IT’S OFFICIAL! Kevin Durant is NOT seven feet tall!

A running list of notable NBA players who grew and shrank thanks to new, official measurements

Charles Curtis | USA TODAY SPORTS

The truth is out.

NBA teams are now required to send in the heights of their players as measured by a team doctor and without the stars wearing shoes, according to the New York Times.

As predicted, that means we’re finding out some players have actually “shrunk” or “grew” — Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant is one star everyone wanted to find out the truth about, although you’re probably going to be surprised by the results. New Orleans Pelicans rookie Zion Williamson, another name below, actually shrank an inch, which makes sense if he was measured with sneakers at Duke and without them now.

Here’s a running list we’ll update as we see more names:

Kevin Durant

Zion Williamson

From The Athletic:

With the NBA installing new rules for teams to verify accurate player heights, as the New York Times reported last week, here is one of the most notable entries so far: No. 1 overall pick Zion Williamson measured officially at 6-foot-6, league sources said. The phenom was listed at 6-foot-7 during his freshman season at Duke.

Kemba Walker

Some people thought the new Celtic might be smaller than 6-feet. From Boston.com:

New Celtics star Kemba Walker just cracked the 6-foot mark, standing at exactly 6-feet tall. He was listed at 6-foot-1 before.

Tacko Fall

He’s not 7-foot-7! From Mass Live:

But perhaps most notable was Tacko Fall, who was listed at 7-foot-5.

Fall’s thoughts?

“7′5?” Fall said incredulously when MassLive brought the height to his attention. “I’m 7′6 without shoes.”

J.J. Barea

As a lot of fans suspected, he’s not 6-feet even.

Dwight Howard

I couldn’t tell if he was joking here, but this is from The OC Register:

It’s probably a question Dwight Howard has heard a hundred times.

How does a big man’s role change in an increasingly small league? Howard’s answer is pretty polished.

“Well I’m 6-foot-9,” he laughed. “So I’m good.”

He was previously listed at 6-foot-11.

China suspends relationship with Houston Rockets after GM tweets support for Hong Kong protests

Blake Schuster | Yahoo Sports

UPDATE: The Chinese backlash against Daryl Morey and the Houston Rockets has caused team ownership to debate whether or not to oust him as general manager, according to John Gonzalez of The Ringer. Conflicting reports have emerged, however, as Sam Amick of The Athletic and Marc Stein of The New York Times have both tweeted Morey’s job is not in jeopardy.

They did note deny that this situation is getting ugly, however.

Original story below.

The strong bond between the Houston Rockets and China’s basketball operation is deteriorating at a breakneck pace after general manager Daryl Morey expressed solidarity with protesters in Hong Kong.

Chinese Basketball Association officials announced they are suspending cooperation with the Rockets, which had become one of the most popular teams in the nation following superstar Yao Ming’s Hall of Fame career in Houston as the game expanded its global footprint.

Morey’s since-deleted tweet read, “Fight for Freedom. Stand with Hong Kong” in reference to increasingly violent protests over the state’s autonomy.

The response by both the franchise and China has been swift with Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta immediately denouncing Morey’s comments with his own tweet.

The CBA, which unanimously elected Yao chairman in 2017, added that it strongly opposed Morey’s “inappropriate” remarks and has additionally blocked Rockets games this season with a free offer for subscribers to switch “home teams” on its NBA League Pass-like streaming service.

The Rockets have reportedly also lost all Chinese sponsors as the blackout of the franchise begins to take hold.

The implications for the NBA are clearly massive here as the league has worked for years to build a loyal fanbase in China, becoming its most popular sport in the process.

Fertitta has since said that Morey’s job with the Rockets is safe, yet has liked multiple comments on Instagram calling for him to fire the GM.

Currently, the Houston Rockets are in Tokyo as part of the NBA Japan Games.