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After Shannon Brown’s flagrant on Ginobili, Stephen Jackson says he would have knocked out anyone else


Late in the third quarter of the Spurs’ win over the Suns on Saturday, Shannon Brown was called for a flagrant-two foul when he caught no ball and all Manu Ginobili on an attempt to block his opponent’s shot from behind.

The play looked (and sounded) worse than it actually was, but considering the loud smack that the contact made, along with the violent swat and the way Ginobili awkwardly fell, the call by the officials was understandable.

Ginobili’s teammate, Stephen Jackson, agreed that there was no ill intent by Brown on the play. But he had strong words for anyone else that might be thinking about getting overly physical with the Spurs.

From Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic:

Brown was not available for comment after the game. Ginobili said he felt “a big hit” but did not want to judge Brown’s intent.

“I know Shannon Brown,” Spurs forward Stephen Jackson said. “He doesn’t play like that. Obviously, if it was anybody else, I probably would have knocked him out.”


You’d like to think Jackson was joking here, but it’ll be interesting to see if the league ends up seeing it that way. Jackson took his tough guy act to Twitter earlier this season, when he threatened the Thunder’s Serge Ibaka and was slapped with a $25,000 fine for doing so.

C.J. McCollum ejected for flagrantly fouling Gordon Hayward (video)

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I’m not sure C.J. McCollum meant to grab Gordon Hayward‘s neck. The 6-foot-8 Hayward elevated, and the 6-foot-4 McCollum just might not have been able to get high enough to make a play on the ball.

But McCollum did grab Hayward’s neck.

It was a dangerous and unnecessary play, especially in the preseason.

Report: Mavericks may be team interested in Larry Sanders

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The Dallas Mavericks are looking for a center— desperately at times, they brought JaVale McGee into training camp to get a look. They will start Zaza Pachulia and behind him it’s probably Samuel Dalembert once he gets healthy.

Which is why Dallas may be the team interested in Larry Sanders — Mark Cuban is a guy known for giving second chances in the league. But there have been no talks, yet, reports Tim MacMahon at ESPN.

Larry Sanders has been out of the game since his buyout last February trying to deal with his personal demons and may well not be ready to return. He may never return.

His couple seasons with the Bucks were filled with drama and issues. There was the nightclub brawl left him with an injured thumb in need of a surgery. There were the charges of animal cruelty. There was a five-game drug suspension. There was missed time for personal reasons. There was the 10-game suspension for marijuana use (he failed at least four tests to get there) — then that suspension was extended past the 10 games. In the end, he agreed to a buyout to get space away from the game to deal with his personal issues.

He may or may not be ready to return from that. He may or may not ever be ready. But if he decides to give it a try, NBA teams will be waiting. Maybe Dallas.