Author: Dan Feldman

Blake Griffin comes from out of bounds for putback dunk (video)

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Best way to beat a box out?

Come from where the opponent doesn’t expect.

Blake Griffin goes behind the baseline, reestablishes himself inbounds and then slams back the miss. His biggest impediment – besides the ridiculous angle – was teammate Lance Stephenson on his back.

Harrison Barnes dunks from 10 feet (video)

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Reggie Jackson was in decent position to challenge Harrison Barnes if the Warriors forward jumped from a normal place.

Barnes didn’t jump from a normal place.

The free-throw circle has a radius of six feet, and Barnes jumped from that, though to the left of its closest point to the rim. With the free-throw line 15 feet from the basket, I’m giving Barnes double-digit feet on that dunk.

Jeff Teague slaps Nemanja Bjelica in the face, gets away with it (video)


Jeff Teague, surely a little frustrated with the Hawks losing at home to the Timberwolves, smacked Nemanja Bjelica in the face after not drawing a foul he wanted.

Maybe Teague can claim he was going for the ball and with Bjelica’s back to him, he couldn’t see the Minnesota forward had already passed it.

But Bjelica did pass it. And Teague did hit him in the face.

Intent means only so much. The results were clearly foul.

Tim Duncan files another lawsuit against ex-financial adviser

Tim Duncan

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Spurs star Tim Duncan has filed another lawsuit against a former financial adviser he contends has cost him millions of dollars in lost investments.

The lawsuit filed last week claims Charles Banks of Atlanta urged Duncan to invest $1.1 million in a cosmetics company that Banks said was profitable when it was actually about to become bankrupt.

The San Antonio Express-News reports Duncan wants his investment returned to him and is pursuing punitive damages against Banks.

Banks previously has denied the allegations.

The NBA star filed an initial lawsuit in January that contends a series of investments enriched Banks but ultimately caused Duncan more than $25 million.

Duncan has said the losses came to light during a review of finances as part of his earlier divorce.

Information from: San Antonio Express-News,

Matt Barnes: Derek Fisher and I should’ve handled it like grown men, ‘but he wanted to run and tell the cops & NBA’

Derek Fisher, Matt Barnes, Russell Westbrook

Matt Barnes reportedly attacked Derek Fisher, who’s dating Barnes estranged wife, Gloria Govan. Barnes then reportedly texted a friend to brag about beating up the Knicks coach and spitting in Govan’s face.

Both reports were written by the New York Post.

How does Barnes, a Grizzlies forward, view the incident now?

Ben Bolch of the Los Angeles Times:

There are a few problems here:

1. It became impossible for Barnes and Fisher to handle this issue like grown men when Barnes allegedly drove to the house and fought Fisher.

2. If Barnes attacked Fisher, reporting a crime isn’t problematic.

3. The NBA reportedly didn’t know about the incident until a few days later. If he told on Barnes to the league, Fisher didn’t do a good job of it.

Fisher might not have handled this well. Dating a friend‘s ex is messy, and maybe Fisher could have done more to handle it like a grown man initially.

But there has been no evidence to justify the violence allegedly levied against Fisher and Govan.

Barnes needs to explain more or look in the mirror – probably both.