Author: Dan Feldman

Mirza Teletovic throws ball off Anthony Davis’ face, makes 3-pointer (video)

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I’ve argued players should more often throw the ball off unsuspecting opponents to gain position.

Throwing the ball off Anthony Davis‘ face and then shooting a 3-pointer? That’s a little more chutzpah than I had in mind.

I don’t think Mirza Teletovic did that intentionally, but it sure worked.

Deron Williams drives past Russell Westbrook for dunk like it’s 2008 (video)

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In 2007, Deron Williams was emerging as one of the NBA’s best point guards – blending athleticism and ball skills for the Utah Jazz. Russell Westbrook was still at UCLA.

This dunk would’ve made sense then.

Now? Not even seeing it makes me believe it actually happened.

This was William’s first dunk since the 2013-14 season.

Sergey Karasev denies reported trade request, including one implied by his dad

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The Nets declined Sergey Karasev‘s 2016-17 team option, and he has played just six minutes this season.

Karasev’s dad in SovSport, as translated by Nets Daily:

“It’s totally confusing,” said Vasily Karasev, once one of Russia’s best players and now coach of Zenit in the Russian basketball league. “Sergey is totally healthy. But the coach seems to be thinking something different: he said that he does not see Sergey as part of the team. Based on what I’ve seen personally – the team is in total disarray. If I went there myself – even that would be better. The team has no game.”

“Sergey is starting to discuss trade scenarios. He’s a young guy (22), he has to play. He feels that he’s fully rehabbed, that his health is good. So to sit on the bench for a whole year is just not acceptable,” said Vasily Karasev

“I do not understand how a player who last year went out and started 16 games and helped his team win, can be permanently benched and not play just based on the coach’s whim. I do not know, maybe there are some political reasons.”

Nets Daily:

A league source confirmed that Karasev would like to be traded.

Mike Mazzeo of ESPN:

On the other hand…

Karasev, via Brian Lewis of the New York Post:

“My dad, he’s my biggest fan, so he has his own opinion. I can’t control what he says to the press. A lot of people want that I play, especially back home in Russia, so they have their own opinion,’’ Karasev said at morning shootaround before a game against the Celtics. “I’m with the Nets. I love this organization, I like Coach Hollins, so I just keep working hard. I’m just with this team right now. All my focus, all my mind is to win the game. That’s why I’m here.’’

Karasev can distance himself from his dad’s comments, but that doesn’t change the situation at hand. The Nets wouldn’t even exercise his modest $2,463,754 team option. If he somehow starts playing better, they can’t exceed his option salary for him next season. They’re awful and still don’t deem him rotation-worthy

Why wouldn’t he want a trade?

No team will trade for him – short of it being part of a bigger package – without intending to give him more playing time. Plus, there’s at least an argument he could receive a larger salary next season .

Complaining publicly doesn’t help. It could tick off Lionel Hollins and put Karasev at risk of an NBA fine.

So, Karasev is saying the right things.

But it’d be completely understandable if he’d welcome a deal.

Report: J.R. Smith accused of choking high schooler who mocked Smith’s trade from Knicks

CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 28: J.R. Smith #5 of the Cleveland Cavaliers during the Cleveland Cavaliers media day at Cleveland Clinic Courts on September 28, 2015 in Independence, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

The Knicks traded J.R. Smith to the Cavaliers in January. He returned to New York last week to criticize Phil Jackson and play the Knicks.

Early in the morning before the 7:30 p.m. game, he reportedly got into a confrontation.

Shayna Jacobs and Rocco Parascandola of the New York Daily News:

Smith has been accused of choking a 19-year-old high school student in Chelsea after the younger man quipped about the hoopster’s trade to Cleveland.

Smith, 30, has not been arrested in connection to the alleged incident outside Artichoke Basille’s Pizza about 4 a.m. on Nov. 13 at W. 17th St. and Tenth Ave.

The teen, Justin Brown, who wears braces and hails from Harlem, was with pals who chided Smith for ignoring their fan request for a photo.

Smith is seen on a cell phone video walking away from the group, sources said.

“That’s why New York kicked you out, yo!” Brown remarked.

Brown told cops that after the verbal brush, Smith, who is 6-foot-6 and 225 pounds, checked him against the exterior of the building and put his hands around Brown’s neck, police sources said.

Alex Spiro, a lawyer for Smith, said the claims against the athlete are unfounded.

It seems there are witnesses who could corroborate either story. If that cell phone video continues, it could be particularly telling.