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Former Pistons, Pacers coach George Irvine dies at age 69

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Pacers say former NBA coach George Irvine has died. He was 69 and had been battling cancer.

The Pacers announced the death Tuesday after speaking with Irvine’s family.

He became Indiana’s head coach in 1984 after three seasons as an assistant with the team. He went 48-116 in two seasons and later returned as the Pacers interim coach in 1988-89. Irvine got a second chance with Detroit in 1999-2000 and stuck around for one more season. The Washington state native finished his head coaching career with a record of 100-190.

Irvine also served as an assistant with the Pacers, Pistons, Golden State, Denver and the Virginia Squires in the defunct ABA. The Seattle Supersonics took him in the eighth round of the 1970 draft.


Shaq says he’s running for sheriff in 2020

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Shaquille O’Neal has long been infatuated with law enforcement, and he says he’ll dive deeper into the field.

Shaq, via Julie Wolfe of WXIA Atlanta:

“In 2020, I plan on running for Sheriff.”

SHAQ FOR SHERIFF?! Yep, he’s serious.

He could run for Sheriff in Henry County, where he is a resident. The incumbent there is up for reelection in 2020. He could run in Florida where he also has residency. He also could move somewhere between now and 2020, and establish new residency.

“I haven’t made my mind up yet,” he said.

“This is not about politics. This is about bringing people closer together,” Shaq said. “You know, when I was coming up, people love and respected the police, the deputies. And, I want to be the one to bring that back, especially in the community I serve.”

“I can put on a suit and have a conversation with Bill Gates. I can go in the hood and talk to the homies, and talk to the children.”

“I know how to run a team. My style is going to be to surround myself with guys who have been doing it way longer than I’ve been doing it. Surround myself with smarter people.”

There are many reasons this is a terrible idea. Policing is serious business with lives on the line. Shaq doesn’t have the experience or temperament to do the job well.

I hope this, as with many things he says publicly, is a joke – because, if he runs, he might win.

Draymond Green to Kristaps Porzingis: ‘You lying, bro. You weren’t hacked’

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Kelly Olynyk: I’m not dirty. Draymond Green: Yes, you are.

Kristaps Porzingis: I was hacked. Draymond Green: No, you weren’t.

The Knicks forward tweeted and deleted:

Green could relate.

Green on the Dray Day podcast:

Listen, man. I had an episode on social media this summer, and the first thing I said was I was hacked. And then I thought about it and I said, “You know what? I wasn’t hacked.”

Kristaps, I’m sorry, but no one believes you. You weren’t hacked. You’re trying to go to the Clippers.

Kristaps, you lying, bro. You weren’t hacked. Maybe you was drunk, and your true feelings came out, and you tweeted your true feelings. But you weren’t hacked, my man. Trust me. I had worse episode than what you just did on social media, and the first thing I said was, “Aw, man. I was hacked.” It’s the first thing you think of. But, brother, if the Clippers is where you’re trying to go, come on to this West.

I have no idea whether Porzingis was hacked. I have no idea what the tweet, sent by him or someone else, was supposed to mean. So, despite Green’s accusations and inferences, Porzingis maintains plenty of plausible deniability.

Green’s Snapchat snafu, well, that one was harder to cover.

Isaiah Thomas appears to tell Wizards fan: ‘I’ll f— you up’ (video)

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In a heated Game 3 of Celtics-Wizards, Isaiah Thomas had some harsh words for a Washington fan. It appeared he said:

I’ll f— you up. You know that.

Make sure after, come right here and say it.

Who knows what the fan told Thomas? It seems likely the Boston guard was provoked. Depending on the initial heckle, Thomas’ response might have been reasonable – and even welcomed by the provocateur.

But the NBA has thrice fined DeMarcus Cousins for directing profanity toward fans on video. This stuff happens, but the league doesn’t investigate every instance – unless it’s caught on video. That seems to be the line, and Thomas got caught crossing it.

Russell Westbrook calls Oklahoma home in new commercial (video)

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Late last month, Russell Westbrook said he hadn’t thought signing a contract extension with the Thunder.

But he also said, “Obviously, Oklahoma City is a place that I want to be.” He also called Oklahoma home in a new commercial.

Neither means he’ll remain with the Thunder beyond next season, but I don’t believe he’d mislead fans so strongly if he didn’t plan to stay. Westbrook is too good at branding himself for that, and post-Decision, players are more conscious about framing their exits.

He has built his image, in contrast to Kevin Durant, on loyalty to Oklahoma City. Westbrook could always pivot, but that gets harder if he keeps sending signals about his devotion to the Thunder.