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Draymond Green wonders whether Kevin Durant still respects him after stalkerish recruiting (video)


Draymond Green said he didn’t talk much with Kevin Durant during the playoffs – which means Green crammed in a ton of communication before the postseason.

The Warriors recruited Durant throughout the season to the point it reportedly bothered the Thunder – especially Green’s relationship with Durant.

Just what was that relationship last year?

Green on Conan:

I recruited KD really really hard. And it was like the equivalent of a college coach trying to get a top-five recruit – although I would’ve broke every NCAA rule there was, because I called him a million times. I text him a million and one times. And I tried to show up wherever he was every chance I got.

When I found out he was coming, I came back to my senses, and I said, “I wonder if he respects me as a man now, the way I just blew his phone up.” He had to have a girlfriend who got on his nerves worse than that before. So, I questioned myself.

Hard to argue with a plan that worked – though I wonder whether Green just opened Durant, who can become a free agent next summer, to relentless recruiting from opposing players this year.

Mockumentary celebrates Joel Embiid’s illustrious career… of empty-gym highlights (video)

Philadelphia 76ers V Miami Heat
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Joel Embiid hasn’t played in the NBA since the 76ers drafted him No. 3 overall two years, ago but that doesn’t mean he hasn’t contributed.

Just watch all these highlights.

The Ringer took noticed and produced this enjoyable mockumentary:

ACC latest sports entity following NBA in divesting from North Carolina

Michael Jordan
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First, the NCAA.

Now, the ACC.

The Atlantic Coast Conference is the latest sporting body to follow the NBA in pulling events from North Carolina due to the state’s anti-gay law. The NBA removed the 2017 All-Star game from Charlotte. The ACC is moving its neutral-site championships, including football and basketball.

This won’t be a silver bullet. The Hornets will remain in Charlotte, just as North Carolina, Duke, North Carolina State and Wake Forest will remain in the state.

But this has become a wider movement against this discriminatory law, a movement the NBA ushered into the sporting world.

Attorney for Derrick Rose accuser says Knicks never sought her side of story

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The Knicks traded for Derrick Rose as he faced a lawsuit for rape. Rose denied the accusation, but disturbing (and complex) details have since emerged – leaving questions about what Phil Jackson knew and should’ve known when he made the deal.

Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News:

Less than a week before Derrick Rose was deposed in a rape lawsuit, the Knicks traded for him without ever seeking the alleged victim’s side of the story, the woman’s lawyer said Wednesday.

Brandon Anand, who is representing the 30-year-old “Jane Doe,” said he suspects the Chicago Bulls dealt Rose because of the pending lawsuit.

“My first reaction was maybe they’re hiding this from the Knicks and passed him off without giving full disclosures, but it seems to me like the Knicks should’ve done their own investigation,” Anand told the Daily News.

Asked about Anand’s charge that he was never contacted by the Knicks, the team declined to comment and pointed to an earlier statement from Knicks President Phil Jackson that he was “aware” of the lawsuit.

Jackson admitted he never felt compelled to investigate the allegations into Rose — saying after acquiring the 28-year-old in June, “We are aware of it. Investigation is a big word.”

Let’s be clear: Jackson saying publicly “investigation is a big word” does NOT mean he failed to do his due diligence. He’s not required to reveal the scope of the Knicks’ investigation, especially because doing so could create the impression of a serious problem even if that investigation relieved concerns about Rose.

But it seems impossible to conduct a proper investigation without speaking to the plaintiff and her lawyer. Nobody else is equipped to give her side of the story.

On one hand, this should be a matter for the judicial system – not a sports team – to handle. On the other hand, the Knicks should probably know a great deal about someone they’re paying more than $20 million and asking to represent the franchise.

Sam Hinkie not joining Stanford’s faculty

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In his Twitter debut, former 76ers general manager Sam Hinkie said, “I’ll teach a little (at Stanford).”

Don’t get the wrong impression.

Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, via Kevin Draper of Deadspin:

We are excited that former General Manager and President of Basketball Operations of the Philadelphia 76ers, Sam Hinkie, will be a guest speaker in one or more class sessions in our sports management courses at the Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB). This furthers the GSB priority of including dozens of guest speakers each year who provide real-world perspective into management issues.

I understand your confusion. Sam Hinkie will be a guest speaker at one or more class sessions taught by George Foster. He is not a member of our faculty. This is a common practice of the GSB to bring in guests to enrich the student experience.

I was fairly certain Hinkie didn’t become a professor at Stanford. A lecturer? Maybe.

But a guest speaker? That’s far below what most of us inferred from his tweet.

By this logic, I taught at the University of Michigan when I presented a project to the class.