Some teams can't catch a break. After winning an NBA championship two seasons ago, then advancing to the Finals again last June, the Warriors came into the 2016-17 season with Houston Rockets Jerseys champagne wishes and championship dreams, having added four-time scoring champion and 2014 NBA MVP Kevin Durant to their roster in the biggest free-agent signing of this past summer. Now, after a freak incident of friendly fire Tuesday night, the franchise's path to a fifth title has become impossible to trek. Durant, in the midst of chasing a second 50-40-90 season, suffered Oklahoma City Thunder Jerseys a knee injury (Grade 2 MCL sprain and tibial bone bruise) that will keep him out for at least a month. Going without the five-time first-team All-NBA choice will certainly be the Warriors' death knell.
Markieff Morris has every right to feel hard-done by Tuesday after receiving a $25,000 fine for lightly tossing the ball into the general area of the crowd Jayson Tatum Jerseys Sunday against the Jazz.There wasn't a whole lot to Morris' "throw" into the stands. It appeared as if he basically rolled the ball toward the sideline — and general direction of the official.Morris will not be suspended, which is good for the Wizards, who are taking on the Warriors on Tuesday.
Russell Westbrook stretched the meaning of mercurial to its finest proportion Chris Paul Jerseys Friday in a 110-93 win over the Lakers.The Thunder's All-Star point guard recorded his 28th triple-double of the season by pouring in 17 points with 18 rebounds and 17 assists, but was also shot just 4 of 18 from the field and turned the ball over six times.Westbrook is only the person since 1983-84 to have at least 17 points, 18 rebounds, Stephen Curry Jerseys and 17 assists in a game. Wilt Chamberlain is the only player in NBA history with a 20-20-20 game, which came during the 1967-68 season.There is no doubt Westbrook is a special basketball player, yet sometimes he looks a little more impressive on the stat line than he does while actually watching the game. His shot just has not Custom NBA Jerseys improved. Andre Roberson responded to the competition of newly acquired Doug McDermott by dropping a career-high 19 points while shooting 8 of 9 from the field and hauling in seven rebounds. McDermott (8) and fellow former Bull Taj Gibson (12) combined to score 20 points in their Thunder debuts.
Shaquille O’Neal has vowed, in the future, to lay off the antics when it comes to Warriors center JaVale McGee, whose history of on-court missteps has provided fertile ground for material on O’Neal’s ‘Shaqtin’ a Fool’ television segment.The whole thing got strange when NBA Jerseys the two large men found themselves in a Twitter beef that wound up drawing in the Warriors, forward Kevin Durant and even McGee’s mother.This is not exactly new for O’Neal. He has a long history of criticizing the big men who followed in his late-90s/early-2000s wake, most notably Dwight Howard. In a 2009 interview with Sporting News, O’Neal ripped Howard — then Jimmy Butler Jerseys with Orlando, the same team Shaq played for to start his career — for essentially following in his footsteps, right down to assuming his "Superman" identity. “Everything Dwight Howard is doing, I already did before him,” O’Neal said.When O’Neal was talking about those days recently, he pointed out that his goal in needling the big men who came after him was to Dennis Smith Jr. Jerseys motivate them, to get them to push themselves. “I didn’t poke fun at (Howard),” he told Sporting News last week. “I was just trying to ruffle his feathers. Get him upset. I did that because it was what was done to me.”So it is with McGee, one in a long succession of big men who have not lived up to their potential Derrick Rose Jerseys in O’Neal’s eyes.O’Neal told a story from his playing days to illuminate how he was motivated by those who came before him. In March 2000, O’Neal racked up 61 points in a dominating performance against the Clippers. It was O’Neal’s fourth season with the Lakers, but the team had not yet won a championship with him aboard. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who was Anthony Davis Jerseys working for the Clippers and sitting courtside, made it a point to avert his eyes every time O’Neal came down the floor. O’Neal kept looking at Abdul-Jabbar, but he could not make eye contact. The message from Abdul-Jabbar to O’Neal was clear: You have not earned my respect yet.“Every time we came down he would go like that,” O’Neal said, moving his DeMarcus Cousins Jerseys head downward. “When I was averaging all those points in LA, they were saying, ‘Hey Kareem, Shaq is boom-boom-boom.’ Kareem said, ‘He hasn’t won a championship yet, he’s not that good.’ Did I cry about it? No.”O’Neal and the Lakers won their first of three championships that spring.“I just figure if it worked for me, it would work for other people,” O’Neal Aaron Gordon Jerseys said. “It’s just my way of testing people out. A lot of people know and understand, I don’t waste time taking personal shots. There is a motive to everything I do and everything I say. I am giving guys the blueprint of what it takes to be the next dominant big man, and they can either take the information or not. If Lonzo Ball Jerseys they don’t want to take the information, it’s not on me.”Howard, of course, had a much better shot at being the next O’Neal than McGee ever did. But the principle is the same. Both players could have been better than they are.“At the end of the day, if they don’t get one of these, it’s not my problem,” O’Neal said, holding up Cleveland Cavaliers Jerseys a championship ring. “It may seem like I am poking fun at these guys, but if you really look into the message, if you decrypt what I am saying, I am just giving them the answers to the test.”
Former NBA All-Star Amar'e Stoudemire may receive some backlash for the homophobic comments he made Tuesday.The 34-year-old, who is playing professional basketball in Joel Embiid Jerseys Israel, was asked by Walla Sport whether he would have a problem with a gay teammate.“I’m going to shower across the street, make sure my change of clothes are around the corner,” Stoudemire said.“And I’m going to drive [and] take a different route to the gym.”When asked by a reporter whether he really meant what he said, Stoudemire replied, "There's always a Stephen Curry Jerseys truth within a joke."
Jose Calderon appears to be on his way to Oakland.The Warriors intend to sign the Spaniard as the team's third point guard once his buyout with the Lakers is complete, the San Jose Mercury News reported Sunday.Calderon, who has until March 1 to negotiate his release by Los Angeles, is slated to replace Briante Weber. Weber, who signed Gordon Hayward Jerseys two 10-day contracts with Golden State, was informed of his release by Warriors coach Steve Kerr following Saturday's 112-95 win over the Nets, most likely to make room on the roster for Calderon."It’ll be a point guard," Kerr said of the team's pending acquisition. "We think we have something in place, but it’s not finalized. Got to wait until it’s official."The Rockets Dwyane Wade Jerseys were also considered a potential destination for Calderon after Houston cleared $3.5 million in salary cap space, though Golden State has secured front-runner status.Calderon, 35, has appeared in 24 games this season and started 11. The 12-year NBA veteran is averaging just 3.3 points per game with the Lakers this season after averaging double-digit points in seven other seasons.
Amar'e Stoudemire isn't Golden State Warriors Jerseys playing basketball in the NBA anymore but the former Suns and Knicks All-Star is once again making homophobic comments. Now playing in Israel for Hapoel Jerusalem, Stoudemire was asked during an interview with Walla Sport if American players in the league would be fine with playing alongside an openly gay teammate.“I’m going to shower across the street, make sure my change of Warriors Jerseys clothes are around the corner, and I’m going to drive … take a different route to the gym," Stoudemire said to the disbelief of a journalist, who asked if he was joking. “I mean, there’s always a truth within a joke,” Stoudemire said, while wearing a "Spiritual Gangster" sweatshirt.
The 76ers announced the results of Joel Embiid's MRI on his left Kevin Durant Jerseys knee and the results are unfortunately all too familiar for the injury-prone big man. Embiid, who missed his first two NBA seasons due to foot injuries, will miss the rest of this season as a previously identified meniscus tear appeared more pronounced, the team announced Wednesday. "Our primary objective and focus remains to protect his long-term health and ability to perform on Jaylen Brown Jerseys the basketball court," Sixers president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo said in a release. "As our medical team and performance staff continue their diligence in the evaluation, treatment, and rehabilitation of Joel's injury, we will provide any pertinent updates when available." Embiid's injury news comes just days after the 76ers announced that rookie forward Ben Simmons will miss the entire season while Kemba Walker Jerseys recovering from a broken foot. Embiid, 22, averaged 20.2 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game in 31 games played this season. He'll have wait until next season to "Trust the Process" once again.
The trade deadline has passed, which means aficionados of NBA personnel maneuvers can now turn their attention to what figures to be a momentous next round of Chicago Bulls Jerseys transactions, the league’s summer free-agency period. There have been some shifts in summer projections in the wake of the deadline, and it’s a good time to check in on some things we now know.L.A. stood pat at the deadline, with Doc Rivers pushing the difficult decisions he’ll have to make until the summer. L.A. would have done well to unload some combination Jabari Parker Jerseys of the $26 million owed to guards Austin Rivers and Jamal Crawford next year, but they remain on the books. Now, the Clippers will have to figure out how—or whether—to pay the trio of Blake Griffin, Chris Paul and J.J. Redick. Executives around the league expect Paul to stay with the Clippers, though he is not expected to give the team any Ben Simmons Jerseys sort of discount.Paul is expected to be designated as one of the Clippers’ six-year-contract players, making his deal worth around $210 million. But it’s uncertain whether the Clippers would do the same for the oft-injured Griffin, especially if L.A. can’t make any progress in this year’s postseason. Redick would prefer to stay with the Clippers, but if the team makes a commitment Zach Collins Jerseys to both Griffin and Paul, Redick may become the odd man out. He is a career 41.3 percent 3-point shooter, and would have an ample stable of suitors on the market. There was a chance for the Clippers to address these issues at the trade deadline (or last summer), but Rivers decided to try one more run with the current group.
Kevin Klay Thompson Jerseys Durant was the victim of friendly fire Tuesday night as teammate Zaza Pachulia landed on the forward's knee. According to The Vertical, a late Tuesday night MRI didn't show much promise for Durant, and he's expected to be out the rest of the regular season — or even longer.As confirmation that the Warriors are at least somewhat worried, they've abandoned their pursuit Cheap NBA Jerseys of Jose Calderon, and instead will sign veteran Matt Barnes. The 36-year-old forward previously played for Golden State from 2006-08.After news spread that Barnes was headed to the Warriors, he posted a message on Instagram saying this is one of the best days of his life.