Spurs fans like what they see in Tiago Splitter

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Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Tsplitter.jpgTiago Splitter was solid and professional, not spectacular. A guy who got things done but without flair.

That is to say, he was a Spur.

Tiago Splitter — who joins the Spurs this fall — got a real test against NBA talent when Brazil took on the United States in the FIBA World Championships. Well, frankly he got a lot of real tests playing in the ABC, the top Spanish league the last couple years. But we stateside fans have gotten few real good comparisons we’ve gotten to watch of him against NBA talent. We did Monday.

Splitter had 13 points and 10 rebounds, and Spurs fans loved what they saw, as the San Antonio Express-News Spurs Blog shows (thanks for the heads up Andy).

Splitter’s final line — 13 points, nine rebounds, three assists and two steals and a block — is one he ought to be able to approximate on a nightly basis with the Spurs. He was 6-of-12 from the floor, scoring most of his points on pick-and-rolls, flashing that basketball IQ the Spurs have been raving about. Splitter doesn’t appear to be much of a one-on-one post scorer — though he did throw in one nice jump hook — but then again the Spurs aren’t asking him to average 20 points per game…

Defensively is where Splitter shone brightest, both physically and intellectually. His pick-and-roll defense — an area of concern for the Spurs last season — was superb. His soaring block of Russell Westbrook, meanwhile, hinted at Splitter’s athleticism. Splitter was also good defending Lamar Odom in one-on-one situations.

Splitter outplayed Lamar Odom, but that often has more to do with Odom’s head than anything any opponent does.

Still, it was a positive. You can see him coming off the bench for Antonio McDyess and the Spurs getting better at the five. You can see Splitter finishing games. And you can see him making smart plays.

He is not going to blow you away with his athleticism, but he’s plenty athletic. He is not Dirk Nowitizki shooting, but he shoots well. He does not bring the energy that DeJuan Blair does off the Spurs bench, but he’ll bring professionalism and a high basketball IQ.

He’ll be a Spur. A vintage Spur.

Cavs waive veteran Dahntay Jones, but he could return to Cleveland

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On the last day of the regular season, the Cavaliers signed veteran wing Dahntay Jones. He played 15 games for them in the playoffs, including six games in the Finals. On Saturday, the Cavs announced that they waived him to stop his salary from becoming guaranteed, but ESPN.com’s Marc Stein reports that there’s a chance he could be back in Cleveland.

Jones isn’t much more than an end-of-the-bench guy at this point, but if Cavs GM David Griffin wants to keep the group that won the 2016 title together, there’s no harm in bringing Jones back as a veteran locker-room presence.

Report: Carlos Boozer reaches deal to play in China

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For the first time since 2002, Carlos Boozer was without an NBA home last season. Following his 2014-15 campaign with the Lakers, he was not signed by a team last season, despite having interest from the Bucks and others. Now, he’s going to continue his playing career in China, according to international basketball reporter David Pick:

Boozer is 34 and at this point in his career, probably wouldn’t command much more than a minimum deal in the NBA, or any promise of extended playing time. In China, he can earn more money and have a more prominent role on a team. This is a win-win for him.

Judge refuses to dismiss sex suit against Derrick Rose

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LOS ANGELES (AP) A federal judge has refused to dismiss a lawsuit alleging New York Knicks player Derrick Rose and two friends drugged and gang-raped a woman.

On Wednesday, federal Judge Michael W. Fitzgerald said a jury must decide whether to believe Rose’s contention that the woman, a former lover, consented to group sex at her home in 2013.

The case could now go to trial in October, when Knicks training camp gets underway.

Messages left for Rose’s agent, B.J. Armstrong, were not immediately returned Saturday.

According to court records, the woman had been drinking at Rose’s Beverly Hills, California, home, and a friend helped her return home, where she vomited and fell asleep.

The woman’s $21.5 million sexual battery lawsuit contends that Rose and the other two defendants entered her apartment the next morning and raped her.

The woman believes that an unknown drug was slipped into her drink at Rose’s home, and she “did not do any pregnancy tests or a rape kit because she was terribly ashamed and embarrassed,” according to her lawsuit.

Rose has denied the allegations, and his lawyer has labeled the lawsuit an extortion attempt.

Defense court filings contend that the woman consented to the sex acts, invited the men to her apartment and buzzed them in through security.

In denying Rose’s request to toss out the lawsuit, the judge said Rose’s version of events “could well convince a reasonable jury,” but there was substantial disagreement over the facts and a jury also could conclude the opposite.

Rose, 27, was the NBA’s 2011 MVP with the Chicago Bulls, but he has struggled with knee injuries and was traded to the Knicks in June.

Warriors add Willie Green as assistant coach

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It’s a good thing to be on the Golden State coaching staff — Alvin Gentry rode it to the head coaching spot in New Orleans, Luke Walton to his “dream job” with the Lakers, and quickly having “Warriors” on your resume is getting recognition like having “Spurs” on it around the NBA.

So good for Willie Green, the former NBA sharpshooter who will now be coaching a few other pretty good shooters in Golden State. Shams Charania of The Vertical on Yahoo Sports broke the story.

Green is a 12-year NBA veteran, who is getting his first NBA coaching job.

NBA veteran coach Mike Brown will be in the chair next to Steve Kerr next season in Golden State. Kerr keeps having to replenish his staff as they are getting better jobs elsewhere after having been around the Warriors’ organization.