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Glen “Big Baby” Davis charged with felony assault, could face jail time

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It’s been a rough year for former NBA player Glen “Big Baby” Davis. First, he was arrested on drug charges when he was caught with a quarter pound (126 grams) of weed and $96,000 cash. Davis denied he was selling in one of the great social media posts ever — while eating Popeye’s chicken on a charter plane.

This time it’s more serious. Davis has been charged with felony assault for allegedly beating up a guy (who went to the hospital with a facial fracture and broken ribs) outside a Los Angeles area nightclub back in April. TMZ broke the story.

Glen “Big Baby” Davis has been formally charged with felony assault stemming from an alleged violent altercation in April and if he’s convicted … he faces up to 7 YEARS in prison, TMZ Sports has learned…

A rep for the L.A. County District Attorney’s office tells us the official charge is felony assault with force likely to cause great bodily injury … and it carries a possible 7-year prison sentence.

First off, he would not get seven years, in these kinds of cases things are almost always pled down to a lesser charge with much less jail time, if any, depending on Davis’ record and cooperation. That said, Davis is in real trouble here and could spend some time behind bars.

No funny video is getting him out of this one.

Davis played in the NBA for eight seasons, spending time with the Boston Celtics, Orlando Magic, and Los Angeles Clippers. During just his second season, he played a key role off the bench for the Celtics during their run to the title. His bench role expanded the next couple of seasons when Boston made other playoff runs (who could forget Nate Robinson referred to Davis and himself as “Donkey and Shrek” during the 2010 NBA Finals).  Davis earned $36.4 million in salary during his NBA career.

Josh Longstaff added to US Basketball World Cup qualifying staff

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Josh Longstaff, coach of Erie in the NBA G League and a former assistant with Oklahoma City and New York, will be an assistant coach for the U.S. Basketball World Cup qualifying team.

USA Basketball said Wednesday that Longstaff will join Jeff Van Gundy’s staff for games on June 28 in Mexico and July 1 in Cuba, as well as second-round games in September.

He replaces Ronald Nored, who recently was hired as a Charlotte Hornets assistant.

Longstaff led the BayHawks to a 28-22 record last season and the Eastern Conference finals. Before that, he spent three seasons with the Knicks after beginning his career with the Thunder from 2010-14.

John Thompson III is the other assistant for the Americans, who are unbeaten under Van Gundy and already have clinched a spot in the second round of qualifying for the 2019 World Cup in China.

Shawn Marion says fans, media not being fair to LeBron’s Cavalier teammates

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LeBron James has no help.” “It’s 1-on-5 out there.” “If LeBron James just had some teammates…”

It’s the narrative of the 2018 NBA Finals: LeBron has been brilliant (40 points, 10.5 assists, and 8.5 rebounds per game) but he can’t do it alone, and mostly it has looked like LeBron vs. Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson and Draymond Green.

Former NBA champion and All-Star Shawn Marion is having none of that.

Marion went on the Ballers with Babies” podcast with Mark Williard  (about the intersection of sports and family life) and The Matrix went off on the idea LeBron has no help.

“It’s really sad, because basketball is a team sport. So basically if he has no help, so basically you’re telling me he’s going out there, he’s beating 5 guys on 1. That’s bulls***. That’s not fair to those guys who go out there who are professional athletes who go out there and work to help him do the stuff they do. LeBron does everything for the team, but he wants to do everything for the team. You wait until the opportunity arises for you to receive the ball. And that’s just part of it. It comes with the territory but that’s not fair to those guys. There’s no way you can go out there and beat a team 1 on 5.”

Spoken like a man who felt overshadowed at times on a great team (and he shouldn’t have been — Marion was a special player). Also remember that Marion ended his career with the Cavaliers in 2015, helping them reach the NBA Finals, where they lost to these same Warriors.

The line that is interesting in there is that “LeBron wants to do everything for his team.” Not sure if that’s totally true — he wants to be the alpha, the No. 1 option, but he has realized the value of team in Miami and he would like more of that in Cleveland.

Marion is right about this, it’s a bit of hyperbole to say this series has been 1-on-5, however, it’s not hyperbole to say LeBron isn’t getting enough help. Cavaliers not named LeBron are shooting 38 percent overall and 26.4 percent from three. Those are professional athletes who work hard on their craft in Cleveland, but in the harsh spotlight of the NBA Finals, they have not been good enough so far.

If that doesn’t change in Game 3 Wednesday night, this Finals will be effectively over. And that’s not hyperbole.

Steve Kerr: ‘Pretty good chance’ Andre Iguodala plays in Game 3

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On Tuesday, Warriors coach put Andre Iguodala through a full practice and said that how he came out of that would determine if he could play in Game 3 Wednesday night.

He came out well enough — Iguodala was out getting in some sweat at Warriors shootaround on Wednesday and is expected to go in Game 3.

Iguodala had been pain free for a few days and has been pushing to play (he has been out since Game 4 of the Houston series with a lateral left leg contusion. Now it looks like he will get his chance. Which is trouble for Cleveland, a team already down 0-2 in this series and now Golden State is about to get better.

The return of Iguodala reunites the Hampton’s 5, the Warriors most potent lineup (Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green, and Iguodala). Iguodala was the 2015 NBA Finals MVP, largely due to his defense on LeBron James, and that may be where he can make the biggest impact this series.  Iguodala on LeBron means Durant can cover a lesser threat and be rested for the offensive end, it also means Green to cover a non-shooting threat so he can be a help defender and rim protector. 

 

Report: Dwane Casey looks like Pistons’ next coach, John Beilein pulls out

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From the start, as soon as Ed Stefanski was brought in to guide the process to hire a new coach in Detroit to replace Stan Van Gundy, Dwane Casey was the guy to beat. There were plenty of other guys interviewed, but Casey was setting the pace in this race.

It looks like he will get the job — Casey met with ownership, while his major rival for the job pulled out of consideration. Reporting from Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

Reading the tea leaves, it’s all over but the final handshake.

Casey seems the logical fit in Detroit. This is a team built to make the playoffs and make a little noise now with Blake Griffin, Andre Drummond, and (*knock on wood*) a healthy Reggie Jackson. Casey lifted the Raptors up every year he was there, getting the team to defend and play to its strengths, leading to the greatest run of success in franchise history. Casey did everything right except beat LeBron James in the playoffs (and he joins a long line of coaches in that category). In Detroit, Casey will get as much out of this team as possible.

Expect this news to come down soon.