Steve Kerr will find time for all four Warriors All-Stars on floor


OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) β€” Steve Kerr will find a stretch while coaching next month’s All-Star Game to get all four of his Golden State Warriors on the floor together.

“I am absolutely going to play them all four together,” Kerr said Friday. “Those four will be together for sure. I can guarantee you that’ll happen at some point because that will be a pretty cool thing. It’s very rare. … It’ll be fun at least for a couple minutes I’ll get them all out there at once.”

And center Zaza Pachulia will be with them in spirit for the Feb. 19 game in New Orleans.

The Warriors tied an NBA record with four players on the All-Star team – two-time reigning MVP Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant as starters for the Western Conference coached by Kerr, and Draymond Green and Klay Thompson as reserves.

“That’ll be really cool,” Thompson said of playing with his three Warriors teammates in the NBA’s midseason showcase. “I wonder who the fifth player will be. That will be really awesome. It will feel like a real game and we can even run some sets. It’s crazy. It’s really a unique situation and it doesn’t happen a lot for a lot of teams, so we’re going to enjoy the heck out of it.”

Only seven other teams, in fact.

Golden State, with the NBA’s best record at 39-7, is just the eighth franchise to land four players in the All-Star game and just the second in the West. The Los Angeles Lakers did so in 1998.

“That’s special,” Green said. “It says a lot about this team. First off the success that we’ve had here.”

In honoring the lone Golden State starter not there – Pachulia – Thompson has a plan in mind.

“I might set a hard screen or something,” he said.

Oh, and Green has his own idea: “We’ll all take Fatheads for Zaza, extra-large size.”

Green found out about making the team while taking care of his 1-month-old son, Draymond Jr., on Thursday – he was on feeding and diaper duty and the baby was “crying a lot.”

“My first 35 minutes was hell finding out I was an All-Star,” he said. “After that … he ate, I started burping him and he fell asleep, so I started responding to texts and he woke up like 10 minutes later and went crazy again. It was a cool couple hours for me, dealing with crying and diapers, milk. It was fun.”

Kerr and the Golden State staff will coach their second All-Star game in three seasons, and with so many familiar faces.

“It’s a great honor for those guys individually and for us as an organization,” Kerr said. “It’s pretty remarkable to have this group together right now and to see them all playing so well together, along with the rest of our guys. It doesn’t always work that way, where you put a group together, a group of stars, it doesn’t always click. But it’s clicked because our guys are unselfish and they enjoy playing with one another.”

Notes: Reserve F David West, who suffered a non-displaced fracture of his left thumb Jan. 18 against Oklahoma City, is doing some running and shooting. He will be re-evaluated at the two-week mark early next week with a follow-up X-ray. “The main thing is he can’t have contact,” Kerr said. “So he’s able to actually get some work done on the floor but the fracture has to heal, so any non-contact stuff he’s able to do, which is good.”

C.J. McCollum, Chandler Parsons had a little Twitter beef

Getty Images

The Portland Trail Blazers edged the Memphis Grizzlies 112-109 Friday night, in a game that featured an unusual final 30 seconds.

Things got a little more interesting on Twitter after the game.

It all started because the people running the official Trail Blazers Twitter couldn’t resist taking a little shot at Parsons for an airball three.

Then Parsons responded, McCollum jumped in, and it got funny.

Apparently, they will not be exchanging Christmas cards next December.

For the record, Portland is six games below .500 but just half a game out of the playoffs.

Report: Bulls have no plans to buy out Rajon Rondo in short term


Rajon Rondo took a savage swing at the two best players on the Chicago Bulls, slamming Dwyane Wade and Jimmy Butler for their leadership after those two called out younger players on the team for not caring. Rondo basically said they were no Kevin Garnett or Paul Pierce.

All that motivation didn’t change the Bulls’ fortunes, they got thrashed at home by the suddenly hot Miami Heat.

In some cases, what Rondo did and his level of play would have a team looking to buy him out and get him out of the locker room, but that’s not the plan in Chicago, according to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune.

The key line here is Rondo is a trade chip β€” there is zero chance they buy him out before the Feb. 23 trade deadline.

After the deadline? That question remains open. The sense around the league is the Bulls are leaning toward a buyout, but if the situation improves in Chicago or if his play is key to the team keeping that final playoff slot in the East, then the Bulls may well keep him. That’s a decision that doesn’t need to be made for another month.

Carmelo Anthony says drama around him, Knicks is “mentally draining, mentally fatiguing”


Friday night at Madison Square Garden, Carmelo Anthony and the Knicks heard boos β€” and that was on a night they won, beating the Hornets 110-107.

The Knicks are engulfed in drama β€” again β€” this time about efforts to trade Anthony and start a rebuilding process around Kristaps Porzingis, all while still trying to make the playoffs (they are two games out as of now). After the game Friday Anthony was asked about all the drama around the team and how it is impacting him and the club, as reported by ESPN.

“You’ve got to deal with that, even though I try not to read it, and everywhere you go, even if you don’t hear about it, somebody is telling you about it, somebody is saying something,” Anthony said of the trade rumors and drama around him and the Knicks. “It can be mentally draining, mentally fatiguing…

“Yeah, I enjoy that,” Anthony said with a smile when asked about the fans booing him. “I enjoy it.”

As for playing in New York…

“You’ve got to be cut from a different cloth to take this day in and day out and to deal with this all day long every day,” he said. “You’ve got to take the good with the bad. I don’t know how I do it, but I do it.”

He’s right, not every player is cut out for New York. But that’s not a revelation, or even the topic at hand.

Rather the questions are, first, is ‘Melo cut out to play somewhere else? Or, more accurately, does he want to?

Secondly, will this drama kill the Knicks chances of making the playoffs?

Report: Cavaliers could target Shelvin Mack, Jameer Nelson in trades

Getty Images

LeBron James wants a backup point guard on the roster, and for all the Twitter haters saying “stop your whining and just play” LeBron isn’t wrong. The Cavaliers let Matthew Dellavedova walk last summer because of the cost (with tax he would have cost them north of $30 million) and they had Mo Williams under contract for this season. Except on the day before training camp started Williams decided to walk away from the game on top. That left a hole in the roster that Kay Felder cannot fill.

The Cavaliers have a couple of trade exceptions, and they are looking at some point guards that they could slot into those spots, reports Marc Stein of ESPN.

The simpler option for the reigning champions, as opposed to a Melo-sized blockbuster deal, might prove to be a smaller swap in which the Cavaliers absorb the salary of a veteran point guard into their $4.4 million Anderson Varejao trade exception that expires Feb. 20. Sources say one vet known to interest the Cavs — one who possesses a salary that would fit into that exception — is Utah’s Shelvin Mack at $2.4 million. Mack, according to sources, is most definitely available. The Cavs, though, would be forced to use the $4.8 million trade exception they just created in the Kyle Korver deal (with an expiration date of Jan. 7, 2018) to absorb the salary of Denver’s Jameer Nelson, who is said to be another Cleveland target but makes $4.5 million this season.

Also out there, Mario Chalmers and Jarrett Jack are free agents looking to make comebacks off injuries.

The other option for the Cavaliers is to see what players might get waived after the trade deadline, for example, the Bulls could decide to buy out Rajon Rondo. Frankly, Nelson would be a better fit in the locker room and willingly would take on the backup role, but if the Cavs are willing to wait out the market there could be interesting names available for cheap. Of course, that comes with the roll of the dice about who will be available.

All just things to watch. It’s far more likely to happen than the Carmelo Anthony trade ideas.