Kurt Helin

Justin Timberlake bringing half-court shot back, hits two of them (VIDEO)


I’m lovin’ it.

Justin Timberlake is part owner of the Memphis Grizzlies, and since his team was in Los Angeles to take on the Lakers Tuesday night he decided to take in the game. Yes, he was able to swing really good seats to watch his team get crushed.

After the game, he also got to go out on the court and take a few half court shots in a mostly empty Staples Center. Because he’s Justin freakin’ Timberlake, that’s why.

Not a bad thing — he nailed two of them.

Still got that range… Grizz took the L. All good though… bounce back!!!

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And just in case y'all thought it was a fluke…

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Is there anything this guy doesn’t do well?

Russell Westbrook hits referee in head with ball after play stops, gets technical (VIDEO)


The good news for Russell Westbrook was that during the past week the NBA rescinded two of his technical fouls: Nov. 14 at Detroit and  Dec. 17 against Phoenix. That dropped his total for the season from 11 down to nine.

To celebrate, Westbrook picked up another Wednesday night.

You can see the video above: Westbrook dribbled the ball up the court and just as he gets over half court a timeout is called (a common move by teams). Westbrook tries to toss the ball to Sean Corbin on the baseline, but Corbin is not looking for it and the ball just bangs him in the head.

Westbrook got a technical for it. He didn’t deserve it, I know the ref got hit in the head but it’s clear there is no intent there, other than the intention to give the ball to the official like he is supposed to. The letter of the law may say technical, but sometimes you need to take the spirit of the rule into account.

Hopefully, the league will rescind this one, too.

Report: Jarrett Jack almost back from knee surgery, will audition for teams

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Teams will come take a look — plenty of teams could use a solid, veteran backup point guard who can get a team some buckets. Jarrett Jack might be able to be that again — averaged 12.8 points and 7.4 assists in the 32 games he played last season in Brooklyn.

However, teams are going to be skeptical for two reasons: He’s coming off ACL surgery, and now is 33 years old.

Jack was signed by the Hawks last summer but waived during training camp because he could not get healthy. He’s healthy now and ready for teams to take a look, reports Marc Stein of ESPN.

Jack isn’t the player he once was: He relies far more on his outside shot than ability to drive the paint, and he’s not a great defender. That said, off the bench on the right team he could certainly play a role. Teams will take a look.

Sixers waive Hollis Thompson, some team likely to claim him on waivers


Most of the time, when a player is waived he clears waivers and 48 hours later becomes a free agent, who goes on to sign somewhere else.

With Hollis Thompson, some team is going to claim him off the waiver wire.

The Sixers did waive him Wednesday, something reported by CSNPhilly.com, providing roster flexibility heading into a trade deadline where Philadelphia is expected to be active. The move was made before Thompson’s $1 million contract became fully guaranteed (that deadline is Jan. 10, with players to be waived by Jan. 7 to make sure they clear waivers before the 10th).

This is not a move the Sam Hinkie regime would have made. Thompson has gotten a lot more run than the average guy cut loose — he’s averaged 18.1 minutes a game off the bench for the Sixers and only missed two games all season. Projected as a “3&D” guy off the bench, he is shooting 36.6 percent from three, which is down from his previous seasons, but not poor. He’s dangerous from the corners.

There are a lot of teams that could use a three-point shooter off the bench, which it is expected some team will sign Thompson.

Why did the Sixers waive a guy who is contributing? Because they want the roster spot. That could temporarily go to a point guard (Jerryd Bayless and Sergio Rodriguez are both out injured), but what the Sixers really want is the ability to take on a player or a contract as the trade deadline approaches, giving them options.

We will update you where Thompson lands.

PBT Podcast: Chicago Bulls talk with Sean Highkin of The Athletic

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Rajon Rondo is waiving towels from the bench and no longer in the rotation, is he long for Chicago?

Would the Bulls listen to Jimmy Butler trade offers? Taj Gibson?

The Bulls are scrambling for a playoff spot in the East, and Kurt Helin of NBC Sports breaks it all down with Sean Highkin who covers the Bulls for The Athletic. The discuss trades, what worked and what hasn’t and if the John Paxson/Gar Forman front office is safe.

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