Author: Brett Pollakoff

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Doc Rivers, Steve Kerr trade verbal jabs before Warriors beat Clippers


The Clippers and the Warriors don’t like each other, and while things have been relatively tame on the court this season, there’s been a constant stream of comments that’s flowed from both sides.

It all began after an incident where L.A.’s Dahntay Jones bumped Draymond Green during a postgame interview. Jones was fined by the league, Doc Rivers mocked Green’s lack of toughness, Green responded by saying “Cool story, Glenn,” and then briefly sold t-shirts that displayed his newly-found catch phrase.

Most of the rhetoric has been centered around Green, and the latest round of sparring between Rivers and Steve Kerr once again used him as the starting point.

From J.A. Adande and Arash Markazi of

The latest bit of verbal jousting came before the Clippers fell to the Warriors 110-106 on Tuesday night at Staples Center. Rivers, the second-year coach of the Clippers, said he could understand why Draymond Green, who has inflammation in his shins, wasn’t playing in the fourth and final meeting of the season between the two teams.

“That was pretty predictable; they didn’t want to take the risk of going 2-2 [in the season series] with their regular guys,” Rivers said. “You could pretty much predict they weren’t going to play everybody.”

“Oh, is that right?” Kerr, in his first year as Warriors coach, said with a chuckle when Rivers’ quote was relayed to him. “Either that or we have a nine-game lead and a couple guys banged up. Somewhere in there.”

The great thing about this ongoing war of words is that it remains, for the most part, good-natured. There’s nothing mean-spirited being said, and the constant back-and-forth only serves to increase the entertainment value surrounding the games between these two teams.

There’s still plenty to be sorted out where the Western Conference playoff picture is concerned. But if the Clippers remain in the 4-5 matchup, and if they can advance, we’ll get to see them face the Warriors in the second round for what would surely be a glorious seven-game series.

Kevin Durant says he’d ‘love to’ stay with Thunder his entire career, wants his jersey retired in OKC

Oklahoma City Thunder Kevin Durant and Kendrick Perkins Read To Achieve

Kevin Durant underwent successful bone graft surgery on Tuesday, and the timetable for him to return to basketball activities has been set at 4-6 months.

The foot fracture he suffered during the preseason never quite healed properly, and the injury limited him to appearing in just 27 games this season, which essentially removed the Thunder from the list of title contenders despite Russell Westbrook’s MVP-like emergence.

Even if Durant takes the full six months to recover — and he should, to make absolutely sure the issue is behind him for good — that would still have him ready for the start of training camp in advance of next season. The 2015-16 campaign is a monumental one for the Thunder franchise, because how it ends could help determine whether or not Durant decides to re-sign as an unrestricted free agent when it’s finished.

At the moment, however, Durant seems to be pleased with life in OKC.

From Royce Young of

“I love it here, man. I love my teammates, I love the city, I don’t really think about anywhere else,” Durant told Revolt TV in a recent interview. “I hear it all the time, don’t get me wrong, and once you hear it you’re kind of like [looks up, thinking]. But for me, I love staying in the moment, and I’m one of those guys that would love to stick it out with one team my whole career.

“Kobe [Bryant], Tim Duncan, Dirk Nowitzki type. That’s awesome,” he said. “But you never know what the future holds sometimes and how teams may feel about you after a while, but I love it here and I would love to get my jersey retired here.”

The qualifier there is important, because a year from now, if a healthy Thunder team can’t contend for a title as planned, then Durant would have every reason to question whether or not he wants to try his luck in a new situation — like Washington, perhaps.

But there are simply too many variables in play to read anything into this latest round of remarks.

Chris Paul posts self-mocking meme after getting crossed over by Stephen Curry


Sometimes we may think that athletes live their lives in a vacuum, insulated from the Internet nonsense that surrounds them and the games they play.

But just like the rest of us, they have friends that will get in touch when everyone is talking about (or in this case mocking) a particular play they might be featured in — like this one, for example.

Stephen Curry did Chris Paul about as dirty as possible on that play, but hey, what are you going to do? Paul is an above average defender at the point guard position, but Curry’s handles were simply to ridiculous to deal with during this one crazy sequence.

Afterward, people got all kinds of creative posting pictures of Paul falling down in various hilarious situations. And eventually, Paul got in on the fun himself.

“Hey @kevinhart4real out of the 8 you sent me, this was the funniest one!! Now relax lol #GotMe #GottaLaughAtYourself” is what Paul posted to his Instagram page, along with the accompanying image.


Good on Paul for not taking himself too seriously.

[via Larry Brown Sports]

Mario Chalmers hits from beyond half court to beat the buzzer (VIDEO)

Milwaukee Bucks v Miami Heat

Sometimes, it’s better to be lucky than good.

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I’m not saying that this wasn’t a skillful shot from Mario Chalmers, who swished it home from beyond half court to beat the halftime buzzer against the Spurs.

But we can all agree that it’s a low-percentage look.

LeBron says he’s ‘got three very good friends in this league,’ none play for the Cavaliers

Lebrion James, Dwyane Wade

When Kevin Love admitted that he and LeBron James “aren’t best friends” and that they don’t hang out regularly, some outside the team wanted to read into it more than they should.

Love has struggled to fit in consistently on the court with this Cavaliers team, and the fact that he wasn’t tight personally with its best player caused further speculation that he might bolt in free agency once the season is finished.

But all of that is pure nonsense.

The fact is that players on a given team don’t have to be all that close to be successful, and James himself essentially confirmed as much when stating that he only has three good friends in the league — none of whom play for the Cavaliers.

From Joe Vardon of

“People get so infatuated with the best of friends, things of that nature,” James said. “First of all, I’ve got three very good friends in this league, and that’s Carmelo (Anthony), and that’s C.P. (Chris Paul), and that’s D-Wade. And after that I have a bunch of teammates. I have guys I ride for every day.

“But Kyrie is a guy I understand how important he is to this team, how important he is. And the same with Kev as well.”

Love may never get to where James and Irving are now as friends. Both James and Love agreed that whether or not that ever happens isn’t important – it’s if the Cavs win that matters.

And that’s it exactly.

Love is likely to re-up with the Cavaliers on a new deal this summer, but if something causes him to choose to do otherwise, the lack of a friendship with James will be the least of those reasons.

The main thing that could push Love away would be the Cavaliers suffering an earlier-than-expected playoff loss, while his role was marginalized at the very same time. Only then would he be truly motivated to consider playing anywhere else.