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Jamal Crawford, other NBA stars take court for Seattle Pro AM vs. Drew League (VIDEO)


This would have been fun to attend, a little showdown between the Seattle Pro AM and the Los Angeles-based Drew League.

It attracted plenty of NBA talent: Jamal Crawford, Zach LaVine, Isaiah Thomas, Stanley Johnson, Trevor Ariza, Baron Davis, Nate Robinson, Malcolm Thomas, Dorell Wright, Bobby Brown and Spencer Hawes were among the ballers. And when you turn those guys loose in a world with no defense, you get a show.

Enjoy, we’re still a couple of months away from NBA games that matter so this can be a little fix.

5-foot-9 Isaiah Thomas blocks 6-foot-8 Trevor Ariza at the rim (VIDEO)


Isaiah Thomas is a 5-foot-9 point guard. Trevor Ariza is a 6-foot-8 forward. You wouldn’t think it would be possible for Thomas to block someone who’s nearly a foot taller than him, but that’s exactly what happened this week in the Seattle Pro-Am game:

Even in a pickup game, this is pretty impressive.

(h/t Friendly Bounce)

It’s official: K.J. McDaniels signs three-year, $10 million to stay with Rockets


We’ve known for a few days that K.J. McDaniels was close to a deal to stay with the Rockets.

It’s now official — and at a price that is much better than what had been rumored initially.

McDaniels himself confirmed the deal on Twitter.

Jake Pavorsky of Liberty Ballers broke the story, and it has since been confirmed by others.

This is a portion of the Rockets’ mid-level exception, they still have some left. This deal is well below the market value McDaniels and his agent thought he might find on the restricted free agent market, but the reality is nobody completely believed the numbers he put up in Philly because… well, Philly.

At this price (especially if there are no options), this is a good signing. McDaniels — coming off a broken elbow that kept him out of the playoffs — could be a good fit with the Rockets. He’s an athletic wing who can score in transition and defend.

He’s just got to prove he can crack the rotation in Houston, where they have Trevor Ariza, Corey Brewer, and Sam Dekker at the three, plus that James Harden guy eats up some minutes out there. McDaniels put up numbers and looked impressive in Philadephia, but they played fast and had limited offensive options, so he got touches. While the Rockets like to play fast, this team is loaded with better scoring options. McDaniels barely got off the bench last season in Houston.

Looks like he’s going to get a few years to prove he belongs.

Report: Rockets look to bring back K.J. McDaniels with mid-level exception


We knew the Rockets wanted to bring back K.J. McDaniels and see if, over a full season, he can crack the rotation (something he couldn’t do late last year).

The question was at what cost? He’s a restricted free agent, the Rockets have the right to match any offer, it was just a matter of what the number would be. We may have that answer, via Calvin Harris of ESPN.

My first reaction is that seems steep for McDaniels. Especially since the Rockets already have Trevor Ariza, Corey Brewer, and Sam Dekker at that wing three role. Plus McDaniels is coming off a broken elbow.

McDaniels is an intriguing fit in Houston, he’s an athletic wing who can score and defend. Well, he can score in transition, his jumper still needs refinement. McDaniels put up numbers and looked impressive in Philadephia, but they played fast and had limited offensive options. Houston plays fast but is loaded with quality scorers. McDaniels needs to prove he can break into the rotation for the Rockets.

It’s something to keep an eye on.

Dwight Howard put on Predator costume and went to Comic-Con


Somehow, there is nothing surprising in this next sentence:

Dwight Howard put on Predator costume and went to Comic-Con in San Diego.

It’s the off-season, he’s a goofball and he’s out being himself. This is when he should do these kinds of things. But for those of you (Lakers’ fans) who love to smack Howard at every turn, feel free to contrast this with James Harden and Trevor Ariza showing up in Las Vegas to take in a couple Summer League games.

(Hat tip Eye on Basketball. If CBS’s Matt Moore had gone to Comic-Con he would have gone as Nightcrawler.)