Larry Riley can't find a sucker

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There’s a line in the poker flick “Rounders” to the effect of
“Listen, here’s the thing. If you can’t spot the sucker in the first half hour at the table, then you ARE the sucker.” Perhaps Larry Riley of the sinking ship S.S. Warriors should give that flick a gander. A quote from a recent San Francisco Chronicle article courtesy of ESPN:

Riley said, on average, he is fielding three calls per day regarding possible trades. He had several conversations Friday that “went nowhere,” and he recently tried to nab a “star player” in a trade that was shot down.
“I made one attempt to go grab a star player, to just see if somebody would do a stupid deal from the other end,” Riley said. “They call me and ask if I’ll do something stupid, so I called a guy and said, ‘Hey, will you consider this?’ “

This for the GM that was part of Don Nelson’s ousting of Chris Mullin, the continual burying of Anthony Randolph, Brandan Wright, letting Baron Davis walk, and watching the team continually fail at anything resembling consistency or defense. That this team is still trying to land a “star” is admirable, but it’s also delusional. A Pau Gasol trade ain’t walking through that door. Or, well, it did on draft night, in the proposed deal for Amare Stoudemire for Curry, Biedrins and pieces, but they watched that on sail on by and are now consoling themselves with Curry’s crisp passing, hot shooting, and occasional turnover issues. The Warriors problems extend past one player, and that kind of approach is dangerous thinking. The team needs a thorough overhaul from approach to execution. But then, I suppose Riley’s blindsided to that kind of housecleaning, since it would mean waxing himself.

The Warriors’ best shot at landing a star is to win the lottery. And if they stay on their current approach, they’ll have quite a few shots a that in the future.

Hawks’ Mike Scott sent to D-League on rehab assignment

ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 26:  Mike Scott #32 of the Atlanta Hawks poses during media day on September 26, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta Hawks forward Mike Scott is expected to play at least two games in the NBA Development League as he comes back from a knee injury that kept him out of training camp and the first 18 games of the season.

Scott played 15 minutes for the Delaware 87ers in Tuesday night’s loss to the Santa Cruz Warriors. He scored four points on 2-of-7 shooting, missing all four of his attempts from 3-point range.

Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer says the D-League is the best way for Scott to get “meaningful, competitive minutes” after undergoing a non-surgical procedure on his left knee.

Scott has played three games for Atlanta since his return. In 28 minutes, he has two points on 1-of-9 attempts, to go along with eight rebounds and six assists.

Watch Kyle O’Quinn throw alley-oop to Carmelo Anthony

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Carmelo Anthony isn’t young anymore, but he had the bounce to go get this one.

These were your two best players for the Knicks in their win over Miami Tuesday. Kyle O'Quinn was forced into action earlier than expected when Joakim Noah went on a fouling spree in the third quarter, but O’Quinn played well in the role. ‘Melo dropped 35 on 27 shots — he’s not as efficient as he once was, but he can still get some buckets.

The Knicks picked up a needed win, because they play a back-to-back Wednesday against the Cleveland Cavaliers and a ticked-off LeBron James (New York will pay the price for Phil Jackson’s “posse” comments with a motivated LeBron Wednesday).

Grizzlies’ Troy Williams hits falling, stumbling circus shot (VIDEO)

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Just like coach David Fizdale drew it up.

The shot of Tuesday night went to Troy Williams, the starting Memphis guard who didn’t have a great night in the Grizzlies win over the Sixers but did hit this stumbling, falling, one-handed shot.

By the way, the Grizzlies are now 4-1 since Mike Conley‘s injury with this win. Didn’t see that coming.

Zach Randolph receives standing ovation in first game back after mother’s passing

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Zach Randolph was away from the Memphis Grizzlies and its fans for seven games to deal with the passing of his mother, Mae. When he returned to the floor, something special was waiting for him.

During Z-Bo’s arrival against the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday night, fans at FedEx Forum gave Randolph a standing ovation in support of his difficult time.

From ESPN NBA:

Randolph dropped 12 points, collected 14 rebounds, and added an assist as the Grizzlies beat the Sixers, 96-91, in a game that went down to the wire.

Teammates of Randolph — like Marc Gasol — were glad to have him back and let Randolph know he was being thought about during his absence.

Gasol even took to Twitter after the game in a heartwarming gesture: