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Zach Randolph’s agent/attorney calls marijuana charge ‘false and misleading’

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Veteran NBA forward Zach Randolph was arrested on a marijuana charge after several police cars were vandalized when a large gathering became unruly at a Los Angeles housing project, authorities said Thursday.

Randolph, 36, was taken into custody late Wednesday on suspicion of possessing marijuana with intent to sell, according to Los Angeles Police Department Officer Liliana Preciado.

“The charges are false and misleading,” Randolph’s agent and attorney Raymond Brothers told The Associated Press on Thursday. “We’re looking at all options to resolve this matter.”

Police on patrol observed a crowd drinking, smoking pot, blasting music and blocking streets at the Nickerson Gardens project in Watts, Preciado said.

Officers called for backup when the crowd grew and people began throwing bottles and rocks.

Five police cars and one sheriff’s vehicle ended up with smashed windows and slashed tires. No officers were hurt.

Officers also arrested Stanley Walton, 43, on suspicion of carrying a gun as an ex-convict, Preciado said. She didn’t know if Walton has an attorney.

Police recovered two guns, impounded two vehicles and seized narcotics, Preciado said.

Randolph, a 16-year league veteran, spent eight seasons with the Memphis Grizzlies before signing with the Sacramento Kings in July. The Kings issued a statement Thursday saying the team was aware of the situation and would have no further comment at this time.

The two-time NBA All-Star played for Michigan State University before being drafted in 2001 by the Portland Trail Blazers. Randolph also played for the New York Knicks and Los Angeles Clippers.

D’Angelo Russell hits overtime game-winner at Dyckman Park (video)

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Remember when Kevin Durant got hot at Rucker Park and fans swarmed him? That was such a cool moment.

D'Angelo Russell – new member of the Brooklyn Nets – got his turn at Dyckman Park in New York last night.

Russell, playing with Nets teammate Isaiah Whitehead, hit the game-winning shot in overtime. Fans then turned the shot into a great scene.

I guess you could say Russell has ice in his veins.

Highlights of the game are above. Multiple angles of the game-winner:

Suns reveal new uniforms (photos)

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The Suns unveiled their new uniforms today. Of course, Paul Lukas of Uni Watch has the best view for assessing the changes:

I generally like these.

The bigger number is a plus. Losing the diagonal team name is a minus. Let’s call that a wash.

My favorite element is the sun rays on the shorts – particularly on the whites:

Nike Association edition of the phoenix suns new uniforms for 2017-18 burst

That fittingly makes the Suns, historically an up-tempo team, look fast.

Report: NBA to implement rest rules that come with consequences for violators

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In November, NBA Adam Silver commissioner stated a preference for teams resting players at home – but added a rule probably isn’t the answer. By June, Silver was talking about rest guidelines.

Now, it appears the league is enacting rest rules.

Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today:

NBA owners are expected to approve player-resting rules in September designed to cut back on teams benching healthy players for regular-season games, a person with direct knowledge of the situation told USA TODAY Sports.

The rules will be in place by the start of the 2017-18 season and there will be consequences for teams that do not adhere to the rules.

The NBA is a cooperative of 30 teams. They share revenue and need each other to form their entire system. When one team rests players – particularly stars – to gain a long-term competitive advantage, the other teams suffer.

So, I understand the league’s desire to limit rest.

But how will this be enforced? There’s a fine line between a player being injured and resting. What was previously described as rest will just be called a sore back or some other non-descript injury. Will the NBA really investigate all those?

The league is already controlling what it should – increasing off days, particularly around nationally televised games. Reducing the incentive to rest players will help.

But actual requirements about when teams can rest players? That seems only arbitrarily enforceable at best.

Report: Kyrie Irving went consecutive days during playoffs without talking to Cavaliers teammates

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Kyrie Irving‘s trade request, to a borrow a word from him, is peculiar.

The second-best player on the NBA’s second-best team requesting a trade? That’s so far outside the norm.

So, there has been plenty of energy devoted to trying to understand Irving’s disconnect with the Cavaliers.

James Jones – who played the last three years in Cleveland then got hired by the Suns, who are in Irving trade talks – should have insight.

Dave McMenamin of ESPN on The BBall Breakdown Podcast (hat tip: reddit user Ivan_Pavlovich):

I think I reported this on SportsCenter this week. He saw Kyrie Irving in the playoffs this year – in between the first round, when they beat Indiana, and the second round, when they played Toronto – go consecutive days without speaking to a teammate at practice.

On that stage. It’s one thing to say people go through their ups and downs in the regular season. But when you get to the playoffs, “when the main thing is the main thing, and we’re brothers, and we’re pulling together to get this thing done” – even at that level, there were still things that made him sullen or reclusive from his teammates.

Winning cures most ills. It obviously doesn’t cure all ills. Irving reportedly considered requested a trade after the Cavs won the 2016 title.

We don’t know all the context of Irving’s silence. Was he protesting or just locked in? Either way, this seems like a poor way of fostering a bond within the team.

Anyone considering trading for Irving ought to consider his attitude, but this is just one vague incident. The rest of this story and other cases would reveal more.