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Anthony Davis roasts Buddy Hield after nut-shot on DeMarcus Cousins

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Buddy Hield got ejected for whacking DeMarcus Cousins in the crotch yesterday.

But that was only the start of Hield’s punishment.

The next step is public ridicule, including from Pelicans teammate Anthony Davis.

Via Mason Ginsberg of Bourbon Street Shots

If there’s any justice in the world, this won’t be the last of Hield’s comeuppance.

Spike Lee wears ‘Charles Oakley’ jersey to Knicks-Spurs game

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Spike Lee said he’d pack Phil Jackson’s bags for him, taking up for Carmelo Anthony against the Knicks president.

In the other feud involving the Knicks’ lousy leadership, Lee is clearly siding with Charles Oakley over James Dolan.

Lee, the famed Knicks fan, wore a “Charles Oakley” jersey to the Knicks’ win over the Spurs yesterday. Why the quotation marks? Because it started as a jersey of Landry Fields, who wore Nos. 6 and 2 in New York.

Ian Begley of ESPN:

Spike Lee didn’t have a Charles Oakley jersey when he needed one on Sunday. So he improvised. “I got every jersey, game-worn, but I couldn’t find an Oakley jersey. But I had three Landry Fields jerseys. So I took it to my guy, and he hooked it up. So officially, this is a Landry Fields jersey.”

Modified or not, Lee’s jersey still got his point across quite clearly.

Dolan has his sycophants. Lee stands with the people.

76ers ‘a little bit’ disappointed in Joel Embiid’s shirtless dancing at Meek Mill concert

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76ers center Joel Embiid has been out with a torn meniscus in his left knee, but that didn’t stop him from dancing shirtless on stage at the Meek Mill concert over the weekend.

Which of course led to a “a little bit” of moralizing.

Gordie Jones of CSN Philly:

Sixers president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo said before Saturday’s game against the Heat that it was “a little bit” disappointing that injured center Joel Embiid elected to hop onstage and dance at Friday’s Meek Mill concert in the Wells Fargo Center.

“Perhaps he crossed a line, perception-wise,” Colangelo added.

“It’s not the best thing to see when you wake up on Saturday morning and find out that was the case because I know the reaction,” Colangelo said of the video that surfaced of Embiid dancing, shirtless, at the show. “I understand some of the potential concern out there.”

Colangelo and Brown both emphasized that Embiid, who injured his left knee when he landed awkwardly after dunking against Portland on Jan. 20, has been moving well on the court in recent workouts.

As for the dancing, Colangelo said, “Being at a concert wasn’t disappointing. Probably being onstage and dancing was a little bit, given the circumstances and given the potential reaction. It’s understandable.”

Colangelo called Embiid “highly responsible” and added, “It’s hard to say to someone like Joel that has been a tremendous character and tremendous citizen for us, that he’s doing anything untoward or wrong.”

If Embiid did nothing that created a reasonable chance of aggravating his injury, the 76ers should have defended him and left it at that. Dancing is not the same physical challenge as playing an NBA game. Embiid is clearly passionate about helping his team. He should be allowed to have fun in his free time, and the 76ers should rebut those concerned by an apparently faulty perception of his health.

If Embiid’s injury requires him not to dance, the 76ers should address that. There have been numerous reports of Embiid not being steadfast enough in previous rehabs.

This middle-ground response is lacking, one way or another.

But if we take the 76ers at their word — that Embiid’s dancing was a problem only of perception — they owe him better public support.

 

Charles Oakley: ‘I’m not an alcoholic’

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Knicks owner James Dolan went on the radio and, piggybacking the team’s initial statement, suggested Charles Oakley has alcohol and/or anger issues. Oakley acknowledged drinking before reaching Madison Square Garden on Wednesday, but said that didn’t impact his ejection and arrest.

What role does alcohol play in Oakley’s life?

Marc Berman of the New York Post:

Oakley continues to help fight alcoholism in supporting his friend, ex-Net Jayson Williams, and assisting at treatment centers in Florida.

“Dolan might think because I go to volunteer at Rebound Institute treatment centers with Jayson that I’m a client,’’ Oakley told The Post. “I’m just supporting the amazing work Jayson is doing. I’m not an alcoholic, but Jayson is.’’

If Dolan truly believed Oakley has an alcohol problem, publicly diagnosing and discussing it would be shameful. If Dolan didn’t believe Oakley has an alcohol problem, accusing him of that would also be shameful.

No matter anything else, Dolan is wrong for making this a battleground in his public feud with the former Knicks forward.

NBA: Clippers got away with two key fouls late in win over Knicks

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The Charles Oakley drama distracted from the actual basketball game at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday, though the predictable result did little to generate intrigue anyway: The 32-21 Clippers beat the 22-32 Knicks.

However, with correct officiating down the stretch, New York might have pulled the upset.

The Knicks were shortchanged four late free throws due to incorrectly uncalled fouls in their 119-115 loss, according to the NBA’s Last Two Minute Report.

DeAndre Jordan blocked Derrick Rose‘s shot, but the Clippers center should’ve been whistled for a shooting foul with 1:03 left, per the league:

Jordan (LAC) makes contact to Rose’s (NYK) face during his drive to the basket.

A correct call would’ve meant two free throws for Rose, who’s shooting 87% from the line this season and 82% for his career.

We’ll never know how the game would’ve proceeded if Rose went to the line, but the Knicks trailed by three when Kristaps Porzingis should’ve drawn an Austin Rivers loose-ball foul while attempting to grab an offensive rebound with 10.2 seconds left, according to the league:

Rivers (LAC) makes contact to Porzingis’ (NYK) arm as he attempts to tip the rebound in.

Because the Knicks were in the penalty, a correct call would’ve meant two free throws for Porzingis, who’s shooting 78% on free throws this season and 81% for his career.

Instead, New York had to intentionally foul, and the Clippers added another free throw to reach their final four-point lead.