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Report: UCLA’s Jordan Adams changes mind, to declare for NBA Draft

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Jordan Adams looked good for the UCLA Bruins during the NCAA Tournament — the guy can flat out score — and they thought they would get him back for another season, announcing as much before.

But Adams has changed his mind, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

Sophomore guard Jordan Adams has decided to leave UCLA and enter into the NBA draft, a source told Yahoo Sports on Saturday night…

Adams has a chance to be a first-round pick, with several teams recently telling Yahoo Sports that they believed he had a chance to be selected in the 20-30 range.

PBT’s draft expert Ed Isaacson of NBADraftBlog.com and Rotoworld said this was a good move by Adams.

“Adams has a great knack for finding ways to score,” Isaacson told PBT. “He’s strong enough to finish around the basket, also is a good midrange shooter. He needs to become more consistent from long-range but the tools are there to do it. He rebounds well for size. He’s an average defender but is improving.”

“I think he made a good decision changing his mind. He needs work at the pro level now to improve his game.”

That’s three Bruins going pro this year, the other two being Kyle Anderson and Zack LaVine. Of that group Adams was the one that impressed me the most with his ability to score in a variety of ways. Anderson will probably go higher but there is a place for Adams in the league.

Report: Matt Barnes texted friend that he beat up Derek Fisher, spat in wife’s face

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Grizzlies forward Matt Barnes reportedly attacked Knicks coach Derek Fisher for dating his estranged wife, Gloria Govan.

New details are emerging, and they cast Barnes in an even worse light.

Ian Mohr of the New York Post:

Sources told The Post that Barnes became incensed when his 6-year-old twin sons, Carter and Isaiah, called to tell him that Fisher was at the house.

Following the dust-up, Barnes, 35, texted a pal that he had not only assaulted Fisher, 41, but also took revenge on Govan, one source said.

“I kicked his ass from the back yard to the front room, and spit in her face,” the text read, according to the source.

If this becomes a criminal case, Barnes’ text could incriminate him.

In the court of public opinion, the presence of Barnes’ children and his spitting in his wife’s face make this even more disturbing.

Unfortunately, not everyone views it that way. Too many are laughing off the incident.

Albert Burneko of Deadspin had the best take I’ve seen on this situation:

When an accused domestic abuser shows up uninvited at a family party to—as a source put it to the New York Post—“beat the shit” out of someone for the offense of dating his ex, that is not a wacky character up to zany shenanigans. It is not reality TV melodrama or a cartoon or celebrities being silly. It is the behavior of a dangerous misogynist lunatic. It is an act of violent aggression. It is a man forcefully asserting personal property rights over a woman’s home, body, and life. It differs from what Ray Rice did in that elevator by degree, not by kind, and not by all that much.

I suggest reading it in full.