work relationship as they intentionally failed to form a reunion in Philly.
So, as the Sixers moved on from their interest in Rivers, the veteran guard shifted his focus towards the New York Knicks, whom he signed a one-year deal with during free agency. Unfortunately, Rivers’ stint with the Knicks has been off to a shaky start.
As the guard deals with a groin injury, there was hope he could return for the Knicks’ second game of the regular season against the Sixers on Saturday night. However, that’s not going to happen. According to the Knicks’ injury report on Friday night, Rivers is already ruled out of Saturday’s game with a groin injury.
“It’s a work in progress,” said Knicks head coach Tom Thibodeau, per Zach Braziller of The New York Post. “He did a little bit today, which is encouraging. You have to be careful with that type of injury. When he’s ready to go, he’ll be ready to go,”
Uplifting Results Labs Inc., the Playa Vista-based nutrition startup behind the Muniq health brand, raised $8.2 million in Series A funding, the company announced Jan. 12.
The funding round was led by Westwood-based Alpha Edison and Santa Monica-based Acre Venture Partners. Other investors included former Los Angeles Clippers point guard Cheap Baron Davis Jersey and Cathy Richards, founder of Canada-based SimplyProtein. The Production Board, a San Francisco-based investment company, led the company’s seed round.
Uplifting was founded in 2019 by Marc Washington. The company launched Muniq, which creates prebiotic nutritional shakes that help with blood sugar control and gut health, in May. “I know there’s a market opportunity and a need for nutrition and natural products that were truly based in science and could truly help people get in control of their health,” Washington said.
Inspired by his late sister’s struggle with chronic health conditions, Washington created Muniq with the goal of addressing health through nutrition. Washington said he believes Muniq could help support minority communities, which are disproportionately impacted by chronic health conditions such as diabetes, obesity and hypertension.
“I think we have the potential to be a part of the solution to close some of those health disparity gaps,” he said.
Washington is a veteran of the health and wellness industry. He served as chief financial officer at Sawtelle-based Wonderful Co. and before that was director of strategy for Wonderful’s Fiji Water brand. He was also president and chief operating officer for Santa Monica-based fitness company BeachBody.
Uplifting plans to use the funding to bolster hiring, increase brand awareness and continue clinical research to create products that tackle additional common health issues, according to Washington. “There are other conditions out there that share similar characteristics that so many people are dealing with, and frankly even a lot of our current customers are dealing with,” Washington said. “We’d love to have something that can help with some of the other issues that they’re dealing with in their lives.”