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Kelly Oubre Jr. tries, fails to pronounce Giannis Antetokounmpo (video)

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President Barack Obama isn’t the only one in Washington who can’t pronounce Giannis Antetokounmpo.

After the Wizards’ 107-101 win over the Bucks yesterday, Washington forward Kelly Oubre Jr. took his shot.

Chase Hughes of CSN Mid-Atlantic:

After stammering a couple times, Oubre settled for the Greek Freak’s first name – but pronounced it Jee-an-iss.

It’s actually Yahn-iss.

Draymond Green calls DeMarcus Cousins ‘best big man in the game, hands down’


The last time we checked in on the DeMarcus CousinsDraymond Green relationship, Cousins was leading Team USA’s jokes about Green’s revealing Snapchat snafu.

Green was far more cordial when asked about Cousins after the Warriors’ win over the Kings yesterday.

Green on Cousins, via CSN Bay Area:

He’s incredible. He can score the ball.

I think DeMarcus is the best center in the game. I think a lot of times, people try to – a lot of times, people don’t give him that credit. And a part of it is they try to downplay his status because of his reputation or getting technical fouls or things like that.

He is the best big man in the game, hands down.

And it’s always interesting to watch, interesting to play against, interesting to play with. Because he’s so incredibly talented. He’s skilled. He can shoot the 3 now. Over the last couple years, he’s added that to his game. He’s always really had the mid-range. He’s taking guys off the dribble, he’s pushing to full-court, getting to the hole, getting and-ones, just going to the post. I mean, he’s dominant, and he’s an incredible player. And he continues to get better year-in and year-out, regardless of what credit people try to take take from him or try not to necessarily give him.

He’s the best five. He’s the best center in the game, the best big man in the game, period.

Best big man in the NBA? Maybe.

Hands down? No.

Cousins is in the mix with Anthony Davis, Marc Gasol and Rudy Gobert. I’d lean toward Davis, but you could credibly argue any of the four.

Pistons bench frantically shows Boban Marjanovic how to defend Trail Blazers’ final possession (video)

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The Pistons brought Boban Marjanovic cold off the bench to defend the Trail Blazers’ final possession. With 0.2 seconds left, Portland, by rule, could only tip in – not catch-and-shoot – a shot. So, the 7-foot-3 Marjanovic had to do nothing but block the path between the inbound passer and the rim.

Watch how passionately Detroit’s bench communicates Marjanovic’s role to him. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, who just put the Pistons up with a 3-pointer, is particularly enthusiastic.

I suppose, you could say everyone was telling him how to form a f—ing wall.

Report: Mike Dunleavy reporting to Hawks

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Mike Dunleavy – sent from the Cavaliers to the Hawks in the Kyle Korver trade – refused to report to Atlanta.

Apparently, the standoff has ended.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

I’m not sure what Dunleavy expected. He knew the Hawks wanted him, and Budenholzer runs the front office and coaches the team. The Hawks wanting him was synonymous with Budenholzer wanting him.

Perhaps, something else – like the threat of fines for not reporting – factored.

Atlanta likely wants Dunleavy for two reasons (in no particular order):

1. He provides depth as the team continues to play for playoff position.

2. His salary could be useful in another trade.

No. 1 could change if they trade Paul Millsap and/or Thabo Sefolosha, but the Hawks are 21-16 and fourth in the East. They have a little buffer to remain in the postseason race.

If Atlanta falls and doesn’t re-deal Dunleavy, a buyout is always possible after the trade deadline.

First, he’ll try to make it work with the Hawks.

NBA fines Jordan Clarkson for forearming Goran Dragic


The brouhaha between Jordan Clarkson and Goran Dragic is going to cost… Clarkson.

NBA release:

Los Angeles Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson has been fined $15,000 for throwing a forearm above the shoulders to Miami Heat guard Goran Dragic, it was announced today by Kiki VanDeWeghe, Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations.

The incident occurred with 5:29 remaining in the third quarter of the Lakers’ 127-100 win over the Heat on Jan. 6 at Staples Center.

Though unsaid, this probably includes the resulting skirmish between the players. That amplified the incident into one that the NBA examined closely.