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December 17, 2014 | 10:12 PM ET Update

Sources told ESPN.com that the Timberwolves, beset with injuries and mired at the foot of the Western Conference with a record of 5-19, are again engaging contending teams in trade discussions for Brewer after making him available in mid-November and then abruptly pulling him off the market. The Houston Rockets and Cleveland Cavaliers, sources said, remain the most interested suitors for Brewer, but have also been joined by the Los Angeles Clippers. ESPN.com

Houston and Cleveland remain the best positioned to make a deal because both teams possess an active trade exception large enough to absorb Brewer's $4.7 million salary. But sources say that the Wolves are seeking a future first-round pick in exchange for Brewer, something the Cavaliers are reluctant to surrender. ESPN.com

ESPN.com has learned the Wolves granted permission to the Rockets and Cavs last month to talk to Brewer's representatives when a trade appeared imminent, since both teams would hope to persuade Brewer to waive his $4.9 million option for next season to help facilitate the trade and lessen the long-term financial implications of acquiring him. It's believed that Brewer will consider doing so for the opportunity to join a title contender. ESPN.com

The Rockets, meanwhile, have been known to ‎covet Brewer since last season, with sources saying they registered trade interest in the 28-year-old even before Brewer uncorked a career-high 51 points against Houston late last season. Rockets coach Kevin McHale drafted Brewer in Minnesota when he was still the Wolves' general manager and, according to sources, spoke directly to Brewer last month when the Wolves gave Houston permission to do so. ESPN.com

Ryan Wolstat: More Drake on redesign: "I think people are going to be floored with what we have in store for next season. I’ve got great things that will adorn your, uh, body as you move through life. I don’t know. I was trying to find a good way to say that." Twitter @WolstatSun

December 17, 2014 | 06:50 PM ET Update

Sean Grande: Marcus Smart is officially out tonight. He's missed 13 of the first 23 games. Boston is +30 when he's on the court, -59 when he's not. Twitter @SeanGrandePBP

U.S. authorities have determined that North Korea is behind the recent cyber attack on Sony Pictures, a federal law enforcement official said Wednesday. The official, who is not authorized to comment publicly, said a formal announcement of attribution by the U.S. government could come as soon as Thursday. Sony Pictures Entertainment was hit by hackers Nov. 24. A glowing red skeleton appeared on screens throughout the Culver City, Calif.-based Sony subsidiary. USA Today Sports

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December 17, 2014 | 05:28 PM ET Update

As much as ever in his nine seasons in Boston, the Celtics have left strong impressions with rival organizations that they’re prepared to make a deal that includes Rondo, sources said. Boston has been engaged in discussions described as “serious” in recent days, but no trade agreement is imminent. Yahoo! Sports

 

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December 17, 2014 | 04:03 PM ET Update

New 76ers power forward Furkan Aldemir sat out the end of practice Wednesday because of a sore right heel. Aldemir, who signed with the Sixers (2-22) on Monday, suffered the injury back in his native Turkey. Coach Brett Brown expects the 6-foot-10, 240-pounder to play against the Charlotte Hornets on Friday night at the Wells Fargo Center. “It was sore enough to have him sit down,” Brown said. “But he’s getting treatment on it, and you know we will see what goes on with that.” Philadelphia Inquirer

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December 17, 2014 | 03:32 PM ET Update

Two days after Greg Monroe said he wasn't seeking a trade from the Detroit Pistons, his agent, David Falk, emphatically reiterated his client's position. "He made a commitment to Stan (Van Gundy) when he took the qualifying offer that he would work as hard as he could and help the team as best that he could and he would keep his mind open and at the end of the season, he would evaluate all of his options," Falk said. "That was his plan in July, and that's his plan in December and that will probably be his plan in February and will be his plan when the season ends." Their comments were in response to a Sporting News story that suggested Monroe wanted out of Detroit at any cost. Falk refuted that. USA Today Sports

"Greg is an intelligent man. I've represented him from day one. There are no other credible sources who would indicate if wants a trade," Falk said. "He does not want a trade. He wants to honor his commitment to Stan and give it the year and evaluate everything at the end of the season." USA Today Sports

Monroe, 24, also wants to retain his Bird rights – an in-season trade on a qualifying offer would negate that – in case a team Monroe wants to play for after this season doesn't have the cap space to sign him to the deal he seeks. That team could obtain him in a sign-and-trade with the Pistons. USA Today Sports

Here's another important piece to Monroe waiting until the summer – beyond preferring to have his choice. Why would a team want to give up a player or draft pick for Monroe when that teams knows it can get Monroe without giving up assets? And look at it from Monroe's perspective: he wants a team to keep its assets so it can be as good as possible when he joins. USA Today Sports

Every summer, his old French buddies return to their native country for the national team’s training camp and words of the practices in San Antonio, of the culture and free-flowing system, fascinate Batum. Tony Parker, Boris Diaw and San Antonio gave Batum and the Portland Trail Blazers a clinic in the Western Conference semifinal playoff series last season, and Batum pondered how he could play for those Spurs amid all the connected passes for wide-open shots, all the cuts and drives born of the sport’s fundamentals. As Batum thought aloud, “Yeah, maybe I could. Maybe.” Batum wasn’t looking outside Portland, but rather gauged his fit on a champion, any title winner, really. RealGM

With news of Thomas firing his agent, Andy Miller, two weeks ago and with him becoming trade-eligible this week, the dot-connectors went to work after Thomas' comment to cbssports.com last month that the Suns situation "was not what I expected." Miller negotiated Thomas' four-year, $27 million contract with Phoenix in July. "It's unrelated to the Suns," Thomas said of firing his agent. "I lost trust in the guy. That's all it is. Professional reasons. Personal reasons as well. People, I've seen, say I want to be traded and things like that. Nah, that happened two weeks ago." Arizona Republic

Asked if he was good with the current situation, Thomas said, "I'm not OK with losing, so I don't think anybody is OK with what is going on right now. We've got to figure it out." Asked if he was good with his individual situation, Thomas said, "My family loves it. So if they're happy, I'm happy. Like I said, we're losing now. And, no, I'm not OK with the situation right now because we are on a six-game losing streak. I'm not OK with it." Arizona Republic

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December 17, 2014 | 03:03 PM ET Update

Where the Pistons put themselves in this position was by not trading him. Although Monroe couldn't get a max offer sheet from another team, he did receive substantial interest — and Portland and Atlanta tried to facilitate trades for him. Detroit News

The Pistons wanted point guard Jeff Teague and sharpshooter Kyle Korver in return for Monroe, and the Hawks balked — perhaps with knowing Monroe could walk to them the summer of 2015, right into their cap space without having to part with valuable assets. Detroit News

Q: How likely is it that Brooklyn trades any of the Lopez/Williams/Johnson trio by the trade deadline? Chad Ford: The market is very, very limited. Lopez is probably the easiest of the three to trade. But so many teams have become experts on the cap and the CBA that they are unwilling to take the mistakes that Billy King has made over and over again. Very few teams are willing to blatantly mortgage their future the way the Nets have been. ESPN.com

Charles F. Gardner: Kidd on Jabari: "I thought he was doing everything as a rookie, being able to play both ends and help the team win... It's sad that a good kid like this who is doing all the right things and an injury like that takes him out for the season." Twitter @cf_gardner

 

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December 17, 2014 | 01:58 PM ET Update

Philadelphia’s Alexey Shved has hoped to continue his NBA career as an unrestricted free agent at season’s end, but the Russian guard will instead strongly consider returning to Europe where he has received outlines for multi-million dollar offers, league sources told RealGM. RealGM

Nevertheless, Shved has lost enjoyment for his current situation due to low minutes. The 6-foot-6 product averaged nearly 23 minutes as a rookie, but just 10.5 per game a season ago. Despite being one of their most productive players this season, the 76ers have played Shved only 16.8 minutes a game. Before dealing Shved to the 76ers, the Minnesota Timberwolves scanned several other teams interested in him, including the Indiana Pacers, league sources said. If he ultimately returns to Europe as a free agent, Shved, 26, would recoup significant minutes and a lucrative offer comparable to, if not higher than, his NBA value. RealGM

What’s the solution then? This is exactly why the Warriors have put feelers out for free agent Ray Allen, but have so far gotten no indications that he’s ready to sign with the Warriors. Allen would obviously not be a defensive force, but can you imagine closing a game with Curry, Thompson and Allen on the floor at the same time? I know the Warriors can and have. San Jose Mercury-News

Kings officials analyzed six years of data, including positional data provided by SportVu cameras, to determine the ideal setting for Gay to thrive. What they found, perhaps not surprisingly, was that Gay thrived playing with a dominant low-post scorer, as he had in Memphis. The Kings then applied the data to create a model of what a Cousins-Gay pairing would look like. "We came to the conclusion that on our team, Rudy was going to still score the same number of points, but he was going to do it with five fewer shots," Ranadive said. "And his efficiency as a player would go up substantially." Bleacher Report

And amid this newfound dedication to passing and smarter shot selection, Gay is also averaging a career high in scoring at 21.1 points per game. "I think his game is so much more mature now," said Brooklyn Nets coach Lionel Hollins, who coached Gay for most of his career in Memphis. "He's making plays for people that he always had the ability to make, but he's not feeling the pressure that he has to go and make the play for Rudy Gay." Bleacher Report

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December 17, 2014 | 12:45 PM ET Update

Robinson could have a bigger spot in the rotation in the coming weeks as starting center Robin Lopez will be sidelined six to seven weeks with a fractured right hand. Below is a full transcript of Robinson's interview with reporters at Blazers practice on Tuesday after Robinson's surprise inclusion the in the lineup. Do you have an idea how you might be used going forward? Coach didn't say anything. He said it's a game day decision. Right now I just got to do what I've been doing: staying ready so when I am on the floor I make something happen. That's all I can go off of right now; the rest is up to people above me. Oregonian

How surprised were you when coach called your name last night? Very. Like I said I don't know how many DNPs I got, but I'm sure (it is) 20 or close damn near. Some games it's hard to fight knowing you're going into the game not playing and you're just chilling. Or going to the game and you're just going to watch the game there. Or I'm going to have a bad attitude. It's tough. You've got to fight that side everyday. Last night I was just watching the game being there for my team. I didn't know I was going to play. It was a shock. Oregonian

The field hardly pays as much as the $48.5 million the Lakers’ star will make through the 2015-16 season. But Bryant wrote a first-person essay for The Players Tribune about recently passing Michael Jordan on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. Bryant insisted it took him only 30 minutes to write the article on the team plane following his milestone performance in Sunday’s win in Minneapolis. Bryant also said no one proofread it. “I had a really really good creative writing teacher in high school,” said Bryant, who attended Lower Merion, a suburban school outside Philadelphia. Los Angeles Daily News

That explains why Mastriano eventually supported Bryant jumping from high school directly to the NBA 19 years ago. “I was skeptical at the time. But once he made the decision, I was 100 percent behind him to the point that I had argued with faculty about it,” Mastriano said. “People don’t have to go to college. If people go to college, they should have a reason. Kobe Bryant convinced me he made the right decision to go into the professional realm because he wanted to play against the best. That’s what he loves and that’s how he wanted to learn.” Los Angeles Daily News

Of course, Dirk Nowitzki has always been a big fan of Bryant, who now sits in the No. 3 spot among the league’s all-time scoring leaders with 32,331 career points. “He’s probably the greatest player in my generation that I played against,” said Nowitzki, who has 27,239 career points and will likely pass Elvin Hayes and Moses Malone over the next few weeks to move up to seventh on the list. “Obviously Shaq was very dominant, Tim Duncan was great, but I just loved watching Kobe. ESPN.com

"Defense is great, but we need defense and offense," the Kings owner said. "We need to go from a rules-based organization, which was important when you had chaos, to a values-based organization -- from kind of a programmatic offense, to a read-and-respond, free-flowing offense. "I like to use a music metaphor. We had a Sousa marching band, which was needed when there was chaos. But now we need to shift to a jazz band, where people can be individually showcased and improvised. What we need is a jazz director. I think that's the kind of leadership moving forward." ESPN.com

Gamblero, whose real name was Jeffrey Vanchiro, passed away recently, after falling out of a second-story window in his father’s home. On Tuesday, the Nets paid tribute to Gamblero with warm up shirts bearing his name on the backs and the number 44. For The Win

“Most of us are from a place where the pro football team is the dominant team, in terms of sports, entertainment, culture and discussion,” Wilbon said. “Most of us are from a place like that. But, are the Redskins all that Washington can follow? They can’t follow two things, sports fans here? Because the Wizards are on to something, Tony. And I don’t mean they’re on to something because they’re not 9-20. First of all, even if they had a more mediocre record, they’re really, I think, one of the four or five most appealing teams in the entire league, in terms of the way they play, the chemistry they have on the court, the personalities. They seem to be just the nicest people. And I have now been around them for a couple of weeks over a period of time to just sort of observe, and listen and have discussion, and they are a delight the Wizards are, as opposed to the fright that is the other team.” Washington Post

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December 17, 2014 | 11:47 AM ET Update

Mullin isn’t going to the bench to finish out the season, although he could wind up taking over the coaching duties after the season. According to league sources, Mullin felt he needed time to install his system and was hesitant to make a move to the bench at this point in the season. NBC New York

“Look for this move next season when he can get a training camp and start fresh,’’ one source with knowledge of the Kings’ plans told NBC 4 New York on Wednesday. NBC New York

“There is a never a good time to fire someone,” Ranadive explained later in the privacy of his office. “It’s a terrible thing. First of all, I want to say for the record that Michael Malone is a good man, an honorable man. He did a good job for us, and I believe that he was absolutely the right choice given the context of when we got him. I was handed the keys to the kingdom. This place was literally and figuratively falling apart. The roof was falling down. We hadn’t sold a single ticket. There was chaos in the locker room and the draft was weeks away. What we needed was order, structure, discipline, stability, a strong culture, and defense. And the experts in the league said he would bring all those things.” Sacramento Bee

The Kings’ basketball think tankers – Pete D’Alessandro, Chris Mullin, Mike Bratz – began lobbying Ranadive for a coaching change several weeks ago. According to the owner, D’Alessandro and Mullin flew to Las Vegas eight days ago, where he was attending a software conference, and persuaded him to change coaches, partly to change the culture but mainly to start scrapping the old offense. The push was on to replace the isolation plays and sluggish tempo with a faster pace, ball and body movement, quicker decisions, smaller lineups, and in essence, a more creative, free-flowing system. Sacramento Bee

“The NBA has increasingly become like the high-tech business,” said Ranadive. “Just because you invent the iPhone doesn’t mean you can rest on your laurels, because someone is building a better phone. Just because you win 50 games doesn’t mean the status quo is OK, or that you don’t try to get Ray Allen. Good enough just isn’t. You have to get better. So, we felt it was time for us to pivot, to (play) defense and offense. And we think we can make the playoffs.” This year? Again, the boss didn’t duck and run. He laid it on the table. “Absolutely, with DeMarcus (Cousins) coming back,” he said, “we have a chance to make the playoffs.” Sacramento Bee

On May 31, 2006, Carmani was born with sickle cell anemia, an inherited blood disorder that the Centers for Disease Control said affects more than 70,000 people in the United States. St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital also said about 1 in 500 African-Americans are born with the disease. But eight years after spending nearly $2 million on treatment, Boozer said Carmani feels “completely healthy.” Los Angeles Daily News

Boozer carried the gene that causes sickle cell anemia, but it wasn’t until his ex-wife, CeCe, gave birth to Carmani that they realized this could mark a death sentence. According to St. Jude’s Research Hospital, the disease causes the body to make sickle-shaped red blood cells that can produce deadly side effects. It can stop blood flow, cause organ damage and raise the risk of infection. “The thought of me losing my son, what do I do?” Boozer said. “Do I put my kid through a life full of torture where he will have a seizure at any given time? Or he may he lose his life? Or maybe he loses an organ and has a difficult life? Or do I roll the dice?” Los Angeles Daily News

Boozer praised CeCe, calling his ex-wife “a trooper” for taking care of his children back in Miami and running his former foundation titled Boozer Buddies, which funded treatment for a family every year and provided grants to non-profits devoted to sickle cell research. Boozer also expressed gratitude for Jazz owner Larry Miller, former coach Jerry Sloan and his teammates for showing support and granting him occasional leaves of absence to see Carmani. But Boozer understandably called that year “stressful.” Los Angeles Daily News

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December 17, 2014 | 08:10 AM ET Update

Milwaukee Bucks forward Jabari Parker is expected to miss the rest of his rookie season after suffering a torn ACL in his left knee, the team announced Tuesday night. Parker, 19, will have surgery after suffering a complete tear -- not a sprain, as was initially diagnosed -- in the third quarter of the Bucks' dramatic 96-94 win Monday night in Phoenix. ESPN.com

Parker's knee buckled on a drive to the basket, after which he collided with the Suns' P.J. Tucker. He had to be carried off the court by teammates and underwent an MRI on Tuesday in Milwaukee that revealed the tear. ESPN.com

The Timberwolves will contemplate their options now that veteran center Ronny Turiaf won’t play again this season after he underwent surgery to repair his hip in New York City on Tuesday. Turiaf’s contract with a $1.6 million salary expires after this season, which means the Wolves eventually will waive him to clear a roster spot. Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Minnesota Timberwolves backup center Ronny Turiaf will miss the rest of the season recovering from arthroscopic surgery on his right hip. The surgery went as planned Tuesday in New York and the team announced after that Turiaf won't return this season. Turiaf appeared in only two games this season, his second with the Timberwolves. They're his seventh NBA team in 10 seasons in the league. NBA.com

While Durant wasn't specifically addressing his own uncertain future, he insisted that the player perspective relating to Bryant shouldn't be a hindrance as the 8-17 Lakers continue their laborious turnaround. "Excuse my language, but that's (expletive)," said Durant, who congratulated Bryant via text message after he surpassed Jordan on Sunday. "I want to play with a winner every single night, especially somebody who wants to win that bad, who works that hard, who demands a lot, who raises up your level. I'd want to play with a guy like that every day. ... (His style) may make people uncomfortable, how he acts and just how he approaches the game, but I love that type of stuff. I think (the accusation) is BS." USA Today Sports

"Just his work ethic, just his demeanor man," Durant said when asked what he admired about Bryant. "He doesn't mind being an (expletive), and he comes to work man. He's intense. He demands a lot out of his teammates, and I've seen that just playing alongside him in the Olympics (in 2012). He demands a lot out of everybody. He makes them better. Everybody out on the court. You've got to respect that. As a player, I study guys like that. We might not have the same personality, but I think we approach the game the same way and I've learned a lot from just watching him." USA Today Sports

Now with the D-League’s Texas Legends, however, Johnson’s fiery attitude has cost him a one-game suspension. The official release: The NBA Development League today announced that Texas Legends forward Ivan Johnson has been suspended for one game for making contact with a referee during a Dec. 9 game at the Austin Spurs. The incident occurred with 3:54 remaining in the second quarter of the game and resulted in Johnson being issued a technical foul. NBCSports.com

After his floundering Minnesota Timberwolves lost to Wittman’s Wizards on Tuesday night, 106-95, Saunders, who coached John Wall for his first 99 NBA games (and McGee for 181 games), was asked where Washington’s All-Star point guard has most improved since entering the league. Part of the coach’s answer: “It’s a little bit different throwing the ball to Nene, Gortat, and Paul Pierce than it is throwing it to JaVale McGee, Andray Blatche, and those guys. So they’ve done a good job of getting a supporting cast that works with him.” Truth About It

The former All-Star center reciprocated those warm feelings back to the $124 million forward after Chandler’s Mavericks whipped the 5-22 Knicks, 107-87, on Tuesday night. “I do. I do,” Chandler responded when asked if he feels bad for his former teammate. “He’s a competitor. I laced it up and went to battle with him the last three years. I know what kind of competitor he is. I know he wants to win. I know he’s going to take a lot of this heat. It’s unfortunate because he’s a helluva player in our league. It’s unfortunate. “It’s so tough. He signed a contract coming back here with expectations of doing everything in his power to take his team to the next level. “Ultimately, I feel he will with the right pieces.” New York Daily News

After the game, teammate Marcin Gortat was still pumped up about the “professor in the post” attempting a tip-dunk. “Sick, right? For a second I thought it was somebody else,” Gortat said. “Oh my God. At the end of the day, I actually feel better that he didn’t dunk it because I would be embarrassed that he did it and I haven’t done it. The guy is a true professor in the post. He’s just schooling every point guard out there on the block on how to play with pace, changing directions, speed, pump fakes and everything. It’s crazy.” Washington Post

Utah Jazz guards Trey Burke and Alec Burks disagreed with how Gordon was injured during the teams' game in Salt Lake City on Nov. 22. Gordon came out of the game at 4:35 of the second quarter with a left shoulder injury that later was found to be a torn labrum. Gordon said the injury occurred when he was driving to the basket and Burke, 6 foot 1, grabbed his left arm, pulling his shoulder out of socket. However, Burke, a second-year player out of Michigan, said he was not involved in the play on which Gordon was injured. “I on the bench when it happened,” Burke said. “That was Alec. They got tangled up.” The Advocate

Anthony Slater: Steven Adams was icing the upper left side of his left calf/knee area postgame. Minor limp, but not expected to be serious. Twitter @anthonyVslater

Saunders said he’s hopeful Rubio can get on the practice court for 5-on-0 offensive work with teammates by Christmas. “He’s telling me he thinks he can play on Christmas Day,” Saunders said. “That’s not going to happen. But he’s coming. He has sped up [his recovery time] a little bit.” Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Yet late Tuesday night at Sleep Train Arena, after the Kings fell to the Oklahoma City Thunder 104-92, another possible candidate emerged in the most convenient of ways: former Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson. After calling the game courtside for ESPN, Jackson had a lengthy meeting with Mullin, Kings general manager Pete D'Alessandro and franchise centerpiece DeMarcus Cousins inside the "Chairman's Lounge" where they had requested that arena workers and others give them some privacy. USA Today Sports

The Jackson possibility was previously known, and the dynamics on display leading up to their meeting said everything about why the Kings might be seriously interested in bringing him aboard. According to one of the participants, Cousins expressed a desire to meet Jackson, whose ability to connect with his players during the last three seasons with the Warriors was a very real and valuable part of his successes there. And while his firing with the Warriors had everything to do with his inability to connect with owner Joe Lacob and management near the end, the deep roots that already exist here would clearly aid the potential partnership. USA Today Sports

Jackson, Mullin, and Cousins entered the room at approximately 10:20 p.m. Pacific time, with Cousins sporting a black suit as he continues to recover from his bout with viral meningitis that has kept him out of action since Nov. 26. D'Alessandro joined them approximately 20 minutes into the meeting, and the group finally exited just before midnight, long after the room had been cleared so that they could have a moment to discuss, well, connect the dots yourself. USA Today Sports

Chris Mullin is resisting the invitation to make an in-season move from an advisory role to the bench of the Sacramento Kings, according to NBA coaching sources. Sources told ESPN.com that Kings owner Vivek Ranadive has spent much of the past 24 hours lobbying Mullin to replace the fired Mike Malone despite his lack of NBA coaching experience. But sources say Mullin has reservations about making such a leap in the middle of the season, without the benefit of training camp or the time to assemble a veteran-laden coaching staff like Steve Kerr has as a rookie head coach at Golden State. ESPN.com

Sources say that Mullin, in recent months, has expressed some interest to associates about trying his hand at coaching down the road. But if he can ultimately be persuaded to take the Kings job, sources say, chances are far greater that it would happen going into next season. ESPN.com

The Sacramento Kings have contacted Vinny Del Negro about the team’s coaching position, according to league sources. Del Negro is a career 210-184 in coaching stints with the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Clippers. In 2013, his last season with L.A., Del Negro won 56 games. He was fired after being eliminated in the first round of the playoffs and was replaced by Doc Rivers. Sports Illustrated

A leak in the roof late in the first quarter at 26-month-old Barclays Center prompted a stoppage of play for about 30 minutes. It was Brooklyn’s first major league rain delay since the Dodgers left town in 1957. With 1 minute 47 seconds remaining in the first quarter and the Heat leading, 24-21, water pooled near the sideline around midcourt, across from the Nets’ bench. New York Times

A bucket was brought out to contain the water, then another and another, as the players took jump shots to remain loose. After about 10 minutes, the teams retreated to their locker rooms. In a statement, the Nets said the leak was a result of the installation of a so-called green roof, composed of small plants and a soil-like cover, that was intended to beautify the exterior of the $1 billion arena. Repair crews were able to plug the leak after about 26 minutes. New York Times

You are in Sacramento and I know Geoff Petrie is still out here somewhere. Have you talked to him and is he going to be here for your big night? He’s the guy who found you and took the gamble on you when everyone thought he should have taken John Wallace. Have you talked to Geoff? Predraj Stojakovic: Actually we did. He called me this morning. Geoff played a big part in my career. I told him this morning that if it wasn’t for his persistence, I would never have come to the NBA. He was so convincing at that time that I should just believe in myself and that I was worth coming to the NBA. Obviously, he’s the one who believed in me and supported me when I needed him the most in my early career. We are definitely going to see each other, if not tomorrow at the game, for lunch or dinner, because we still have a great relationship. Geoff has been in my corner from day one. Cowbell Kingdom

Wojnarowski now breaks news on Twitter so frequently that his fans have quit lumping his messages in with the millions of other “tweets” sent every day. Instead, basketball fans refer to them as #WojBombs. They are so essential to the functioning of the NBA that some league executives have turned on text notifications just for Wojnarowski’s tweets. “I signed a player, and my staff didn’t know that we got the guy yet, and I heard the cheering outside the office because they had seen Woj tweet it,” one team executive said. “I was still on the phone with the agent, negotiating areas of the exhibit, and Woj already had it.” The New Republic

When Wojnarowski began at Yahoo Sports in 2006 the site wasn’t known for its sports reporting. Wojnarowski singlehandedly changed that. “He is the one who made Yahoo, it is not Yahoo that made him,” says ESPN’s Brian Windhorst. Wojnarowski churns out reported columns at a furious pace and often publishes them in the middle of the night. “He is a complete freaking animal,” says New York Daily News Knicks reporter Frank Isola. “Adrian is basically a reporter on steroids.” The New Republic

In fact, it often appears as though Adrian Wojnarowski lets his sourcing dictate not just the topic but also the tone of his writing. In private, NBA reporters complain endlessly about Wojnarowski’s methods. Some of it is undoubtedly professional jealousy, but his body of work shows they also have a point. The New Republic

In 2010, the NBA fined Dumars $500,000 for leaking multiple confidential league memos to Wojnarowski, according to multiple sources. This matches the third largest publicly known fine the league has ever handed down. The NBA decided that too many memos were making it into the media, so they conducted a sting operation over several months. They would change a few words or numbers in different team’s copies of otherwise identical memos, so that when the memos leaked they could spot the small differences and trace them back to the leaker. This approach caught Dumars red-handed, as well as an executive from another team who was fined $12,500 for leaking to a draft-focused website. The New Republic

Despite Wojnarowski’s past at ESPN—or perhaps because of it—his relationship with the network borders upon hatred as closely as anything in the sports media world. “I’ve had agents and executives tell me Woj has a jihad against ESPN,” said Bleacher Report’s (and formerly ESPN’s) Ric Bucher. “He has a mission to take ESPN down.” Bucher wasn’t the only person to use the word “jihad” to describe how Wojnarowski approaches competition with ESPN. Wojnarowski seizes every opportunity to take shots at ESPN, often referring to it as “that cheerleading network” or “a sports cable network” in his columns. The New Republic

Still, multiple sources say in 2012 Yahoo mistakenly forgot to exercise an option in Wojnarowski’s contract, and he unexpectedly found himself a writing free agent. NBA reporters Chris Sheridan and Bucher had left ESPN within the past year, and then-ESPN.com editor-in-chief Rob King came calling. They had a 45-minute telephone conversation but discussions never progressed beyond that stage, and the two never met in person. Said King through a spokesperson: “As per usual business operations, we had an exploratory conversation with Adrian when his contract expired, but before we had a chance to follow up, his agent informed us that he was staying at Yahoo.” A Bristol homecoming wasn’t in the cards. The New Republic

NetsDaily's Dexter Henry went out into the stands Tuesday night and spoke with friends and fans of Jeffrey Gamblero, who Dex had profiled earlier this year. From Dawn and Johnson, his friends in the Brooklyn Brigade, to Susie, who dances now in back of Nets bench to White Noyze who he often teamed with, Jeffrey was remembered with kindness and an appreciation for his positive energy, his joy, his love of the Nets and just how Brooklyn he was. NetsDaily

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