The Wizards trailed the Pistons by a single point with just over 12 seconds remaining on Wednesday, and as the ball went to Trevor Ariza in the corner with the game clock winding down, he launched what at first glance appeared to be a game-winning three-pointer that looked like it went down before time expired.
Wizards play-by-play man Steve Buckhantz saw it that way from where he was sitting inside the arena, and I’ll admit, watching at home I thought it was good on the initial viewing myself.
But looking at the way Ariza walked away, with head hanging and without any celebration, I just figured he didn’t get it off in time — until the replay showed that the ball grazed the bottom of the net instead of going through the basket.
That didn’t stop Buckhantz from making his patented “Dagger!” call as the shot fell short, leading to a slightly embarrassing exchange after he realized what had ultimately just happened.
Report: First-round draft prospect says Phil Jackson fell asleep during his workout
A top-15 draft pick told me the other day, because we were involved in this out of this conversation about Phil Jackson and the Knicks, and he said, “Phil Jackson was falling in and out of sleep in my workout.”
Yes. “Falling in and out of sleep at my workout.” This is what this guy told me.
The NBA’s invitations to the draft are a good indicator of when players will get drafted. The league samples executives, who are more likely to be honest here than in leaks to the media, about how they rank players. So, the list is worth monitoring.
I wouldn’t rule out the Knicks trading Porzingis. The No. 1 pick got traded, after all. I wouldn’t rule out them trading Porzingis for too little return. Look at Jackson’s track record running the front office.
But wait until they do before bashing Jackson for not understanding Porzingis’ value.
There are plenty of better reasons to criticize Jackson, including overseeing the toxic culture that led to Porzingis skipping his exit interview and setting this latest “crisis” into motion. Publicly discussing trading Porzingis won’t endear Jackson to the budding star, but the problem is how it reached this point. Players in sound organizations can handle this. Jackson has engendered little confidence from his players, the distrust existed well before this round of trade talks.
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