Kurt Helin

John Wall put on passing show with 14 assists as Wizards rout Thunder

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Between the legs. Finding guys in transition. Driving and dishing in the half-court.

If there was a way for John Wall to rack up an assist against the Thunder Monday night, he did it. Combine that with some hot shooting from Washington (9-of-13 from three) and the Wizards cruised to a 120-98 win.

Wall looked every bit the All-Star in this one.

Suns’ Derrick Jones Jr. puts on All-Star Dunk Contest preview in warmups


Derrick Jones Jr. has never dunked in an NBA game.

But the athleticism of the Suns’ wing got in invited into Friday night’s All-Star Saturday Dunk Contest, and in warmups Monday night Jones gave the people a little preview of what they may get to see on Saturday night.

Damn, this could be fun Saturday night.

The Magic’s Aaron Gordon comes in the man to beat, and Glenn Robinson III and DeAndre Jordan have thrown their hats in the ring as well.

Kevin Love has MRI on knee Sunday, Cavaliers decide to get second opinion

Associated Press

This isn’t automatically bad news, but that was just a red flag that just went up.

Kevin Love tweaked his knee during the Cavaliers win over the Nuggets Saturday, and Sunday the team decided to get an MRI done. The results? We don’t know, the team isn’t talking about it, but they are getting a second opinion reports Tom Withers at the Associated Press.

Kevin Love’s left knee injury has the Cavaliers concerned about the All-Star forward, who will get a second opinion while his teammates are in Minnesota.

Love has been ruled out of Tuesday’s game against the Timberwolves, his former team, and there is a strong possibility he’ll miss more time. The Cavs host Indiana on Wednesday in their final game before the All-Star break…

The 28-year-old complained of soreness and had swelling following Saturday’s win over Denver. He underwent an MRI on Sunday, and while the Cavs have not disclosed results of the procedure, the fact that Love will visit another doctor suggests that something was detected.

Love is scheduled to play for the Eastern Conference in this weekend’s All-Star Game. That now could be in doubt.

Love has found a real comfort level playing next to LeBron James and Kyrie Irving this season, and he has averaged 20 points and 11.1 rebounds a game.


After James Dolan, Charles Oakley meet together with Adam Silver, Oakley invited back to MSG


Apparently what James Dolan needed was an adult in the room. Or a couple of adults, one on the phone.

In the wake of Knicks legend Charles Oakley being thrown out of a Knicks game last week and being arrested after a scuffle with security guards — a situation where the Knicks’ owner looked petty and lost in public perception after saying this was all on Oakley and the former player may have a drinking problem — the two men got called to the principal’s office, er… NBA Commissioner Adam Silver’s office. Then they got Michael Jordan on the phone.

Silver released this statement.

“It is beyond disheartening to see situations involving members of the NBA family like the one that occurred at Madison Square Garden this past week.  In an effort to find a path forward, New York Knicks owner Jim Dolan, Charles Oakley, and I met today at the league office, along with Michael Jordan, who participated by phone.

“Both Mr. Oakley and Mr. Dolan were apologetic about the incident and subsequent comments, and their negative impact on the Knicks organization and the NBA.  Mr. Dolan expressed his hope that Mr. Oakley would return to MSG as his guest in the near future.

“I appreciate the efforts of Mr. Dolan, Mr. Oakley and Mr. Jordan to work towards a resolution of this matter.”

Translated: This looked bad for the league so I forced a detente.

Oakley will be brought back to the Garden soon, which was really the only outcome where Dolan didn’t look like a complete… you fill in the derogatory term of choice. There are a lot that fit. I like that Silver stepped in and called on the big gun in Jordan to get this worked out. Oakley doesn’t have to like Dolan (just like most Knicks fans) and Dolan doesn’t have to like Oakley, but at least be civil. It’s not that hard.

Well done: Jazz to raise money for cancer research with their jersey “ad”


This is how you run a smaller market franchise the right way.

A few weeks back, the Miller family announced that the Utah Jazz are being put in a trust that would ensure the team would remain in Salt Lake City for the foreseeable future.

Now comes news that they have partnered with Qualtrics, a Utah-based data research company, to use the ad space on the team’s jersey next season to raise money for cancer research. From the team press release:

Rather than placing the company’s logo on the jersey for the 2017-2018 season, Qualtrics is sponsoring the patch in the name of its charity — 5 For The Fight — to raise funds to accelerate the pace of innovative cancer research…

The 5 For The Fight logo will be placed on all Jazz game uniforms, calling attention to a global campaign that invites everyone to donate $5 to cancer research. Qualtrics will sponsor the patch and the Utah Jazz will integrate the groundbreaking effort to support cancer research into other highly visible Jazz platforms such as in-game signage and activities, digital and social media content, and arena signage and broadcasting….

“This is the right thing to do,” Qualtrics CEO Ryan Smith said. “As much as I would love to put Qualtrics on it, this idea of raising $50 million for cancer research was something we couldn’t stop thinking about it. The Jazz were open to our ideas and how we wanted to use the patch.”

Well done. Here’s what it will look like.

Starting next season, teams can put small patch ads on the left shoulder area of jerseys. Before today, four teams had announced the sale of jersey patch ads: Boston, Sacramento, Philadelphia, and now Brooklyn.