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Brandon Jennings starts Twitter beef with J.R. Smith

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Star players get special treatment in the NBA. Everyone just accepts that.

But when merely above-average players like J.R. Smith get significant special favors, the floodgates open.

The inclusion of Chris Smith, J.R. Smith’s brother, on the Knicks’ roster is a running joke around the league.

Unless you’re Brandon Jennings, whose stature is similar to Smith’s. Then you want to know why you can’t get your buddies into the NBA, too.

That tweet – referencing Pooh Jeter and Bobby Brown, who, like Jennings, are from Los Angeles, but are playing in China – was deleted. That’s why you’re seeing the message through a Holly MacKenzie retweet.

J.R. Smith didn’t respect any of this:

https://twitter.com/TheRealJRSmith/status/400846150502477824

Jennings tried to preach love:

It didn’t work:

https://twitter.com/TheRealJRSmith/status/400901800850915328

https://twitter.com/TheRealJRSmith/status/400901979318538240

Smith is likely referring to Selby dunking on Jennings in a 2011 Goodman League game:

The Pistons and Knicks play Tuesday, and that could be more interesting now. Though if Smith and Jennings hijack the game to out-shoot each other, a real possibility, that would probably destroy the quality of basketball. On the other hand, what would the quality be regardless?

Here’s the real lesson: In a Twitter beef between Jennings and J.R. Smith, the only real winner is Chris Smith, because he’s getting paid. I guess that makes J.R. Smith a winner, too.

Jennings? He’s just yapping and accomplishing nothing, though I enjoy when ever players speak truth regardless of whether it’s rational for them to do so. Jennings not wrong, but as The Dude says… (And I mean that as compliment. I love the jerks.)

Phil Jackson tweets manifesto on Knicks coaching

New York Knicks president Phil Jackson speaks to reporters during a news conference in Greenburgh, N.Y., Monday, Feb. 8, 2016. Derek Fisher was fired as New York Knicks coach Monday, with his team having lost five straight and nine of 10 to fall well back in the Eastern Conference playoff race. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
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The Knicks fired Derek Fisher, and Phil Jackson explained the move in a press conference.

Then, the Knicks president tweeted a few more thoughts:

Jackson might be more intelligent and philosophical than you.

More than that, Jackson really wants you to believe he’s more intelligent and philosophical than you.

Two Kings dispute shootaround reports, including Rajon Rondo’s

SACRAMENTO, CA - OCTOBER 30:  Head coach George Karl of the Sacramento Kings talks to Rajon Rondo #9 of the Sacramento Kings during their game against the Los Angeles Lakers at Sleep Train Arena on October 30, 2015 in Sacramento, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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In the midst of the Kings’ George Karl mess, Rajon Rondo complained about shootarounds – seemingly taking issue with Karl and/or his teammates:

Jake Fischer of Sports Illustrated reported Rondo, Omri Casspi and Seth Curry were the only players at Monday’s shootaround:

The Kings played the night before in Boston and were in their fourth city (Cleveland) in six nights. It’d be reasonable – maybe even wise – to value extra sleep over an optional shootaround.

To Rondo’s point, perhaps Karl shouldn’t have called one at all. If so much of the team plans to skip it, is it worth bringing in anyone? Is that productive for the players who attend?

What happened after the shootaround certainly wasn’t.

Quincy Acy disputed Fischer’s report:

Then, Caron Butler took issue with Rondo’s account:

I don’t know precisely which Kings attended the shootaround, but someone fed Fischer a list of names for whatever reason. The agendas and leaks coming from the Kings are debilitating.

And for Butler to publicly disagree with a teammate like that is startling. Unless he’s saying Rondo was misquoted, which seems unlikely, considering Steve Herrick of the Associated Press also quoted Rondo saying three or four players attended shootaround (hat tip: Kevin Draper of Deadspin).

The tamest explanation is that Rondo used “three or four” as a euphemism for “not enough,” and the real number could’ve been closer to five. So, maybe Acy and Butler also attended but participation was down.

But that wouldn’t necessarily mean teammates appreciate Rondo – who declared himself the first veteran teammate DeMarcus Cousins ever respected – saying “three or four.” That could leave a couple of them under the bus.

And there’s still the issue of Karl using shootarounds productively – and Rondo maybe calling him out publicly for it.

Really, this speaks to where the Kings stand. They can’t even conduct a shootaround without controversy.

If you’re a Comcast subscriber in Northern California, you can stream tonight’s Kings-76ers game here.

Kristaps Porzingis cocks back, hammers dunk (video)

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It wasn’t all bad for the Knicks last night.

You can practically see the moment Kristaps Porzingis realizes his spin got him so open, he can put a little juice into this dunk.

Wizards defend final possession horribly, beat Knicks anyway (video)

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The Wizards – one of the NBA’s most disappointing teams this season – showed why it’s so difficult to believe in them.

They built a 10-point lead over the Knicks with 1:51 left and steadily blew it. New York got within one and trailed by three with 4.3 seconds left.

And Washington went to sleep.

The Wizards – four of whom hung out near the halfcourt line – allowed the Knicks to push the ball and find a wide-open Langston Galloway behind the 3-point arc. Galloway is one of New York’s best 3-point shooters, and he makes 47% of his wide open 3s, per NBA.com

This is horrific focus by Washington.

But if there’s a team less inspiring than the Wizards, it’s the Kurt Rambis-coached Knicks, and Galloway missed to give his new coach a loss in his first game as New York’s head coach.