Kurt Helin

Draymond Green on Kevin Hart’s basketball skills: “He sucks”

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At All-Star Weekend in Toronto, ubiquitous comedian Kevin Hart got in a three-point shootout with Draymond Greenand tied him (Hart likes to say he won).

Does that mean Green has some respect for Hart’s game?

“But, no.”

That sums it up well. But to be exceptionally clear, Green also said, “he sucks.”

 

Chris Bosh says he is “absolutely” ready for start of training camp, keeps pressure on Heat

MIAMI, FL - JANUARY 04: Chris Bosh #1 of the Miami Heat shoots a foul shot during a game against the Indiana Pacers at American Airlines Arena on January 4, 2016 in Miami, Florida. 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. Mandatory copyright notice:  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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The Miami Heat doctors have yet to clear Chris Bosh to play for the team when training camp opens in a couple of weeks.

But Bosh’s campaign of pressure to get them to do so — to agree to a plan involving management of the serious blood clot issue that kept him out the second half of the last two seasons — continues. He has used social media in the past, plus had leaks from the Union side that the Heat were leaning toward a deal.

The latest salvo comes in the form of Bosh appearing on the Open Run podcast tied to The Uninterrupted, and was very clear when asked if he was ready for training camp.

“Absolutely. We’ve been talking about it for a long time. We released a statement in May that as soon as I’m ready to play, as soon as possible, I’ll play. I’m ready. I’ve done all my work working with the doctors. I’m in incredible shape. … I look good when I take my shirt off.”

Bosh said he expects he and his team of advisors to reach a deal with the Heat, and he thinks the owner wants to see him in camp.

“Especially with Micky Arison saying, ‘I’ll see you at camp.’ I think it’s moving forward,” Bosh said. “I have no reason to believe it’s not. We’ll finish this.”

The Heat are far more cautious. There are questions to be answered about what kind of blood thinners Bosh will take, would he come off them on game days (or use one that is gone from his system in eight hours), plus would there be travel or minutes restrictions. People with this kind of recurring blood clotting issue — and Bosh had a clot travel to his lung two years ago — are often on blood thinners for the remainder of their lives.

Miami wants to cover its bases. Bosh just wants to play.

The two sides likely will strike a deal. But until they do, Bosh is not going to let up the pressure.

Drake brought Kevin Durant on stage at Oracle Arena

ORLANDO, FL - FEBRUARY 26:  Hip Hop artist Drake greets Kevin Durant #35 of the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Western Conference during the 2012 NBA All-Star Game at the Amway Center on February 26, 2012 in Orlando, Florida.  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 Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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When he’s not attending Long Beach State women’s volleyball games, Drake is still on tour performing.

He was in Oakland Tuesday night at Oracle Arena, home of the Golden State Warriors — one of the many teams Drake seems to support beyond the Raptors. In Ohio Drake brought LeBron on stage, but in the Bay Area he called on Kevin Durant.

Yeah, that went over well with the crowd.

Did KD and Drake do a Rick James tribute together? That would have been savage.

Stephen Curry on Warriors: “we all think, you know, we’re the best player”

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 13:  NBA Player Steph Curry speaks onstage during TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2016 at Pier 48 on September 13, 2016 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Steve Jennings/Getty Images for TechCrunch)
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The question isn’t “do the Warriors have enough talent on the roster to win another NBA title?”

The question is “will all those egos make the sacrifices necessary to win an NBA title?”

Because if they do not, we know the Cleveland Cavaliers and San Antonio Spurs will make those sacrifices.

To a man, the Warriors have said there will be a transition period, but they are not worried. That they will put their egos aside to win. Stephen Curry said that again during a Silicone Valley tech event, as reported by Ananth Pandian of CBSSports.com.

“It’s going to work,” Curry said about the addition of Durant during a private fundraiser at TechCrunch Disrupt on Tuesday for the Africa-based malaria-prevention campaign Nothing but Nets he works with. “It’s going to be a huge transition. But I would say we had such a great dynamic with the ‘Strength in Numbers’ and the depth that we had on our team and obviously we had to give up a lot of that to get KD, so it will be a different way of going about our style.

“There are plenty of shots to go around,” Curry continued. “There are plenty of opportunities for everybody to shine. And obviously for us, we have healthy egos and that we all think, you know, we’re the best player, we’re confident when we go out there. But the only real objective is to win and if we don’t win, we know what that feeling’s like now and we don’t want that feeling.

“It will work. It will take some time to get in training camp to figure out.”

The Warriors on the roster — Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, etc. — have made those sacrifices before and figured it out. They have a title and back-to-back Finals trips to show for it. But this will be different in style as Durant likes the ball in his hands, too. Plus he can work well on the wing or in the post (people underestimate just how good a post player KD is). It’s going to mean fewer touches, fewer points for everyone.

It’s easy to say you’ll figure it out and make the sacrifices. More than one team has stumbled on the execution.

The Warriors are still and should be the favorites to win the NBA title. This is a league where talent wins out the majority of the time, and they have the most talent. But their margin for error is small.

Sacramento Kings create DeMarcus Cousins in Madden and he’s a beast

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 04:  DeMarcus Cousins of the United States speaks with the media during a press conference at the Main Press Centre ahead of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games on August 4, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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Officially, DeMarcus Cousins is 6’11” and 270 pounds. He’s strong, he’s agile, and he plays the game with a raw aggression in the post. The only thing that can slow him down is FIBA referees.

So for national video games day, the Sacramento Kings social media team decided to create Cousins in Madden 17, and make him a running back for the Raiders. And he is a beast.

Earl Cambell, eat your heart out.

If you feel like spoiling the fun and noting that in real life this wouldn’t work (Cousins’ center of gravity is too high), or that he’s doing this against the Saints defense and you or I could run for 100 yards and three TDs against them, just keep it to yourself. We’re having fun here.