There are a lot of interesting ingredients in Houston, but how the final dish turns out remains to be seen.
The latest of those interesting pickups is Ronnie Brewer, and that deal with the Rockets has become official, the team announced.
Brewer is a good defensive wing who uses very little in terms of offense. That made him a good fit for Tom Thibodeau in Chicago next to Derrick Rose, but not so much with Mike Woodson and the Knicks last season. After getting back from a knee injury Brewer started 34 games for New York but saw his role diminish (and the Knicks got Iman Shumpert back). New York traded Brewer to Oklahoma City, but he was barely used there.
Brewer will come off the bench in Houston and could find a niche there. Like we said he defends well, and on offense he works hard off the ball and can knock down a midrange shot or find a good baseline cut to get a bucket.
Houston has a lot of new faces, guys that can play (starting with Dwight Howard). The challenge in Houston is how all of them fit in the up-tempo, push-the-pace, pick-and-roll heavy offense they ran last season in Houston. The offense will evolve, but it could take some time to figure out how all these ingredients make a good dish.
Last May, Magic Johnson tweeted that the Lakers chase LeBron James, Kevin Durant and DeMar DeRozan in free agency. All three players were still under contract with their teams until July 1.
In response to that apparent tampering, the Lakers announced Johnson had asked the team to remove his title of Vice President.
Too little, too late.
William Weinbaum and Steve Delsohn of ESPN:
Outside the Lines learned this week — and confirmed with a senior Lakers official — that the NBA fined the team over Johnson’s communiques about players under contract to other teams.
If Drake got the Raptors fined for tampering by pitching Durant during a concert, the Lakers deserved this fine.
Tristan Thompson and Khloe Kardashian are dating. There are mixed reports about whether they’re engaged.
No matter their exact terms of their relationship, it brings increased attention to the Cavaliers – who are already in the spotlight as LeBron James‘ team and the defending NBA champions.
LeBron might not welcome increased scrutiny.
Gabriella Ginsberg of Hollywood Life:
LeBron James hasn’t been happy that Tristan Thompson is dating drama magnet Khloe Kardashian, and we hear that the teammates had a locker room showdown before the Cavs’ home opener game.
“Tristan isn’t taking any crap from his teammates anymore. As far as he’s concerned, Khloe’s coming to every damn game she chooses,” the insider reveals. “Tristan told LeBron straight up before last night’s game that Khloe was coming and that was that.”
There’s nothing wrong with LeBron, as a friend, advising Thompson about his personal life. They share an agent, Rich Paul, and that obviously means a lot to LeBron.
But at a certain point, LeBron should back off. Neither coworkers nor friends have a right to determine who someone dates.
76ers players are unsure how to respond to their franchise blocking Sevyn Streeter from singing the national anthem because she wore a “WE MATTER” jersey.
Justise Winslow is seemingly trying to nudge Philadelphia in a certain direction.
The Heat forward posted a photo with himself and the 76ers’ Jerami Grant raising fists and captioned it “WE MATTER”:
I’m unsure when this photo was taken, but my best guess is after the Miami-Philadelphia preseason game – which was preceded by the national-anthem singer kneeling during her performance.
Was Hawks forward Thabo Sefolosha making the smart play to beat the defender or just showing off?
Either way, I’m glad he did it.