Naismith original rules of basketball sell for $4.3 million

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James Naismith needed a new indoor game for the children under his charge at a Massachusetts YMCA. He came up with a sport where a ball had to be thrown into peach baskets suspended 10 feet in the air.

For the sport, he came up with just 13 rules. No, one of them was not “LeBron James gets to take one extra step more than other players.”

Sotheby’s auctioned off the original typed up (by his secretary) 13 rules for $4.3 million on Friday, the Associated Press reports. It was purchased by David and Suzanne Booth, who intend to bring them to the University of Kansas — where Naismith went on to be a basketball coach.

We told you before they were for sale, and Ian Naismith told the AP the money was going to the Naismith Charity.

Matt Barnes says he went to house because his son looked distressed

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So far, the only substantive accounts of the Matt Barnes-Derek Fisher altercation have come from anonymous sources.

The Knicks coach has deflected questions.

But Barnes is giving his account, at least of the lead-up.

Ramona Shelburne of ESPN:

It’s completely understandable that Barnes would act to ensure his children’s welfare.

And let’s say everything he said is true. It still leaves important questions unanswered.

Did Barnes – as he reportedly texted a friend he did – beat up Fisher and spit on his estranged wife, Gloria Govan? If so, why did Barnes deem that necessary to protect kids?

Gregg Popovich resting himself for Spurs game at Sacramento

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Gregg Popovich said he wouldn’t coach in July.

Apparently, he’s taking off part of October, too.

Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports:

It’s not that surprising to see Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Boris Diaw staying home. Veterans miss preseason games all the time just to rest. With the Spurs, it happens even in the regular season.

But it’s still a little strange to see the head coach sit out, even though Popovich also did it last year.

It makes sense, though. Who cares about this preseason game? If travelling less helps the 66-year-old Popovich stay fresh in the years ahead, that’s well worth it. Plus, it gets Messina a little extra experience. Some day, he might be the head coach.