Sidney Lowe

Report: Jazz assistant coach Sidney Lowe arrested for not paying state taxes

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The government doesn’t mess around when it comes to getting its money.

Which is what former NBA player and current Utah Jazz assistant coach Sidney Lowe found out when they came knocking at his door this week, reports WRAL Sports out of North Caronia (where Lowe lives in the off-season).

Sidney Lowe, former head men’s basketball coach at North Carolina State University, was arrested Monday on charges that he failed to file state tax returns in 2009, 2010 and 2011.

Yup, that will get you in trouble. Lowe coached the NC State Wolfpack during those years, making an estimated $500,000 a year, WRAL reports.

As this is a misdemeanor — the government wants its money, not just to jail someone — Lowe likely will be back with the Jazz soon.

Lowe played four seasons in the NBA, starting in 1983 with the Pacers but with stops in Detroit, Atlanta, Charlotte and Minnesota.

People — pay your taxes. It’s not fun, but it’s a silly thing to get arrested over.

James Harden: “I am the best player in the league. I believe that.”

James Harden, Stephen Curry
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James Harden was the MVP last season — if you ask his fellow NBA players.

The traditional award (based on a media vote) went to Stephen Curry (in the closest vote in four years), and that was the right call (in my mind). But from the time it happened Harden did not buy it. And he still doesn’t buy it. In the least — and he’s using that as fuel for this season. That’s what he told Fran Blinebury over at

“I am the best player in the league. I believe that,” he said. “I thought I was last year, too.”

Well, it’s a more realistic claim than Paul George’s.

“But that award means most valuable to your team. We finished second in the West, which nobody thought we were going to do at the beginning of the year even when everybody was healthy. We were near the top in having the most injuries. We won our division in a division where every single team made the playoffs.

“There’s so many factors. I led the league in total points scored, minutes played. Like I said, I’m not taking anything away from Steph, but I felt I deserved the Most Valuable Player. That stays with me.”

That’s very Kobe Bryant of you to turn that into fuel. Defining the MVP Award is an annual discussion that nobody agrees on.

I could get into how Harden was the old-school, traditional stats MVP, how that ignores how Steve Kerr used Curry, and how that opened up the Warriors’ offense to championship levels. Curry put up numbers, but he was also the distraction, the bright star that Kerr used to open up looks for Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, and others. Curry’s strength was not just what he did with the ball in his hands, but his gravity to draw defenders even when he didn’t. Did the Warriors stay healthier than the Rockets? No doubt. Should Curry be penalized for that?

It’s simple for Harden — if he can put up those numbers again, if he can be the fulcrum of a top offense, he will be in the discussion for MVP again. And, if he can lead the Rockets beyond the conference finals, nobody will talk about that MVP snub anyway.