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HOUSTON, TEXAS - APRIL 04:  Former NBA player and commentator Charles Barkley looks on prior to the 2016 NCAA Men's Final Four National Championship game between the Villanova Wildcats and the North Carolina Tar Heels at NRG Stadium on April 4, 2016 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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Charley Barkley on Kevin Durant-boosted Warriors: ‘I just don’t think you can win a championship shooting jumpers’

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Charles Barkley lost.

The Warriors won.

Golden State’s 2015 title invalidated Barkley’s claim that a jumps-shooting team can’t win a title.

Really, it was always silly to define the Warriors, who took the seventh-highest percentage of their shots from beyond the arc and ranked first in points allowed per possession, as a jump-shooting team rather than a defensive team. Heck, the whole argument was silly, because the 2013 Heat won a championship with an outside-heavy offense.

Golden State’s title just completely obliterated the discussion.

Yet, Barkley can’t let it go.

Howard Beck of Bleacher Report:

I don’t think Barkley really believes this. It’s just part of his shtick. And, yes, I’m guilty of indulging him.

But there are people who take Barkley seriously as analyst – even though he (hypocritically) criticized Durant for ring chasing… by joining a team Barkley says can’t win a title.

Report: Chris Bosh not necessarily planning to play this season

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 26:  Chris Bosh #1 of the Miami Heat in action against the Brooklyn Nets during their game at the Barclays Center on January 26, 2016 in New York City.   NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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The Heat sound done with Chris Bosh, but they reportedly won’t waive Bosh until after March 1.

That’s their only way of of ensuring Bosh won’t count against the salary cap next summer, if a doctor deems his career over. If he plays 25 games (regular-season and playoffs combined) with another team, his salary would be returned to the Heat’s cap. He could play 28 playoff games alone, but if waived after March 1, he wouldn’t be eligible for the postseason.  It’s a harsh reality, but it’s the only prudent path for Miami.

How does Bosh feel about being stuck most of the season and then ineligible for the playoffs?

Maybe not as aggrieved as you’d think.

Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald:

we hear Bosh – who wants to play again – isn’t necessarily planning to play this season.

At the moment, an attempted comeback next season is considered more likely (with another team, if he can find one to clear him medically), though it’s impossible for Bosh or anyone to know how soon he can play.

Bosh is making no attempt, at this time, to force the issue and make the Heat release him.

Bosh’s blood clots are a serious issue, and most doctors agree he can’t safely play while on blood thinners and that blood thinners are necessary for him after multiple clotting episodes. There are mixed signals how much Bosh respects the danger.

So, I can see him preferring a fresh start in 2017-18 rather than rushing into a new situation for March and April.

But there are several steps before Bosh can join another team, even then.

First, an doctor jointly selected by the NBA and union must rule whether playing NBA basketball would subject Bosh to a “medically unacceptable risk of suffering a life-threatening or permanently disabling injury or illness.”

If a doctor doesn’t make that determination, the Heat have no salary-cap incentive to waive Bosh. If a doctor does make that determination, will another team really sign him?

At best, there’s a very narrow path to Bosh playing again outside Miami – no matter when he feels ready.

Ty Lawson reportedly partied in Las Vegas night before missed flight, agent says Kings gave permission to miss flight

ANAHEIM, CA - OCTOBER 04:  Ty Lawson #10 of the Sacramento Kings attempts a pass between Yi Jianlian #11 and Jordan Clarkson #6 of the Los Angeles Lakers during a preseason game at Honda Center on October 4, 2016 in Anaheim, California.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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Ty Lawson was late to a Kings shootaround then missed a team flight – a troubling sign for a player on an unguaranteed contract with a history of DUIs and, according to a former employer, practicing while smelling of alcohol.

But Sacramento appears ready to roll with Lawson regardless.

What exactly happened with Lawson and the Kings, who played in Las Vegas on Thursday and Lexington, Ky., on Saturday?

TMZ:

Sacramento Kings star Ty Lawson was partying his face off with teammates at a Vegas club Thursday night before missing a team flight on Friday morning … TMZ Sports has learned.

Ty’s agent, Happy Walters, tells us Ty asked for and received permission from the team to miss the flight.

There’s nothing wrong with an adult going out in Las Vegas and enjoying himself. Nobody fretted about Kevin Durant and Draymond Green doing it.

But this saga is obviously more complex than that.

Vlade Divac said Lawson apologized for missing the flight. If Lawson had permission to miss the flight, what was he apologizing for? Or if Lawson didn’t apologize, why did Divac say the point guard did?

Sometimes, agents just spin a story to make their clients look more favorable. But, sometimes, the Kings twist themselves to make a difficult situation even worse.

It’s even money on which is the case here.

Nicolas Batum misses open fastbreak game-winner in paint (video)

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With last night’s Hornets-Bulls game tied, Nicolas Batum stole an inbound pass with 2.4 seconds left and coasted into the paint with nobody in front of him.

And missed.

That surely rankled both teams, because nobody wants to play overtime in the preseason.

To be fair, runners can be tougher than they look, especially if the player isn’t used to them. Batum could’ve pulled up for a jumper, but the clock rushed him.

Charlotte won, 108-104, in the burdensome extra period.

Michael Carter-Williams picks No. 1 with the Bulls, quickly changes to No. 7 after backlash from Derrick Rose fans

CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 27:  Derrick Rose #1 of the Chicago Bulls knocks the ball away from Michael Carter-Williams #5 of the Milwaukee Bucks during the first round of the 2015 NBA Playoffs at the United Center on April 27, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agress that, by downloading and or using the photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Michael Carter-Williams wore No. 1 at Syracuse.

He wore No. 1 with the 76ers.

And after being traded from the Bucks – who already retired No. 1 for Oscar Robertson, forcing Carter-Williams to wear No. 5 – he planned to wear No. 1 with the Bulls:

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One problem: Derrick Rose – Chicago native and former MVP – wore No. 1 with the Bulls the last eight years.

Though Chicago traded Rose to the Knicks, enough Rose fans found Carter-Williams’ choice – and the Bulls’ willingness to accommodate it – objectionable. After they made their voices heard on social media, Carter-Williams backed off.

Chuck Garfien of CSN Chicago:

Should the Bulls retire No. 1 for Rose? He’s no Michael Jordan or Scottie Pippen, but Rose at least deserves discussion considering Jerry Sloan and Bob Love are the other two Chicago players with their numbers retired. I’d lean no. Restricted severely by injuries, Rose just did so little outside his MVP season and won just three playoff series.

But this discussion should mostly be moot here. Teams give away numbers that will later be retired all the time. Maybe they shouldn’t, because fans get so up in arms. But maybe fans should realize another player taking a uniform number is no big deal.

If Carter-Williams stuck with No. 1, any controversy would’ve faded quickly. Changing to No. 7 will quiet critics even faster, and if that’s what Carter-Williams preferred, good for him. I just don’t believe ceding to the public pressure accomplished much for him.