Author: Brett Pollakoff

New York Knicks v Atlanta Hawks

Hawks’ DeMarre Carroll says he will ‘most definitely’ consider Knicks as a free agent this summer


DeMarre Carroll has bounced around a bit to begin his NBA career, now playing for his fifth team in his sixth professional season.

But he seems to have found a home with the Atlanta Hawks.

Carroll has started all but one game since joining the Hawks in advance of last season, and is a key member of a team that has over-achieved to win 60 games and will finish the year at the top of the Eastern Conference standings.

Atlanta would probably like to do what it can to keep Carroll in the fold, but he’ll be an unrestricted free agent this summer, trying to get his first high-dollar, long-term deal secured. That means he won’t be ruling out any potential suitors at this early stage of things, which, of course, includes the New York Knicks.

From Marc Berman of the New York Post:

“Most definitely,’’ Carroll said when asked if the Knicks would be a high consideration.“When guys talk about playing in certain places — they talk about Madison Square Garden and Staples Center. Those two places. New York has a lot to offer but at the end of the season, I’ll let my agent do that. We’ll keep our options and hopefully it will work out for the best.’’

This should not come across as shocking or controversial that Carroll would comment on a specific team or city in advance of free agency, while he’s still under contract with the Hawks. It isn’t breaking news that players covet the ability to play in large markets like New York or Los Angeles, or even smaller but more attractive ones like Miami.

The reality is that Carroll would have answered similarly if he was asked about Sacramento or Minnesota, which are among the league’s least desirable cities. As a free agent looking to maximize his earning potential, there isn’t a single option worth ruling out until the negotiations have begun in earnest.

Thabo Sefolosha says his season-ending injury was caused by police

Thabo Sefolosha

Thabo Sefolosha of the Atlanta Hawks suffered a season-ending injury last week, during an incident with police that resulted in his arrest.

While Sefolosha wouldn’t get into the specifics of what occurred, he did say that the injury was one that was caused by police in a statement issued by the team on Tuesday.

“I would like to begin by expressing my gratitude to my family and friends, the Hawks organization and my teammates. This has been a difficult time for me and I truly appreciate the support I have received from everyone. I am extremely disappointed that I will not be able to join my teammates on the court during the playoffs and apologize to them for any distraction this incident has caused.  I will be cheering for them every step of the way and will be diligent in my rehabilitation.

“On advice of counsel, I hope you can appreciate that I cannot discuss the facts of the case. Those questions will be answered by my attorney in a court of law.  I will simply say that I am in great pain, have experienced a significant injury and that the injury was caused by the police.”

While the union for the players is investigating the incident, it’s gone away relatively quietly, all things considered. Imagine if a player like Stephen Curry or LeBron James, for example, had their season similarly ended during an incident with law enforcement — the discussion would be endless, and would never leave the news cycle.

The Internal Affairs bureau of the NYPD is reportedly interested in interviewing Sefolosha “as a complaining witness,” according to That may be the next step in the process, but it’s unlikely to be the final one when there are criminal and civil matters that will eventually need to be sorted out.

The top-seeded Hawks will open the playoffs at home this weekend, most likely against either the Indiana Pacers or the Brooklyn Nets.

Kings rookie Nik Stauskas doesn’t own a car, so teammates ‘popcorned’ his house (VIDEO)


The popcorn prank has been a long-standing tradition in the NBA, and while it’s usually reserved for rookies and their vehicles, when no car is available, veterans will find a way to improvise.

For Kings rookie Nik Stauskas (a.k.a. Sauce Castillo), not only does he not own a car, but he doesn’t even possess a driver’s license. That didn’t stop DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay from leading the charge into Stauskas’ house, and making sure that a healthy dose of popcorn was sprinkled everywhere in sight.

George Karl, current head coach of DeMarcus Cousins: ‘I’ve never had one player that I have said is untradeable’

Atlanta Hawks v Sacramento Kings

DeMarcus Cousins squeaked onto the All-Star team this year, after a couple of players who were initially selected were forced to drop out due to injury.

It was undoubtedly his best NBA season, with career-high averages in points (24.1), rebounds (12.7), assists (3.6) and blocked shots (1.7) — although at least a small portion of his success can be chalked up to putting up big numbers as the best player on one of the league’s worst teams.

Still, Cousins is viewed by most as one of the game’s best emerging big men, and one capable of being the centerpiece of a winning franchise for years to come. The Kings know this, and aren’t going to be shopping him in trade anytime soon. But Sacramento head coach George Karl says that no player in his mind is untradeable — and presumably, that philosophy would extend to Cousins.

From Bill Herenda of

“I think we can make a big step next year. As an organization, we have to be aware of what if? What if we get offered (a good trade)? What if? That’s Pete and Vlade’s (Divac) area of expertise.” …

“I’ve had some great players and I’ve never had one player that I have said is untradeable,” Karl added. “You always got to be ready for the possibility of a great trade that could come your way.”

Cousins is the current face of the Kings franchise, but Karl is correct in saying that all players should be available, if the price is right.

Of course, for a team to pry Cousins away at this point would require an offer that would seem almost comical in its one-sided nature on the surface — something in the realm of two or three future first round draft picks, including a number one overall selection, and maybe some affordable role-players or lower-level stars, as well.

Cousins has a desirable skill set, but mentally hasn’t yet shown he can stay focused for an entire season. Plenty of the blame for that falls on the Sacramento organization, and the lack of competency with which it’s been run. And that doesn’t mean teams wouldn’t be interested in him should the Kings, at some point, decide to start sniffing around.

LeBron James tops list of NBA’s most popular jerseys for sixth consecutive season

Maccabi Tel Aviv v Cleveland Cavaliers

The NBA released its ranking of most popular jerseys for the 2014-15 season, and for the sixth straight year, LeBron James topped the list.

Rankings are based on overall retail sales on since the beginning of the season.

Top 15 Most Popular NBA Jerseys:                                   

1.      LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers

2.      Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors

3.      Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers

4.      Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder

5.      Derrick Rose, Chicago Bulls

6.      Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers

7.      Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs

8.      Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks

9.      Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat

10.  Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers

11.  Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers

12.  Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder

13.  John Wall, Washington Wizards

14.  Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks

15.  Chris Paul, Los Angeles Clippers

A few surprises here:

– James Harden is having an otherworldly season that has him neck-and-neck with Stephen Curry in a two-man MVP race, yet he’s noticeably absent from the list, perhaps due to his foul-drawing ways not always being aesthetically pleasing.

–  Russell Westbrook has had a similarly insane season, yet teammate Kevin Durant — who was limited in appearing in only 27 games due to injury — finished eight spots ahead of him on the list.

– Legacy guys like Kobe Bryant and Carmelo Anthony finished third and eighth respectively, despite appearing in just 35 and 40 games respectively this season.

The team merchandise list is interesting, too, mainly because the Knicks and the Lakers are in the midst of their worst seasons in franchise history, yet fans still had no problem buying up their gear at a volume higher than that which was sold by 23 of the league’s 30 franchises.

Top 10 Most Popular Team Merchandise:

1.      Chicago Bulls

2.      Cleveland Cavaliers

3.      Golden State Warriors

4.      Los Angeles Lakers

5.      Oklahoma City Thunder

6.      San Antonio Spurs

7.      New York Knicks

8.      Miami Heat

9.      Boston Celtics

10.  Los Angeles Clippers