We told you yesterday the Lakers Steve Blake was fined $25,000 for saying a few magical words to a fan. Now we’re finding out Blake cussed out the son of an influential Lakers season ticket holder, and he now regrets the entire thing.
The incident happened late in the Lakers loss to the Clippers last Friday and according to the Los Angeles Times the fan told Blake “you need to knock down those open shots.” Which got Blake to snap back.
Who said it? Lance Jackson, son of Steve Jackson, the CEO of LA Gear. A guy who has had 8 courtside Lakers seats (think for a second about what that costs) for a long, long time. The Jackson’s home in Los Angeles has a full-size replica of the court and first few rows of Staples Center — it is so detailed it’s not uncommon for teams coming to play the Lakers or Clippers to go practice there. The Miami Heat have done it.
Jackson has friends in high places, so if Blake was going to pick a time to snap at a fan, he chose… poorly.
And Blake told Kevin Ding of the Orange County Register he regrets the whole thing.
Blake said he can be “feisty” on the court but has never had an incident such as that one. He said there were no excuses, but he was frustrated by the Lakers dropping to 0-3 and it was a “spur-of-the-moment bad decision.”
Warriors center Anderson Varejao will miss the Rio Olympics due to a back injury.
Where will Team Brazil turn now?
Likely to Bulls center Cristiano Felicio.
Marc Stein of ESPN:
Felicio came on strong late last season. He puts his 6-foot-10, 275-pound frame to good use protecting the paint and rebounding. He showed potential as passer and mid-range shooter, too.
At age 24, he’s a candidate to break out in the Olympics.
If he’s not ready, Brazil can turn to a steady veteran at center, Nene.
Blake Griffin broke his hand punching Clippers equipment manager Matias Testi in January.
Make that former Clippers equipment manager Matias Testi.
The L.A. Clippers equipment staffer who was punched in the face by Blake Griffin during a fight in Toronto earlier this year is off the team — and will NOT be back for the ’16/’17 season … TMZ Sports has learned.
We spoke with a rep for the Clippers who confirmed Matias Testi “no longer works for the team.”
The report that Kevin Durant told Russell Westbrook he’d re-sign with the Thunder before choosing the Warriors?
Royce Young of ESPN:
I misspoke in saying that Durant specifically told Westbrook he was coming back.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Center Anderson Varejao will miss the Olympics for host Brazil because of a herniated disc in his lower back.
The Golden State Warriors announced the injury Wednesday and say that Varejao should be ready for the start of training camp but will not be healthy enough to play in the Olympics. Varejao recently experienced back pain while training with the Brazilian National Team and returned to California to be examined by Dr. Robert Watkins earlier this week.
Varejao averaged 2.6 points and 2.3 rebounds in 22 games after signing with the Warriors on Feb. 22. He re-signed with the team earlier this month.