Jennings doesn't care about ROY trophy

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After the first month of the season, onetime international man of mystery Brandon Jennings appeared to have the rookie of the year award absolutely locked up. Jennings was raining slingshot threes in from everywhere on the court, getting wherever he wanted with his dribble, and proving that he had the passing acumen to run the point for Scott Skiles. In the month of January, Jennings averaged 22 points a game, made nearly half of his threes, and went off for 55 points against the Golden State Warriors.

Since that time, things have changed. Jennings’ outside shot went cold, and when that happened it became apparent that Jennings still has serious weaknesses in his game, like most rookies do. In particular, Jennings’ occasionally questionable shot selection and difficulty finishing inside or drawing fouls caused his points per game and field goal percentages to plummet. In the month of February, Jennings averaged 10.7 points per game while shooting an abysmal 30.7% from the field.

Meanwhile, fellow rookie point guards Tyreke Evans and Stephen Curry have put together fabulous rookie seasons on struggling teams, and are widely considered the heavy favorites to win the rookie of the year trophy.

While Evans and Curry continue to put up stellar stat lines on rebuilding teams (well, the Kings are rebuilding — the Warriors are kind of a disaster), Jennings’ Bucks are in the playoff hunt, thanks in no small part to Jennings’ ability to run the offense and his chemistry on the pick-and-roll with Andrew Bogut, who is having easily the best season of his career.

When Jennings compared his season to the rookie campaigns of Evans and Curry, he didn’t mince words. According to the most recent rookie rankings on NBA.com, Jennings was recently quoted saying the following:

“Right now, I’m playing for something bigger. I don’t even care about the Rookie of the Year. Forget it. Whoever gets it, who cares? Both of their teams suck, so whoever gets it, it doesn’t matter.”

It’s nice to see that Jennings is focused on team success instead of individual accolades at this early stage in his career. Jennings hasn’t been afraid to speak his mind ever since he got into the national spotlight, and his feelings about the ROY award definitely reflect that. I think it’s possible for Jennings to make it clear that the playoffs are his first priority without denigrating the seasons Evans and Curry are having, but it’s always refreshing to see straight talk and a focus on winning from a budding NBA player.

Report: Bulls hire North Carolina State’s Bobby Lutz as D-League head coach

WORCESTER, MA - MARCH 18:  Charlotte 49ers coach Bobby Lutz looks up in the first half a game against the N.C. State Wolfpack during the first round of the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship at the DCU Center March 18, 2005 in Worcester, Massachusetts.  (Photo By Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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The Chicago Bulls are one of the teams getting a D-League affiliate franchise this season. The Windy City Bulls will play in the suburb of Hoffman Estates, and now they have a head coach: North Carolina State assistant Bobby Lutz.

Via Upside & Motor‘s Chris Reichert:

Lutz was previously linked to the Bulls’ D-League job in July but there was confusion as to whether he would actually get the job. Now, it appears he has. And he has familiarity with the coaching staff, having served as an assistant coach at Iowa State under Fred Hoiberg in 2010-11, prior to going to NC State.

Evan Fournier pokes fun at his ‘NBA 2K’ likeness

OAKLAND, CA - MARCH 07:  Evan Fournier #10 of the Orlando Magic dribbles the ball against the Golden State Warriors at ORACLE Arena on March 7, 2016 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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The release of NBA 2K17, the latest edition of the popular 2K video-game series, is less than a month away. Players are starting to get their likenesses in the game, as well as their player ratings, and tweet them out. Magic forward Evan Fournier wasn’t too happy with the way his came out.

Fournier’s countryman Rudy Gobert got in on the fun, too, changing his Twitter avatar to Fournier’s screenshot and encouraging others to do the same. He even created a hashtag for it.

At least they’re having fun with it.

Report: Sixers expected to waive Tibor Pleiss after trade with Jazz

PHILADELPHIA, PA - OCTOBER 30: Tibor Pleiss #21 of the Utah Jazz controls the ball in the game against the Philadelphia 76ers on October 30, 2015 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
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On Friday, the Jazz traded German center Tibor Pleiss to the Sixers along with two second-round picks for Kendall Marshall. The big draw of the trade for Philly was the picks, and Pleiss is not expected to stay with the Sixers, according to Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia’s Jessica Camerato.

Pleiss had a forgettable season with Utah, and the Sixers have a glut of bigs including Nerlens Noel, Jahlil Okafor, Joel Embiid and Dario Saric. It would have been virtually impossible for Pleiss to crack the rotation, and it’s unlikely another team picks up his contract, which has $3 million guaranteed this season.

Jordan releases new Russell Westbrook ad, may include a shot at Kevin Durant

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - MAY 28:  Kevin Durant #35 of the Oklahoma City Thunder (L) and Russell Westbrook #0 look on during a press conference after the Golden State Warriors defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder 108-101 in game six of the Western Conference Finals during the 2016 NBA Playoffs at Chesapeake Energy Arena on May 28, 2016 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by J Pat Carter/Getty Images)
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As a Jordan Brand athlete, Russell Westbrook is under the same Nike umbrella as former teammate Kevin Durant. But his latest Jordan spot, released Friday, has a very pointed tagline: “Some run, some make runways.”

Given the circumstances, it’s hard to interpret that as anything other than a reference to Durant signing with the Warriors and Westbrook signing an extension with the Thunder.