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Andre Iguodala pranks Festus Ezeli with fake radio broadcast of Warriors waiving Ezeli (video)

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This is how you prank someone, D'Angelo Russell.

Andre Iguodala oversees an excellent prank on Festus Ezeli, who’s led to believe the Warriors waived him. The fake radio broadcast was a genius stroke.

How effective was the prank? It turned Ezeli into Kwame Brown.

Kansas sharpshooter Brannen Greene declares for NBA draft, to hire agent

Kansas' Brannen Greene celebrates after making a shot during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Northern Colorado Friday, Nov. 13, 2015, in Lawrence, Kan. Kansas won 109-72. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
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When a college coach calls a player’s dunk “the biggest dick move I’ve ever had a player do during a game,” it’s usually a decent sign that player will be moving on soon enough.

Kansas release:

Following a three-year college career, Kansas men’s basketball guard Brannen Greene has declared for the 2016 NBA Draft and will be leaving KU, Greene and head coach Bill Self announced Wednesday.

“Brannen has elected to declare for the NBA draft with the intent of hiring an agent at some point,” Self said. “I certainly understand Brannen making this decision. We wish him nothing but the very best. He has an NBA skill that I think will translate very well to the next level. We appreciate his efforts during his time at Kansas.”

Greene’s NBA skill is 3-point shooting. Only one player* this season matched Greene in each of these three stats:

  • 3-point percentage: 49.2
  • 3-pointers per 40 minutes: 6.8
  • Free-throw percentage (a key indicator for outside shooting in NBA): 84.0

*William & Mary sophomore Connor Burchfield

Otherwise? I’m not sure what Greene provides at the next level.

The 6-foot-7 small forward will likely have to show other skills, ideally defense, in workouts to get picked in the second round. Outside shooting is a coveted skill. I’m just not convinced that alone gets Greene drafted, though I wouldn’t completely rule it out.

Report: D’Angelo Russell has yet to apologize directly to Nick Young

Los Angeles Lakers forward Nick Young, left, and guard D'Angelo Russell, right, sit on the bench with forward Julius Randle during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat, Wednesday, March 30, 2016, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
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D'Angelo Russell has seemingly said all the right things in the wake of his Nick Young video.

Except to Young – yet, at least.

Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News:

D’Angelo Russell expressed his regret over secretly recording a video that went public of teammate Nick Young admitting infidelities to his fiance, Iggay Azalea. As Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson recalled, Russell “looked at us like men” and showed remorse for his behavior before the Lakers’ 102-100 overtime win over the Miami Heat on Wednesday at Staples Center.

“Everybody accepted his apology,” Clarkson said. “He has to handle it from where it’s at right now. He has to stop worrying about everything. He just has to perform on the court.”

Various sources have said Russell and Young have addressed the incident since the video went public last Thursday. Russell said in a pre-game press conference that he “reached out to” Young and “let him know my apologies.”

But a source close to Young has remained adamant that Russell has not apologized directly to Young. By Young’s own choosing, the source added Young was not present when Russell addressed the team before the game on Wednesday.

Russell owes only one Laker an apology: Young. Young is the only player Russell directly wronged, violating Young’s privacy and trust. If Young isn’t ready to hear that apology, I don’t blame him. He can wait as long as he wants to accept it – or never accept it. That’s his choice.

Russell’s responsibility with his other teammates is a slightly different one – earning their trust. He didn’t directly harm them, but they’re clearly wary of him now. Convincing Young to accept his apology would help Russell with everyone, but Russell can still improve his other relationships without Young’s forgiveness.

As he attempts to re-connect with his other teammates, Russell should keep trying to apologize directly to Young. Grovel if he has to. It’s the best way for Russell to dig himself out of this hole.

It’s also the right thing to do.

Kyrie Irving says he and Kehlani were no longer dating when photo was posted, is focused on basketball

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As if LeBron James hadn’t done enough to distract from the Cavaliers’ season, Kyrie Irving has his own off-court saga.

Irving had been known to be dating singer Kehlani. Monday, rapper/singer PartyNextDoor – who previously dated Kehlani – posted a since-deleted photo from his bed showing a hand with tattoos matching Kehlani’s. The caption: “After all her shenanigans, still got the r&b singer back in my bed.” Later Monday, Kehlani posted a since-deleted photo of her arm with an IV attached and implied she attempted to commit suicide.

Irving addressed the issue today in a series of tweets that were, you guessed it, since deleted:

https://twitter.com/KyrieIrving/status/715362766014562304

https://twitter.com/KyrieIrving/status/715363368522137600

https://twitter.com/KyrieIrving/status/715363782684459009

https://twitter.com/KyrieIrving/status/715364102340812800

It’s been hard to see what’s been going on and not address the truth. I do not justify the picture or what dude did to try and spark all

Of this non sense that could have been avoided, but Me and Kehlani were not dating when the picture came out.

It’s unfortunate that it’s received so much attention but its become bigger because of a post that was misunderstood.

Nothing but love and compassion over this way for her and her family. My only focus the Game I love to play every night.

This is heavy stuff – the exact weight depending on a timeline Irving is rightfully not rushing to share with the public. But a former girlfriend returning to her ex and then informing the world about her suicide attempt is difficult for anyone to process, let alone someone entering the most important time of the year at his job.

Kevin Durant: Thunder would’ve ‘beat the hell out of’ Reggie Jackson’s Pistons if I, Serge Ibaka played

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Russell Westbrook called Reggie Jackson‘s celebration at the end of the Pistons win over the Thunder on Tuesday “some real bullshit.”

Unsurprisingly, Kevin Durant – who sat out the game with Serge Ibaka to rest – sided with Westbrook over their former teammate.

The only unexpected turn is the level of Durant’s anti-Jackson conviction.

Erik Horne of The Oklahoman:

Durant:

It was bush league, in my opinion. Jumping up and down, running around. I understand that you’re happy you won the game, but our whole team didn’t play. We’d beat the hell out of them if we did. I normally won’t talk like that, but that pissed me off. But what can I do about it? Some guys are who they are.

Would the Thunder have beaten Detroit with Durant and Ibaka? Probably. They’re the better team when at full strength.

But the Pistons have played well lately, and they were at home. It’s not a lock.

A certainty: Westbrook and Durant resent how Jackson left Oklahoma City.

The Thunder were looking for a reason to be mad at Jackson, and he provided one with a celebration that would’ve been a non-issue against any other team. Was Jackson rubbing it in? Of course. This is is personal for him, too. But the Pistons are in a playoff race, and their wins are significant enough to celebrate.

Mostly, I’m just glad this feud exists. It should make the next Thunder-Pistons game more fun.