Marc Stein: Despite hard push late from Hapoel Jerusalem back home, former Mavs/Pels PG Gal Mekel formally signed this AM with Nizhny Novgorod in Russia
September 3, 2015 | 6:22 am EDT Update
“Just getting started, man. A fresh start is what I’m most excited about,” Williams said Wednesday during an exclusive interview with Mavs.com while making an appearance at the organization’s fantasy camp. “You know, playing with this group of guys, I feel like we have a great group of guys here, and so (I’m looking forward to) just getting everybody healthy and getting on the court with them.”
“I mean, I’m definitely excited about that. You know, there’s definitely a stability about this organization that’s definitely intriguing. You know, they have guys that have been here forever, so it’s just about plugging in the new pieces — myself included — and just trying to get to work. But, you know, I’m just excited about this opportunity, and I’m ready to get the season going.”
Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov is nearing a deal to buy all of the Barclays Center and the Brooklyn Nets from Bruce Ratner’s Forest City Enterprises, The Post has learned. Prokhorov has been in talks to buy the 55 percent of the arena and 20 percent of the NBA team he does not already own. Under the deal being discussed, he would kick in little cash beyond forgiving the roughly $40 million Forest City owes him to cover team losses, according to two sources familiar with the situation.
A deal with Prokhorov would come after Forest City tried and failed to find an outside buyer in an auction. Prokhorov didn’t make that sale process any easier by withholding financial information, according to sources close to the sale process.
Brandon Armstrong, better known as the NBA Impersonator, has become an internet sensation with his spot-on parodies of basketball players and referees alike. Among those to be lampooned include Russell Westbrook, James Harden, Kobe Bryant and even Joey Crawford. Now, Armstrong has a take on Manu Ginobili of the San Antonio Spurs.
The always outspoken Trump let Abdul-Jabbar know how he felt about it, writing him a blistering note. Here’s the full text of the letter: Dear Kareem, Now I know why the press always treated you so badly — they couldn’t stand you. The fact is that you don’t have a clue about life and what has to be done to make America great again! Best wishes, Donald Trump
This morning, an essay of mine was published titled, “This is the Difference Between Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders.” Trump’s response to my piece is the best, though inelegant, support for my claims. Here again, he attacks a journalist who disagrees with him, not by disputing the points made but by hurling schoolyard insults such as “nobody likes you.” Look behind the nasty invective and you find an assault on the Constitution in the effort to silence the press through intimidation. The full text is below.
A federal jury has convicted a former personal assistant of Gilbert Arenas of stealing more than $2 million from the former NBA basketball player. The jury on Wednesday found 40-year-old John White guilty of 11 counts of wire fraud and four counts of filing a false tax-related document. He faces dozens of years in prison when he is sentenced in November.
September 2, 2015 | 10:13 pm EDT Update
Speaking of Kobe, Russell also put his amusingly accurate Kobe imitation up on display at the NBA rookie photo shoot in New York this summer, but although the 19-year-old has his Kobe impersonation down pat, he’s really hoping to pave his own path. “When people say ‘the next Kobe,’ there’s not going to be a next Kobe, there’s not going to be a next Michael Jordan. But, there’s something you can steal from all those players, stir it up and get what you get out of it. And, I want to be that player that’s the next D’Angelo Russell.” After the backlash he received when his complimentary Tracy McGrady tweet created a bit of a social media firestorm among die-hard Kobe Bryant fans, Russell was quick to clarify that he was by no means disrespecting Bryant. “I’m not disrespecting Kobe. No disrespect to anybody, there’s never going to be a ‘next one’ of those icons that you consider in this era.”
It’s that strong mentality Russell prides himself on. “I always preach, I didn’t get here from being the most athletic guy, the fastest guy, the tallest guy, or the strongest, I got here from my mind.” And, that’s also what he respects so much about Kobe Bryant. “That’s something when I watch Kobe interviews or listen to Kobe talk, he’s mentally on another level, when I listen to him, I relate to that.”
Nick DePaula: Nike Basketball has signed Pistons rookie wing Stanley Johnson to a shoe deal. Stanley was also weighing a strong offer from adidas, but opted for Swoosh. Everyone is REAL high on him. Great kid. Relentless worker.
As part of Steve Ballmer’s ongoing process to put his personal stamp on the Clippers, the team is considering options for a mascot. While talks are past the preliminary stages, no decisions have been made as to the name, look or species of the mascot. A new mascot likely wouldn’t debut until midway through this season or the start of the 2016-17 year. The team has adopted a new logo, uniforms and color scheme this season, Ballmer’s second as owner.
September 2, 2015 | 8:21 pm EDT Update
September 2, 2015 | 7:08 pm EDT Update
The Cleveland Cavaliers have re-signed guard J.R. Smith, General Manager David Griffin announced today from Cleveland Clinic Courts. Per league and team policy, terms of the contracts were not released.
Calvin Watkins: Rockets getting ready for training camp. Jason Terry says at least 12 players are in LA for workouts. Jason Terry on the workouts: “Awesome. Full participation. Guys working hard focused on taking the next step towards a championship.”
Tim MacMahon: Chandler Parsons has added 1-dribble pull-ups to shooting routine. Has also been doing heavy lifting with his surgically repaired leg. Parsons hasn’t started running/cutting yet but should soon. Hope is still to be ready for season opener, but no guarantees.
Iman Shumpert: When a man loves a woman how she was born to be loved…procreation is the best blessing you can receive! I couldn’t be more happy than to share my first child with the woman I intended to have my family with. Iman Tayla Shumpert Jr is expected to enter this world “1.16.16”. We want that world to be as pure as possible for her. We people, show the world what we feel the world should see when we want them to see it…something this beautiful had to be announced when we were ready for everyone to know…this is what happiness grows into! I love you @teyanataylor thank you for your sacrifice in starting our very own family! P.s. I know you see my daughter with her hand behind her head and her feet kicked up…
September 2, 2015 | 6:31 pm EDT Update
Marc J. Spears: Clippers free agent F Glen Davis is having surgery to repair torn ligaments, a cyst & bone spurs in his left ankle today. Glen Davis is expected to be out 8-12 weeks before returning to hoop related activities after ankle surgery, source told Yahoo.