Author: Dan Feldman

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Tim Duncan files another lawsuit against ex-financial adviser


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.

Bradley Beal: Wizards fans cheering Kevin Durant ‘disrespectful’

Bradley Beal, Kevin Durant

Kevin Durant called the adoration he received last January when the Thunder visited Washington “disrespectful” to the Wizards.

Washington guard Bradley Beal used the same word in anticipation of Durant – whom the Wizards will chase in free agency next summer – playing at Washington tomorrow.

Beal, via J. Michael of CSN Mid-Atlantic:

“It is disrespectful because he plays for Oklahoma City,” said Beal, who is questionable because of a sore left shoulder, when asked if he agreed with Durant’s assessment. “He doesn’t play for Washington.”

They agree! They’ll make such good teammates.

Really, Beal has reason to be turned off by the Wizards’ Durant pursuit. Beal didn’t get a contract extension so Washington could preserve cap space for Durant. While John Wall, who appears ready to recruit Durant, would fit well with the superstar, Beal would probably have to bend his game much more. The two go-to scorers couldn’t just coexist without adjustment – a majority of which would fall to Beal.

So, Wizards fans preemptively cheering for Durant might really grate Beal.

But, if Washington actually signs Durant, I suspect Beal will get over it.

Wizards say Bradley Beal injury not serious

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Bradley Beal left the Wizards’ loss to the Hawks on Saturday with a scary-looking injury.

All things considered, this is good news.

J. Michael of CSN Mid-Atlantic:

Bradley Beal didn’t practice Monday, but after going through a battery of tests the Wizards’ leading scorer has avoided major injury and could be available for Tuesday’s game vs. the Oklahoma City Thunder at Verizon Center (CSN, and NBC Sports Live Extra, 6:30 p.m. ET).

“Everything is good. He’s sore. He didn’t do anything today. We’ll see,” coach Randy Wittman said after practice. “He made good with his strides from yesterday to today. He’ll be questionable for tomorrow.”

Whether or not Beal plays against the Thunder – whose Andre Roberson would challenge him physically – doesn’t matter too much. As long as Beal returns soon, the Wizards will be OK.

It’s not as if this next game hold any special significance, right?

Report: Bulls considering starting Joakim Noah over Nikola Mirotic

Nikola Mirotic, Joakim Noah

Fred Hoiberg shook up the Bulls when he started Nikola Mirotic over Joakim Noah (and a little more when he insinuated Noah suggested the change, which Noah denied).

But with Chicago losing three of five – beating the Magic and Thunder, falling to the Pistons, Hornets and Timberwolves – Hoiberg might reverse course.

K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune:

Fred Hoiberg said following the morning shootaround that no lineup changes were planned for Monday’s game against the winless 76ers.

But Joakim Noah worked with the starters at the shootaround, Nikola Mirotic acted coy when asked if he’s still starting and a source said Hoiberg is strongly considering inserting Noah for Mirotic.

Mirotic has gone cold shooting from outside. Gasol has played woeful defense all season. Noah is a non-entity as a scorer.

In a frontcourt that was supposed to present an abundance of good options, finding one suitable starting lineup might be a challenge.

For what it’s worth, here’s how Noah and Mirotic have performed with Chicago’s other starters: Derrick Rose, Jimmy Butler Doug McDermott and Pau Gasol (offensive/defensive/net rating):

  • Mirotic: 83.2/109.5/-26.4 in 25 minutes
  • Noah: 85.9/98.9/-13.0 in 15 minutes

Those are tiny samples, and I wouldn’t read much into that.

Noah should upgrade the Bulls’ defense over Mirotic, who needs more help on that end than Gasol provides. But their offensive spacing will take a major hit, even considering Noah’s passing ability.

If the Bulls want to set a better defensive tone, starting Noah makes sense. But maybe he should replace Gasol, who has been the bigger sieve. That way, Mirotic could still be used to spread the floor.

No matter what Hoiberg decides now, Chicago’s big-man rotation is clearly still a work in progress.