Author: Dan Feldman

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Nuggets unveil new court design


The Denver Nuggets unveiled what might be the NBA’s most elaborate court design.

And it’s pretty good.

I love the gray mountain. It’s a Denver staple, and it fades into the background – as mountains do.

The gray pickaxes are more jarring, but I think I can warm up to them.

The bigger problem with them is they force the Nuggets to change their center-court logo from their better pickaxe logo (pictured above the court). Otherwise, it’d be too repetitive. The center-court logo now is a downgrade.

I also find the “5280/300” on the sideline corny. The 5280 – for feet in the Mile High City – is a more universally recognized number and would be fine on its own. The 300 – for 300 days of sunlight in Denver – is more obscure. Perhaps, Coloradans appreciate it more than I do.

Overall grade: B, with potential to go to B+ if the gray pickaxes aren’t as overwhelming with players on the floor

Report: Warriors close to signing Ben Gordon

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The Warriors’ search for an off-the-bench shooter has taken an interesting turn.

So far, Golden State has gotten Chris Babb thrown into the David Lee trade and signed Jarell Eddie and Ian Clark. Clark is the most-experienced of the bunch with just 53 NBA games in two seasons. Babb is the oldest at only 25.

Ben Gordon – age 32 with 744 games played – brings a different element.

Marc Stein of ESPN:

Gordon is a long way from the player who starred in the Bulls’ thrilling seven-game first-round series against the Celtics in 2009. He has since spent six nondescript years with the Pistons, Bobcats and Magic.

At least Gordon’s 3-point shooting rebounded last season to 36%, up from 28% the year prior. If Gordon projects to get near his 40% career mark – Golden State will get him many open looks – he could make the regular-season roster.

That’s really Gordon’s only marketable skill at this point, and it isn’t even certain his shooting stroke his still reliable. His poor defense and passing are unquestionable, perhaps fading too quickly at age 32 for him to remain in the league.

It seems Gordon has coasted since getting his big contract from Detroit. If that continues with Golden State, Babb, Eddie or Clark will beat him out. Those three youngsters are too hungry and too talented to all fall to a fading Gordon.

But if Gordon shows a renewed sense of purpose to make a team that will take him to the playoffs for the first time since Chicago, Gordon could be another interesting piece on the already loaded Warriors.

Report: Grizzlies signing Air Force veteran Dan Nwaelele

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Patrick Christopher signed an unguaranteed contract with the Grizzlies, according to Basketball Insiders.

But he won’t make it to training camp.

Marc Stein of ESPN:

Dan Nwaelele went undrafted out of Air Force in 2007, and he could have gone to training camp with the Spurs – maybe even made the team – his agent said. But he had to fulfill his military service requirement. He was on active duty until 2012, played in the D-League and then finally got to San Antonio’s camp in 2013.

The 6-foot-5 wing is a nice shooter, but at age 31, it might be too late for him to make the NBA.

Though I’m betting on Ryan Hollins claiming Memphis’ final regular-season roster spot, the coolest story would definitely be Nwaelele.