Dan Feldman

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 14:  Anthony Bennett #13 of the Brooklyn Nets and Austin Rivers #25 of the Los Angeles Clippers battle for a loose ball during the second half of a game at Staples Center on November 14, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
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Nets waive former No. 1 pick Anthony Bennett

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From No. 1 pick in 2013 to waived by the NBA’s worst team in 2017, Anthony Bennett continues to fall.

Nets release:

The Brooklyn Nets have requested waivers on forward Anthony Bennett.

Marc Stein of ESPN:

Bennett’s minimum salary is guaranteed, so the Nets will have to pay what he’s owed for this season. This will even give him a chance to double dip – though that second salary will surely come in a lesser league.

The Timberwolves and Raptors have already waived Bennett, who was drafted by the Cavaliers. He’s running out of NBA teams to take a chance on him. He looks neither talented enough (getting waived by the freaking Nets) nor young enough (23) to justify his lack of production.

Brooklyn will be better off with Quincy Acy, whom the Mavericks waived earlier this season only because they were so desperate for a guard. He’s a hustle player whose energy will be jarring following Bennett.

At least Bennett’s Nets tenure produced one memorable moment.

Dion Waiters elbows J.J. Redick in back of head, gets ejected (video)

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Dion Waiters elbowed J.J. Redick in the back of the head.

Have their been more vicious hits not called flagrant fouls, let alone flagrant 2s? Of course. Did Waiters and Redick seem to settle their differences on their own? Yup.

But Waiters elbowed Redick in the back of the head.

That invited the referees to get involved – and they did, ejecting the Heat guard. That might initially seem extreme, but I don’t have much sympathy for someone who elbows another player in the back of the head from such a stable position.

LeBron James dunks, points at Michael Phelps: ‘Just recognizing greatness’ (video)

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LeBron James wasn’t part of the Team USA basketball squad that watched Michael Phelps live in the Olympics, but LeBron still showed his appreciation for the decorated swimmer.

With Phelps sitting courtside in Phoenix, LeBron dunked and pointed to him during the Cavaliers’ win over the Suns last night.

LeBron, via Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com:

“Just recognizing greatness,” James explained afterwards.

Robert Covington dunks on Brook Lopez, who can’t hide dejection (video)

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It’s been a frustrating year for Robert Covington, whose 3-point percentage has fallen to 28.

But that doesn’t near Brook Lopez, who suffered the indignity of getting dunked on by Covington as the 76ers were headed toward a 105-95 win over the Nets in Brooklyn yesterday. They Nets are now 8-28 and have lost six straight and 11 of 12.

NBA: Celtics put away 76ers with help of two late incorrect calls

Philadelphia 76ers forward Dario Saric and Boston Celtics center Al Horford, right, dive for a loose ball as 76ers guard Nik Stauskas (11) looks on in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Jan. 6, 2017, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
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The Celtics beat the 76ers on Friday despite what Boston coach Brad Stevens called a “bad day at work.”

That bad day might have cost the Celtics a victory if the game were officiated correctly down the stretch.

Boston benefitted from both missed calls in the NBA’s Last Two Minute Report for the 110-106 game.

First, Al Horford should have been called for committing an offensive foul on Gerald Henderson with 1:49 left, according to the league:

Horford (BOS) extends his knee into Henderson (PHI) on the screen and does not give him room to avoid the contact.

Rather than turning the ball over, the Celtics scored one point on that possession. Their lead when Philadelphia had to begin intentionally fouling? One.

Plus, 76ers might not have had to hack so soon if it weren’t for another missed call.

Ersan Ilyasova missed with Philadelphia down one and seven seconds left, and Amir Johnson grabbed the defensive rebound and drew an intentional foul. But before he did, Horford and Joel Embiid should have have drawn double personal fouls while battling for the rebound, according to the league:

Embiid (PHI) grabs Horford (BOS) and Horford extends his arm into Embiid and the two players affect each other’s ability to retrieve the rebound.

The result would have been a jump ball – and another chance for the 76ers to maintain possession. Instead, Boston got the ball and pulled away.