Dan Feldman

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Brandon Jennings stops Willy Hernangomez from helping up Rondae Hollis-Jefferson


I’m not sure the exact lesson here.

Never help up Rondae Hollis-Jefferson?

Never help up a crosstown rival?

Never help up any opponent?

Whatever it is, Knicks veteran Brandon Jennings taught it to rookie teammate Willy Hernangomez:

Marcus Smart on getting in John Wall’s face: ‘I think he got the message’


John Wall got ejected for flagrantly fouling Marcus Smart, but not before Smart got in Wall’s face.

Smart, via MassLive:

He made a hard foul, and I didn’t take too fond of it. So, I let him know what I had to say. I ain’t backing down from nobody, and that’s going to be understood from here on out. I don’t know what he thought, but I think he got the message.

This isn’t the first time Smart has said he won’t back down from anyone after an on-court skirmish. He has established himself as a player who will stand up for himself.

Whether Wall “got the message,” I’m not so sure.

John Wall ejected from second straight game after flagrant foul, heated exchange with Marcus Smart (video)


John Wall got ejected from the Wizards’ loss to the Rockets on Monday.

One game later, and Wall is still getting himself disqualified.

This time it was for committing a flagrant 2 on Marcus Smart. Smart got up and into Wall’s face, and the players jawed with each other.

Wall’s exchange with a referee against Houston drew him a $25,000 fine. I suspect this incident will bring no additional punishment, and Washington – up big late when Wall got ejected – pulled away for a 118-93 win.

Andrew Bogut: ‘This league is so two-faced and everybody is so fake’

DALLAS, TX - OCTOBER 11:  Andrew Bogut #6 of the Dallas Mavericks during a preseason game at American Airlines Center on October 11, 2016 in Dallas, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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To clear cap space for Kevin Durant, the Warriors traded Andrew Bogut to the Mavericks – an easy call.

But it seems Golden State became disenchanted with Bogut before Durant picked the Warriors.

With Dallas visiting Golden State tonight, Bogut revisited his exit from the Warriors.

Bogut, in a Q&A with Sam Amick of USA Today:

Q: You took some hits on the way out of town, though. Your durability was questioned …

A: “Oh, who cares? I don’t care.”

Q: Even though it seemed like it was coming from the inside (of the Warriors)?

A: “But that’s how it is. I don’t buy into the sources thing. I don’t buy into all that (expletive), because this league is so two-faced and everybody is so fake. The same people who made those comments will see me tomorrow and shake my hand and ask me how my family is. This league is full of people who are full of (expletive) and shallow, and that’s what you figure out in pro sports. It’s very hard to meet a genuine person who you can call your friend in this league. That’s just the reality, and I understand that.

“People can take parting shots. I didn’t have a great Finals series obviously, with the injury, and finish off the way I wanted to, but that’s the way it goes. I’m not bitter about it. I could have played better definitely, especially on the offensive end. But I think defensively that I provided something for them that really helped that team win games.”

Bogut once called those who viewed him as injury prone “uneducated” – and that’s far from the most direct shot he’s taken at his critics. For better or worse, he’s unafraid to speak his mind.

It’s a shame the Warriors and Bogut ended on these terms. They were very good for each other, with Bogut providing tremendous defense for a team that won a championship behind its defense.

LeBron James, Cavaliers to visit White House on same day as Donald Trump


CLEVELAND — LeBron James and his Cavaliers teammates will be at the White House on Thursday.

An unexpected guest will be there, too.

The visit by the reigning NBA champions will coincide with President-elect Donald Trump’s meeting with President Barack Obama to discuss the handover of power and transition following a shocking election that left James – and millions of Americans – wondering about the future.

James had supported Trump’s rival, Hillary Clinton, appearing on stage with the former secretary of state at a campaign rally Sunday to urge Cleveland residents to vote.

On Wednesday, just hours after Clinton had conceded the election to Trump, James posted on his Instagram account that he woke up “looking and searching for answers on what has happened.” He posted the audio to “Alright,” a song by rapper Kendrick Lamar.

James wrote: “Parents and leaders of our children please let them know they can still change the world for the better! Don’t lose a bit of faith! They’re our future and we must remain stronger than ever!! Yes we all wanna lace up the boots, put on the hard hats and strike but that’s not the answer. Love, genuine LOVE and FAITH will be the only thing that can get us through this.”

The Cavs’ trip to Washington has been planned for weeks. Coach Tyronn Lue, who received a phone call in June from Obama shortly after Cleveland rallied to beat Golden State in the NBA Finals, wanted the visit to happen before the first African-American president left office. Cleveland plays at Washington on Friday night.

James has openly expressed his views on numerous political issues in recent years. Following Trump’s election, the three-time champion and father of three said he felt the need to offer encouragement to minorities and women.

“Please know that this isn’t the end, it’s just a very challenging obstacle that we will overcome!!” he said. “… To all the youth out there I PROMISE I’ll continue to lead u guys every single day without no hesitation!! Time to educate and even more mold my children into being the greatest model citizens they can become in life!”

James wasn’t the only Cavaliers player to express his feelings.

J.R. Smith, who also attended Clinton’s rally in Cleveland, posted a photo of his daughter standing outside the White House.

“How do I even feel confident sending her on play dates knowing the kids family voted for the racist, sexist person an I don’t know how they will treat her when she’s gone,” Smith said. “How? Seriously How?”