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Report: Arn Tellem interested in leading NBPA, but players didn’t consider him

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Michele Roberts has an excellent reputation as a litigator, and she’s experienced in labor law.

But if there’s a question about the National Basketball Players Association’s new executive director, it’s her lack of experience with the NBA.

That’s not an issue for agent Arn Tellem. His clients, according to RealGM, include:

  • Russell Westbrook
  • Derrick Rose
  • DeAndre Jordan
  • Al Horford
  • Pau Gasol
  • Marc Gasol
  • LaMarcus Aldridge

Yet, he was willing to give up representing them as an agent to represent their union.

Nate Jones:

Jones works for Goodwin Sports Management, a rival agency. So, he’s in position to hear rumblings about this sort of thing. But he’s also closer to the situation than might be ideal for spreading information.

Still, Tellem would have made a very interesting executive director. If he committed to the role, I have little doubt he would have helped the players.

However, if he just temporarily took the position, crafted policy to help agents and then returned to his agency, the players would have suffered. I can see why they’d be leery.

Now that they’re going with Roberts, they’ll need to surround her with people more up-to-date on the specifics of NBA business. It’s not an issue the union would have had with Tellem, though Roberts’ outsider status might be a positive in the long run.

Report: Donatas Motiejunas no-shows physical after Rockets match Nets’ offer

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The Nets’ signed Rockets restricted free agent Donatas Motiejunas to an offer sheet. Houston elected to match.

Case closed?

Hardly.

Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle:

Houston has a right to demand Motiejunas undergo a physical within two days of exercising its matching rights, which it did yesterday. Motiejunas is requires to answer questions truthfully and supply requested medical information.

If Motiejunas fails to meet those requirements, he hangs in limbo until the Rockets decide his fate.

At any time between now and March 1, they could elect to undo their offer-sheet match. That would invalidate Motiejunas’ offer sheet and make him a restricted free agent again, and the Nets couldn’t sign him for a year. On March 2, the same effect will become automatic.

I don’t see what Motiejunas gains by not reporting. If he fails his Houston physical, he’d go to Brooklyn on the terms of the offer sheet.

By not undergoing the physical, he goes nowhere.

Draymond Green, Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant team up for floor-is-lava alley-oop (video)

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Klay Thompson might have had the huge game for the Warriors, but Draymond Green, Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant teamed up for the Warriors’ most spectacular play against the Pacers.

Once Green released his long outlet pass, the ball travelled three-quarters of the court and into the basket without a player touching it and the floor simultaneously.

Here’s another angle:

Dwight Powell obliterates Cody Zeller on alley-oop (video)

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Andrew Bogut patting Cody Zeller on the head, even if unintentional, was the perfect response to Dwight Powell dunking on the Hornets center.

There, there, Cody. It’ll be OK.

At least Charlotte got a 109-101 win over the Mavericks.

Stephen Curry dumps ice on mid-interview Klay Thompson, who says ‘I’m still hot’ (video)

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Klay Thompson scored an incredible 60 points in 29 minutes.

So, what did Stephen Curry do? Dump ice on his Warriors teammate during the post-game interview, of course.

That didn’t cool down Thompson, who’s probably still hot this morning.