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Joel Embiid tries to dunk on Kristaps Porzingis, misses (video)

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Joel Embiid, relentless in trying to draw attention to himself, would’ve sent shockwaves through the basketball world by dunking on Kristaps Porzingis.

Embiid came up just a little short (though his 76ers didn’t).

NBA: James Harden got away with shooting foul against Hornets, preceding his fastbreak layup (video)


James Harden racked up the accolades for leading the Rockets to a 121-114 win over the Hornets on Tuesday.

But we might have told a different story if the game featured correct officiating down the stretch.

Harden got away with a shooting foul on Kemba Walker with two minutes left, according to the NBA’s Last Two Minute Report:

Harden (HOU) makes contact with Walker’s (CHA) arm that affects his driving shot attempt.

Not only did the missed call rob Walker – who’s shooting 83% from the line this season and 82% for his career – of two free throws, it sparked a Houston fastbreak. With Walker down, Harden pushed the ball ahead and used the Rockets’ 5-on-4 advantage and his individual mismatch to get a layup.

That’s potentially a four-point swing.

Houston’s lead once Charlotte began intentionally fouling? Three.

NBA: Pistons got away with key shooting foul in win over Trail Blazers

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The Pistons’ double-overtime win over the Trail Blazers on Sunday produced some fun moments in the second overtime – Kentavious Caldwell-Pope hitting the game-winning 3-pointer and Detroit’s bench showing Boban Marjanovic how to form a f—ing wall.

But with correct officiating down the stretch, perhaps the game would’ve ended in the first overtime – with a Portland victory.

Tobias Harris should’ve been called for a shooting foul on Mason Plumlee with 1:19 left in the first overtime, according to the NBA’s Last Two Minute Report:

Harris (DET) makes contact with Plumlee’s (POR) arm that affects his driving shot attempt.

Instead of Plumlee – who’s shooting 53% from the line this season and 57% for his career – getting two free throws, Reggie Jackson pushed the ball the other way. With Plumlee down on the court after contact, Jackson had a clearer path into the paint and got a layup.

That’s a big swing in a period that ended tied.

Plumlee got away with a non-shooting foul in the second overtime on contact that forced a Detroit backcourt violation and turnover. But, again, if the game were officiated correctly in crunch time, there might have never been a second overtime.

Still got game? Ice Cube’s 3-on-3 league will feature Allen Iverson, 4-pointers

Former NBA player Allen Iverson, left, shows his jersey as he poses with entertainer Ice Cube after they announced the launch of the BIG3, a new 3-on-3 professional basketball league, in New York, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017.  (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews

NEW YORK (AP) — Ice Cube and Allen Iverson are putting their star power behind a new 3-on-3 professional basketball league.

The entertainment mogul and NBA Hall of Famer announced the launch of Big3 on Wednesday morning at a news conference.

Teams comprised of former NBA stars will play its eight-game season in the summer starting June 24 with each week’s contests taking place in a different city with all eight teams playing each Saturday. It will finish with a two-week playoffs.

Chauncey Billups, Rashard Lewis and Kenyon Martin are some of the former NBA players who are committed to play in the league include. Gary Payton and George Gervin will serve as two of the coaches.

The games will be half-court and played to 60 points. Other highlights include a 4-point shot and a halftime show in between games two and three.

Did Derrick Rose consider retirement while away from Knicks? He says ‘hell no’

CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 25:  Derrick Rose #25 of the New York Knicks controls the ball against the Cleveland Cavaliers on October 25, 2016 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
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Derrick Rose admitted he was overwhelmed while AWOL – his excuse for not communicating his absence to the Knicks. He reportedly even considered retirement.

Of course, he denies that. Strongly.

Mike Vorkunov:

File this under: What else is he supposed to say?

If Rose wasn’t considering retirement, he wasn’t considering retirement.

If he was, he wouldn’t want to admit that. That’d be considered a sign of weakness for a player in his position – just 28 and headed toward free agency.

Rose was clearly dealing with something intense Monday, and being away from his son is known to weigh on him. It’s certainly possible Rose had the extreme thought of retirement in the moment.

But that doesn’t mesh with what we know of Rose (which obviously isn’t the entire picture). His entire image rooted in basketball, and he has worked his entire life to reach this level. That effort only increased after each of his serious injuries, as Rose has willed himself back onto the court again and again. That doesn’t seem like someone pondering retirement – but he also didn’t seem like someone who’d leave his team in the dark about his whereabouts during a game. We clearly don’t know everything about him (or any player, for that matter).

As Kurt warned, Rose won’t publicly share every detail of Monday, so he and the Knicks will leak explanations – true or not – that fit their desired narratives. The corollary: Others will leak to fit their agenda.

Rose embarrassed the Knicks. It wouldn’t be unthinkable if a member of the organization leaked this retirement story to embarrass Rose, whether it’s true or not.

Did Rose ponder retirement? I don’t know. But I know he denied it and is playing again. Even with the previous reports planting the idea, it’d still be a MAJOR shock if Rose retires anytime soon.