Early last year, Larry Nance Jr. was playing for the Lakers.
Bill Oram of The Athletic:
Nance Jr. and his fiancée, his college girlfriend, were interested in buying a house. He wanted to get a sense of whether the Lakers planned on keeping him around, and Pelinka told him that the Lakers would only trade him if it meant landing one of the game’s three best players. He told him to buy the house, multiple sources confirmed.
In February of last year, the Lakers traded Nance and Jordan Clarkson to the Cavaliers for Isaiah Thomas, Channing Frye and a first-round pick – definitely not top-three players.
Maybe Nance is setting the record straight after an inaccurate report. If so, good for him. The truth is important, and Pelinka doesn’t deserve a false report harming his credibility.
Maybe Nance is denying an accurate report because he doesn’t want to burn bridges or just wants to downplay controversy surrounding him. That happens.
But because he put his name behind his claims and Oram’s sources didn’t, I’m trusting Nance unless further information emerges.
That said, Pelinka has a problem either way. He’s either lying to players or has so many enemies, some of them smeared him to Oram. Pelinka knows which is the case and, as he takes control of the Lakers’ front office, must handle it.
Giannis Antetokounmpo is undeniable.
Watch this video. He’s the only Bucks player in sight on the court. All five Cavaliers appear. Antetokounmpo dunks anyway.
He dribbles past Jordan Clarkson then through David Nwaba and Tristan Thompson. Nik Stauskas and Brandon Knight are shading close enough to narrow his potential path. None of it matters.
Antetokounmpo scores inside unlike anyone anyone we’ve ever seen.
Jordan Clarkson was lousy in the Cavaliers’ loss to the 76ers yesterday. He shot 5-for-20, including 0-for-8 on 3-pointers. Importantly to Philadelphia fans, he also missed both free throws on a trip to the line in the third quarter.
The 76ers run a promotion: Fans get free ice cream at a restaurant if an opposing player misses two consecutive free throws in the second half.
But Philadelphia got called for a lane violation on the second attempt. Clarkson made his re-do free throw, much to the chagrin of the already-celebrating crowd.
At least it made Clarkson grin for a moment.
You may have missed this, but over the weekend the Philippines national basketball team beat Kazakhstan 93-75, and with the win grabbed Asia’s final slot in the FIBA World Championships this summer in July.
The next step for the team: Getting Cavaliers guard Jordan Clarkson on the roster in China this summer. The Agence France-Presse explains the problem well:
Filipino-American Clarkson represented the Philippines at last year’s Asian Games, but the World Cup operates under FIBA rules which could classify him as “naturalised” as he obtained his Filipino passport after the age of 16.
FIBA also restricts each team to one “naturalised” player, meaning the Philippines would have to choose between the Cleveland Cavaliers point guard and Blatche, who acquired Filipino nationality by naturalisation.
The Philippine basketball federation’s argument is that Clarkson is a citizen, he just didn’t get his passport and papers until he was older. We’ll see if FIBA buys it.
Clarkson put up huge numbers in leading the Philippines to a fifth-place finish in the Asian Games, averaging 26 points a game. Obviously, they are a much better team with him in China. If they can get him approved.
Anthony Davis said he had to play nearly perfectly for the Pelicans to win.
He showed that effort in New Orleans’ 140-124 win over the Cavaliers last night.
He helped the Pelicans overcome a 16-point deficit and finished with 38 points, 13 rebounds, seven assists (an expanded skill), four blocks and two steals. No play better highlighted his determination than this one late in the first quarter, when Davis blocked Jordan Clarkson‘s dunk then jumped again to block Ante Zizic‘s follow.