Dan Feldman

MOUNT POCONO, PA - JULY 30:  TV personality and chef Guy Fieri prepares a meal at his restaurant Guy Fieri's Mt. Pocono Kitchen during the Guy Fieri Meet & Greet held at Mount Airy Casino Resort on July 30, 2016 in Mount Pocono, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Paul Zimmerman/Getty Images for Mount Airy Casino Resort)
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Guy Fieri says he recruited Kevin Durant to Warriors

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The Warriors recruited Kevin Durant throughout the season, but Draymond Green said he took a break during the playoffs.

Apparently, Guy Fieri filled the void.

Fieri in a Q&A with First We Feast

I remember telling his agent during the Playoffs, “I know he’s coming up, you’ve gotta get him to Golden State.”

First We Feast: Wait a second—you predicted it would happen?

Fieri says: You can ask his agent, I said it to him during the Playoffs. I even have the text. I said, “It’s coming up, I want him, you gotta bring him.” And he was laughing—yeah, yeah, yeah—and he blew me off.

If Oklahomans have their way, this won’t be the only restaurant to close.

Vanessa Carlton excuses Carmelo Anthony’s grumpiness during Team USA singalong

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 30:  Musician Vanessa Carlton performs at City Winery on November 30, 2015 in New York City.  (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images)
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Carmelo Anthony was notably silent during Team USA’s airborne rendition of Vanessa Carlton’s “A Thousand Miles”:

Melo ain't having it…😂

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Carlton let Melo off the hook:

Report: Beno Udrih has standing offer from Heat

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Beno Udrih — out for the season due to injury and in the final year of his contract — sacrificed $90,000 to get the Heat under the luxury-tax line last season.

Miami hasn’t repaid him.

Yet.

Ira Winderman of the South Florida SunSentinel:

Beno Udrihessentially with a standing invitation at the veteran minimum if he cannot find more elsewhere

Other teams were reportedly upset by Udrih’s team-friendly buyout — for good reason. The Collective Bargaining Agreement outlaws any agreements on future contracts, the type of arrangement that appears to be in place here.

The 34-year-old Udrih is a borderline NBA player. It’s worth more than $90,000 to him to assure himself an NBA salary next season. Likewise, the Heat saved big by dodging the luxury tax.

It’s other teams — that didn’t receive Miami’s share of luxury-tax payments, that had to face the Heat with Joe Johnson (whose signing temporarily pushed them over the line) — that lost.

Expect more grumbling once Udrih officially signs.

Charles Barkley to host ‘The Race Card’ TV show

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 12: Basketball player Charles Barkley speaks onstage as Fall Out Boy takes the stage at American Express All-Star Live at Hammerstein Ballroom broadcast live on TNT to tip-off NBA All-Star 2015 on February 12, 2015 in New York City.  (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images for American Express)
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Charles Barkley is never shy about speaking his mind.

The former NBA great turned broadcaster will have another platform to do it.

Michael Ausiello of TVLine:

TNT is playing The Race Card.

The cabler has enlisted Charles Barkley to host the six-episode unscripted series that will find the NBA legend traveling around America in an effort to “bust up the echo chamber mentality that so often has people retreating to corners of the like-minded, where views are reinforced and ideas are distorted into angry, unexamined groupthink conclusions.”

In an interview with CNN, Barkley said, “We as black people, we have a lot of crooks. We can’t just wait until something like (the Brown shooting) happens. We have to look at ourselves in the mirror.”

“There is a reason that they racially profile us in the way they do. Sometimes it is wrong, and sometimes it is right,” Barkley said.

Charles Barkley is a very, very rich man, whose fame and celebrity have protected him from the kind of hostility and harassment from the police that thousands of other Americans, especially African-Americans, experience every day. It’s easy for Charles Barkley to lecture protesters and looters and mourning families about how to deal with anger. But most Americans can’t defuse a “tense” police situation with the aid of celebrity.

I suggest reading Johnson’s column in full and not relying on Barkley to fill your understanding of race in America.

 

Bucks sign No. 36 pick Malcolm Brogdon

RALEIGH, NC - MARCH 19:  Malcolm Brogdon #15 of the Virginia Cavaliers looks on in the first half against the Butler Bulldogs during the second round of the 2016 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at PNC Arena on March 19, 2016 in Raleigh, North Carolina.  (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
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Four 2016 first-rounders made the USA Basketball select team: No. 2 pick Brandon Ingram, No. 5 pick Kris Dunn, No. 14 pick Denzel Valentine and No. 25 pick Brice Johnson.

And then there’s No. 36 pick Malcolm Brogdon, the only 2016 second-rounder on the roster.

Brogdon clearly made an impression on Jerry Colangelo at Virginia, and the least-heralded select-team rookie will have a chance to show why in the NBA next season.

Bucks release:

The Milwaukee Bucks have signed 2016 NBA Draft picks Thon Maker(10th overall) and Malcolm Brogdon (36th overall), General Manager John Hammond announced today.

Brogdon signed a three-year contract, according to Yahoo Sports, and his salaries will be: $925,000, $955,249 and $1,050,262. Just the first two seasons are guaranteed.

I’m surprised Brogdon settled for so little. Conditions are favorable for second-rounders, and the Bucks have a few million left in cap room. Would they have really let Brogdon sign the required tender — a one-year contract, surely unguaranteed at the minimum, teams must offer a second-round pick to maintain his rights — rather than pay more than he got?

Even if he signed the tender, it’s unlikely Milwaukee would’ve waived Brogdon so soon after drafting him. That’d make the team look bad.

And next summer, the Bucks would’ve had to offer Brogdon a fully guaranteed$1,105,249 qualifying offer to make him a restricted free agent. That’s higher than his 2017-18 salary. The alternative — Milwaukee letting him becoming an unrestricted free agent — wouldn’t have been so bad, either. He could have negotiated with all 30 teams rather than only the one that drafted him.

Alas, Brogdon gets more security with this deal — not enough where I’d advise him to sign it, but everyone has their own appetite for risk. Now, he can be a little more patient about finding a role in Milwaukee’s wing rotation.