Thabo Sefolosha was arrested early Wednesday morning during an incident with police following the stabbing of the Pacers’ Chris Copeland outside of a nightclub in New York City.
He was seen walking with a noticeable limp while police escorted him to be transported, and it appears as though the injury is one that will force him to miss the rest of the season.
From Shams Charania of RealGM:
Atlanta’s Thabo Sefolosha has been diagnosed with a broken ankle from NYPD incident early Wednesday, out for season, sources tell RealGM.
More specifically, Thabo Sefolosha has sustained a fractured tibia in his leg, league sources tell RealGM. MRIs ongoing on other damages.
Sefolosha missed 23 games for the Hawks earlier this year due to a calf strain, but had returned to the lineup recently, and appeared in his team’s last seven consecutive contests before sitting out Wednesday’s win over the Nets.
Sefolosha averaged 5.3 points and 4.3 rebounds in 18.8 minutes per contest for Atlanta this season, but his impact is made on the defensive end of the floor, and could be sorely missed should the top-seeded Hawks advance deep into the postseason.
NBA players have agents primarily to get them the best possible deals when contract time comes, but evidently they can also serve another purpose — to act as a professional cheerleader under the right set of circumstances.
That’s the role the agent for Gerald Green played recently, after Suns head coach Jeff Hornacek had some critical remarks ready when asked to explain why Green has occasionally slipped out of the rotation entirely, after being a consistent part of it since the beginning of last season.
From Sean Deveney of Sporting News:
“It’s completely unfair to misrepresent Gerald and his game like this,” Kevin Bradbury of BDA Sports told Sporting News. “You’re talking about a player that wants to win at any cost and is a tremendous locker guy and teammate. I don’t see the benefit for the coach to go about things this way.” …
“The numbers show pretty clearly that Gerald is not the terrible defensive player he is being made out to be,” Bradbury said. “The Suns played him a lot last year, they liked what he brought, when he was rolling, the team was rolling, and no one was out there complaining about his defense.
“It’s unfortunate because the team isn’t where some people thought it would or should be at this point in the season. I’m not sure why that falls on one guy all of a sudden, especially when they have known all along what they have with Gerald. He can score, and can score a lot quickly, when you give him the minutes. He brings it on the defensive end, consistent with what the team brings as a unit. But when you hear the coach saying he is so bad that he can’t be on the floor? That’s nonsense. You have to wonder where that comes from and why.”
Even if all of what Bradbury says here is true, his words lose credibility because he’s essentially one of Green’s employees. What’s he going to do, come out publicly and say he sees what Hornacek sees?
Obviously, that wouldn’t be very good for business.
The players will vote on their own set of awards this season, which was something instituted by union executive director Michele Roberts at least partly because it’s something the players want.
The bigger reason for this is Roberts’ desire to continue to gain support among players in advance of the next round of collective bargaining agreement negotiations, and players have made it clear that there’s an increasing level of disdain for the media, who vote on the league’s official end-of-season awards.
LeBron James weighed in on this new development, and gave his opinion on this year’s MVP race, as well. He wasn’t shy about who he would vote for if given the chance.
From Brian Windhorst of ESPN.com:
“Guys are going to be able to recognize the guys they play against every night and what they do for their franchises,” LeBron James, who recently was elected as vice president of the union, said Wednesday. …
“The media has done a great job every single year picking the awards. But us players get to see the guys every single day, so it’s a longer conversation.”
James said that players can’t vote for themselves for awards. But who would his vote be for MVP this year?
“Myself,” James said.
LeBron’s response shouldn’t come as any surprise.
Stephen Curry said the same thing earlier this season, before ultimately going with James once he removed himself from the conversation.
The Bucks unveiled three renderings of a proposed new arena and entertainment district that the team hopes to develop in downtown Milwaukee.
From the official release:
These conceptual images are an important step in the process as Bucks ownership continues to present their preferred site and vision to public officials, whose partnership is necessary for the proposed development.
The images depict early conceptual drawings of a new multi-purpose venue and entertainment district that anchor an ambitious new development vision activated by sports, entertainment, residential and office uses. The proposed site, which primarily sits between Fourth Street and Sixth Street from State Street to McKinley Avenue, will seamlessly link with active development on all sides, including Old World Third Street, Schlitz Park, The Brewery, the Milwaukee riverfront, Water Street and the Wisconsin Center.
The vision is for an arena designed for maximum flexibility and year-round use. A dynamic entertainment district will serve as a destination that draws the people of the region together for unforgettable experiences and a place people will love to gather for generations to come.
“We’re not just trying to build a new home for the Milwaukee Bucks, but create a 365-day attraction for Wisconsin residents that will help revitalize downtown Milwaukee,” said Bucks president Peter Feigin. “We’re excited to share this glimpse of our vision for the future as we continue to work with our local and state partners to arrive at a viable plan. This collective effort will create a ripple effect of growth, development and transformation for the entire community and region.”
The part about year-round use is important to emphasize, because the club is seeking public funding for the project which has not yet been secured. In the meantime, enjoy the photos — one of which appears to show two kids wearing Hawks jerseys in its bottom left corner, for some reason.
Prosecutors in Arizona are reviewing a case submitted by police that accuses Suns’ players Markieff Morris and Marcus Morris of committing felony aggravated assault.
It’s important to note that the police have made no arrests, and no charges have yet been filed.
The details, from Matthew Casey of the Arizona Republic:
Phoenix police say Marcus and Markieff Morris put those words into action when they and three others committed felony aggravated assault against a man the 25-year-old twins learned had sent “inappropriate” text messages to their mother.
Police have made no arrests and no charges have been filed. A spokesman for the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office confirmed Tuesday afternoon that prosecutors are continuing to review the case submitted by police.
For their part, the Morris twins have denied assaulting the reported victim, whom they also claim not to know, and their mother denies having been in contact with the man on the day of the incident, though authorities found evidence to the contrary, the police report shows.
“The Phoenix Suns are aware of an investigation by the Phoenix Police Department of an alleged assault,” Suns president of basketball operations Lon Babby said in an official release. “We have no information beyond what has been alleged in the police report and therefore have no further comment on the matter at this time. Our organization will closely monitor developments as the legal process unfolds.”