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Boston Police Department honors Red Auerbach for Black History Month

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Bill Russell is a Civil Rights pioneer and Celtics legend. He is absolutely the type of American hero worthy of honoring and studying for Black History Month.

As architect of multiple Celtics dynasties, Red Auerbach is also worthy of praise. But maybe not in this context:

The Boston Police Department later deleted the tweet, called attention to its Russell tweet from a week-and-a-half ago and apologized:

The problem isn’t that people were offended. The problem was that the BPD couldn’t think of another black Bostonian worthy of honoring beyond Russell so, having already named him, just moved on to his white boss – which speaks to why we need a specific Black History Month in the first place.

J.R. Smith dunks on, stares down Aron Baynes (video)

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In November, J.R. Smith said the Cavaliers wouldn’t pay attention to the hot-starting Celtics until after the All-Star break.

I think Cleveland’s bold trades might have energized Smith a little sooner, as this dunk on Aron Baynes in the Cavs’ rout of Boston yesterday exemplifies.

Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated:

BOSTON – Cleveland Cavaliers general manager Koby Altman proudly waited outside the visiting locker room after the final buzzer to give LeBron James and the players on his victorious new-look team an appreciative fist pound on Sunday afternoon. Injured forward Kevin Love yelled out, “There you go! There you go.” Sharpshooter Kyle Korver gave a look of pleasant surprise. Guard J.R. Smith yelled out, “We got an [expletive] squad now.” And before James hit the locker room door, former NBA great Kevin Garnett hugged him and said, “Y’all look so different.”

Blake Griffin throws ball off back of Dennis Schroder’s head (video)

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I don’t know Blake Griffin‘s intent. He was upset with the official about a foul and immediately apologized to Dennis Schroder. This might have been accidental.

But a technical foul was absolutely the right call. You can’t allow players to throw the ball at the back of an opponent’s head during a stoppage, purposefully or not.

From Knicks to Pelicans, Forbes values every NBA team at at least $1 billion

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In 2015, the Hawks sold for $850 million. That was the last time an NBA franchise went for less than $1 billion.

It might never happen again.

Forbes valued every NBA franchise – led by the Knicks ($3.6 billion), Lakers ($3.3 billion) and Warriors ($3.1) – at at least $1 billion in its annual valuations. Though these are just estimates, they’re the best publicly available data on the worth of each NBA team.

The full rankings:

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Report: Clippers thought they were close to trading DeAndre Jordan to Cavaliers

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Like with Lou Williams, the Clippers were working multiple fronts on DeAndre Jordan in advance of Thursday’s trade deadline – a trade or extension.

Unlike with Williams, who signed an extension, there was no deal with Jordan.

But did anything come close?

Clippers executives Lawrence Frank and Jerry West said the team offered Jordan an extension. And he certainly came up in trade talks.

ESPN:

The pieces were in place Thursday, and the Los Angeles Clippers thought they were close to a deal that would have sent starting center DeAndre Jordan to the Cavaliers, when news surfaced of the blockbuster trade that Cleveland instead had with the Lakers, sources have told ESPN’s Brian Windhorst.

Jordan, via Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times:

“I tell the truth,” Jordan said Friday. “No offer.”

This is all so cloudy.

Just because the Clippers thought they were close to trading Jordan to Cleveland doesn’t mean they were right. It’s can be very hard to ascertain another team’s thinking. The Cavs, of course, made a couple blockbuster trades elsewhere.

If Jordan set parameters for an acceptable extension and the Clippers proposed less, was that an “offer”? They might say yes. He might say no.

What’s clear: Jordan is still with L.A. and will be for the rest of the season. He holds a $24,119,025 player option for next season, and he’s still extension-eligible until he opts out (or Jun 30, 2019 if he opts in).

It’s too late to unilaterally trade him. Now, it’s predicated on him opting in. And there’s at least miscommunication – and maybe even, especially now, mistrust – interfering with a possible extension.