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Warriors’ Harrison Barnes and Draymond Green joining USA Select team, too


Does Harrison Barnes or Draymond Green hold more trade value?

Barnes, a hyped recruit who left North Carolina after two seasons, was the No. 7 pick in the 2012 NBA draft. He’s had some impressive moments with the Warriors, but he’s mostly failed to live up to his elite billing.

Green spent four seasons developing at Michigan State and went to Golden State in the second round of the same draft. He has greatly exceeded, admittedly lower, expectations.

In the NBA, Green has honestly played better than Barnes, even if he doesn’t get the recognition. But Barnes still get credit for having a higher perceived ceiling.

Role factors, too. Green hasn’t been asked to do too much. Maybe Barnes has.

There are a lot of considerations, and I’ve often wondered which of two the Warriors – and other teams around the league – value more.

This won’t do much to separate them.

Rusty Simmons of the San Francisco Chronicle:

Marcus Smart, Doug McDermott, Victor Oladipo, Tobias Harris, Miles Plumlee, Mason Plumlee and Trey Burke are also on the select team. Certainly, more names will be revealed soon.

Golden State joins the Magic (Oladipo and Harris) as the only NBA teams with multiple known select teamers, and both Warriors are reserves. This is an excellent way to develop a bench.

In the process, maybe Mike Krzyzewski and Jerry Colangelo will develop an opinion on the Barnes-Green debate.

Gilbert Arenas: Caron Butler’s version of gun incident ‘false’

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Caron Butler recently detailed the Gilbert Arenas-Javaris Crittenton gun incident.

In a since-deleted – but screenshot-captured – Instagram post, Arenas gives his description:

The biggest differences between Butler’s and Arenas’ versions:

1. Arenas claims he wasn’t the one who owed Crittenton money, that the feud escalated over Arenas prematurely showing his hand during a card game.

2. Arenas says he told Crittenton to pick a gun to shoot Arenas with – not to pick a gun he’d get shot by Arenas with.

Players’ union, NBA to set up cardiac screening for retired players

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First it was Darryl Dawkins. Then it was Moses Malone.

Two all-time great players who recently died — and at t0o young an age, 58 and 60 respectively — from undiagnosed heart conditions. Even before that, recognizing the issue the NBA players union and the league itself were setting up supplemental health coverage to provide cardiac screening for retired players, something ESPN’s Jackie MacMullan recently broke.

The joint effort between union executive director Michele Roberts and NBA commissioner Adam Silver — at a time when there still may be potentially acrimonious labor negotiations looming for their sides — is intended to ease the health concerns of its retired players.

Roberts said action from the players’ association on providing screening for its retired players is “imminent.”

“I wish I could give you an exact timetable, but we have to make sure all the components are in place,” Roberts told ESPN recently. “I will tell you we hope to have something sooner than later.”

The Cardiologists are affiliated with the NBA already, and some of the money will come from the league, while the union is both pitching in a chunk of cash and is the one organizing this, according to the report.

It’s good to Roberts and Silver working together on this. While you’d like to think this would be the kind of no-brainer move that the league and union would work together on, in the past the relationship didn’t always facilitate this sort of cooperation even on the obvious.

I’d like to think this bodes well for future labor talks, but I’m not willing to completely draw that parallel.