We warned you that Brook Lopez’s ankle sprain early in the third quarter Sunday was pretty bad. You know it is not good when the coach will not address it after the game, saying they need to wait a day.
The good news is that X-rays came back negative, but the bad news is that he will be out three weeks, Ken Berger reports at CBSSports.com. That is better than it seemed at the time, so good news that there is nothing seriously wrong (like the broken foot that kept Lopez out for the first 32 games of the season).
But what about the Dwight Howard trade? Lopez was to be the centerpiece of the Nets offer to the Magic and now he will be injured through the March 15 trade deadline. New Jersey (well, Brooklyn) is Howard’s preferred destination. So, now what? Berger says it is moot until Orlando decides to trade him.
The Magic have been telling teams over the past month that they intend to keep Howard beyond the trade deadline, but rival executives are dubious. Howard has not publicly or privately given any indication that he wants to stay with the Magic beyond this season, and Orlando could lose him as an unrestricted free agent without getting any assets in return under new collectively bargained guidelines governing sign-and-trades.
If they are going to move him, New Jersey and Lopez still seem to be the frontrunner — a standard sprain is not going to scare a team off. If this were more serious it would be one thing, but if this is a sprain (and the Magic doctors would want to confirm that) it should not be a deal stopper. The Nets could take on Howard and the toxic contract of Hedo Turkoglu, if the Magic go that route and try to rebuild.
But basically, there is no change on the Howard front and will not be until the Magic change their minds.
The Lakers and Clippers share an arena in Los Angeles, which – as everyone understands it – means the Clippers play in the Lakers’ arena.
That doesn’t sit well with Clippers owner Steve Ballmer. So, he wants to get a new arena built just for the Clippers in Inglewood.
And cost, legal red tape and lawsuits aren’t going to stop him.
Helene Elliot of The Los Angeles Times:
“We’re moving to Inglewood come hell or high water,” he said of a proposed arena near the site of the stadium being constructed for the Rams and Chargers. “We gotta have a house. So we’re working on a plan to get our own house. We want to get our own house. It turns out the way this works in L.A., which is much beloved to me, that if you start now you might be done in six years.”
Ballmer is probably used to getting what he wants. I doubt he backs down here. It should be noted some of the legal and public relations push back on the plans comes from funding via the Madison Square Garden group (owned by Knicks’ owner James Dolan), which five years ago sank $100 million into the Lakers’ old home the Forum to refurbish it into a major concert venue. The new Clippers building would be just a couple blocks away from the Forum.
This also at least partially explains why the Clippers insist on remaining competitive. Local politicians are less likely to greenlight a new arena for a tanking team.
It took Juan Carlos Navarro a long time to try the NBA.
It didn’t take him nearly as long to determine the league wasn’t for him.
The No. 40 pick in the 2002 draft, he finally signed with the Grizzlies in 2007. But after only one season as a backup guard in Memphis, he returned to Europe.
Now, his standout career in Spain is ending.
The club hereby announces that Juan Carlos Navarro shall be forming part of its basketball structure from the 2018/19 season, as established in the contract signed in September 2017, now that he has retired from active sporting duty.
Most NBA fans will never realize how talented Navarro was. He was a good score-first point guard at a time many teams still wanted a more-traditional point guard. Unhappy on a losing team in a foreign country, he didn’t try to find a workable solution.
Instead, he starred in Spain, out of sight of American fans – except international competitions, where he reminded everyone how good he was.
We should appreciate Navarro’s impressive career. We can also wonder about the “what if?” surrounding him and the NBA.
Tom Chambers, who starred with the Seattle SuperSonics and Phoenix Suns, has been charged with assault after a confrontation at a Scottsdale, Ariz., restaurant in April.
Witnesses told police the other patron, Alexander Bergelt, began to take verbal jabs at Tom including, “You’re not sh*t,” “You’re tall and scrawny” and “Look at your big head.”
Tom told police the final straw came when Bergelt said, “Your mom should have killed you when you came out of the womb as ugly as you are, your arms are skinny, your chest is this. Your belly is big.”
Tom admits he “absolutely put hands on [Alexander]” but never punched him. Tom says he was trying to get Alexander to “show respect.”
Alexander told police a different story — saying Chambers came at him from across the bar, grabbed him by the throat and threw him backwards.
Bergelt is 22. Chambers is 59.
J.J. Redick, his wife Chelsea and sister-in-law Kylee took a chauffeured car in New York recently.
According to the 76ers guard, Kylee spotted a person in the back. The trio had the driver pull over and exited.
Redick on The J.J. Redick Podcast:
I’m like, “Sir, I think there’s a person in your backseat.” And so he lifts the blanket up, but like towards the window, so that the blanket is facing up, so we couldn’t see, because we were on the sidewalk – perpendicular to the car, not behind the car. And he’s like “No, there’s nothing in here. There’s nothing in here.” And he closes the blanket back. And then he closes the trunk. And as he’s walking around to the front seat, a head pops up.
No, this is not funny. There’s a back of a female’s head. She’s blonde hair. There’s a ponytail. And based on the size of the box or cage that this person is in, it’s either a very small human or a child. And I’m like, “We all saw it, right?” So, he drives off.
She’s like, “No. The reason I said there was a person is because I saw movement in my peripheral, out of my right eye. So I turned around, and the blanket was moving. So when I looked back, half of a human face came out of the blanket.” She said, “I saw a woman’s eyes, woman’s face, woman’s blonde hair.”
That’s pretty scary.
Redick said he called the car agency and the police and that his wife planned to call the FBI.
Hopefully, this wasn’t kidnapping, human trafficking or something like that. But it sure sounds as if it warrants investigation.