Denver police reopen case in J.R. Smith incident


Thumbnail image for JRSmith_dunk.jpgAs we told you yesterday, police had been called out recently to the Denver Nuggets training facility after an on-court scuffle involving J.R. Smith turned violent.

Reports were that the incident involved Smith choking an unidentified player, but by the time police arrived everything had calmed and most of the people around had left. The District Attorney decided not to charge Smith.

Now police have re-opened the investigation, according to the Denver Post.

“Additional information has come forward,” [a police department spokeswoman] said. “A witness they hadn’t gotten before they’ve now interviewed and made a decision to reopen the case.”

The person Smith allegedly attacked and choked is Damien Lolar, a former West Texas A&M player who was for a time part of the D-League’s Colorado 14ers, according to a tweet.

As we said before, whether Smith did this or not, whether or not charges are filed, it does help grease his skids out of town. The Nuggets were reportedly actively trying to trade him prior to this incident.

Greg Smith fails physical, will not join Pelicans

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With both starter Omer Asik and backup Alexis Ajinca out injured for the rest of the preseason (and maybe a little longer), the Pelicans are looking for a center to put next to Anthony Davis for a stretch. That could include a handful of regular season games.

Greg Smith was going to be that man, but the 24-year-old failed his physical, reports the Times-Picayune.

The New Orleans Pelicans were set to sign power forward Greg Smith, but sources said Friday night that he failed his physical examination and will not be joining the team.

And so the search goes on.

The problem is, there are not quality big men still out there on the market, there is a limited supply and just about anyone worth having is spoken for. A few with non-guaranteed contracts may be waived as we get closer to the end of training camps, but that is likely a couple of weeks away.

With both Asik and Ajinca expected back in a few weeks, it’s not worth making a trade or some big move to bring in a center, the Pelicans are just going to have to live with what is out there.

Kevin Durant with huge dunk on visiting Fenerbahce Ulker

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Welcome to America, Fenerbahce Ulker.

The Turkish powerhouse was in America playing some exhibition games this preseason, and they got a first-hand reminder that Kevin Durant is back. KD had 13 points in the Thunder’s easy 111-81 win.

Not to be outdone, Russell Westbrook got in on the act.