Kurt Helin

Bojan Bogdanovic thinks Brooklyn Nets can make the playoffs

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Most prognosticators have the Brooklyn Nets being one of the worst teams in the NBA next season.

They should win a few more this season compared to the disaster of a season ago. With a good young player that hopefully stays healthy in Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, the addition of Jeremy Lin to run the point, plus they still have Brook Lopez in the middle, this season’s Nets should be more competitive. Without question, they will be more entertaining. But wins are going to be hard to come by; likely they win in the mid-20s.

Don’t tell Bojan Bogdanovic that.

After a summer where he led the Croatian national team deeper in the Olympics than anyone expected, he told the New York post he thinks the Nets can reach the postseason.

“I think we can,’’ Bogdanovic told the Post. “They can write what they want. … But we’re going to work hard to give it our best. When we get in a game, we have a chance to beat anybody. It’s going to be tough, but if we play like we practice, we have a chance.”

I like that Bogdanovic has this attitude — players should always aim for and expect the best.

But if I’m a Nets fan, I wouldn’t bet on this.

Tyronn Lue says Allen Iverson can coach with him

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When we think of Tyronn Lue and Allen Iverson together, we picture only one thing, Game 1 of the 2001 NBA Finals (unfortunately for Lue):

Iverson and Lue are now friends. During Allen Iverson’s brilliant Hall of Fame speech, Lue told a little story about calling out to Lue the following season, when Lue got a $5 million contract with Washington.

“And I said, ‘The only reason you got that little, $5 million a year is for running around after me.’ And the man looked at me and said what I would have said: ‘Thank you!’ And we’ve been (close) like this ever since.”

Iverson also said that point guards make the best coaches because they have to think the game. So when Lue recently tried to walk through LAX and got ambushed by a TMZ cameraman, he got asked if Iverson could be a coach.

Lue’s response: “He can come coach with me.” (Fast forward to 1:08 in the video)

 

Not sure Iverson has the personality to be a full-time NBA assistant, but he could drop in for a day at Cavaliers camp and it would be a lot of fun.

Bucks make signing of Xavier Henry to training camp deal official

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The Milwaukee Bucks already have 15 players under guaranteed contract, anyone they add to their training camp roster is a long shot to make the team. That said, the Bucks could use a little more depth on the wing.

Enter Xavier Henry. The Bucks made official on Monday what had been reported for weeks, Milwaukee is bringing Henry to training camp.

Henry was the No. 12 pick in the 2010 draft and had a world of athleticism but never really harnessed it into a dangerous weapon on the court. He started to show flashes with Mike D’Antoni’s Lakers, but a couple of knee injuries then a torn Achilles ended up being major setbacks.

Henry went to the Warriors camp last season then played nine games for Santa Clara in the D-League, where he averaged 15.6 points a game with a very efficient PER of 21.4. If he can show in camp that he is close to back to his Lakers form, he may be able to pique the interest of some NBA teams. Including the Bucks.

 

Former NBA player Samuel Dalembert charged with battery

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BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) Former NBA player Samuel Dalembert is facing battery charges after authorities say he hit his girlfriend and her cousin.

A Boca Raton police report says police responded to Dalembert’s home Sunday evening after a 911 hang-up. The woman and her cousin initially told officers nothing was wrong but eventually said the 7-foot, 270-pound Dalembert became upset after finding out that his girlfriend was leaving for Orlando with their two children.

The cousin told police Dalembert pushed the girlfriend down and then choked the cousin when he tried to intervene. Dalembert was arrested on two counts of battery and released from jail.

Dalembert played with the Philadelphia 76ers, Sacramento Kings, Houston Rockets, Milwaukee Bucks, Dallas Mavericks and New York Knicks during a 13-year NBA career.

Mariah Carey sings “Touch My Body” to Bulls’ Robin Lopez in Las Vegas

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Is this better than getting to hang with Chewbacca? Well, at least it smells better.

New Chicago Bulls center Robin Lopez was in Las Vegas at the Mariah Carey show when she brought him on stage, sat him down on a lounge and serenaded him, all filmed and posted online by Lopez’s girlfriend.

It’s good to be Robin Lopez. Apparently.