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Smack / Oct 25, 2014 / 7:30 pm

Report: Klay Thompson’s Reps “Frustrated” By Lack Of Max Extension Offer

Steve Kerr, Klay Thompson

The ongoing negotiations between the Warriors and Klay Thompson‘s representatives, led by agent Billy Duffy, are entering the final countdown with the deadline for an extension looking next week (Oct. 31). Sources tell Yahoo Sports’ Marc J. Spears, Thompson’s team is “frustrated” they haven’t been offered a maximum deal yet. Read More »

Smack / Oct 24, 2014 / 4:00 pm

ESPN Ranks Kevin Durant Eighth Best Player; He Tweets, Deletes Response

Kevin Durant

Disclaimer: Before Kevin Durant suffered a stress fracture that will keep him sidelined for approximately two months, ESPN ranked him as the second-best player in the NBA. In fact, ESPN NBA Rank voters nearly bestowed him a perfect score of 10.0 – KD’s pre-injury 9.94 was barely lower than LeBron James’ mark. But the worldwide leader polled their analysts again after Durant’s unfortunate break, asking them to account for negative impacts of his injury. Eighth-best is where that new assessment placed him. Not bad. But given Durant’s humorous – and since-deleted – response on Twitter, he isn’t exactly pleased with it, either. Read More »

Smack / Oct 24, 2014 / 2:30 pm

J.R. Smith Says Triangle Is A Struggle, Admits To Putting Self Before Team In Past

J.R. Smith

Only two weeks, ago, J.R. Smith said that the triangle offense was “going to take a few months” to learn. So it’s no surprise that the New York Knicks’ notorious chucker is still adjusting to his team’s new offensive scheme with the regular just days away. As Smith admits, his prior basketball mentality makes playing in the triangle “a struggle.” Read More »

GIFs, Overseas, Smack / Oct 24, 2014 / 11:45 am

GIF: Josh Childress Levels Jesse Wagstaff With Airborne Elbow

Josh Childress

Former Hawks and Suns forward Josh Childress, who spurned an NBA contract to sign a $20 million contract in July of 2008 to play in Greece, is now playing for the Sydney Kings of the National Basketball League (NBL) in Australia. During a game against the Perth Wildcats, Childress unloaded a crazy airborne elbow on Jesse Wagstaff and was ejected. Read More »

Smack / Oct 23, 2014 / 3:15 pm

Jeanie Buss Says Anyone Afraid To Play With Kobe Is “Probably A Loser”

Kobe Bryant, Jeanie Buss

Fallout from ESPN’s excellent, sprawling, and scathing report on the ill-effects of Kobe Bryant’s presence with the Los Angeles Lakers continues. In response to the story quoting a source close to the team opining that Bryant’s ego is “scaring off free agents,” Lakers president Jeanie Buss didn’t exactly refute the claim in an interview on “SportsCenter.” Read More »

Smack / Oct 23, 2014 / 12:30 pm

Kevin Love Says He Will Be Better Off With More Interior Touches

Kevin Love

Trouble in the Northeast Ohio paradise? We’re still five days from the regular season, and Cleveland Cavaliers’ third wheel Kevin Love is already griping about a lack of quality touches. Read More »

Smack / Oct 23, 2014 / 9:45 am

Taj Gibson Pokes Fun At Jared Cunningham After Eric Bledsoe Drops Him

Taj Gibson

Last night, Eric Bledsoe was going against his old team, the Clippers, after getting traded to Phoenix last fall. He dropped 27 on them; although, Chris Paul and Blake Griffin led the Clippers to a 108-105 win in a fun preseason contest. At one point Bledsoe made LA guard Jared Cunningham look downright foolish with a step-back that sent him toppling all the way under the basket, and Bulls forward Taj Gibson certainly noticed. Read More »

Smack / Oct 22, 2014 / 1:15 pm

Video Emerges Of Willis Reed Fighting Most Of The Lakers Bench In 1966

Willis Reed

Former Knicks center and Hall-of-Famer Willis Reed was in just his third NBA season when he was named captain of the 1966-67 Knicks. That season is not as famous as the championship-winning Knicks campaign of 1970, or Reed’s oft-extolled stroll through the Garden tunnel to take the jump ball in Game 7 of the Finals after suffering a torn thigh muscle in Game 5. But that season of ’66 features an infamous game against the Lakers that showed Reed was every bit the captain and the team, and they wouldn’t be taking any gruff from opponents anymore. Read More »

Smack, Twitter / Oct 21, 2014 / 7:15 pm

Paul George, Flea, Phil Jackson Defend Kobe Bryant Amid Media Scrutiny

Kobe Bryant

It hasn’t been a great past few days for Kobe Bryant. After getting absolutely fooled by a sick crossover from Alec Burks, the Los Angeles Lakers legend awakened to media scrutiny unlike most any he’s faced throughout his 18 years in the NBA on Monday morning. But Mamba’s loyal legion of followers quickly came to his defense, and three more high-profile devotees slammed the press today for portraying Kobe in a negative light: Paul George, Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Phil Jackson. Read More »

Smack / Oct 21, 2014 / 4:15 pm

Daryl Morey Calls Viral Video Of James Harden’s Defense Unfair

James Harden

James Harden’s defense was porous far before the casual NBA fan realized it. The direction of popular opinion hedged its present destination at the beginning of last season, when videos of Harden falling asleep off-ball and getting roasted off-dribble by subpar wings began making the internet rounds. By the time 2013-2014 was over and enough talking head criticism and video footage had been compiled to call Harden the league’s worst defender, the amount of scrutiny was already over the top. When a new compilation of Harden’s defensive failings were compiled by an excellent YouTube user in April, even more fuel was added to the fire. Read More »