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Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban yells at an official during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016, in San Antonio. San Antonio won 112-83. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)
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Mark Cuban calls out Donald Trump’s son, Eric, for inaccurate Dallas photo


Hillary Clinton said, “You can put half of Trump supporters into what I call the ‘basket of deplorables.’ Right? Racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic, you name it.”

In a pretty lame attempt to refute that statement,* Donald Trump’s son, Eric Trump tweeted a photo he claimed was from a Friday rally in Pensacola, Fla.:

But Donald Trump drew that large crowd a year ago in Dallas, not last week in Pensacola. Mavericks owner Mark Cuban pointed out the inaccurate photo:

Here are actual photos of the Pensacola rally:

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gives a thumbs up during a rally, Friday, Sept. 9, 2016, in Pensacola, Fla. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gives a thumbs up during a rally, Friday, Sept. 9, 2016, in Pensacola, Fla. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

(AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

*Of course Donald Trump has supporters. Showing them – even accurately – does not invalidate Clinton’s claim. We should spend more time evaluating Clinton’s statement on the merits rather than denouncing its shock value.

Report: Wizards signing Johnny O’Bryant

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The Cavaliers present a wide opening for a fringe NBA player trying to make a regular-season roster.

The Wizards provide an even better opportunity.

Washington has just 12 players – three below the regular-season roster limit – with guaranteed salaries, and there’s no J.R. Smith waiting to fill a spot. The competition for those three roster slots isn’t fierce, either.

Jarell Eddie, Daniel Ochefu, Danuel House and Sheldon McClellan are signed to barely guaranteed deals. Ochefu, House and McClellan are undrafted free agents.

By comparison, Johnny O’Bryant looks like a seasoned veteran.

Jeff Goodman of ESPN:

The Bucks drafted O’Bryant No. 36 in 2014, and he spent the last two seasons in Milwaukee. He played as much as possible – starting 15 games as a rookie and playing 66 total last year – without making a noticeable dent one way or the other.

A 6-foot-9 power forward, O’Bryant relies on a mid-range jumper. Though improved, he’s not good enough from that range to overcome the inherent inefficiency of it. He at least bolsters his offensive contributions by hitting the glass hard.

O’Bryant’s lack of mobility and leaping ability hinder him defensively. He competes on that end, limiting his downside. But he’s still a defensive minus.

O’Bryant fits the mold of jump-shooting power forwards the Wizards favor, and he could help the team keep its style when Markieff Morris and Andrew Nicholson are out. If Washington values that over versatility, O’Bryant has a good shot of making the regular-season roster.

Even if not, he has a leg up on his current competition.

Nick Young says he might sit for national anthem

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Numerous current and former NBA players have supported Colin Kaepernick’s national-anthem protest.

But, as far as I’ve seen, none had openly discussed sitting or kneeling themselves before the Star Spangled Banner.

Until Lakers guard Nick Young.

Young on Kaepernick’s kneeling, via TMZ:

I would do the same thing.

So, he’ll kneel during the anthem? Young:

Nah, my knees hurt. But I might sit.

Young might have just been giving empty answers to a bothersome paparazzo. You can see Young, greeting others, outright ignoring the videographer’s other questions in the above video.

But Young still said he might sit.

Unfortunately for him, he might not be in the NBA – nor have the platform that affords – when the season begins.

Draymond Green backs Colin Kaepernick-fueled national-anthem protests

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Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant have supported Colin Kaepernick’s national-anthem protest.

Draymond Green joined his Warriors teammates in voicing solidarity with the cause.

After four Miami Dolphins took knees during the Star Spangled Banner, Dolphins owner Stephen Ross addressed the issue – prompting Green, a Michigander like Ross, to tweet.

Ross, via David Hyde of the South Florida SunSentinel (click link for video):

“I don’t think there was any lack of respect,” Ross said. “Everyone in this team and whole organization respects the flag and what it stands for. These guys are making a conversation about something that’s very important topic in this country. I’m 100 percent in support of them.”

“I don’t think there’s anyone in the organization, all the players included, that want to create any disrespect for this country, for this flag, for the soldiers or anything else. I think they know we’re 100 percent behind them,” Ross said.

“I think today, what has been brought up, is a conversation that needs to be had. I think they’re doing, in their way. I applaud them.


It is a conversation that needs to be had. This should be more about the racism Kaepernick, Arian Foster, Jelani Jenkins, Kenny Stills and Michael Thomas are trying to confront and less so about their method of protest.

Report: Trail Blazers signing Greg Stiemsma

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The Trail Blazers have just 14 players with guaranteed salaries – leaving one opening for the regular-season roster.

Greg Stiemsma is entering the competition for it.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

Stiemsma will battle Tim Quarterman ($75,000 guaranteed), Luis Montero  (unguaranteed) and Grant Jerrett (unguaranteed) for that last regular-season roster spot.

On one hand, Stiemsma is by far the most experienced of the bunch. He has played for the Celtics, Timberwolves, Pelicans and Raptors in a four-year NBA career.

On the other hand, he’s already 30 and probably past his physical prime. Known as a shot-blocker – a fair perception over a larger sample – he didn’t reject a single shot in his last NBA stint, 17 games with Toronto in 2014-15. That he played so little is also telling.

Portland is pretty deep with big men: Mason Plumlee, Meyers Leonard, Ed Davis, Noah Vonleh and Festus Ezeli. But Leonard’s and Ezeli’s injuries could open the door for Stiemsma.