Jazz guard Jamaal Tinsley is a Brooklynite — born in the borough, went to Samuel J. Tilden High School in Brooklyn, he knows his way around.
Which was a good thing, because the Jazz’s team bus driver didn’t.
Tinsley had to pitch in as a human GPS when Utah first landed in New York, reports the Deseret News (hat tip to KD at Ball Don’t Lie):
“(The bus driver) was kind of lost,” the Jazz backup point guard said, smiling. “He made about two left turns the wrong way and two right turns …”
“We could’ve been to the hotel a half-hour (earlier),” Tinsley recalled. “I thought we were staying at another hotel. I thought they knew something I didn’t know.”
Tinsley is a guy who had to go to the D-League to prove to doubters that he could still ball at an NBA level (and that the distractions of him in Indiana were a thing of the past). The Jazz took a shot with him and it worked, he’s giving them 19 minutes a game (although he is just shooting 31 percent this season).
He’s also giving them directions. Off the court.
With so much focus in recent weeks being on NBA players speaking out on social issues, it’s worth remembering that Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has been one of the most vocal athletes in America on these things for decades. The Hall of Fame and all-time leading scorer in NBA history addressed the Democratic National Convention on Thursday evening, urging voters to vote for Hillary Clinton in November, and opened his remarks by introducing himself as Michael Jordan, because “Donald Trump couldn’t tell the difference.”
You can watch the video of his speech below:
In the weeks since Kevin Durant announced he was signing with the Golden State Warriors, we have yet to hear Russell Westbrook speak on his former teammate’s decision. This week, ESPN.com’s Royce Young indicated in a podcast interview that Durant was telling Westbrook and others in the days leading up to his decision that he was coming back to Oklahoma City. He later walked back his report, saying he misspoke. On Thursday, Durant himself told The Vertical‘s Shams Charania that he never said any such thing, or misled Westbrook or anyone else about his intentions.
“It’s false,” Durant told The Vertical on Thursday. “I didn’t say that – words about me telling Russell or Nick that I would stay or leave never came out of my mouth. We met as teammates, but no promises came out of it. In this day and age, I can’t control anything people claim out there. Someone can go out and say something random right now, and people will believe it.
“I never told Russell or Nick [Collison], ‘All right, guys, I’m coming back to the Thunder’ – and then a week later, I decide not to. Never happened. I don’t operate like that. I heard people say that story, but it’s not the truth.”
So that settles that.
CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Bulls have signed guard Spencer Dinwiddie.
The Bulls acquired Dinwiddie in a trade with Detroit last month and waived him three weeks ago. He spent two years with the Pistons and appeared in 12 games last season, averaging 4.8 points and 13.3 minutes.
The Bulls announced the move Thursday.