Tyson Chandler will not opt out of his contract

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According to ESPN.com’s Chad Ford, Bobcats center Tyson Chandler will not opt out of the final year of his contract. Chandler had the option to leave the $12.6 million he is owed next season on the table and become an unrestricted free agent this summer, but ultimately chose to stay in Charlotte. 
There’s almost no way that Chandler would have gotten 12.6 million dollars next season had he opted out. However, if he had opted out, Chandler may have had the chance to take a massive pay cut and play a key role on a “super-team.” 
For all the great players on the market this off-season, Chandler would have been one of the few starter-quality centers and one of the best interior defenders available in free agency. With all the talent available at the 2, the 3, and the 4 this off-season, there may have been some demand for a shot-blocker who doesn’t need the ball in his hands to be effective offensively.
But all of that is just speculation now. Chandler is staying in Charlotte, and the Bobcats should continue to have one of the league’s best differences. And if Chandler can get healthy and play like he did during the 2007-08 season, he might get himself a much bigger contract in 2011 than he would have this off-season. 

Is Stephen Curry the Lionel Messi of the NBA?

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Stephen Curry has reached the transcendent point in his career. We’re now talking about if he has passed LeBron James as the best player on the planet (he has), and we’re starting to think about his legacy as the perfect point guard for a modern NBA small-ball, space-and-pace offense. Plus he’s just a joy to watch play.

Does that make him the Lionel Messi of the NBA?

Curry was asked to compare himself to the Barcelona/Argentinian player who (arguably) is the greatest soccer player in the world, certainly as elite a finisher as that sport has ever seen. Here is his answer, via the Sydney Morning Herald of Australia. Is Curry the bigger international star now?

“I don’t know – it’s a chicken and egg kind of conversation,” Curry said while laughing.

“We both have a creative style, a feel when you are out on the pitch or the court. I’m trying to do some fancy things out there with both hands, making crossover moves and having a certain flair to my game and that’s definitely the style Messi has when he is out there in his matches.”

I love Curry, but Messi is the bigger international star.

But I love the comparison in terms of the must-watch nature of the two stars, the flair in their games, the sense that you have to keep an eye on them at all times because the spectacular could happen any time they touch the ball. When the ball comes to them, everybody leads forward in their chairs. That is the sign of a real superstar.

Jahlil Okafor fights man in Boston (video)

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The 76ers lost a heartbreaker to the Celtics last night, dropping Philadelphia to 0-16.

Jahlil Okafor was apparently in a foul mood after the game.


We’re told everyone got up and fled the scene and no arrests were made.

We’re told the altercation began because one of the men in the other group yelled at Jahlil, “The 76ers suck.”

We spoke with a rep for Jahlil who tells us … Okafor says he was being heckled from the moment he left the club and felt threatened because people swarmed him on the street.


This video obviously doesn’t show everything, but it certainly makes Okafor look like the aggressor.

Okafor will probably face punishment from some combination of the legal system, NBA and 76ers.

Kristaps Porzingis envelops Victor Oladipo’s dunk attempt (video)

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Scott Skiles moved Victor Oladipo to the bench, because the Magic coach wanted to give Oladipo a chance to be more aggressive.

It worked.

Oladipo scored a season-high 24 points in the Magic’s 100-91 win over the Knicks.

But Oladipo’s aggressiveness also produced this fantastic Kristaps Porzingis block: