Author: Dan Feldman

Marcus Smart, falling back, launches full-court assist to Avery Bradley (video)


Marcus Smart must have a lot of confidence in his teammates to throw this pass without fearing the opponent would win the race to the ball.

Oh, the Celtics were playing the Rockets.

D-League president: Minor league could expand to 30 teams within five years

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The Nets, Bulls and Hornets will get D-League affiliates next season, leaving just eight NBA teams without an affiliate:

  • Atlanta Hawks
  • Denver Nuggets
  • Los Angeles Clippers
  • Milwaukee Bucks
  • Minnesota Timberwolves
  • New Orleans Pelicans
  • Portland Trail Blazers
  • Washington Wizards

D-League president Malcolm Turner expects that list to fall by eight shortly.

Jeff Zillgitt of USA TODAY:

The league is moving closer to a 30-for-30 model that would provide each NBA team with its own D-League team, and Turner told USA TODAY Sports that’s a realistic goal within the next five years.

“All those NBA teams who currently don’t have a D-League team, we’re in active conversations with all of them,” Turner said. “Each team is at varying stages in terms of interest, and we’re trying to prioritize actionable interest and opportunities we can act on now. …

“We’re already working on the pipeline of opportunities for ’17-’18 and beyond. One of the reasons we’re focused on them so far in advance is 30-for-30 is our No. 1 initiative and we feel like we’re now within striking distance of achieving that goal.”

A 30-team D-League looks inevitable, and it should bring plenty of related changes:

  • NBA teams could hold the NBA rights of all players on their D-League affiliate.
  • D-League salaries could increase if players relinquish their freedom to sign with any team and if fans are more drawn to a league that mirrors the NBA’s 30 teams.
  • The NBA draft could expand to stock D-League rosters.

With the D-League likely to reach 30 teams so soon, Adam Silver and Michele Roberts should add these issues to negotiations now.

Khloe Kardashian: Lamar Odom doesn’t know how brain injury occurred, I can’t tell him

Khloe Kardashian, Lamar Odom

Lamar Odom reportedly overdosed after taking multiple drugs last month, causing a stroke and putting the former NBA player in a coma.

His not-yet-ex wife Khloe Kardashian provided an update.

Kardashian on the Ellen show:

We tell him he had a brain injury. I can’t tell him how that brain injury was caused, because it will set him back.

He’s never asked why he’s here. He’s never asked. Yeah, no, he’s never asked.

He’s really confused a lot, so we have to remind him. Every day is different.

She also addressed the James Harden of it all:

I have a great boyfriend, who’s been very understanding.

It’s definitely a very unique situation, to say the least.

Even if Odom recovers – which is probably a relative term – he faces more problems.

Associated Press:

On Monday, a prosecutor said her office is considering a felony drug charge against Odom after he was found unconscious at a Nevada brothel.

Nye County District Attorney Angela Bello said the sheriff’s office submitted the potential charge last week, and a prosecutor is considering filing a count of unlawful use of cocaine or being under the influence of a controlled substance. Bello declined to discuss details of what is expected to be a weeks-long investigation by her office.

Authorities investigating a possible cocaine overdose by Odom got a warrant Oct. 13 to take a blood sample while he was hospitalized in critical condition after a weekend at the Love Ranch brothel in Crystal, Nevada.

Kawhi Leonard starts fastbreak, finishes it on Mason Plumlee (video)

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Is there an area of the court where Kawhi Leonard doesn’t excel?

Defense? Check.

Ball-handling? Check.

Passing? Check.

Running the court? Check.

Finishing? Check-plus.

Jimmy Butler reaches back to slam Pau Gasol oop (video)

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Jimmy Butler had a spectacular defensive play last night, blocking Paul George‘s game-winning attempt.

Butler produced offensive theatrics, too – reaching back to finish this Pau Gasol lob.

(via CSN Chicago)