Del Curry not allowed to vote in the Rookie of the Year race

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The NBA is a family-first organization. So naturally, when Del Curry, former NBAer and current Bobcats broadcaster empowered with an award ballot, had a chance to vote for Steph Curry, his son, as the rookie of the year, they removed his ability to put family first. Hyuk-hyuk-hyuk.

From the Associated Press:

NBA spokesman Tim Frank says Dell Curry will be allowed to vote for all
the other postseason awards, but the league did not want to put him in
an awkward position with the rookie award.

…Franks says the league will replace Curry with another voter who covers the Bobcats, but has not picked a replacement yet.


Honestly though, this isn’t a huge deal…it’s just very weird. Now, it’s one thing entirely if Curry asked that the ballot be given to someone else, which is possible albeit completely conjecture. Otherwise, what’s the point? Removing Curry’s vote seems to imply that biases don’t exist within media members around the league, which couldn’t be further from the truth. Do we honestly think that Bob Fitzgerald and Jim Barnett, Golden State’s TV broadcast crew, will be voting for anyone other than Stephen Curry for Rookie of the Year? Or is it that those two are trusted to do their job despite their leanings, while Curry is not?

I’m not quite certain that being a broadcaster for Steph Curry’s team and being his father are the same thing, but this move by the NBA is a bit odd, regardless. 

Khris Middleton dunks, Jimmy Butler can’t stop him (VIDEO)

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Khris Middleton has more expectations and more pressure on him after a breakout season in Milwaukee, followed by him getting him PAID this summer.

Well, he looked pretty good on this play against the Bulls, making the steal then throwing down despite Jimmy Butler‘s efforts to stop him.

Middleton finished with 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting for the Bucks. However, Butler had the last laugh as he went off for 23 points on 12 shots and led the Bulls to the (meaningless) preseason win.

Somebody looks comfortable: Paul George drops 20 in first quarter

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Paul George‘s first experience starting as a power forward was going up against Anthony Davis — not just one of the best power forwards in the game, one of the handful of best players in the game period. That didn’t go well for George, and he wasn’t happy about it.

His second experience was in another preseason game Tuesday, going up against the Pistons and their four, Ersan İlyasova. He’s not quite as intimidating.

George scored 20 points on 7-of-8 shooting, 4-of-5 on threes — and that was just the first quarter (you can see it all in the video above).

As we have said before, George at the four is not a bad call by the Pacers, but some of that depends on the matchup. On the nights the Pacers face Davis or Blake Griffin or LaMarcus Aldridge or Zach Randolph (or a handful of others) the Pacers’ coaching staff is going to have to adjust. But there are a lot of nights where George at the four is going to force the other team to adjust, and that will play into the Pacers’ hands.