As the fallout from President Donald Trump’s alleged comments describing African countries and Haiti as “shithole countries” continues, one member of the Spurs organization is not surprised by the remarks. Assistant coach Ime Udoka, a Nigerian-American, became aware of the comments on Friday. “I wasn’t any more offended than what he says about people right here in America,” Udoka told the Express-News before the Spurs played the Denver Nuggets on Saturday. “If that were a one-time thing, it would be something. But it’s pretty frequent.”
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January 17, 2018 | 8:07 am EST Update
Spencer Checketts: .@wojespn today on The Jump: “Cavs are looking to add size. A player who is available that teams are calling about who could help them is Derrick Favors from the Jazz.”
Yes, Mirotic remains a likely candidate to be traded after he became eligible to be dealt Monday, but that doesn’t mean the Bulls’ front office is planning to give him away to the first team that calls. A source indicated the Bulls will continue to be patient with the process, making sure they leave potential buyers ample time to get into the mix or to raise their offers as the Bulls look for the best possible return for Mirotic.
Mirotic, who must waive a no-trade clause in his contract to be dealt, said he’s leaving it all in the hands of his representatives. “I didn’t talk to [the Bulls’ front office recently],” he said. “Probably my agents are talking, so I don’t know so far what’s going on, but I know my name is going to be out there. I’m doing my job, and I’m sure they’re doing their job, and we’re both going to do what’s best for the team.”
As the NBA gathers information for its investigation into the events surrounding the bombastic LA Clippers-Houston Rockets game on Monday night, forward Trevor Ariza has been further isolated as the person most responsible for the Rockets’ postgame charge into the Clippers’ locker room, league sources told ESPN.
The Rockets players were filled with a greater animus for Rivers, sources told ESPN, because they insist that he had been especially belligerent from the bench in the late stages of the Clippers’ victory. Sitting out because of an ankle injury and wearing a suit, Rivers was reveling in Griffin’s dominant performance of 29 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists. Once Griffin became entangled with several Rockets, Rivers’ verbiage appeared to become more aggressive.
After their mutual ejections, Simmons motioned to meet in the tunnels off the court, to which Lowry could not have been more receptive, hustling like he had to catch a bus. There was a report they had an altercation in the back tunnels, which Lowry denied Tuesday. Either way, not a fight. “Put it this way: I was back there,” said Lowry. Asked if he had been in a fight before, the Philly-born point guard gave his best disbelieving smirk: “What you think?” “Honestly, I’m going to stand up for myself and stand up for my teammates no matter what,” said Lowry. “Certain situations, at the end of the day you’re a grown man. I have two kids, I’m a grown man, I’m going to take care of my business when I need to take care of my business.”