Author: Dan Feldman


Timberwolves to wear jersey patch memorializing Flip Saunders


NBA coaches will wear pins honoring Flip Saunders, and you knew it was only a matter of time until his own team announced its version.

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The Minnesota Timberwolves today announced that the team will wear a commemorative patch on their jersey during the 2015-16 season in honor of recently passed President of Basketball Operations and Head Coach Flip Saunders.

The patch will be worn for the first time on Monday, November 2, as the Timberwolves open the home portion of the 2015-16 season against the Portland Trail Blazers at Target Center. The team will wear the patch for all home and road games for the balance of the season beginning on November 2.

In addition, the team announced it plans to wear a specially designed shooting shirt (warm-up shirt) during all games through the month of November. The shirt, which says “WE”, symbolizes the togetherness of the team and its commitment to unity over individualism. The shirt is gray with black lettering, with the name “Flip” across the heart side of the shirt.

This is  a fitting gesture, with the black patch and Timberwolf looking to the sky as a powerful visual.

Carmelo Anthony: ‘F— New York’ (sometimes)


Carmelo Anthony says he won’t request a trade from the Knicks, not this season at least.

That will require him to spend another year in New York.

How does he feel about that?

Anthony, via Vice Sports:

New York is the greatest city on the planet, I think. But you’re not a New Yorker if you don’t wake up some days and be like, “Man, f— this place.

You know what I mean? I don’t care who you are. You can be the mayor. You can be the governor all the way down to the mailman. Everybody wakes up some days and is like, “Man, f— New York.”

New York isn’t for everyone, but I think it’s for Melo. Even his headlining quote makes him sound like a true New Yorker.

The rest of the above video shows an interesting behind-the-scenes of Melo’s life – including aspects of the city he enjoys.

Warriors GM Bob Myers: No contract extension for Harrison Barnes

Dwight Howard, Terrence Jones, Harrison Barnes

Harrison Barnes reportedly rejected a four-year, $64 million contract extension from the Warriors.

I think that was the right move, because there’s a good chance Barnes will get more as a restricted free agent next summer. He might even draw a max deal, projected to be worth more than $120 million over five years with Golden State or more than $89 million over four years elsewhere.

So, it was on the Warriors to increase their offer before Monday’s deadline if they truly wanted to extended Barnes.

Apparently, they won’t do that to a satisfactory level.

Diamond Leung of Bay Area News Group:

This actually might be to the Warriors’ advantage. Barnes will count just $9,683,495 against the cap next summer until signed or renounced. That’s about $11 million less than if he’d signed a max extension (less than if he’d signed the $64 million extension, too).

So, Golden State can complete other moves and then exceed the cap to re-sign Barnes. Plus, because he’ll be a restricted free agent, there’s no risk of him unilaterally leaving.

However, because the Warriors project to be over the cap regardless, that extra flexibility probably won’t mean anything. They’re in line to have the mid-level exception and no cap space to add free agents either way.

On the other hand, Jason Thompson and Shaun Livingston have partially guaranteed salaries for 2016-17. Andrew Bogut‘s and Andre Iguodala‘s contracts expire in 2017, and they might be movable. If Golden State wants to trim salary and make a big splash – looking at you, Kevin Durant – Barnes’ lower cap hold could prove crucial.

This is obviously a risk on Barnes’ part. If he gets hurt or his production regresses, he could get less than $64 million next summer. But with the salary cap skyrocketing under the new national TV contract, I like his chances.

76ers originally wanted arena sponsor’s name in invisible ink on court

Scott O'Neil

The 76ers, in a dispute with a bank that sponsors their arena but not the team, made the arena name on the court comically difficult to read.

Their initial idea was even more ridiculous.

76ers CEO Scott O’Neil, via Jared Shelly of BizPhilly:

“Our original idea was, for the court logo, to put it in invisible ink — but the lawyers wouldn’t go for it. I figured we could do a little black light in the intros to show it,” said O’Neil. “But the lawyers didn’t go for it, they’re not sure that would live to the letter of the law.”

Citing my recent BizPhilly article that characterized the Sixers actions as “passive-aggressive,” O’Neil offered a correction: “This is aggressive. We’re not very passive-aggressive. We don’t understand that language.”

O’Neil’s last quote belongs in the clarification hall of fame.

The real winner in this dispute, as always: lawyers. They got paid to analyze whether invisible ink and, presumably, the exact size of font that would satisfy the contract.

Report: Jabari Parker not ready for Bucks opener against Knicks

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Jabari Parker was supposedly a full participant when the Bucks opened training camp.

But Parker, who tore his ACL in December, didn’t play in the preseason.

It doesn’t seem Milwaukee was merely being cautious with its exhibition games, either.

The rookie second-year forward will also apparently miss the Bucks’ regular-season opener against the Knicks tomorrow.

Charles F. Gardner of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

Parker was not expected to be ready for the opener but could make his season debut in early November.

“Nothing to be said; next guy up,” Kidd said.

The Bucks are even more short-handed at forward, because Giannis Antetokounmpo is suspended. At least they have enough versatile players to compensate.

Milwaukee could go smaller with Michael Carter-Williams, Khris Middleton and O.J. Mayo each sliding down a position for a portion of the game. Chris Copeland could get a bigger role as a stretch four. John Henson could play power forward and spend more time with Greg Monroe than behind him.

Jason Kidd has options.