The tension between Rondo and Carlisle about play-calling had been brewing for a little while, team sources told ESPNDallas.com. It reached a boiling point when Rondo appeared to blow off a play call from the bench, prompting Carlisle to storm onto the court while calling a timeout and shouting at Rondo, who responded in kind.
August 27, 2015 | 2:36 pm EDT Update
Darryl Dawkins, known for his thunderous dunks and flamboyant nickname, has died. A source confirms that Dawkins died today. Following his professional playing career, Dawkins made his home in the Lehigh Valley. The 58-year-old made history in 1975, when he became the first player ever drafted directly from high school to the NBA. The Orlando native played 15 seasons in the NBA, spending the majority of his career with the Philadelphia 76ers and the New Jersey Nets.
Bojan Bogdanovic tweaked his ankle in Croatia’s “friendly” against Bosnia in prep for Eurobasket. Croatia was playing Bosnia, who was without former Brooklyn Nets forward Mirza Teletovic, as prep for Eurobasket 2015. Bogdanovic scored 10 points before leaving the game after tweaking his ankle in the third quarter.
August 27, 2015 | 1:32 pm EDT Update
Why did you choose to re-sign with the Kings? Casspi: I like Sacramento. I felt like I had a really good connection with the coach last year. I feel like the direction of the team is going, it’s finally moving and getting some speed in the right direction. I feel like we have a good team. I felt I want to be a part of something that’s growing and competing for the playoffs next year and being in the playoffs, putting ourselves in a position to win championships. And I didn’t want to leave. I trust our organization, I trust our coaches. We have the best center in the league. Obviously we’re going in the right direction.
You’ve called DeMarcus Cousins a “brother for life.” Why? Casspi: Me and DeMarcus met, it was my second year and it was his first. We had a good connection, you know? It’s like with your family; you can tell them everything. They trust you and you trust them in the same way. If you do something wrong, they’ll tell you and vice versa. He came all the way from the United States to see my family and meet my family. Seeing him having dinner and talking to my mom and dad and my sister … we have a special bond and I love him. So he’s my brother.
So while Thomas may face a tenuous numbers game, Van Gundy emphasized the flip side to him, that a guaranteed contract isn’t a roster guarantee. “The day I signed my contract, he told me, ‘Hey, I know you’re looking at the roster, at 17 guaranteed guys, and you’re the only non-guaranteed guy or partially guaranteed guy.’ ” Thomas recalled. “He said that anything can change. He said, ‘We’re looking to make some changes soon. We’re not really focused in on who’s on the roster right now. We’re going to let go of maybe some guaranteed guys, or we’re making some changes soon, or trades could be made.’ ”
In the podcast, “The Big Podcast With Shaq,” the two expressed regret over the feud. “A lot of stuff was said out of the heat of the moment,” O’Neal said in an excerpt from the podcast that was played on ESPN Radio on Wednesday. “I guarantee I don’t remember a lot of stuff that they said, because I changed my thought process of, you know what, we won three out of four, what the hell are you all talking about? This is not really even a story.”
Said Bryant: “Here’s the thing, though. When you say it at the time, you actually mean it, and then when you get older you have more perspective, and you’re like holy s—. I was an idiot when I was a kid.
“To me, the most important thing was really, ‘just keep your mouth shut.’ You don’t need to go to the press with stuff. You keep it internal, and we have our arguments and our disagreements, but I think having our debates within the press was something I wish would’ve been avoided. But it did kind of create this whirlwind around us as a team with myself and Shaq and the press and the media that just put so much pressure on us as an organization.”
Orazio Cauchi: #Pelicans big man Alexis Ajinca won’t play at Eurobasket with France NT due to an injury. He returned to the United States. #Eurobasket2015
FOX Sports Southeast announced on Aug. 27, 2015 that Dell Curry will be returning for his seventh season as analyst on the FOX Sports Southeast telecast team, joining Eric Collins and Stephanie Ready in the broadcast booth. Matt Rochinski of hornets.com caught up with Curry to talk about heading into his seventh season with the Hornets. On his excitement to be returning for a seventh season, as well as taking on a new role with the team: I’m very excited, first about my new role with the Hornets as Ambassador and Special Projects Advisor. It gets me a little more involved in the Hornets and what they do. It lets me float around the office a little more freely, so I’m looking forward to that. And then also doing what I love, just calling the games and being involved with the games on that side. I’m back for my seventh year and I’ve really enjoyed every year. I’d like to think I’ve gotten better, and it keeps me involved in the game in a certain way where I can enjoy the entertainment and relay that back to the fans.
FOX Sports Southeast announced on Aug. 27, 2015 that Stephanie Ready will make the move from the Hornets sidelines to the broadcast booth with Eric Collins and Dell Curry, becoming the first full-time female NBA game analyst. Matt Rochinski of hornets.com caught up with Ready to discuss her historic move. On making the move to the Hornets broadcast booth: I am thrilled – I’m over the moon with excitement. When I was a coach and considered getting into television, this was the job that I wanted. This was the reason that I got into sports broadcasting, because I wanted to be a game analyst. Even though I’ve done it all these years – some college games and some NBA games on a fill in basis – this will be the first time I get to focus primarily on the job that I love the most in television. I couldn’t be more excited.
Bulls guard Derrick Rose is being sued by a woman who alleges Rose and two other men drugged her and later broke into her apartment and raped her. In a civil lawsuit filed Wednesday in the Los Angeles County Superior Court, the plaintiff, identified as Jane Doe, alleges that Rose and his childhood friends Randall Hampton and Ryan Allen assaulted her in August 2013.
According to the complaint, the woman says Rose eventually began to “obsessively ask” the woman “to involve others in their sex life,” including strippers and other couples. The woman said Rose indicated in 2013 that he wanted her to have sex with him and Hampton at the same time. She refused but did not break off their relationship, having “naively assumed that [Rose] could resume a normal, one-on-one relationship.”
August 27, 2015 | 12:01 pm EDT Update
Marc J. Spears: Free agent forward Chuck Hayes will not be signing with the Rockets as expected, his agent Calvin Andrews tells Yahoo http://t.co/ClMbFJZyZm
Marc J. Spears: Kings free agent center Ryan Hollins is getting interest from Sacramento, Washington & the Clippers, a source said.
Almost a week before the start of the upcoming Eurobasket 2015, one key member of the French team is forbidden to play in the event. As the French federation announced, center Alexis Ajinca is out.
Stephanie Ready is used to making history in the men’s game. Now she’s doing it again as the first full-time female NBA game analyst on FOX Sports Southeast’s Hornets broadcasts. Ready will join new play-by-play announcer Eric Collins and Hornets legend Dell Curry in the booth for the upcoming season. “This is actually the reason I got into television in the first place,” Ready said. “I always wanted to be a game analyst. I have a passion for the game of basketball and being a coach you teach the game and you learn how to explain the game to people who may not understand it. I thought being a game analyst on television would be perfect, because that’s what you get to do.”
August 27, 2015 | 9:46 am EDT Update
Three weeks after Jennings’ second season in Detroit ended Jan. 25 after he suffered a ruptured left Achilles tendon, the Pistons acquired Reggie Jackson in a trade. Then they signed Jackson to a five-year, $80-contract this summer. “Bringing in Reggie Jackson was smart,” Jennings said. “I’m supposed to be out, really, for nine months, and they need a point guard. … “My main thing is just to get healthy. Hey, if I have to come off the bench and be the sixth man or whatever, I’m fine with that. Man, I just want to play basketball again. I just want to get back on the court and have fun.”
“Basically, I’m just taking my time,” Jennings said. “I’m going to come back when I’m ready. … “I don’t know if I’ll be ready for training camp. I don’t know for sure. But I’m definitely going to take my time through training camp and also through the preseason. I probably won’t be back to myself until at least around December. That’s a for sure. “You know, I haven’t played in seven months.”