Javaris Crittenton

Javaris Crittenton Update: Still at large, police performed search warrant last week


More details are coming to light surrounding the fatal shooting in Atlanta for which police have issued an arrest warrant for former NBA player Javaris Crittenton. From the AP:

A spokesman with the Atlanta police said Crittenton was not in custody. Calls to the FBI and U.S. Marshal’s office weren’t immediately returned.

Three of Crittenton’s neighbors in Fayetteville said SWAT members executed a search warrant last week on his residence.

The neighbors declined to give their names to The Associated Press during interviews near Crittenton’s home in an affluent cul-de-sac 17 miles south of Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

No one answered the door at Crittenton’s residence, a three-story brick home with a manicured lawn and a small backyard.

via Ex-NBA player Crittenton still wanted for murder – NBA- NBC Sports.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Friday night that Crittenton has spoken with law enforcement about turning himself in, but as yet no police statement has been made to that effect.

The bad news seems to gain steam against Crittenton, as news of the search warrant indicates that an investigation has been ongoing since the April 19th shooting with Crittenton as a suspect. Meanwhile, some continue to be stunned at the allegations towards Crittenton, even after the incident with the Wizards and Gilbert Arenas in 2009. Crittenton has been described by several sources as “a good kid,” but if guilty of the charges, that won’t change the consequences for the former first-round draft pick. From the Washington Post‘s Michael Lee, who spoke with a former coach of Crittenton:

After his initial legal troubles, Crittenton’s college coach, Paul Hewitt, said he was stunned. “Him being involved in something like that is not something I would have suspected coming out of high school or when he was with us,” Hewitt, now the head coach at George Mason, said in January 2010.

via Former Wizard Javaris Crittenton, already notorious, now faces murder charge – Wizards Insider – The Washington Post.

So we wait to see what, if any, involvement Crittenton had with the incident and for him to surrender to authorities. Meanwhile four kids face a tragic new reality as the rest of the world focuses on a former basketball player’s involvement.

That this is not shocking is what is shocking.

PBT Extra bold prediction previews: Can Thunder win 60 games?

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Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, and Serge Ibaka are healthy — just how good will the Thunder be?

The bold prediction in this PBT Extra preview with Jenna Corrado is that the Thunder will win 60 games, something they have not yet done. I wouldn’t bet on them hitting that number — with a new coach, and them making sure Durant and Westbrook get rest coming off injuries, plus the fact they’re in the deep West, that number may be high.

I think they have a better chance to come out of the West than win 60 games. I think they have a good shot to come out of the West.

Gallinari ready to take big role in new Nuggets offense

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DENVER (AP) — Danilo Gallinari wants everyone to know this: His surgically repaired left knee, the one that took three procedures to fix and nearly two seasons to fully trust, no longer bothers him.

The Denver Nuggets forward doesn’t need to be on any sort of minutes restriction. He doesn’t need days off during the season. And he certainly doesn’t need to be coddled.

He’s Gallo again, the hard-to-guard Italian playmaker who can knock down the 3-pointer just as easily as drive to the hoop or even post up. He believes he will fit in quite nicely into new coach Michael Malone’s system.

“The thing I’m focused on is trying to get (this team) back to the same level that the Nuggets were when I got to Denver, when we were going to the playoffs easy. When we were clinching a playoff one or two weeks before the season was over,” said Gallinari, who was acquired in the 2011 blockbuster deal that sent Carmelo Anthony to the New York Knicks. “We need to get back to that level.”

Almost seems so long ago, given that the Nuggets have missed the playoffs two straight seasons after consistently making it for nearly a decade.

Gallinari returned last season for the first time since blowing out his knee in a game on April 4, 2013. His minutes were closely monitored early in the season. He never really got completely on track until late last season, when he averaged 20.5 points over the final 10 contests, including a career-high 47 against Dallas. He’s hoping to carry that kind of confidence this season.

“I’m good to go. I was good to go as soon as the beginning of last year,” Gallinari said. “I was not on the same page with the coach that we had.”

That would be Brian Shaw, who was fired last March after 1 1/2 seasons in charge and going 56-85. Exactly why he wasn’t on the same page with Shaw, well, Gallinari preferred the past remain the past.

“I’m ready to play the new season,” he said. “We need to win games, and get back to the same level we were before.”

Gallinari thinks the Nuggets have the personnel to do just that, especially with a rookie point guard in Emmanuel Mudiay and Gallinari’s knee feeling better than it has in a while. He feels like he has some ground to make up, too, since he said that knee robbed him of some of his prime.

“Playing my best basketball right before I got injured,” the 27-year old said. “Now, we’re back to the same level, hopefully better.

“My knee has been feeling great. It felt great last year. Feeling great during the summer. Feeling great now. I just feel good.”

He spent the summer playing for the Italian team at the EuroBasket tournament, where he averaged nearly 18 points a game. In those games, Gallinari saw quite a bit of time at the four spot on the floor, forcing teams to either use a bulkier big man to cover him and risk getting burned on a drive or a smaller player that Gallinari could simply shoot over.

Malone plans to employ a similar type approach, something they discussed over gelato when the coach visited Gallinari in Italy soon after he was hired.

“He’s 6-foot-10. He can handle the ball. He can play pick-and-roll. He can stretch the floor and shoot the 3,” Malone said. “There’s not a lot he can’t do offensively.”

Gallinari wants the responsibility of being the go-to player for the Nuggets this season, especially at crunch time.

“I’ve always been trying to do that, since I came to Denver,” Gallinari said. “That’s what I like to do. I feel good filling those shoes.

“I want to have the ball in my hands. I do want to have the ball in my hands a lot more.”