Author: Dan Feldman

Pelicans waive Jimmer Fredette

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The Pelicans are still injury-riddled, but after signing Jimmer Fredette with a hardship exemption, this might mean someone is returning.

Pelicans release:

The New Orleans Pelicans announced today that the team has waived guard Jimmer Fredette.

It’s also possible New Orleans just wants to try a different player with its 16th roster spot, though the possibilities are not mutually exclusive. One returning player would probably still allow the Pelicans to claim a hardship.

Fredette played just 13 minutes in four games and didn’t do much of note. If he returns to the D-League, the Westchester Knicks still hold his rights.

DeMarcus Cousins suspended one game for elbowing Al Horford’s head

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DeMarcus Cousins elbowed Al Horford‘s head, and the Kings center got away with it during the game.

But the league noticed.

NBA release:

Sacramento Kings forward DeMarcus Cousins has been suspended one game without pay for hitting Atlanta Hawks forward Al Horford in the head with a forearm, it was announced today by Kiki VanDeWeghe, Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations.

The incident occurred with 2:00 remaining in the first quarter of the Hawks’ 103-97 win over the Kings on Wednesday, Nov. 18 at Philips Arena.

Cousins will serve his suspension tonight when the Kings face the Miami Heat at 7:30 p.m. ET at AmericanAirlines Arena.

Cousins probably should’ve been tossed during the game, but the league got the final call right.

If you’re a Comcast subscriber in Northern California, you can stream tonight’s Kings-Heat game here.

Kobe Bryant: ‘If something doesn’t change, this is it for me’

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A couple weeks ago, Kobe Bryant said, if asked then, he’d retire after this season. But the Lakers star left the door open for a return.

Since, Kobe has said he could barely stand after a game – and that was just his second game in the previous week.

Need another clue about Kobe’s plan?

Frank Isola of the New York Daily News (hat tip: Darius Soriano of Forum Blue & Gold):

We can debate Kobe’s effectiveness, but at least the baseline is established – and it’s difficult to see room for major improvement. It typically goes only one direction for 37-year-olds.

I think Kobe wants to avoid the pomp and circumstance of a farewell tour. The best way he can control that is not formally announcing his pending retirement. That way, teams can’t reasonably honor him when he visits them.

So, Kobe will keep dropping these strong hints rather than explicitly saying he’ll retire.

There’s always a chance he returns for another season, but at this point, we should take the hint.

Frank Kaminsky: I think Michael Jordan would beat me one-on-one


Michael Jordan said he was pretty sure he could beat some current Hornets one-on-one.

Frank Kaminsky agrees with the team’s owner, and the rookie points the finger at himself.

Kaminsky on The Dan Patrick Show:

Patrick: “You think you could take him one-on-one?”

Kaminsky: “No. I wouldn’t want to try.”

Patrick: “You don’t want to beat one of your heroes. Is that what you’re saying?”

Kaminsky: “No. I’m actually saying the opposite. I don’t want to lose.”

Patrick: “Now, he thinks he could beat you.”

Kaminsky: “I think he could beat me, too.”

If a 52-year-old Jordan can beat Kaminsky, that’s a problem for Kaminsky – and Jordan by extension. The Hornets owner rejected a loaded trade offer from the Celtics to draft Kaminsky. Charlotte has paid a huge opportunity cost for Kaminsky.

I’ll give Kaminsky the benefit of the doubt that he was just flattering his boss.

On an unrelated note, have you read Kurt’s excellent breakdown of last night’s games?