While most of the NBA shuddered at the idea of Antawn Jamison joining forces with LeBron James, the Lakers Phil Jackson does not seem that bothered.
After refusing to answer questions about the Cavaliers moves near the trade deadline, he finally gave in after about the fourth version of the question before the Lakers took the floor against the Celtics.
“I don’t know what that does for them to tell you the truth…” Jackson said. “But Jamison is a scorer. I think they’ll start him and he’s someone that needs to start to be effective in their lineup and then that makes them rather small at the four.”
Picturing a potential — eventual? — meeting with the Cavaliers in the NBA Finals, Jackson clearly likes the Gasol vs. Jamison matchup. He likes it better than Orlando fans should like the matchup with Rashard Lewis and Jamison. Jackson actually expressed more concern about Portland with Camby in the lineup than he did the Cavaliers.
Jackson is less thrilled about the Cavs getting Big Z back. But he added that deadline trades for contenders rarely work out, with the exception being the Pistons getting Rasheed Wallace.
With so much focus in recent weeks being on NBA players speaking out on social issues, it’s worth remembering that Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has been one of the most vocal athletes in America on these things for decades. The Hall of Fame and all-time leading scorer in NBA history addressed the Democratic National Convention on Thursday evening, urging voters to vote for Hillary Clinton in November, and opened his remarks by introducing himself as Michael Jordan, because “Donald Trump couldn’t tell the difference.”
You can watch the video of his speech below:
In the weeks since Kevin Durant announced he was signing with the Golden State Warriors, we have yet to hear Russell Westbrook speak on his former teammate’s decision. This week, ESPN.com’s Royce Young indicated in a podcast interview that Durant was telling Westbrook and others in the days leading up to his decision that he was coming back to Oklahoma City. He later walked back his report, saying he misspoke. On Thursday, Durant himself told The Vertical‘s Shams Charania that he never said any such thing, or misled Westbrook or anyone else about his intentions.
“It’s false,” Durant told The Vertical on Thursday. “I didn’t say that – words about me telling Russell or Nick that I would stay or leave never came out of my mouth. We met as teammates, but no promises came out of it. In this day and age, I can’t control anything people claim out there. Someone can go out and say something random right now, and people will believe it.
“I never told Russell or Nick [Collison], ‘All right, guys, I’m coming back to the Thunder’ – and then a week later, I decide not to. Never happened. I don’t operate like that. I heard people say that story, but it’s not the truth.”
So that settles that.
CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Bulls have signed guard Spencer Dinwiddie.
The Bulls acquired Dinwiddie in a trade with Detroit last month and waived him three weeks ago. He spent two years with the Pistons and appeared in 12 games last season, averaging 4.8 points and 13.3 minutes.
The Bulls announced the move Thursday.