Kevin Garnett’s rift with the Timberwolves – specifically owner Glen Taylor – is still going strong.
Garnett, via Shlomo Sprung of Awful Announcing:
“I don’t want to be partners with Glen [Taylor], and I wouldn’t want to be partners with Glen in Minnesota,” he said. “I would love to be part of a group that buys him out and kind of removes him and go forward.”
Taylor recently said he’s not interested in selling the franchise. That could be a bargaining tactic, but at face value, Garnett isn’t getting involved anytime soon.
Garnett and Taylor could break the ice with a clearly joyous occasion, a simple number-retirement ceremony. But even that is too much for the two.
NBA general managers have discussed expanding the draft, but that would have to be collectively bargained. So, the real power brokers are the owners and players.
One owner is talking along the same lines.
Wizards owner Ted Leonsis – who announced Washington’s minor-league affiliate would be the fantastically named Capital City Go-Go – via Chase Hughes of NBC Sports Washington:
“I’m sure at some point there will be a change in the rules,” Leonsis explained. “Maybe the draft will get deeper and it will be very, very exciting where maybe one day if you can sign somebody out of high school or it’s a one-and-done world and the draft is deeper, then you put them on your G-League team and now you’re promoting and you’re saying go to St. Elizabeth’s and go watch our future.”
“You want the G-League to be the second-best basketball league in the world. Right now you would say that the AHL in hockey is the second-best hockey league in the world. That should be our goal as a league,” he said.
Once the NBA’s minor league inevitably expands to an affiliate for each parent club (plus maybe an additional squad), I’d like to see each NBA team control the rights of all players on its affiliate. Right now, only players on NBA contracts (including two-ways) and draft picks who rejected required tenders have their rights exclusively held. Most minor-league players are NBA free agents.
That’d drive interest in the minor league, as fans would have stronger connection to their favorite franchise’s players. It’d also lead to minor-league wage increases, because teams would value player control.
A deeper draft would be most logical way to fill those minor-league roster spots with players tied exclusively to a certain team.
The Pelicans blew a nine-point lead in the finale 3:30 of the fourth quarter in a 116-109 overtime loss to the Kings last night
Suffice it to say, New Orleans coach Alvin Gentry wasn’t pleased.
Trevor Ritchie of The Bird Writes:
They outplayed us in every phase of the game. So, you decide what that is.
You either want it, or you don’t. That’s the bottom line. You either want to be good, or you don’t. Or you can do what we did.
If you don’t get in and dig in and compete at the level that you’re supposed to, then this is what happens.
We get control of the game, and then we screw around. And then we get control of the game, and then we screw around.
We’ll look back at this and say, “Oh my god. I can’t believe we did that.” Well, we did it.
Not even those pointed words do justice to Gentry’s attitude. Watch the video for his tone – and particularly how he storms off to end his press conference.
Ben McLemore missed a breakaway spinning dunk.
That foreboded even bigger problems for the Grizzlies.
Memphis blew a 12-point second-half lead in a 116-107 loss to the Raptors last night.
Did the Grizzlies’ effort satisfy Gasol?
Devin Walker of 92.9 FM ESPN:
Not in the second half, because we started thinking about ourselves too much. Oh, this guy missed me, or this guy didn’t pass me the ball, or this guy didn’t help me. We started making too many excuses. And then we got a little bit lazy. We didn’t have no urgency. I don’t understand, when you lost – what was it? – 12 out of 13 games, how guys can’t have urgency. That, to me, is mind-boggling.
The last time Gasol was this frustrated, the Grizzlies fired the coach. They can’t fire all his teammates.
But they can ask them not to spin on breakaway dunks.
DeMarcus Cousins isn’t afraid to instigate with most players.
Zach Randolph explained why he should be the exception.
The Kings and Pelicans big got into it in the fourth quarter last night (see above video), and when the dust settled, Randolph delivered some legendary words.
NBC Sports California:
Did that shake Cousins? The New Orleans center, who scored 33 points points on 12-of-21 shooting to that point, scored just five points on 2-of-9 shooting the rest of the game.
Meanwhile, Randolph led Sacramento to an overtime victory.