Dan Feldman

ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 09:  Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump looks on during the town hall debate at Washington University on October 9, 2016 in St Louis, Missouri. This is the second of three presidential debates scheduled prior to the November 8th election.  (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
Scott Olson/Getty Images

NBA players denounce Donald Trump’s ‘locker room’ defense


Donald Trump bragged about sexually assaulting women.

Including in tonight’s debate, he has tried to spin that as locker room banter.

Current and former NBA players – who spend a lot of time in locker rooms – aren’t having it.

Jamal Crawford:

C.J. McCollum:

Blake Griffin:

Dahntay Jones:

Kendall Marshall:

Julius Hodge:

Sean Kilpatrick, via The New York Times:

Sean Kilpatrick, a guard with the Nets, said Mr. Trump’s comments strayed well beyond locker room talk.

“That’s too much,” Mr. Kilpatrick said. “Especially for what he’s trying to run for now. You don’t want America judging you on something like that.”

Adam Silver: Collective Bargaining Agreement negotiations going ‘very well,’ could be done ‘relatively soon’

LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 22:  Adam Silver, commissioner of the National Basketball Association announces that the 2018 NBA All-Star game will be held in Los Angeles at Staples Center during a press conference at Staples Center on March 22, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images
Leave a comment

Both NBA owners and players are reportedly optimistic about agreeing to a revised Collective Bargaining Agreement before the Dec. 15 deadline to opt out of the current deal (effective July 1).

But don’t take anonymous sources’ word for it.

NBA commissioner Adam Silver makes a similar implication.

Silver, via Fran Blinebury of NBA.com:

In terms of our present bargaining discussions with the players, I’d say they’re going very well and there’s been a great sense and spirit of cooperation across the table and desire to move forward

I remain optimistic that we’re going to get something done relatively soon.

I don’t know precisely how close the sides are in CBA talks. But I believe they wouldn’t have allowed news of their optimism to leak if they weren’t legitimately confident they’ll get a deal done. I especially believe Silver wouldn’t have used the words “very well” and “relatively soon” if he weren’t confident about a deal.

It’d just be so detrimental to raise false hope.

But there are benefits to assuring fans that a work stoppage is not in the cards – if a work stoppage is not in the cards.

I’m taking Silver at his word and preparing for a 2017-18 season that starts on time, including the free agency that precedes game play.

Mavericks owner Mark Cuban: Bernie Madoff has better brand than Donald Trump after tape

HEMPSTEAD, NY - SEPTEMBER 26:  Businessman Mark Cuban attends the Presidential Debate between Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump at Hofstra University on September 26, 2016 in Hempstead, New York.  The first of four debates for the 2016 Election, three Presidential and one Vice Presidential, is moderated by NBC's Lester Holt.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Mark Cuban once called Donald Trump “probably the best thing to happen to politics in a long, long time” and praised the presidential candidate for saying whatever is on his mind, even if it’s wrong.

Apparently, Cuban isn’t OK with Trump saying whatever is on his mind.

Trump bragging about his ability to sexually assault women was a bridge too far for the Mavericks owner.


Cuban was the only NBA owner outspoken about not necessarily severing ties with Donald Sterling. But it’s a stain on the reputation of anyone who continues to work at a Trump-owned business?

Newsflash: Plenty of people knowingly work for despicable employers, because that’s the best job they can get. Not everyone is positioned just to quit and risk unemployment to take a stand.

76ers coach Brett Brown: Joel Embiid has ‘it’ factor like Tim Duncan did

CAMDEN, NJ - SEPTEMBER 26: Joel Embiid #21 of the Philadelphia 76ers poses for a portrait during media day on September 26, 2016 in Camden, New Jersey. 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 Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
Mitchell Leff/Getty Images

Expectations for Joel Embiid are already laughably high.

76ers coach Brett Brown, a former Spurs assistant, just turned the hype up to 11.

Brown, via Jessica Camerato of CSN Philly:

“You see him and he just has ‘it,’” Brown said. “Years ago, you saw it with [Tim] Duncan. I see it with him in regards to a real target offensively and a real sort of centerpiece defensively.”

Embiid has looked solid in the preseason after missing his first two pro seasons due to injury. Tim Duncan is one of the greatest players of all time.

Brown is either prophetic or WAY ahead of himself. Hopefully, Embiid stays healthy enough for us to find out.

51Q: Will LeBron James care enough about regular season to add legacy hardware?

CLEVELAND - MAY 05:  LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers receives 2008-2009 MVP trophy from NBA Commissioner David Stern prior to playing the Atlanta Hawks in Game One of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2009 NBA Playoffs at Quicken Loans Arena on May 5, 2009 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 Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

We continue PBT’s 2016-17 NBA preview series, 51 Questions. For the past few weeks, and through the start of the NBA season, we tackle 51 questions we cannot wait to see answered during the upcoming NBA season. We will delve into one almost every day between now and the start of the season.

LeBron James wonders why he doesn’t get more MVP consideration. He’s “highly upset” he never won Defensive Player of the Year.

Will he do anything about it?

LeBron has cruised through two regular seasons since re-joining the Cavaliers – a sensible plan. Cleveland still won 53 and 57 games despite LeBron posting his fewest win shares since his rookie year. And relatively well-rested, he has been at his very best in the playoffs – especially at the end. The payoff: Two trips to the Finals and a championship.

But LeBron has also ceded MVP the last two years to Stephen Curry. Though LeBron might be pleased with the tradeoff, awards matter greatly when discussing a player’s legacy – and we know LeBron cares about his legacy.

There’s no way LeBron could boost his legacy more than winning a championship – topping a super-charged Warriors team that most have already anointed title winners. Michael Jordan never beat a team this good. That he never had the opportunity matters only so much.

But LeBron could also build his résumé through individual accomplishments.

Another MVP award would give LeBron five and tie Michael Jordan and Bill Russell at one behind leader Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Even just making All-NBA first team would tied LeBron for most All-NBA first-team appearances of all-time with Kobe Bryant and Karl Malone (11). LeBron’s first Defensive Player of the Year award would underline his supreme defensive ability.

The biggest question is whether he wants to chase these honors.

LeBron is so good, he could probably land on the All-NBA first team playing at less than full speed. After all, he did that the last two years.

Defensive Player of the Year falls on the other end of the spectrum. It would take so much effort to surpass Kawhi Leonard, LeBron probably won’t chase that this year.

MVP could be the happy medium. There’s no clear frontrunner. The last three winners, Curry and Durant, have teamed up and will take votes from each other. Though Curry deserved the last two MVPs, LeBron proved in the finals who’s the best player in the world when he puts his mind to it. That will earn LeBron the benefit of the doubt in MVP voting this season.

It won’t be enough, though. LeBron has to want it.

Does he?