Ross has been coming off the bench since mid-January, and though he can shoot, the rest of his game has stagnated — especially his defense. The Raps are listening to incoming offers on Ross, per several league sources, and a couple of power forwards on borderline playoff teams stand out as intriguing targets: David West and Kevin Garnett.
September 4, 2015 | 5:51 am EDT Update
The situations aren’t the same, of course. While talks remain open, CSNmidatlantic.com was told, there hasn’t been any movement. Beal, who believes he’s worth a max deal, just returned from Taiwan and president Ernie Grunfeld had been on vacation.
Barry Jackson: Besides signing VCU guard Briante Weber, Heat also has been speaking to 360-pound Georgetown center Joshua Smith about possible camp invite.
Webster is set to fly to America tomorrow for an NBA workout in an attempt to secure a training camp invite, according to Australian website Downtownball. It has not been confirmed at this stage which team Webster will be working out for, but a source indicated it was the New Orleans Pelicans.
With his second NBA season fast approaching, Jordan Clarkson has been mulling over an opportunity to play for the Philippines National Team – Clarkson’s mother is half-Filipino – in the 2015 FIBA Asia Championship that begins later in September. However, the tournament extends into the start of Lakers’ training camp, which all NBA players under contract are required to attend. Lakers spokesman John Black told us that the NBA’s Collective Bargaining Agreement gives players the right participate in international play if there is no injury issue. In theory, Clarkson could join the Philippines squad and play in its early-round games (Sept. 23 vs. Palestine, Sept. 24 vs. Hong Kong and Sept. 25 vs. Kuwait), but the Lakers fly to Hawaii to commence training camp just three days later. As such, Clarkson would not be able to participate in FIBA Asia’s knockout round, which begins Oct. 1.
Clarkson will likely be in communication with Lakers management before coming to a decision about whether he’ll play, or whether it’s too difficult considering the proximity to the start of camp.
September 3, 2015 | 8:45 pm EDT Update
Markieff Morris: My future will not be in Phoenix…. #thatisall #backtothegrind #FOE
Lance Stephenson, the onetime Coney Island high school hoops legend and current NBA star, continues to exchange elbows in a high-priced child support fight with the mother of his 4-year-old daughter and 17-month-old son. The exes, Stephenson and Feby Torres, both 24, were in Brooklyn Family Court Thursday, squabbling over how much the stay-at-home mom is entitled out of Stephenson’s $9 million salary from last season, as well as a base $9 million salary next season. Torres is aiming for $12,000 a month and wants her ex-beau to help her move out of Chauncey St. in Bedford Stuyvesant. “There is a safety issue here, there’s gun shots heard at night,” said one of her attorneys, Raoul Felder. Her demands include $3000 a month for the children to attend Hanover Place Child Care, $1000 monthly for groceries, and money for furniture.
September 3, 2015 | 8:17 pm EDT Update
I strive always to improve and try to move forward, despite the injuries, stops and overwhelming adversity,” he told RAI, according to a translation. “Winning I feel it inside as a need. When I arrived in the NBA, I thought a lot more about me, as an individual, scoring 20 points. This thought has gone away slowly. I always try to continue improving. However, playing well and losing the game leaves me with a sense of sadness that in the early years wasn’t there.”
“We will never, ever see another Dick Bavetta-type in the NBA again,” said longtime ref Danny Crawford. “A guy like Dick and a guy like Joey Crawford and Jake O’Donnell and Earl Strom, those guys had names. After that, I think we’re all pretty uniform and nobody knows who the hell you are. They don’t want us to bring attention to ourselves. Back then they could show that individuality. But after Dick and Joey Crawford, that era of guys who were well-known is over. All of us blend in from that point on.”
“Dick was a guy who was having a lot of fun on the court,” Danny Crawford said. “He’d get on an ice cream cart; he’d play around with the mascots. He was doing his job, but at the same time, he was having fun. So when I think of Dick Bavetta, I laugh. Just because of his attitude in the sport. They stopped [the hijinks] after a while, saying, ‘That’s just not professional.’ But when they allowed it, Dick back in the day was the bes
“I would always try to discuss with the players and the coaches, ‘Help me out here, anything you see in how I referee that can be improved upon?’ ” Bavetta said. “The thing that kept coming back to me was, ‘We find you very approachable. We can talk to you and that’s very important to us.’ That’s what I tried to carry throughout my career. I knew there was no way I was going to referee a game without missing calls. But I had no problem during a timeout or after looking at plays at halftime in going over to somebody and saying, ‘I owe you apology.’ When you show your vulnerability with regards to admitting a mistake, I think your acceptance becomes higher. Your credibility is greater. There’s a comfort level that’s established when people say, ‘I know if there’s a question about a play, I can come over to you and get an honest response.’ ”
And he’s now a licensed pilot on the brink of achieving his instrument rating. Carlisle understands the pressure in aviation literally can come with life-and-death consequences. Asked what he thought about his coach being a part-time pilot, Mavs owner Mark Cuban replied, “I hope he’s a good one.” Carlisle, who purchased his Cirrus SR22 turbo in July of 2014, has already logged about 180 hours as a pilot despite flying only during the offseason and All-Star break, using the plane to visit family and friends and make basketball-related trips. He approaches safety with the utmost seriousness. The aircraft features a rocket-launched parachute located inside the fuselage that can be discharged in an emergency situation. When deployed, the parachute safely brings the entire aircraft to the ground.
September 3, 2015 | 6:19 pm EDT Update
Marc J. Spears: Jazz say guard Danté Exum had surgery today to repair the left knee ACL. A return timeline to activity will be established at a later date.
Serena Winters: Something that didn’t make my article on D’Angelo Russell was his high praise for Michael Frazier II, who he played w/ in high school. D’Angelo said he looked up to Frazier in HS, called him a “gym rat” & a great shooter who always came prepared & took care of his body. Plus, D’Angelo’s worked out with Frazier this summer, and says he’s been putting on a clinic in the gym!
John Wall had a pretty great birthday party last night — with celebs, and cake and a $20,000 portrait from a famous street artist, TMZ Sports has learned. Wall — who turns 25 on Sunday — hit up Koi in West Hollywood for a bday bash thrown by Haute Time Magazine. Party organizers tell us guests included several billionaires, top Google execs and NBA superfan Jimmy Goldstein. But the highlight was the gift — a custom John Wall portrait painted by Madsteez … one of the top street artists in the world. We’re told the piece cost $20k to commission.