Usually teams go young, looking at rookies with potential to round out their final couple roster spots. They Nets got potential but they went another direction — they snatched up two athletic players coming off contracts they did not live up to, two guys amnestied by their former teams.
Josh Childress and Andray Blatche are both expected to sign non-guaranteed deals with the Nets in the coming days, as has been previously reported. Non-guaranteed deals are the kind given to guys who are training camp fodder, the contract means the team can cut them without repercussions, just a little buyout.
But expect these two to make the team, reports Howard Beck at the New York Times.
Blatche and Childress will be the 14th and 15th players under contract. Although the Nets will sign another few players for training camp, team officials expect Blatche and Childress to stick.
“He thinks that he can help the team,” said Childress’s agent, Chris Emens. “The team thinks Josh can help them. This team obviously has got one of the strongest starting fives in the East, if not the whole N.B.A. For them to probably achieve their potential and their long-term goals, it’s critical that they have a strong bench, as well.”
Childress will likely come off the bench behind Gerald Wallace and Joe Johnson on the wing. Blatche will get minutes off the bench along the front line.
Both are on one-year minimum deals (both make just over $1 million) which is great for the Nets — even if things go south they are not that expensive and only a one-year commitment. It’s a good gamble on two guys with potential who will feel the pressure to start to live up to it. These are good gambles for the bench.
LeBron James will reportedly star in Space Jam 2.
Space Jam 3? Jeremy Lin already claimed the top role in a very, um, strange video.
Did LeBron James lead the Lakers to NBA titles in 2012 and 2013?
If you haven’t already gotten your fix of laughing at children, here’s a kid who guessed that happened:
The question, as you surely know, is who are the Miami Heat?
The Warriors signed Kevin Durant.
The Celtics claimed they finished second for the superstar free agent.
And the bronze medal goes to…
Doc Rivers on The Vertical Podcast with Woj, as transcribed by CSN Bay Area:
And we were in it. We were in the Top 3 at the very end
We asked a simple question, and the first question I asked was, ‘Are we in the Top 3?’ And they said ‘Yes.’ So that made us feel good. My next question was, ‘Are we in the Top 2?’ And we had made the decision if they say ‘No’ then we go, if they say ‘Yes’ we stay. And they said ‘No.’
This is all obviously quite silly. It mostly matters only where Durant plays, not where he came closer to playing. Golden State won. Everyone else lost.
But teams are fighting for perception, trying to send a message to the next superstar free that they’re a legitimate destination.
I just have a hard time believing the Clippers were actually third and ahead of re-signing with the Thunder. The Clippers didn’t have enough cap space to keep Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan and give Durant a max contract.
I believe Durant could’ve told the Clippers they ranked third because he liked their pitch and the statement was largely superficial. But if it actually came down to it, would Durant have taken a reduced salary or joined a team depleted by losing one of its stars? Those were the only two options for picking the Clippers.
I have my doubts, but at least Rivers has a narrative he can sell. And sell it he will.
A Malawian newspaper, writing about Michael Jordan’s statement on race, used the Crying Jordan photo accompany the article.
How did that happen?
A page designer who didn’t understand the meme? A joke never fixed before printing? A staff-wide ignorance of the photo’s cultural relevance?
Justin Block of The Huffington Post:
As it turns out, the newspaper is called The Nation, or The Malawi Nation. When reached for comment on Thursday afternoon, The Nation Senior News Analyst Joy Ndovi stated that using the Michael Jordan Crying meme was intentional, and said Sports Editor Garry Chirwa picked the photo.
Chirwa told us that when he read the story, he felt that the emotions packed within Jordan’s quote, “I could no longer keep silent,” were represented in the Michael Jordan Crying meme.
“I just imagined him crying,” Chirwa wrote via WhatsApp.
Ndovi echoed Chirwa’s sentiments:
The article on Jordan reacting to the violence in U.S. was just the perfect one for the meme to be used. It depicts the emotional state of the former NBA star. Though it might seem unconventional, what other photo could be more suitable than the infamous Crying Jordan meme?
I can think of a few.