Dan Feldman

Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for STARZ

Report: Another woman claims Carmelo Anthony impregnated her

32 Comments

Knicks star Carmelo Anthony and his wife La La have reportedly separated.

TMZ:

Carmelo Anthony was messing around with a woman who now claims she’s pregnant with his baby — and as you can imagine, his wife, La La, is pissed … TMZ Sports has learned.

Multiple sources tell us … the other woman often works at a gentlemen’s club in NYC, and we’re told she’s claiming to be 6 and a half months pregnant with Melo’s child.

Sources close to both Melo and La La are telling us the marriage has been rocky for a while — and while the pregnancy wasn’t the tipping point, it certainly didn’t help.

So far, neither side has filed divorce papers but we’re told there’s virtually zero chance of a reconciliation.

Anthony was long-rumored to prefer New York, in part, because La La wanted to be there. There was even speculation their separation was impacted by his desire to leave the Knicks.

Now, it seems there’s something else at play.

Anthony can still waive his no-trade clause and escape the Knicks, but it’s not necessarily the straight line out of New York it appeared it could be.

Vince Carter barks at Kyle Anderson, who wants no part of scuffle (video)

5 Comments

Vince Carter tried to bring some life to the Grizzlies, who were down big to the Spurs in the first half of Game 2, by engaging Kyle Anderson in a dustup.

But Anderson walked away — either a sign of maturity or weakness, depending on your perspective. It probably wasn’t hard to sell Memphis on the idea, valid or otherwise, than Anderson and San Antonio feared the Grizzlies’ toughness.

Memphis eventually got back into the game after that, though the Spurs still won to take a 2-0 series lead.

At least the Grizzlies’ competitive spirit showed up, and David Fizdale kept it going after the game.

Celtics: Isaiah Thomas will play Game 2 against Bulls then join family in Seattle

AP Photo/Michael Dwyer
4 Comments

Isaiah Thomas, playing with a heavy heart after the death of his sister in a car crash, scored 33 points the Celtics’ Game 1 loss to the Bulls yesterday.

A. Sherrod Blakely of CSN New England:

Celtics coach Brad Stevens says Isaiah Thomas will play in Game 2 against the Bulls Tuesday night at TD Garden then travel to Seattle to be with his family following the death of Thomas’ sister, who was killed in a car crash Saturday.

“Whatever he needs to do, he needs to do, and we’ll help in any way,” Stevens said. “If he needs to and wants to stay here, then we’ll be here surrounding him. And if he wants to go to Seattle, then he should go to Seattle. It’s his call; and should be.”

I can’t even imagine what Thomas is going through – dealing with this grief while on the biggest stage of his career. Good for the Celtics for doing whatever they can to accommodate him, but there’s no way to make this easy.

Though this obviously isn’t the primary concern, he’ll be instrumental in Boston’s chances of evening the series. The Celtics outscored Chicago by 12 with him on the court yesterday and got outscored by 16 when he sat. Boston is so reliant on Thomas offensively, especially late.

Report: Rudy Gobert out for Game 2 of Jazz-Clippers

AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill
1 Comment

Rudy Gobert appeared headed toward a breakout postseason.

Just 11 seconds into it, he injured his knee.

Though an MRI revealed no structural damage, Gobert isn’t returning yet.

Tony Jones of The Salt Lake Tribune:

The Jazz center will miss Tuesday’s Game 2 against the Los Angeles Clippers with a hyperextended knee, The Salt Lake Tribune has learned.

If the Jazz are taking this game by game, we’re probably in line for a few more of these updates. I doubt Gobert returns effectively anytime soon, though he could try to grind it out during this series.

Utah won Game 1 anyway, but the Clippers remain favored in each game without Gobert, especially in L.A. The Jazz – with Derrick Favors, Jeff Withey and Boris Diaw – now playing center still have a chance. It’s just a far lesser chance.

Potential No. 1 pick, likely top-three pick Josh Jackson declares for NBA draft

Jamie Squire/Getty Images
3 Comments

Markelle Fultz and Lonzo Ball are the consensus top two prospects in the upcoming NBA draft.

But if anyone can pass them, it’s Josh Jackson – especially now that the Kansas freshman forward has turned pro.

Dave Skretta of the Associated Press:

Josh Jackson declared for the NBA draft on Monday

Jackson signed with former NBA player B.J. Armstrong of Wasserman Media Group.

Jackson appears to be a near-lock for the top five. He could even go No. 1, especially if a team that doesn’t need a point guard wins the lottery.

Though he’s just a freshman, the 20-year-old Jackson will likely be the oldest player selected in the lottery. He’s older than several sophomores projected for the top half of the first round. So, expectations were high for Jackson this season – and he mostly met them.

The 6-foot-8 Jackson is extremely quick in every direction, including off the ground, and his skills keep up with his athleticism. He’s an aggressive defender and rebounder. Get him the ball, and he’ll attack the rim with the ability to finish or find teammates. His relentlessness opens so much.

But he gets into trouble when he (too often) tries to create his own shot. He can get bumped around, and his jumper is hardly reliable. Though he made 38% of his 3-pointers this season, that was on a small sample (34-of-90), his 3-point record entering college was poor, and he made just 57% of his free throws.

At least he can score in a variety of ways, even if he excels at none in the half-court. His narrow frame is a bigger concern defensively, where it’s unclear whether he can hang with NBA power forwards.

Jackson is also facing legal issues.

Still, it’s hard not to fall for Jackson’s athleticism, skills and motor.