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Video: Byron Scott answers reporter’s phone during press conference


A lot of reporters — myself included — use a recording app on our smart phones to tape interviews with players/coaches/whoever. Your great fear — somebody decides to call at just the wrong moment.

As happened Wednesday night during Byron Scott’s pregame press conference. What we learn out of this is that Scott has very good phone manners — he refered to the caller by name, identified himself, tried to be helpful. I think he has a future in customer service if this “basketball thing” doesn’t work out.

And it’s good to see he’s kept his sense of humor, because this hasn’t been a fun season in Cleveland.

Report: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist out six months

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Michael Kidd-Gilchrist‘s shoulder injury?

It’s bad.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

This is devastating news for the Hornets, who are trying to return to the playoffs after a disappointing season. Kidd-Gilchrist is a lockdown defender and a huge piece of this team.

Charlotte doesn’t have many great options behind him. Jeremy Lamb, Troy Daniels or P.J. Hairston would be in over their heads as starters. Marvin Williams could start at small forward with Nicolas Batum at shooting guard, but Williams is better as a small-ball power forward.

This is obviously also a huge setback for Kidd-Gilchrist individually, but at least he locked in a four-year, $52 million contract extension this summer. I think he could’ve commanded more, but this is where that security comes in handy.

There are no redeeming factors for the Hornets. They’re firmly in win-now mode, and they’ll have to do it for nearly the entire season without one of their best players.

51Q: Is the year Anthony Davis becomes the NBA’s best player?

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Anthony Davis will be the best player in the NBA.

It’s more of an inevitability than a question.

Davis – who averaged 24.4 points, 10.2 rebounds, 2.9 blocks and 1.5 steals per game last season – is a dynamic force on both ends of the floor. He shoots from outside, drives to the basket, finishes, runs the floor, crashes the glass, protects the rim and hounds smaller players on the perimeter all at elite levels.

And he’s just 22.

The sky is the limit. Davis could join the shortest lists of all-time greats.

But when will he become the best in the present?

This could be the moment.

LeBron James is on the wrong side of 30. Kevin Durant is coming off major injury. Stephen Curry hasn’t proven himself on this level over multiple seasons.

Everything is coming together for Davis.

Monty Williams helped Davis acclimate to the pros, but Alvin Gentry’s scheming can unleash Davis’ full arsenal of skills. Davis was built to run, and Gentry is installing an up-tempo scheme.

Davis has teammates – Jrue Holiday, Eric Gordon, Tyreke Evans, Omer Asik, Ryan Anderson – who will keep his burden from being too large. But none of them are good enough to make Davis defer.

The Pelicans need Davis to play great. He can’t take a couple-week vacation, let his point guard take over the offense or just fit in defensively.

Davis’ time is coming – if it’s not already here.