Draymond Green posted a video on Snapchat, subsequently obtained by TMZ and deleted from Green’s account, that shows a car’s speedometer hitting 118.
Monte Poole of CSN Bay Area:
Though the driver isn’t visible in the video, since deleted from Green’s page, he essentially admitted he was behind the wheel.
“Obviously, poor judgment,” Green said after the Warriors’ 114-98 win over the Clippers at Oracle Arena. “But it’s not . . . it’s kind of not a story of what it’s trying to be made out to be.
“But I’m not here to take any attention away from this team. But, like I said, poor judgment.”
The Warriors have an advantage in that their pursuit of 73 wins wins helps focus players. But that historic chase clearly isn’t enough to completely prevent outside problems.
Hopefully, this is a small one.
LeBron James said he’d take a pay cut to play with Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade and Chris Paul.
Melo is on board.
Melo, via Marc Berman of the New York Post:
“We still got years in this league,’’ Anthony said Wednesday after the Knicks defeated the Bulls, 115-107, at United Center. “Everybody dreams sometimes.
Everybody has fantasies. We’d all have to take pay cuts. I’d take one. I think at that time we’d want to go someplace warm. Later — [close to] retirement.’’
Someplace warm? That doesn’t sound like New York, though Melo says his loyalty to the Knicks shouldn’t be questioned.
Relative to LeBron, he has a point. While LeBron doubled down on his previous comments (initially made in February), Melo clearly labeled this a fantasy.
But the fact that Melo said he’s willing to take a pay cut shows some real interest in the plan. Melo might have joined LeBron and Wade with the Heat in 2010 if he’d taken a shorter rookie-scale extension like those two. Instead, Melo opted for maximum financial security, just as he mostly did in re-signing with the Knicks two years ago. (Though he took slightly less than his maximum amount, it was more than he would’ve gotten elsewhere.)
Melo can’t become a free agent until 2018, and the Collective Bargaining Agreement prevents him from renegotiating his salary downward. So, if the four stars are going to join forces before then, Melo can’t take a pay cut. They’ll either have to come to New York, or he’ll have to be traded to another team. In a sense, it’s easier to pledge a pay cut when rules prevent you from taking one.
But when the time comes and Melo can put his money where his mouth is, he at least sounds interested.
It sometimes feel as if every Kentucky player is declaring for the NBA draft.
That will literally be true this year.
Kentucky coach John Calipari:
Calipari is taking advantage of a new rule that allows players who declare for the draft to maintain their college eligibility as long as they withdraw from the draft within 10 days after the combine and don’t hire an agent.
Is Calipari going a little far and grandstanding here? You bet. But it’s also a shrewd move for multiple reasons:
1. It brings attention to Calipari and Kentucky, which should help with recruiting.
2. Kentucky players, even if they return to school, gain valuable experience and information.
3. Kentucky players who were planning to return to school at least get an opportunity to impress NBA executives who are willing to pay more than the cartel rate colleges offer athletes.
Determining whether to turn pro can be a tough decision. The NCAA – under the guise of amateurism that funnels money to administrators and coaches – bans its players from having agents. Because who would want to allow teenagers to received advisement from an experienced professional in this situation?
If I were a college player who couldn’t hire an agent, I’d want Calipari guiding me through this process.
Is LeBron James leaving the Cleveland because he unfollowed the Cavaliers on Twitter? Does LeBron plan to bolt to play with Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade and Chris Paul? Why are LeBron’s associates insisting he won’t necessarily finish his career with the Cavs?
In a video posted by teammate Richard Jefferson on Snapchat (hat tip: reddit user Yaqzn), LeBron addresses the speculation in a mocking tone. I don’t understand everything happening in the video (which includes some NSFW language), but this is LeBron’s most noteworthy line:
Why are you eating a banana, LeBron? Does that mean you’re going to slip on a banana peel out of Cleveland?
Dave McMenamin of ESPN:
Yes, the conjecture around LeBron sometimes reaches ridiculous levels. But he could quiet the noise if he wanted.
He could answer a simple question about why he unfollowed the Cavs on Twitter and frame it as harmless. He could put the super team plans in context as more fantasy than something he’s spending significant time thinking about during a season he’s chasing a championship with other teammates. He could stop posting cryptic tweets that, by now, he knows many interpret as directed at his teammates.
Again and again, LeBron chooses the opposite path.
He seems to enjoy the attention and drama that follows. Maybe this is his way of putting the attention on himself and easing the burden on his teammates. A less forgiving interpretation says he’s just that vain.
Either way, he shouldn’t be surprised when he invites controversy and then it shows up.
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