UPDATE 9:58 pm: NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has had a change of heart and decided guys in positions of authority probably shouldn’t say things like that about a fellow NBA city — the league has fined Masai Ujiri $25,000 for getting caught up in the moment and saying “f—- Brooklyn” during a pep rally in Toronto before Game 1 of their series against Brooklyn.
My guess is Silver was afraid he’s set a precedent. If Ujiri can say that without repercussion, what will Phil Jackson say about Brooklyn next?
This was first reported by Jeff Zillgett of the USA Today.
7:36 pm: Masai Ujiri said “F— Brooklyn” at a Raptors rally, delighting Toronto fans.
The NBA wasn’t quite as thrilled, but the league won’t discipline the Raptors general manager.
Mark Ganter of the Toronto Suns:
I have no problem with what Ujiri said. He was just having fun, drumming up interest in the Raptors-Nets first-round series.It’s probably not in the league’s best interest for a team employee to be swearing in public in front of families, though. There are enough people who take legitimate offense to that language. I’m not one of them, so I won’t get on my high horse, but I at least get it.I suspect Ujiri does now too, and the NBA did right by giving Ujiri only a warning.
Kobe Bryant reflected, told stories and showed his emotions.
For nearly 25 minutes, the Lakers star talked about his pending retirement. It was pretty cool.
DeAndre Jordan‘s free-throw problems – 38.7% this season, 41.5% for his career – are mental.
You can’t watch this trip to the line and convince me otherwise.
Nene hurt his calf. Drew Gooden is banged up. Martell Webster is out for the season.
Those are three players the Wizards expected to play power forward this season.
So, Washington – which has lost four straight – will bring in another big man: Ryan Hollins.
Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports:
The Wizards have a full roster of 15 players. They don’t qualify for a hardship exemption, which a team gets if four players have missed three straight games and will continue to be out. Only Webster and Alan Anderson definitely fit that bill. Gooden, who has missed five straight, might. But it’s unclear both how many of those absences were due to injury and when he’ll return.
So, Washington will have to waive someone to sign Hollins now. It’ll probably be Webster, whose $5,845,250 2016-17 salary is just $2.5 million guaranteed. If he’s out for the year and the Wizards plan to drop him by the summer to clear cap space, why not just do it now?
Hollins is more center than power forward and doesn’t appear to fit well with Marcin Gortat. But at this point, Washington just needs big bodies. Hollins – a nine-year veteran who plays decent interior defense, lacks offensive skill and rebounds poorly for his 7-foot frame – is at least that.
Sometimes – as Kristaps Porzingis sees against Dwight Howard – it’s more flattering just to play James Harden-level defense.