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Tony Allen pulls Kenneth Faried’s hair (VIDEO)


Normally, my stance on players with long hair in professional sports goes something like this: It’s a free country and all that, but just know what you’re doing might make you a target.

In the NFL, for example, it’s especially tantalizing for defenders when they see the long flowing locks of their opponent dangling out of the back of the helmet, and sometimes, if it’s the only option to make a play, they’ll grab the guy by his hair and drag him to the ground.

But in the NBA, it’s different because physical contact isn’t really encouraged. There isn’t a place in the game where grabbing a player — by his hair or anything else — is even legal, much less tolerated.

That’s especially true when a play is over, and has been whistled dead by the officials. But in the video clip above, you can see Tony Allen grab Kenneth Faried’s hair in frustration before he heads to the other end of the floor.

The Grizzlies like to use the words “grit” and “grind” as a motto to describe the way their team plays. That’s apparently just code for “dirty,” and something they’ll resort to when getting beaten by a lesser opponent at home, as they were by the Nuggets on Monday.

[via TBJ]

Gregg Popovich resting himself for Spurs game at Sacramento

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Gregg Popovich said he wouldn’t coach in July.

Apparently, he’s taking off part of October, too.

Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports:

It’s not that surprising to see Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Boris Diaw staying home. Veterans miss preseason games all the time just to rest. With the Spurs, it happens even in the regular season.

But it’s still a little strange to see the head coach sit out, even though Popovich also did it last year.

It makes sense, though. Who cares about this preseason game? If travelling less helps the 66-year-old Popovich stay fresh in the years ahead, that’s well worth it. Plus, it gets Messina a little extra experience. Some day, he might be the head coach.

Dumped by Heat, Shabazz Napier hits game-winning 3-pointer against Miami (video)

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After only one season, the Heat gave up on former first-rounder Shabazz Napier – sending him to the Magic in a salary dump.

Napier got some revenge by hitting the game-winning 3-pointer in Orlando’s 100-97 win over Miami.

It’s only the preseason, but Napier had to feel great about that shot.