Dan Feldman

Danny Green tugs down Dennis Schroder’s shorts (video)

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We collectively made a federal case out of J.R. Smith untying shoelaces.

We probably ought to at least question what the heck Danny Green was doing to Dennis Schroder here.

At least Schroder got the last laugh with 26 points, seven assists and five rebounds in the Hawks’ win over the Spurs.

Chris Paul says Clippers should play through Lou Williams, which sounds like a slight of Blake Griffin

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After the Clippers’ win over the Rockets last night, Chris Paul didn’t go after Blake Griffin just through a back entrance into the Clippers’ locker room.

He also seemingly went after Griffin in his post-game interview.

Asked to assess playing against his former team, Paul:

They’ve got Lou Will. Lou Will is the guy. You know what I mean? That’s the go-to guy, the guy that they should play through and stuff like that. He having a great year, and he tough. He tough, man.

Williams is having a great year, especially by the standards of career as a solid sub-star. But Griffin is a bona fide star – a tremendously skilled scorer, ball-handler and passer for a power forward. He’s clearly the Clippers’ go-to player when healthy. It’s great Williams stepped up when Griffin was injured, and Williams can run second units while Griffin is healthy. But Griffin is the go-to player.

I can’t read Paul’s intent. Maybe he genuinely disagrees and believes the Clippers should play through Williams. But – given Paul’s nd Griffin’s history and how heated last night’s game was – it sounds as if Paul is just trying to create friction within his former team and take a dig at Griffin. That’d be petty, but… yeah. Nobody would put that past Paul.

LeBron James reflects on MLK’s legacy, criticizes President Donald Trump on holiday (video)

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INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) LeBron James says honoring the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. is more important than ever because “we’re trying to be divided right now by somebody.”

James was referring to President Trump, whom the Cavaliers star has openly criticized in the past. James spoke Monday as he and his teammates prepared to host Golden State in one 11 NBA games played on the national holiday for the civil rights leader who was assassinated 50 years ago.

James credited the league for playing games as a tribute “for a man who stood for more than himself. He actually gave up his life for the betterment of all of us to be able to live in a free world and for us to be able to have a voice, for us to go out and be free no matter your skin color, no matter who you are. … He took a bullet for all of us.”

Kyle Lowry and Ben Simmons ejected, reportedly have altercation in hallway

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Philadelphia natives keep going after 76ers rookie Ben Simmons.

First, it was Celtics forward Marcus Morris. Today, it was Raptors guard Kyle Lowry.

Simmons and Lowry exchanged fouls in the third quarter:

Then, they were ejected late in Philadelphia’s 117-111 win over Toronto:

Jon Johnson of 94WIP:

Jessica Camerato of NBC Sports Philadelphia:

The late altercation didn’t appear too bad. Mostly, it seemed the refs just wanted to end the game without further incident.

If Lowry and Simmons scrapped in the hallway – both players looked as if they were arranging a rendezvous while leaving the court, Lowry far more eagerly – that’d draw greater attention from the league.

For good measure, DeMar DeRozan and T.J. McConnell got into it between the Lowry-Simmons incidents:

Jeanie Buss, Magic Johnson tweet support for Lakers coach Luke Walton after LaVar Ball’s comments

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LaVar Ball saying Lakers coach Luke Walton had lost control of the team took on a life of its own, in part, because Lakers management didn’t respond publicly. It reached the point agents and executives were speculating about the Lakers hiring former Grizzlies coach David Fizdale – who was an assistant in Miami while LeBron James was there – to lure LeBron.

Finally, the Lakers’ higher-ups gave more direct endorsements of Walton.

Lakers president Magic Johnson:

Lakers owner Jeanie Buss:

Ramona Shelburne of ESPN:

Buss’ statement is obviously stronger than Johnson’s, and even hers required follow-up explanation through anonymous sources. This is better than the completely anonymous assurances the Lakers gave Walton previously, but it’s not exactly the strongest vote of confidence.

At least this should hush, though not completely silence, the noise surrounding Walton. Then again, the Lakers’ four-game win streak probably would have accomplished the same thing.