Author: Dan Feldman

Kemba Walker gets away with absurd travel (video)

David West, Tony Parker, Kemba Walker

Kemba Walker didn’t gain significant ground by travelling after this inbound, but how does this go uncalled?

Report: Terrence Jones returning for Rockets, who waive Chuck Hayes

Terrence Jones, Darrell Arthur, Randy Foye
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Chuck Hayes surprisingly got another stint with the Rockets.

But his seventh season with Houston lasted just about a week.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

The Houston Rockets released forward Chuck Hayes on Sunday, a league source told Yahoo Sports.

The waiving of Hayes clears the way for Houston forward Terrence Jones to return on Wednesday against the Brooklyn Nets, a league source told Yahoo Sports. Guard Patrick Beverley will be back on Wednesday, too, a source said.

Hayes was fine as a fill-in player, but the Rockets are clearly better with Jones, who was dealing with a lacerated eyelid. They’ll be even better once an injured Donatas Motiejunas makes his season debut.

But the Rockets didn’t want Hayes for depth in interim, because they’re hard-capped. Just Jones is enough. Hayes’ contract was fully unguaranteed, so the sooner they get him off the books, the more flexibility they’ll have going forward – though it’s still a small amount.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Michael Jordan ‘took commerce over conscience’

Michel Martin, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Michael Jordan might have never said, “Republicans buy sneakers, too.”

But that quote carries on for a couple reasons.

1. It’s catchy.

2. It’s believable.

Jordan was apolitical and cared about making money.

NPR’s Michel Martin used that quote to ask Kareem Abdul-Jabbar about Jordan.


You can’t be afraid of losing shoe sales if you’re worried about your civil and human rights. You can’t be worried. It’s just the way it is. He took commerce over conscience. It’s unfortunate for him, but he’s got to live with it.

Abdul-Jabbar’s social conscience is admirable. I have a lot of respect for his willingness to take a public stand.

But this criticism of Jordan is unfair.

Beyond the fact he might have never said “Republicans buy sneakers, too,” Jordan shouldn’t be bashed for not sharing the same ideals as Abdul-Jabbar. Jordan is his own person. He’s entitle to use his platform in his own way, so long as he doesn’t cross ethical and moral lines. I don’t think political silence – a route taken by many – does that.

Abdul-Jabbar’s path is arguably more honorable, but that doesn’t mean he should denigrate Jordan by comparison.

DeMarcus Cousins reportedly out two more games

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DeMarcus Cousins was going to miss at least two games with a strained Achilles.

Two games later, and that “at least” comes into play.

Sean Cunningham of ABC 10 Sacramento:

The Kings next two opponents: Rockets and Warriors. That’s a tough stretch.

At least Sacramento won’t have to face Houston’s starting center, Dwight Howard.

Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle:

Howard was ruled out for Friday’s game at the Sacramento Kings while the Rockets continue to manage his workload in back-to-back games. He is expected to play Saturday against the Clippers in Los Angeles.

Both the Rockets (2-3) and Kings (1-4) entered the season eying the playoffs, but have stumbled early. This is a good opportunity for one to build momentum. Between the home team (Sacramento) and the team with its best player (Houston, James Harden), I’m taking the Rockets.

The Warriors look unbeatable. I doubt the Cousin-less Kings challenge them Saturday.

Maybe it’s time to bet on Sacramento firing George Karl. Cousins’ absence should be a mitigating factor, but that didn’t save Michael Malone.

The Kings are already in a hole and staring up at the prospect of it getting deeper.

If you’re a Comcast subscriber in Northern California, you can stream tonight’s Kings-Rockets game here.