AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Detroit Pistons center Aron Baynes has had surgery to repair a broken nose.
Baynes was ruled out for Wednesday night’s preseason game against the Toronto Raptors. With a protective mask, he is expected to be available to play when Detroit opens the regular season next week at Toronto.
Baynes broke his nose in Tuesday’s practice and had surgery the same day.
The 6-foot-10 Australian played in the Olympics last summer. He averaged 6.3 points and 4.7 rebounds last season, his first with the Pistons after three with the San Antonio Spurs.
If Golden State stays healthy, and if Draymond Green can not piss off his teammates too much, the Golden State Warriors should come out of the Western Conference to the Finals. They are the prohibitive favorite.
But they have a smaller margin for error than the Cavaliers out East, because of the powerhouse Spurs and Clippers.
I discuss that and why you should keep an eye on Utah and Minnesota this season in this latest PBT Extra
After deliberating for just three hours, a Los Angeles jury Wednesday cleared of Knicks point guard Derrick Rose of all counts in a high-profile civil rape trial, as reported by those in the courtroom. His co-defendants, Randall Hampton and Ryan Allen, also were cleared by the jury.
This means Rose will pay nothing to the woman who brought the lawsuit. This was a civil trial only, not a criminal one — there was no potential jail time involved. The Los Angeles Police Department does have an open investigation into the case.
A former girlfriend of Rose’s filed the lawsuit tied to a 2013 incident in Beverly Hills. (We will not publish the name of a woman in a sexual assault case, although because it was a civil trial the judge did use it in the courtroom.)
The suit claimed that Rose and two friends gang-raped the woman at her apartment when she was too intoxicated — she admits to drinking and thinks she was drugged — and could not give consent. She sued for $21.5 million. Rose and his attorneys claimed the sex was consensual, that the woman had sex with the men earlier in the night as well, and that the woman was seeking a payday.
The issue of consent was at the heart of the case — Rose said she consented, the woman said she was in no condition to give informed consent. Both sides tried to use texts between the participants that night to bolster their case. The jury ultimately sided with Rose.
The case was laid out in graphic detail by both sides in the courtroom, and while Rose was found not liable the image of him and his friends that night — by their own admissions to what did go down — was not pretty. In fact, what came out in depositions and in court was flat-out misogynistic. This hurt his brand, but Rose has long been less concerned about that than most any other NBA player. He did what he felt was right in this case.
How much this hangs over the head of Rose and is a cloud over the Knicks this season remains to be seen. Rose will not play in Thursday’s final New York preseason game according to Jeff Hornacek, but he will join the team, and they will try to catch him up on what he missed the past couple of weeks. The Knicks tip-off the season on the road Oct. 25 in Cleveland, watching the Cavaliers raise their championship banner and get their rings.
Mike Brown has been around the NBA. Metta World Peace — formerly known as Ron Artest — has been around the NBA, too.
They crossed paths back in the early 2000s in Indiana.
And as the young and fiery Artest did with many a coach, they clashed. Almost coming to blows.
In a story about why Mike Brown has quickly been accepted with the Warriors (where he sits at Steve Kerr’s right hand), Anthony Slater of the San Jose Mercury News got Brown to tell the story. It started when Brown was running practice for a day and ordered a starters vs. bench scrimmage.
The starters lost. Brown told the losers to run. A fuming Artest booted the basketball to the rafters. Brown confronted him.
“I yelled, ‘Ron, don’t kick that ball!’”
“I’ll do what the (bleep) I want,” Artest yelled back.
“Don’t you kick that ball again,” Brown demanded.
Artest didn’t. He instead charged toward Brown.
“I’m thinking, ‘Oh my god, I’m gonna have to fight him,’” Brown said. “Please somebody help me. Michael Smith – Michael ‘The Animal’ Smith – stepped in and stopped the thing.”
How does this tie into respect?
“One thing I love about Mike, he was never afraid to confront me,” World Peace said. “Although I wouldn’t listen at times – I was very, very controversial, in my own world – but Mike always confronted me. I loved it. Because he never let me do wrong. He never, ever let me do wrong.”
Insert your own “Draymond Green could use that” comments here. Brown will fit in just fine in Golden State.
There are a lot of team executives around the NBA that think if Ben McLemore gets a change of scenery, gets out of Sacramento, he might thrive like a former No. 7 pick is expected to. It’s no secret the Kings have looked to trade him.
So it should be no surprise that McLemore and Sacramento are not going to come to terms to extend his rookie contract. While in theory things could change before the Oct. 31 deadline, don’t bet on it. Chris Haynes of ESPN broke the news:
The Sacramento Kings are unlikely to reach a rookie-scale extension with guard Ben McLemore by the Oct. 31 deadline, league sources informed ESPN. This result would allow for the fourth-year guard to enter restricted free agency following the 2016-17 campaign.
Projected as a shooter, McLemore hit 36.2 percent from beyond the arc last season, but he doesn’t do nearly as well inside the arc, he doesn’t get to the line, he’s not a great passer, and while he has potential he’s got work to do on the defensive end.
How much of that is because of the coaching carousel in Sacramento since McLemore arrived, and how much of that is because of McLemore?
How much is another team willing to pay to find out?
We’ll find out the answers to those questions over the next 10 months.