Jameer Nelson

Tim Duncan wins NBA teammate award despite teammates not being allowed to vote for him


I like the idea of the Twyman-Stokes Teammate of the Year Award. It’s noble to honor the NBA’s best teammate.

Chauncey Billups won the inaugural award in 2013, and Shane Battier took it last year. Both seem to be good teammates.

As does Tim Duncan, who won this year.

Watch for the fine print, though.

NBA release:

NBA players have selected the San Antonio Spurs’ Tim Duncan as the recipient of the 2014-15 Twyman-Stokes Teammate of the Year Award.  The award recognizes the player deemed the best teammate based on selfless play, on- and off-court leadership as a mentor and role model to other NBA players, and commitment and dedication to team.

A panel of NBA Legends nominated six players from each conference for the award and then nearly 300 NBA players submitted their votes through confidential balloting conducted by the league office.

Ten points were awarded for a first-place vote, seven for second, five for third, three for fourth and one for fifth; players were not allowed to vote for a teammate.

Here are the full results (first-place votes, second-place votes, third-place votes, fourth-place votes, fifth-place votes, total points):

1. Tim Duncan, San Antonio (72-59-44-49-21-1494)
2. Vince Carter, Memphis (28-39-30-28-21-818)
3. Elton Brand, Atlanta (21-27-44-23-19-707)
4. Ryan Anderson, New Orleans (31-29-12-19-23-653)
5. Jameer Nelson, Denver (39-14-13-22-33-652)
6. Mike Miller, Cleveland (16-23-26-41-29-603)
7. Steve Blake, Portland (18-23-24-27-22-564)
8. Pau Gasol, Chicago (15-24-20-21-27-508)
9. Andre Iguodala, Golden State (19-18-21-19-15-493)
10. Udonis Haslem, Miami (15-13-24-22-13-440)
11. Caron Butler, Detroit (14-17-20-17-20-430)
12. Al Jefferson, Charlotte (11-13-21-20-46-412)

In case you missed it: “Players were not allowed to vote for a teammate.”

A lot of players outside San Antonio think Duncan is a good teammate. OK. That’s nice. Is that really worth celebrating, though?

They ought to rename it the Twyman-Stokes Hearsay Award.

Ty Lawson to enter alcohol rehab facility


Ty Lawson appeared in a Colorado courtroom Friday for  a DUI citation he received in that state, and there his attorneys told the judge Lawson will enter a rehab facility in California this weekend, according to the Associated Press.

Lawson was arrested for another DUI, this one in California, this past week. From the AP:

The troubled point guard attended a pre-trial hearing Friday in Denver, where his lawyer said Lawson enters treatment Saturday at Cliffside Malibu, a celebrity rehabilitation center in California that treats patients with addiction and psychiatric issues.

“We will be handling the personal needs of the defendant,” said Lawson’s lawyer, Harvey Steinberg. Lawson did not speak at the hearing….

“Now we have a new situation that needs to be dealt with,” Steinberg said Friday, referring to the Los Angeles arrest.

The judge ordered Lawson to use a blood alcohol monitoring device once he gets out of treatment. Also, the judge said she would issue an arrest warrant for Lawson if he leaves rehab early.

Hopefully, Lawson can get sober and deal with his personal issues.

The Nuggets have been trying to trade Lawson since the NBA Draft, but in part because of league-wide concerns about his alcohol use (and the price Denver was asking) there were no takers. While several teams — the Lakers, Pistons, and Rockets — reportedly still have interest in Lawson, those likely are fliers from teams looking to get something for basically nothing. The Nuggets could just waive Lawson outright.

Asked directly in Las Vegas, Nuggets execs said they expect Lawson to be at training camp ready to play. However, with just drafted Emmanuel Mudiay being the rookie star of Summer League and looking like a player, plus the signing of Jameer Nelson, it seems the Nuggets have prepared for life after Lawson.

Report: Nuggets want to extend Danilo Gallinari’s contract


The Nuggets just re-signed Jameer Nelson. They extended Wilson Chandler’s contract. Despite rumors, they have not traded Kenneth Faried.

Is Denver – with the probable exception of Ty Lawson, who could be replaced by the talented Emmanuel Mudiay – keeping the band together?

Christopher Dempsey of The Denver Post:

they’d like to open talks on an extension for Danilo Gallinari as well, according to a league source.

Gallinari is slated to earn $11,559,225 next season. Unless the Nuggets clear cap space, they can’t renegotiate-and-extend, as they did with Chandler.

The most Gallinari could make in an extension is $40,074,388 three years. But that would mean the Nuggets can’t trade him for sixth months.

If they extend him for up to $24,702,353 over two years, they could trade him immediately.

To a certain degree, this might be about seeing what new coach Michael Malone can do with a talented roster. Denver’s front-office staff surely believes it assembled a strong group.

But it could also be about increasing Gallinari’s trade value. Teams should value him more highly if he’s not a pending free agent. His name has been on the rumor mill, including reports of recent talks with the Celtics.

For Gallinari, an extension provides security. He has had injury issues, and playing out next season without a long-term deal carries risk. But I think he’d get more as an unrestricted free agent in 2016, when the salary cap skyrockets. The forward played exceptionally well late last season.

This will come down to just how much Gallinari wants to gamble on his health. The Nuggets should be willing to offer his max extension – even that puts trade possibilities on hold. There’d be plenty of time to deal him January if they so desire.

Report: Ty Lawson arrested for DUI


The Nuggets have three capable point guards on the roster in Ty Lawson, Jameer Nelson and the recently-drafted Emmanuel Mudiay.

It’s been believed by many around the league that Lawson would be traded at some point, due to a combination of issues both on and off the court that has the franchise wanting to move in another direction.

After a reported second arrest for DUI this year, the level of difficulty of doing so on the Denver side just increased significantly.


TMZ Sports has learned Lawson was pulled over by CHP for speeding on the 101 Freeway early this morning … and officers determined he showed signs of intoxication … so they gave him a field sobriety test.

Didn’t go so good for Lawson. He was arrested around 2:30 AM.

Lawson is still capable of producing at a high level, and averaged 15.2 points and a career-best 9.2 assists while starting 75 games for the Nuggets last season. Some team is going to get him for almost nothing, and he may prove to be a steal — if he can get these silly issues eventually sorted out.

Report: Nuggets sign Jameer Nelson, Nikola Jokic


I thought Jameer Nelson declined his $2.85 million player option to find a better team, even if that likely meant giving up money to leave the Nuggets.

Turns out, they’ll pay more to keep him in Denver.

Marc Stein of ESPN:

With Emmanuel Mudiay playing so well in summer league, this is another sign Denver will try to trade Ty Lawson. Nelson can mentor Mudiay and play ahead of him until Mudiay is ready for a bigger role.

The Nuggets don’t have to trade Lawson because of the 33-year-old Nelson, but adding another point guard to the roster certainly doesn’t reduced a desire to deal that already exists.

I really like the addition of Jokic, whom the Nuggets drafted No. 41 in 2014. He’s a strong center who has played well overseas and in summer league. That’s a great value for him.