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Kings waive Anthony Tolliver

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The Kings gave Anthony Tolliver a two-year, $16 million contract last summer – seemingly exchanging a higher initial salary for a smaller guarantee (just $2 million of $8 million) next season.

They’re taking advantage of that flexibility now.

James Ham of NBC Sports California:

Tolliver is an undersized stretch four who competes defensively but is limited by his subpar athleticism. The 32-year-old can help a team ready to win now or one looking for a veteran leader.

Sacramento sure isn’t ready to win now and isn’t as desperate for Tolliver’s locker room presence after trading DeMarcus Cousins.

The Kings probably can’t use that $6 million as well in free agency. Though draft prospects might be slowly warming up to Sacramento, shedding the “basketball hell” label with veterans will be a tougher climb. The Kings’ plan in free agency the last couple years has been to overpay players – and that’s lured only some.

But Sacramento can use that newly created space to trade for overpaid veterans with sweeteners attached. That will probably provide more utility than Tolliver would have.

Former Knicks player Charles Oakley rejects conditional dismissal, chooses trial

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NEW YORK (AP) — Former New York Knicks player Charles Oakley has chosen to go to trial in August on charges he struck a security guard at Madison Square Garden.

Oakley appeared briefly before a Manhattan judge on Friday. He rejected a conditional dismissal that would have left him with a clean record after six months of good behavior.

Oakley became a fan favorite when he played for the Knicks from 1988 to 1998. But he’s had a falling out with the organization in recent years.

On Feb. 8, he sat a few rows from Knicks owner James Dolan at a game against the Los Angeles Clippers. Security approached Oakley early in the game and a fracas ensued. Oakley was removed from the building and handcuffed.

Oakley says he didn’t do anything wrong.

Rihanna didn’t yell ‘Brick!’ at Kevin Durant (video)

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Did Rihanna yell “Brick!” as Kevin Durant shot a free throw, and did Durant stare her down after making a 3-pointer?

ESPN answered the first part of that question, one of the most compelling storylines from the Warriors’ Game 1 rout of the Cavaliers:

No. It was the woman next to Rihanna.

But whom did Durant think yelled at him? And whom did Durant stare down?

He’s not telling:

Report: Warriors coach Steve Kerr could return for Game 2

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Someone leaked that Warriors coach Steve Kerr could return in the NBA Finals.

Now, the reports are getting more specific.

Ramona Shelburne and Chris Haynes of ESPN:

If Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr feels well over the next few days without any setbacks, there remains some optimism he could coach Sunday in Game 2 of the NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers, sources told ESPN.

The Warriors obviously didn’t need Kerr in Game 1, routing Cleveland with Mike Brown in charge.

But it seems Kerr is on track to return. If he’s healthy, he should. Kerr helped Golden State get this far, he deserves a seat on the bench without over-the-top concerns about disruption.