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Here are some details on the latest effort to keep the Kings in Sacramento. They’re trying, but let’s understand this is a longshot. At best.

Steve Francis’ agent has pled guilty to tax evasion and a series of other crimes and is looking at a decade behind bars.

LeBron James has Kemba Walker’s back.

Another scouting report on Jimmer Fredette that came up with similar results to what scouts told us at PBT a while ago — if he’s just a shooter in the right system he’ll be okay, but don’t expect any defense.

A conversation with Rudy Fernandez.

Lamar Odom should be the Sixth Man of the Year. He qualifies because he has come off the bench more games than he started, even if he started more than 30 games.

Here’s another good case for Odom.

A tribute to Chicago’s bench mob.

Andrew Bynum is not apologetic for his hard foul that led to a two-game suspension.

Kendrick Perkins really likes Thabo Sefolosha and the wing defense he brings to Oklahoma City.


Report: Matt Barnes texted friend that he beat up Derek Fisher, spat in wife’s face

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Grizzlies forward Matt Barnes reportedly attacked Knicks coach Derek Fisher for dating his estranged wife, Gloria Govan.

New details are emerging, and they cast Barnes in an even worse light.

Ian Mohr of the New York Post:

Sources told The Post that Barnes became incensed when his 6-year-old twin sons, Carter and Isaiah, called to tell him that Fisher was at the house.

Following the dust-up, Barnes, 35, texted a pal that he had not only assaulted Fisher, 41, but also took revenge on Govan, one source said.

“I kicked his ass from the back yard to the front room, and spit in her face,” the text read, according to the source.

If this becomes a criminal case, Barnes’ text could incriminate him.

In the court of public opinion, the presence of Barnes’ children and his spitting in his wife’s face make this even more disturbing.

Unfortunately, not everyone views it that way. Too many are laughing off the incident.

Albert Burneko of Deadspin had the best take I’ve seen on this situation:

When an accused domestic abuser shows up uninvited at a family party to—as a source put it to the New York Post—“beat the shit” out of someone for the offense of dating his ex, that is not a wacky character up to zany shenanigans. It is not reality TV melodrama or a cartoon or celebrities being silly. It is the behavior of a dangerous misogynist lunatic. It is an act of violent aggression. It is a man forcefully asserting personal property rights over a woman’s home, body, and life. It differs from what Ray Rice did in that elevator by degree, not by kind, and not by all that much.

I suggest reading it in full.