This is some Kentucky on Kentucky crime.
DeMarcus Cousins is spending more time on the perimeter in George Karl’s offense and he gets the ball out at the top of the arc, and when Kendrick Perkins closes out on him, Cousins puts the ball on the floor and is not going to be intimidated by Anthony Davis trying to protect the rim.
Then Cousins mean mugs a little. He earned that right.
The Kings beat the Pelicans 107-98, Cousins had 19 points of 4-of-13 shooting (he got to the line 13 times, hitting 11). Davis also had 19 points (on 7-of-15 shooting).
The best part of this is Larry Nance Jr. with the Jordan shrug as he ran back down court.
Through Summer League and into preseason, Nance has looked pretty good — he may only be averaging 3.5 points a game but he’s shooting 71 percent from the floor and he has shown a good hoops IQ with his passing. He’s still playing like a rookie at times, and we’ll see how he does when the games matter and the other team is more focused, but there is real promise.
Here he just blew past James Michael McAdoo and then showed no fear that Festus Ezeli was there to protect the rim — he just threw it down over the Warriors’ big man. That was impressive.
The Lakers won the shortened game 85-70. The game in San Diego was cut short because the floor was wet and slippery, and after Leandro Barbosa slipped and fell late in the third quarter the referees decided to suspend play rather than risk injury. That was the right call.
When Lamar Odom first went into the hospital after a drug overdose left him unconscious at a brothel outside Las Vegas, his former team the Los Angeles Clippers were in China playing a couple NBA preseason games and being ambassadors of the brand (and their shoe companies).
But upon the Clips return Wednesday Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, and DeAndre Jordan went to the hospital in Las Vegas where Odom remains in critical condition to see their former teammate, reports Melissa Rohlin at the Los Angeles Times.
“He probably has no idea we were there, but just to be there and to see him, hopefully he knows there’s a lot of guys that love him and want to see him do better and want to see him get better,” Griffin said before the Clippers practiced Saturday.
Odom has improved since Wednesday and is now more conversational, but he is not out the woods. Plus, he likely has lasting brain damage on some level from the stroke suffered during his overdose.
As have a lot of former teammates, CP3 and Griffin had nothing but praise for Odom.
“He was great for me in teaching me that you’re going to have bad games, you’re going to have a bad stretch of the season; just shake it off, stay loose, stay happy,” Griffin said. “And he was great about it, keeping us happy.”
Added Paul: “LO is just one of those guys who, when he was on our team, he had that veteran leadership. He knew what it took to win. He was very lighthearted. When things got a little bit too serious, he was the one who kept us relaxed and laughed and stuff like that. He’s just an unbelievable guy.”
The Clipper trio were among a number of NBA players who came to visit Odom in the hospital, including Kobe Bryant.
The update on Tristan Thompson‘s holdout from the Cleveland Cavaliers is that there is no update.
He remains without a contract after not agreeing to terms on an extension of his rookie deal — the Cavaliers reportedly offered five-years, $80 million, but Thompson and his agent Rich Paul wanted a max offer of $94 million. Thompson did not sign the qualifying offer, and without that leverage the Cavaliers reportedly pulled the $80 million offer.
The two sides are not even talking, reports Chris Haynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
There’s no communication ongoing between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Thompson’s agents, Rich Paul and Mark Termini, Northeast Ohio Media Group has learned.
In fact, there doesn’t seem to be a sense of urgency from either side in reaching an agreement. And that means Thompson’s stalemate will continue to hover over the organization like a black cloud, a cloud LeBron James considers “a distraction.”
The Cavaliers have no reason to break this stalemate in the short term. If the Cavaliers get off to a fast start this season without him (and without Kyrie Irving and Iman Shumpert, who are still recovering from surgeries), the Cavaliers would have zero motivation to up their offer.
The situation is likely to change only if owner Dan Gilbert or star LeBron James put themselves into the discussion. LeBron and Thompson are close and share an agent, and LeBron wants to see a deal get done. The Cavaliers are rightfully not worried LeBron would leave the team because of this (he can be a free agent next summer). However, LeBron has leverage in the organization and is on a quest for a title. Thompson is the Cavs best offensive rebounder and a good defender along the front line, they could use his energy off the bench.
But they will have to do without for a while. Maybe a long while the way this stalemate is going.
There was a lot of encouraging news surrounding Lamar Odom on Friday. He is out of his coma, is breathing on his own, is conscious and spoke a few words — all fantastic signs.
But he remains in critical condition, and a lot of challenges still lie ahead. Kris Jenner speaking to the show Access Hollywood summed his situation up well, as quoted in this story from CNN.
Odom is not in a coma and is using a mask to breathe, but has serious damage to his vital organs, the former NBA star’s mother-in-law, Kris Jenner, told “Access Hollywood” on Friday…. Earlier a source close to the situation told CNN that Odom, 35, improved a “tiny bit” during his third night at Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center.
Odom “got a tiny bit better — emphasis on tiny — and he was responsive in the middle of the night for a moment,” the source said.
There is a long way to go for Odom, 35, who suffered a stroke (or series of strokes) after a multiple-day binge of partying at the Love Ranch brothel about 70 miles outside Las Vegas. It’s considered likely he suffered some level of brain damage from this, although how much and how it affects him remains to be seen. He was found unconscious at the brothel and rushed to the hospital.
He has been fighting for his life ever since, and while there have been very encouraging signs he is not yet out of the woods.
His estranged wife Khloe Kardashian is by his side and making medical decisions for him.
Our thoughts remain with him — you would be hard-pressed to find a player more loved and respected by teammates (and the media) than Odom.