Forget Drew-Goodman. You want the best (and by best we mean ridiculous showdown possible in the lockout? Take a look at December 17th. That could be the magic day if everything falls into place.
From HoopsHype comes a story from TUBASKET.com regarding Marcus Thornton and how he may wind up signing with Spanish team Caja Laboral.
The result? December 17th sees Thornton’s theoretical Caja Laboral take on FC Barcelona featuring… Juan Carlos Navarro.
Navarro, for those of you who don’t remember, played one season with the Grizzlies, averaging 10 points and 2 assists with 40 percent shooting playing 26 minutes. Not exactly the stuff of legend. And yet he showed a surprising amount of talent in one year on a terrible team (the year Gasol was traded) including his trademarked teardrop. He then promptly ran away as quickly as possible, back to the warm confines of FC Barcelona. He promptly won the Euroleague MVP.
LaBomba is a pure scorer, even at the ripe old age of 31. He averaged 16 points and 3 assists on over 50 percent shooting last season. In short, seeing “The Bomb” play “Buckets” would be incredibly fun. It would mostly just be a series of low-angle runners and no-conscience jumpers. It would also be an epic contest of shooting from players that are driven by scoring. It’s not Kobe vs. Durant, but it’s also in an organized competition and would be the rare opportunity for Thornton to score as much as he wants.
It’s possible the lockout is starting to rot my brain.
The Nets’ signed Rockets restricted free agent Donatas Motiejunas to an offer sheet. Houston elected to match.
Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle:
Houston has a right to demand Motiejunas undergo a physical within two days of exercising its matching rights, which it did yesterday. Motiejunas is requires to answer questions truthfully and supply requested medical information.
If Motiejunas fails to meet those requirements, he hangs in limbo until the Rockets decide his fate.
At any time between now and March 1, they could elect to undo their offer-sheet match. That would invalidate Motiejunas’ offer sheet and make him a restricted free agent again, and the Nets couldn’t sign him for a year. On March 2, the same effect will become automatic.
I don’t see what Motiejunas gains by not reporting. If he fails his Houston physical, he’d go to Brooklyn on the terms of the offer sheet.
By not undergoing the physical, he goes nowhere.
Klay Thompson might have had the huge game for the Warriors, but Draymond Green, Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant teamed up for the Warriors’ most spectacular play against the Pacers.
Once Green released his long outlet pass, the ball travelled three-quarters of the court and into the basket without a player touching it and the floor simultaneously.
Here’s another angle:
Andrew Bogut patting Cody Zeller on the head, even if unintentional, was the perfect response to Dwight Powell dunking on the Hornets center.
There, there, Cody. It’ll be OK.
At least Charlotte got a 109-101 win over the Mavericks.
Klay Thompson scored an incredible 60 points in 29 minutes.
So, what did Stephen Curry do? Dump ice on his Warriors teammate during the post-game interview, of course.
That didn’t cool down Thompson, who’s probably still hot this morning.