Mario Chalmers got a head start on his Christmas break.
The backup point guard – who has played well since being traded to the Grizzlies – was ejected in the second quarter of tonight’s Memphis-Washington game.
Chalmers got tangled with Wizards forward Kris Humphries and got called for a foul. Then he picked up two technical fouls.
Michael Lee of Yahoo Sports:
The Grizzlies don’t play again until Saturday in Charlotte.
Merry early Christmas!
Rajon Rondo – who badly needs to repair his reputation after using an anti-gay slur in a tirade against a referee and initially failing to adequately apologize – did himself no favors tonight.
DeMarcus Cousins and Ben McLemore got hurt on the same defensive play against the Pacers. While team personnel attended to Cousins and McLemore – who both stayed in the game – Rondo kicked a camera behind the baseline.
The NBA fined Grizzlies guard Tony Allen $15,000 for slapping a camera last season. Expect Rondo to receive a similar penalty.
Networks pay a lot of money to televise NBA games. The league is, rightfully, protective of its media partners and their employees.
Beyond the financial implications, this is just the wrong way to act. A cameraman can get hurt when the heavy equipment he’s holding to his face suddenly moves.
I understand Rondo’s desire to shield his teammates, who were clearly in agony. He wanted to give them a little privacy. But he could have simply stood in front of the camera, a tactic players use all the time.
The NBA wanted to spread its influence by having players – Stephen Curry, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul and Joakim Noah – appear in a PSA about ending gun violence.
It reached the highest office in the land.
President Barack Obama:
Speaking up is a good first step, and kudos to the NBA and those players for getting involved.
Now, it’s on politicians like Obama to actually do something.
Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James have been linked their entire NBA careers – as top picks in the 2003 NBA draft, star small forwards and friends.
But they’re splitting paths for tonight’s Knicks-Cavaliers game.
Melo is obviously the big loss, but New York will also miss Kyle O'Quinn, a solid backup.
The Knicks (14-15) are probably overmatched against the Cavaliers (18-7) either way. But with a high effort level, New York at least has a chance, even without its star.
Mavericks president Donnie Nelson said Rick Carlisle could coach the team as long as Carlisle wanted, and Dallas backed that up with a five-year, $35 million contract extension.
Now – after the Maverick fell behind the Raptors by 18 in the first quarter en route to a 103-99 loss yesterday – Carlisle is wielding that power.
Carlisle, via Eddie Sefko of The Dallas Morning News:
“We got our ass kicked at the beginning of the game,” Carlisle said. “We knew they were going to come out hard. They’re very aggressive by nature. We talked a lot about it. And frankly, it was embarrassing.
“Look, it was a 24-minute take-you-to-the-beach, kick-your-butt, kick-sand-in-your-face type deal. And we come in at halftime and we’re finally pissed. I get on their case and we decide to bust our ass in the third quarter. If it’s going to be like that, these guys aren’t going to be Mavericks very long. I can promise you that.”
The Mavericks are a surprising 15-13 and fifth in the Western Conference, but they’re 6-9 in the last month. There’s clearly urgency to accomplish something in Dirk Nowitzki‘s final season. Hence, Carlisle’s loud – and public – message.
I’m sure this isn’t the first time this season Carlisle has sharply criticized his team’s effort. But that he’s now doing it publicly shows just how frustrated he has become.
The Mavericks better listen if they want to stay in Dallas, because unlike most coach-player disputes, Carlisle might actually have the authority to break up the roster.