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Steve Kerr: Twitter might have compelled Michael Jordan to more titles


Michael Jordan has six NBA Championships, all from an era without Twitter eggs and dog avi dudes constantly picking at every little deficiency, real or imagined. No doubt players from prior generations are glad they didn’t have to endure online trolling, but Golden State Warriors coach and former Chicago Bulls teammate Steve Kerr says it might have actually helped His Airness win a few more rings.

Jordan, famous for being competitive to what any rational person would consider a fault, could have taken online slights in a completely different way if he played in a different era.

Kerr said this mostly tongue-in-cheek to reporters on Friday, but there’s some truth behind the supposition.

After all, Jordan is a man who reduced Kwame Brown — his own No. 1 overall draft pick — to emotional rubble in practice. This is a man who shot free throws with his eyes closed to taunt a rookie Dikembe Mutumbo; who played an entire game of basketball against cartoon aliens simply because they squashed him into the shape of a basketball and then dunked him through a hoop.

Alas, Twitter exists in 2016 but didn’t in 1996, so it seems this mystery will remain unsolved.

Looks like we’ll just have to do with Crying Jordan.

Adrian Wojnarowski: Knicks firing David Fizdale ‘inevitable’

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Knicks president Steve Mills is reportedly laying the groundwork to fire coach David Fizdale.

One step: Mills and general manager Scott Perry addressing the media after Sunday’s loss to the Cavaliers while Fizdale was still in the locker room. Mills and Perry stressed that the team wasn’t meeting expectations, seemingly a veiled shot at the coach.

Adrian Wojnarowski on ESPN:

The dismissal of David Fizdale is inevitable, and there was, I think, a bond broken between management and their head coach with how they handled things after that loss Sunday night.

Coaches are hired to be fired, but this sounds far more urgent than that.

As long as Fizdale has his job, he has a chance to save it. If the Knicks start playing better, they could keep him.

But that seems unlikely with this underwhelming roster.

Which is why New York is reportedly also considering a front-office change.

Austin Rivers calls for Doc Rivers to get technical foul (video)

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When Doc Rivers coached Austin Rivers on the Clippers, accusations of favoritism ran rampant. Playing with the Rockets against the Clippers tonight, Austin showed where his loyalties lie.

Not with his father.

The Clippers were letting the game (an eventual 102-93 Houston win) get away from them when Doc argued a call. Austin stood nearby and urged the referee to call a technical foul. The official eventually obliged and ejected Doc.

That’s when Austin really hammed it up – waving off Doc then making the call-me gesture. The disrespect!

Ja Morant hits game-winner in Grizzlies-Hornets (video)

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Grizzlies rookie Ja Morant has had a game-saving block and game-winning assist.

Now, he has the glory of a game-winning shot.

Morant sealed the Memphis’ 119-117 win over the Hornets with a driving scoop in the final second tonight. He led Memphis with 23 points and 11 assists.

P.J. Tucker misses open fastbreak layup, trips on stanchion (video)

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I want to give P.J. Tucker a break. He’s the Rockets’ most (only?) reliable defender. He has such a heavy burden covering for James Harden, Russell Westbrook and just generally undersized lineups.

But this missed layup was so bad. And that stumble over the stanchion really seals the goof.