When Carlos Boozer was lost for two months after breaking his hand at home, the usual questions arose. How did it happen? When did it happen? Why was there a bag on your floor? What kind of bag? Did it have a floral print? You know, the essentials.
Well, after Monta Ellis’ little rodeo with a moped a few years ago and all the other ways NBA players have managed to hurt themselves with reckless behavior off-court, the Bulls are being a little snoopy, apparently. The New York Daily News reports that the Bulls are looking into whether the injury really occurred as Boozer said it did.
The report claims Boozer’s shady way of weaseling out behind the backs of the Cavaliers in 2004 has raised flags. If so, that’s pretty ridiculous. It was one bad negotiating session six years ago that had nothing to do with the Bulls. Furthermore, Boozer’s been pretty rock steady not only with how much he wants to play for this team, but about the injury, doing a press conference and answering questions about it.
It makes you wonder what exactly players need to do in this day and age. You can’t blame the Bulls for wanting to protect their investment and make sure things went down as Boozer says they did, but at some point, it’s just a home accident. These things happen. Boozer’s only alternative would be to come up with a series of illustrations that depict the exact path of his fall, complete with a video re-enactment by an actor, possibly James Johnson, since he’s not doing anything else of use for the Bulls.
This is probably not the way anyone wanted the Boozer era in Chicago to kick off.
Carmelo Anthony can flat-out score the rock — that has never been the question. Even hurting last season for many of the 40 games he played, he averaged 24.2 points a game, had a true shooting percentage of 53.1 percent (right near the league average) while having the entire weight of the Knicks offense on his shoulders (32.2 usage rate, fifth highest in the NBA). When people (or players) talk about him being overrated, the discussion turns to defense or if he makes his teammates better. But there should be no doubt Anthony is an elite scorer.
He thinks he will be for a while longer — like another five years. Via Ian Begley of ESPN:
In fact, the 31-year-old Knicks star is confident that he can play at a high level for the next “four or five years.”
“Without a doubt. Without a doubt,” Anthony said after the Knicks’ final training camp practice on Saturday.
The Knicks better hope that’s true, they already made that bet with that massive five-year contract they gave him last summer.
Anthony’s age combined with him coming off knee surgery have a lot of people — myself included — expecting him to take a step back. Not a big one, but he is coming up at the point in his career where some open shots he used to get are now contested because he’s half-a-step slower, and some of those looks don’t fall as often. His jumper isn’t suddenly going to look like Rajon Rondo‘s, ‘Melo is going to get his points, but he may not be as efficient.
Fortunately, the Knicks have an improved supporting cast around him this season. That should take some offensive load off his shoulders, and maybe the Knicks offense will see better ball movement and start to resemble the triangle. If it’s just more isolation Anthony, it’s not going to be pretty.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) The Sacramento have picked up the 2016-17 option on guard Ben McLemore‘s contract.
General manager Vlade Divac announced the move Saturday.
McLemore was Sacramento’s first-round pick in 2013. He averaged 12.1 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.7 assists last season.