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Glen Davis to Austin Rivers: ‘Your father gave you your money’


Austin Rivers described former Clippers teammate Glen Davis: “Constantly out of shape, late, don’t remember plays.”

Davis responded in a profane Instagram rant:

Hey Austin shut up please . @tmz_tv @undisputedonfs1 @austinjrivers @docrivers @laclippers @espn

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I’m in Hawaii minding my own bidness, and I look over on Undisupted and I see ole punk-a— Austin Rivers talking s—. C’mon, man. Yeah I might’ve been overweight – a little bit. Probably late for one or two practices. C’mon, man. Don’t know the plays? C’mon, bruh, you’re lying now, bruh. Now, you’re f—ing lying. C’mon now, man. Now, that’s a f—ing lie.

Second of all, your father gave you your money. How can you — like, don’t say (expletive) to me. Your father gave you your money. You ain’t work for it, motherf—er. Type of s—. I was there. I seen you at practice. You didn’t give a f—, thinking you all that wearing them tight-a— pants and, you know, your father gave you all that money, so you can go wear those tight-a— pants, but keep your f—ing mouth closed, man. Shut up, man. You’re a f—ing bum who’s been given the world. Shut up and just stay under your father.

Davis last played in 2015. Rivers played another season before signing his latest contract and had a career year. So, Davis’ recollection of Rivers in practice has limited relevance.

Rivers’ deal (worth more than $35 million over three years) is probably outsized for his production. But, capped out, the Clippers had no mechanism to replace him if he left. That, not his relationship with Doc Rivers, much better explains Austin’s salary. It’s the same reason an aging Jamal Crawford got so much (three years, $42 million) the same summer.

Facts aside, Davis is darned entertaining. I’m here for this feud.

Phoenix Suns with quality solar eclipse joke on Twitter

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With the cooler-than-I-expected solar eclipse on Monday came a lot of bad solar eclipse jokes on Twitter. Because that’s what Twitter does. Especially the NBA Twitterverse. We knew a lot of “where on the flat earth will Kyrie Irving watch the eclipse?” jokes were coming.

There were a couple of good ones, however.

Appropriately, the Phoenix Suns won the day.

One personal favorite here, an old meme that never goes out of style.

Report: Other small-market teams championing Pacers’ tampering allegation against Lakers

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The NBA, at the Pacers’ request, is investigating whether the Lakers tampered by making impressible contact with Paul George.

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In fact, there’s word that other small- and mid-market team officials have reached out to the Pacers and told them, “Good for you. Fight the good fight.”

Small-market teams whine too much about the disadvantages they face, but tampering isn’t really a market-size issue. Remember, under Mitch Kupchak, the Lakers were known as the only team that didn’t tamper.

The Lakers have advantages because George is from the area, and Los Angeles offers immense marketability. That’d be true whether or not they contacted George or his agent before he officially became a free agent.

I understand the desire to take down the big, bad Lakers – especially now that they appear poised to become truly big and bad again. But it’s hard to find a team that can cast a stone at them from anywhere other than a glass house.

Report: Clippers hiring ex-Cavaliers executive Trent Redden

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The power dynamics within the Clippers are shifting, and the ground apparently hasn’t settled yet.

Doc Rivers has been stripped of his presidency. Jerry West became a consultant. Lawrence Frank now holds the most prestigious title in the front office, and newly hired Michael Winger will report to him. Also falling under Frank in the organizational chart? Trent Redden.

Kevin Arnovitz of ESPN:

Longtime Cleveland Cavaliers executive Trent Redden will join the LA Clippers’ front-office staff as assistant general manager, league sources said on Monday.

Redden was ousted in Cleveland with David Griffin. He’ll help the Clippers simply by providing another capable executive. They’ve long needed to add front-office employees (and pay for them).

But Redden also exacerbates the issue of Frank’s underlings having far more front-office experience than him. As the Clippers try to establish their new setup, we’ll see whether that creates complications.

Warriors’ Steve Kerr: I expect to coach all season and for many years ahead

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Warriors coach Steve Kerr has missed significant time the last two seasons due to complications from back surgery.

Could those issues derail his career?

Kerr, via Scott Ostler of the San Francisco Chronicle:

“I fully expect to coach all year,” Kerr says in a no-nonsense tone. “That’s my expectation. And for many years to come.”

On the most basic level, it’d be good if Kerr feels well enough to coach. The headaches sound miserable, regardless of his job.

But it’d also be ideal if the NBA didn’t lose one of its best coaches just as he’s getting started. The 51-year-old Kerr might wind up the greatest coach of all time. Obviously that’s a long way off, but he has that potential – health permitting.