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Report: Knicks looking into shedding Joakim Noah, who got into argument with Jeff Hornacek

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Joakim Noah is on what was called a personal leave of absence from the Knicks.

Turns out, his separation from the team might be permanent.

Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports:

The Knicks surely wanted to drop Noah even before his spat with Jeff Hornacek. Noah is earning $17,765,000 this season and due $37,825,000 over the next two years, and the 32-year-old is mostly ineffective on the court.

But because he’s so undesirable, the Knicks surely couldn’t trade him without attaching significant sweeteners. Look how much trouble the Lakers have had trying to dump Luol Deng. Noah’s contract is even worse. The sweetener demands from teams to take Noah are almost certainly so great, New York would never meet them.

That leaves waiving Noah.

It could be in conjunction with a buyout, but why would Noah leave money on the table? His career might be over if he becomes a free agent.

If the Knicks waive Noah without a buyout, they’d have two options after paying out the rest of his $17,765,000 salary this season:

  • Pay Noah $18,530,000 next season and $19,295,000 the following season
  • Pay Noah $7,565,000 each of the following five years via the stretch provision

The tricky part: They’d have to decide within a day of cutting him. It’s tough to know how useful that extra $10,965,000 would be this summer, let alone how useful an extra $11,730,000 would be in 2019. Are those differences worth a cap hit of $7,565,000 the following three years?

If Noah is truly disruptive, the Knicks would probably be better off sending him home and leaving him on the roster. They have to pay him regardless, but that way, they could wait until gaining clarity next summer. Even then, they’d be doing some guesswork on 2019 and beyond, but at least they’d know whom they could acquire this summer.

Watch Common do epic NBA All-Star intros (video)

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CHICAGO – Common is so, so talented.

If anything happens during the NBA All-Star game even half as cool as these player introductions, we’ll be quite lucky:

Magic Johnson, Jennifer Hudson give stirring pre-All-Star tribute to Kobe Bryant

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CHICAGO — The spirit and legacy of Kobe Bryant have been celebrated all weekend in Chicago.

However, never better than before the tip-off of the All-Star Game on Sunday night when Magic Johnson spoke from the heart about Kobe, and then led a moment of silence.

Then Jennifer Hudson sang a tribute to him.

Then Common lyrically talked about the influence of Kobe during his pre-game intro.

It was powerful.

Well done NBA. Well done indeed.

Adam Silver: I ‘strongly believe’ NBA will add in-season and play-in tournaments

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CHICAGO – NBA commissioner Adam Silver wanted to overhaul the schedule – including in-season and play-in tournaments – for the league’s 75th-anniversary season, 2021-22.

Instead, the Board of Governors vote planned for April was canceled.

Not because the ideas were unpopular, according to Silver. Because they were too popular.

“When we went to our teams, the Players Association and our media partners – probably the most important constituents in making changes,” Silver said, “the response we got was that, frankly, there was so much interest that they didn’t think it made sense to do it as a one-off.”

It’s easy to be skeptical of spin. But Silver is adamant.

“I strongly believe we will end up with some sort of in-season tournament and a play-in tournament,” Silver said.

The NBA will probably eventually have a play-in tournament. It makes a lot of sense, both competitively and financially. When those considerations align, things usually get done.

The league might even also add an in-season tournament. But it’s hard to find people actually enthusiastic about that idea.

Did Dwyane Wade violate judges’ agreement to keep dunk contest tied?

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CHICAGO – Dwyane Wade is a self-proclaimed Heat lifer.

Heat forward Derrick Jones Jr. won the dunk contest with Wade as a judge.

You do the math.

On his final dunk, Jones got a 48. Then, Aaron Gordon dunked over terrified Tacko Fall… and got a 47.

The voting for Gordon’s last dunk:

  • Dwyane Wade: 9
  • Common: 10
  • Candace Parker: 10
  • Chadwick Bozeman: 9
  • Scottie Pippen: 9

Ramona Shelburne of ESPN:

With Common and Parker giving 10s and casting blame elsewhere, Wade, Bozeman and Pippen became suspects. The evidence points strongly at Wade.

Before the scores were even revealed a smiling Wade removed his earpiece, as if he knew the contest was finished. Notice how Common and Scottie Pippen both look at Wade after seeing the scores:

Wade danced around the controversy, never directly denying that he didn’t vote how he agreed he would:

Gordon’s final dunk was better than Jones’ final dunk. But Jones dunked better throughout the contest. Does that mean Gordon got robbed? At that point, yes. But Jones should have won the contest before then.

The bigger problem is judging dunks on a 6-10 scale. They should be judged relative to each other, and Jones’ were better.