Pierre Jackson

Sixers sign another injured player, agree to deal with Pierre Jackson


Pierre Jackson played in both Europe and the D-League last season, and was selected in the second round of the 2013 draft by the Sixers before landing in New Orleans as a piece of the deal for Nerlens Noel.

Since the Pelicans didn’t seem to have much use for him, Jackson ended up back with the Sixers in exchange for a second round pick this year, and played on the Sixers Summer League squad in Orlando before an Achilles injury prematurely ended his campaign.

But Philadelphia liked what little they saw enough to sign Jackson to a contract for the upcoming season, despite his injured status.

From Jason Wolf of Delaware Online:

The 76ers signed former NBA Development League all-star Pierre Jackson to a partially guaranteed one-year contract Thursday, a team source confirmed, even though the guard is likely to miss the season after tearing his right Achilles tendon during an Orlando Pro Summer League game on July 5. There is no team option for a second season.

It’s great news for Jackson, obviously, and another somewhat comical decision by the Sixers, who continue to do everything they can to choose rebuilding for the future over winning in the present.

Philadelphia sat Noel for all of last season, despite the fact that Noel himself said he was 100 percent and could have played had the team allowed it. The Sixers then selected Joel Embiid in this year’s draft, who may very well similarly sit out the upcoming season.

In theory, it’s a commitment to acquiring the best players possible from a talent perspective, with a willingness to wait for them to be healthy enough to produce. In practice, it buys additional years of job security for GM Sam Hinkie and head coach Brett Brown, with no pressure to win now while expectations remain low until every last asset is able to contribute to the team’s effort, all at the same time.

Spurs to give Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili Friday night off in Denver

Manu Ginobili, Harrison Barnes, Tim Duncan
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The Spurs are 12-3 and comfortably in second place in the West, they have the best defense in the NBA allowing just 93.8 points per 100 possessions, and they have a top-10 offense to go with it.

So, time to start making sure guys are rested.

That is the first night of a back-to-back, with former Spurs’ assistant coach Mike Budenholzer and his Atlanta Hawks coming to San Antonio on Saturday. Popovich is saving his two veterans for that game.

Duncan and Ginobili have looked like they found the fountain of youth this season. Duncan is taking on less of the offense but has been very efficient in those moments. Ginobili has the impact he did a few years back in his bench role.

What Gregg Popovich cares about is them playing like that come the postseason. So they will rest on Friday.

Brandon Armstrong impersonates Ray Allen (video)

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Ray Allen is retired-ish, but he’ll always be running through screens – in our mind and in this video.

Celtics draft pick Marcus Thornton gets beer dumped on head during Australian game (video)

Marcus Thornton, Will Cherry

The Celtics drafted Marcus Thornton with No. 45 pick in the 2015 NBA draft. That essentially entitled him to the required tender – a one-year contract offer, surely unguaranteed at the minimum.

Thornton rejected that, which is almost always a mistake.

Rejecting the tender is a favor to the drafting team, which gets to keep the player’s exclusive rights for a year. If Thornton tries to join the NBA now, he’s stuck negotiating with only the Celtics.

By accepting the tender, the player typically gets one of two outcomes. He either plays on that contract and draws an NBA salary or he gets waived. But even getting waived is better than rejecting the tender, because at least the player becomes a free agent and can negotiate with any team.

Players who reject the tender go to another league and play for less money. In Thornton’s case, that mean Australia.

How’s that going?

(Almost) never reject the required tender as a second-round pick.

Byron Scott says they just have to get Kobe Bryant better looks

Kobe Bryant, Joe Johnson, Byron Scott

Kobe Bryant is averaging 15.2 points a game at age 37. It’s just taking him 16.4 shots per game to get there. After his 1-of-14 shooting performance against the Warriors the other night — with too much isolation and too many plays run just for him — there has been a lot of talk about his shot. With reason, this is his shot chart so far this season.

Kobe shotchart season

So what do the Lakers’ do? Get Kobe to shoot less and get the ball in the hands of the young stars they supposed to be developing more? Nah.

They just need to get Kobe better looks, Scott told the Los Angeles Times.

“I know his mentality is that he can still play in this league,” Scott said. “And we feel the same way….

“Obviously he’s struggling right now with his shot, and I think everybody can see that,” Scott said. “So it’s trying to get him in better position to be able to have an opportunity to knock those shots down on a consistent basis. That’s No. 1.

“I don’t know if it’s his legs. I don’t think so. Again, our conversations are pretty blunt. … He tells me when he is tired and he tells me when he’s not tired. And the last few days, he said he feels great. So, I don’t think it’s a matter of him being tired or his legs being tired. I think it’s a matter of his timing being a little off.”

Yes, how could it be his legs? It’s not like he’s a 37-year-old with more than 55,000 NBA minutes played, and coming off an Achilles rupture and major knee surgery.

Honestly, I hope the Lakers and Kobe find a balance soon, because they have become just hard to watch. And I don’t want Kobe to go out this way.