Tag: Corey Brewer

Golden State Warriors v Houston Rockets - Game Four

PBT’s Fast Break news, notes from around NBA: Dwight Howard to sit out Houston opener


Even in the middle of the off-season there are so many news and notes around the NBA we can’t keep up with all of them, so here is a collection of short thoughts and news items we couldn’t plug in anywhere else.

• We learned this week with the new NBA schedule that the Houston Rockets open the season Oct. 28 against the Denver Nuggets, but Dwight Howard will have to sit that game out as a suspension for crossing the flagrant foul threshold during last season’s playoffs.

• Stephen Jackson says he is the best NBA player alive — on the mic. And by the way, he says Kobe Bryant’s rap career was “horrible.” Which frankly may be kind.

• Jackson may be able to rap a little, but can he lip-sync to Whitesnake like Nick Young?

Bleacher Report’s Jared Zwerling did a fantastic piece talking with Stephon Marbury about being big in China.

• The Atlanta Hawks are about to hire former NBA player Malik rose as their manager of basketball operations, according to multiple reports.

• How much trouble is the Hawks’ Mike Scott in for his arrest on drug charges? Like 25 years in jail worth of trouble. There were drugs in a car where he was a passenger that was stopped by police, then Scott told police the drugs were his and his brother (the driver) did not know about them.

• What will be interesting with the Scott case is how the Hawks and league handle it. He is innocent until proven guilty, and Georgia law calls for the drugs in his possession (marijuana and Molly) to be tested before a court date is set, which takes a couple months. Meaning after the NBA season starts. Do they play him?

• Russ Smith has an Instagram account for his cat.

• Al Horford is going back to his native Dominican Republic for a Basketball Without Borders event there this summer. Corey Brewer and Luc Mbah a Moute also will be there.

• Michael Jordan testified in court this week against now-defunct Chicago-based supermarket chain Dominick’s. The chain ran a 2009 ad for steaks using a picture of Jordan without his permission — Jordan and his attorneies are incredibly protective of his brand, and he sued the chain for $10 million. The worst part, just two people used the coupons to get steaks at the stores. There is no verdict yet.

• Chicago is one of America’s great food towns, and the Bulls (and Blackhawks) are teaming up with Levy Restaurants (the “hospitality partner) at the arena) to bring some of that food to the United Center. Trendy Chicago eateries such as Big Star, Publican Quality Meats, Jake Melnick’s Corner Tap, Leghorn Chicken, Lillie’s Q, LQ Chicken Shack, Frontier, Lottie’s Pub and The Pony will have food at concession stands in the arena. This is brilliant. If you want a boiled hot dog and a Bud Light you can still get it, but now you have options.

• Levy runs the food operations at a number of NBA arenas, and they have been great at bringing in local flavor in a lot of places. Maybe the best arena food is at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, where you can get grub from Brooklyn Bangers, Paisano’s Meat Market, Blue Marble Ice Cream, Café Habana, Buffalo Boss, and Nathan’s. That is a fantastic job of capturing local flavor.

• A little news about a former NBA player taking the cash in China.

Corey Brewer excited to reunite with Ty Lawson, spark Houston

Denver Nuggets vs Houston Rockets

Back in 2012-13, when the Denver Nuggets were racking up 57 wins under George Karl, Ty Lawson and Corey Brewer meshed well together. When those two shared the court the Nuggets played at a fast 100.5 possessions per game (that’s the Warriors pace from last season) and the team scored 108.3 points per 100 possessions (that would have been third best in the NBA).

You can see why Brewer is pumped to be playing with Lawson again.

They are teammates in Houston and Brewer told James Herbert of CBSSports.com’s Eye on Basketball expects they can recapture that magic.

“I had some good years in Denver with Ty so I know how to play with him and I love the way he plays because he plays fast like I do and he’s going to push the pace, push the tempo. That’s what we need here. That’s what we like to do. We like to run.”

But before that can happen, Ty Lawson needs to get past his personal battle with alcohol, which has led to two DUI arrests this year. Brewer clearly subscribes to the theory that put on a contender with a lot on the line, Lawson will get his life back in order.

“Yeah he’s going to be able to do a lot. You got to think about the different guys he’s going to play with. Denver had some good players, they didn’t have James Harden or Dwight Howard. It’s very different when you play with guys like that.”

For Lawson’s sake, I hope so. It may not be that simple, but I hope so.

Lawson and Brewer did generate offense together, but they also didn’t get a lot of stops — they outscored opponents by just two points per 48 minutes because the defense wasn’t good. It will be interesting to see how Kevin McHale mixes and matches with them to keep the defense solid.

No doubt, however, that the Lawson/Brewer punch can put some points on the board while James Harden rests his beard on the sidelines. The Rockets need that.

Contrary to prior reports, Nuggets not waiving Kostas Papanikolaou. Yet.

Blake Griffin, Kostas Papanikolaou

When Denver acquired Kostas Papanikolaou from Houston, reports came almost immediately that Denver would waive the small forward out of Greece. Denver already has 14 fully guaranteed contracts, most teams only carry that many players, and if the Nuggets keep a 15th it could be Erick Green (who is set to make nearly $4 million less).

Maybe the Nuggets ultimately will waive Papanikolaou, but not yet.

From Chris Dempsey of the Denver Post.

For more detail, there is this from eurohoops.net, transcribed by Hoopshype.

On Saturday night, there were rumors about Denver releasing him. However at this point there are just rumors. Until now, the player’s side has no knowledge for this matter and the Nuggets hasn’t informed them about those kinds of intentions. According to Eurohoops sources, the Nuggets’ plan when they acquired Papanikolaou was to keep him in their roster and take their decision about him during Eurobasket, probably at the end of the tournament. That was their intention and that’s why they didn’t try to use his contract as a trade asset.

The Nuggets have until Oct. 4 to make a decision on Papanikolaou, that is when his $4.8 million contract for the next season becomes fully guaranteed.

What Denver wants to see is what kind of growth he has made. Papanikolaou was the best Houston player off the bench the first month of the season — he could play the three or the four and was a fantastic passer. As the season wore on the league seemed to catch up with him, and once the team traded for Corey Brewer and Josh Smith Papanikolaou dropped far down the rotation. Then he suffered a pretty severe ankle sprain and barely saw the court after the All-Star break. For the season he got in 43 games, shot 35 percent overall and 29.2 percent from three. To use a good snapshot, he had a PER of 7.8, which usually means a guy should be in the D-League or overseas.

The Nuggets can afford to watch Papanikolaou through the upcoming Eurobasket then even at workouts at their facilities at the start of training camp. They can see if the guy from the first part of the season is still there.

But the smart money — because Denver would save so much of it — is that he still eventually is cut. He’s going to have to prove

It’s official: K.J. McDaniels signs three-year, $10 million to stay with Rockets

Utah Jazz v Houston Rockets

We’ve known for a few days that K.J. McDaniels was close to a deal to stay with the Rockets.

It’s now official — and at a price that is much better than what had been rumored initially.

McDaniels himself confirmed the deal on Twitter.

Jake Pavorsky of Liberty Ballers broke the story, and it has since been confirmed by others.

This is a portion of the Rockets’ mid-level exception, they still have some left. This deal is well below the market value McDaniels and his agent thought he might find on the restricted free agent market, but the reality is nobody completely believed the numbers he put up in Philly because… well, Philly.

At this price (especially if there are no options), this is a good signing. McDaniels — coming off a broken elbow that kept him out of the playoffs — could be a good fit with the Rockets. He’s an athletic wing who can score in transition and defend.

He’s just got to prove he can crack the rotation in Houston, where they have Trevor Ariza, Corey Brewer, and Sam Dekker at the three, plus that James Harden guy eats up some minutes out there. McDaniels put up numbers and looked impressive in Philadephia, but they played fast and had limited offensive options, so he got touches. While the Rockets like to play fast, this team is loaded with better scoring options. McDaniels barely got off the bench last season in Houston.

Looks like he’s going to get a few years to prove he belongs.

Did Kings’ management ask Mike Malone to play 4-on-5? “It came up.”


It was laughed at around the league when reports leaked that Sacramento Kings owner Vivek Ranadive asked his coaches to consider playing 4-5 on defense and leaving a cherry picker back by the basket. Not have a guy leak out early like the ultimate version of Corey Brewer, but literally to have one guy not go back down the court and just wait for a ridiculous outlet pass. It’s not something that would work.

But he didn’t really suggest that, right?


From Zach Lowe’s Grantland interview with former Kings and now Nuggets coach Mike Malone, when he asked Malone about that rumor.

“It came up. I was approached. I’m a defensive guy, and I know you can’t defend well if you only have four guys out there.”

The fantastic USA Today NBA writer Sam Amick said something interesting about Ranadive recently: He made his fortune in a tech world environment where everyone sitting around and brainstorming in a “there’s no bad idea” kind of way is accepted and encouraged. They are trying to get people to think outside the box.

That may not work as well in an NBA environment. To put it kindly.

(BTW: you should read the entire Lowe/Malone Q&A, some excellent stuff in there about LeBron, Mudiay and others.)