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Pat Riley reportedly called Tom Thibodeau a “m—– f—–” after Jimmy Butler trade fell apart


We know an outline of what happened over the weekend between Minnesota and Miami: The sides were talking about a Jimmy Butler trade with Josh Richardson, Dion Waiters, and a pick heading back to Minnesota. The trade got close enough to being done that medical records were exchanged, the equivalent of having first down on the three-yard line. Then Minnesota’s Tom Thibodeau tried to change the parameters of the deal and it fell apart.

Now we have some juicy details about that collapse, courtesy Jorge Sedano of ESPN.

That sounds about right, both for Riley and his reaction. And I don’t blame him one bit.

The trade talk collapse brought Butler back to Timberwolves practice, which was a disaster in its own right. Although some in the organization loved it. (That was Butler trying to force a trade by making everyone uncomfortable, and don’t think for a second it’s a coincidence he returned to practice and made a scene the day ESPN’s Rachel Nichols happened to be there for a scheduled visit. Butler planned this for maximum effect. Then conducted a players-only meeting the next day.)

Everyone is asking when the Butler trade will get done. The answer is when Minnesota owner Glen Taylor forces Thibodeau to pull the trigger on a deal and do it. And nobody can predict when that will be.

Stephen Curry gets four-point play after Klay Thompson foul, Curry does some taunting

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. β€” Stephen Curry is enjoying going against Klay Thompson. Maybe a little too much.

In the first half, Curry was matched up on his Warriors’ backcourt mate and enjoyed that Thompson missed the shot.

Then in the fourth quarter, with the game tight, Curry drained the contested three and drew the and-1 on Thompson β€” and did a little taunting.

That’s some All-Star fun.

Stephen Curry bounces alley-oop way above rim, Giannis Antetokounmpo slams it down (video)

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CHARLOTTE – Stephen Curry bounced this so high!

I suppose it helps that Giannis Antetokounmpo has such ridiculous reach.

Dirk Nowitzki walks on All-Star court, quickly splashes three threes

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. β€” Maybe Dirk Nowitzki shouldn’t retire after this season.

Added to the All-Star Game by Commissioner Adam Silver (along with Dwyane Wade) in what is expected to be the final season for the future Hall of Famer, the greatest shooting big man of all time showed he still has the touch. Entering the game midway through the first quarter, Nowitzki proceeded to quickly splash a couple of threes.

And he was not done yet.

Nowitzki never officially said he was retiring….

Giannis Antetokounmpo throws himself alley-oop on free throw… that obviously doesn’t count (video)

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CHARLOTTE – It’s an All-Star game, but you still can’t do that. A free throw that doesn’t hit rim is a violation, andΒ Giannis Antetokounmpo clearly crossed the line early, too:

He was clearly going for levity, and at least he accomplished that.