NEW YORK – Jason Kidd is one of the NBA’s all-time greatest point guards, but he retired for a reason.
At 40, he could no longer keep up with the game’s younger players. That’s no knock on Kidd. it’s just what happens to nearly every player at that age.
Simply, Kidd is no longer an NBA-caliber player, and that’s why he’s coaching the Nets instead of contributing more scoreless games for the Knicks.
So, maybe the Nets’ first-round pick, Mason Plumlee shouldn’t answer questions about playing his new coach one-on-one this way:
“If I can hang with him,” Plumlee said, “I’ll be alright.”
No, Mason, you won’t be alright just because you can hang with a retired player. You’ll be alright if you can carve out a backup role on what suddenly looks like a contending team.
Alas, maybe the rest of Plumlee’s answer to the one-on-one question reveals how he can do that.
“That’s my coach,” Plumlee said with a laugh. “I don’t want to speak on that right away. No, he’s a hell of a player.”
Ah, brownnosing, that’s the trick.
Warriors center Anderson Varejao will miss the Rio Olympics due to a back injury.
Where will Team Brazil turn now?
Likely to Bulls center Cristiano Felicio.
Marc Stein of ESPN:
Felicio came on strong late last season. He puts his 6-foot-10, 275-pound frame to good use protecting the paint and rebounding. He showed potential as passer and mid-range shooter, too.
At age 24, he’s a candidate to break out in the Olympics.
If he’s not ready, Brazil can turn to a steady veteran at center, Nene.
Blake Griffin broke his hand punching Clippers equipment manager Matias Testi in January.
Make that former Clippers equipment manager Matias Testi.
The L.A. Clippers equipment staffer who was punched in the face by Blake Griffin during a fight in Toronto earlier this year is off the team — and will NOT be back for the ’16/’17 season … TMZ Sports has learned.
We spoke with a rep for the Clippers who confirmed Matias Testi “no longer works for the team.”
The report that Kevin Durant told Russell Westbrook he’d re-sign with the Thunder before choosing the Warriors?
Royce Young of ESPN:
I misspoke in saying that Durant specifically told Westbrook he was coming back.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Center Anderson Varejao will miss the Olympics for host Brazil because of a herniated disc in his lower back.
The Golden State Warriors announced the injury Wednesday and say that Varejao should be ready for the start of training camp but will not be healthy enough to play in the Olympics. Varejao recently experienced back pain while training with the Brazilian National Team and returned to California to be examined by Dr. Robert Watkins earlier this week.
Varejao averaged 2.6 points and 2.3 rebounds in 22 games after signing with the Warriors on Feb. 22. He re-signed with the team earlier this month.