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THE 30 BEST-PAID PLAYERS IN NBA HISTORY

We're living in a time when it's great to be good at basketball. Most of the highest-paid players of all time are in the NBA right now.

   
March 5, 2015 | 06:16 PM ET Update

Jon Krawczynski: Justin Hamilton has been on Wolves radar for months. Tried to get him in a trade from Miami but never could work out a deal. Needed depth at big. Glenn Robinson III just couldn't crack wing rotation. One position Wolves are well stocked. So they cut him to get a big they're intrigued with Twitter @APkrawczynski

Westbrook's production has been staggering. He put up 90 fantasy points in his return from facial surgery Wednesday in what was one of the best outputs on our daily game this season. He topped 70 fantasy points in each of his last two games before the injury. Clearly, Westbrook is on another planet right now and needs to be started against a Bulls roster decimated by injuries. HoopsHype

With Westbrook back after missing a game due to facial surgery, Augustin still put up 28 fantasy points last night. It was against the woeful Philadelphia 76ers, and his price is too prohibitive to risk that kind of production becoming an anomaly. On the bright side, Augustin played 37 minutes to Westbrook's 42. If the team continues to run two point guards together, he could still be a worthwhile play. However, use tonight as a gauge before making that determination. HoopsHype

BUZZ METER: WHO'S TRENDING IN THE NBA TWITTERSPHERE?

Who's the man of the minute in the NBA Twittersphere? Find out here who's getting the most mentions at any given moment.

   
March 5, 2015 | 05:20 PM ET Update

NBA DANCERS ON INSTAGRAM

Aside from player and team Instagram pictures, you can now check out the photos NBA cheerleaders are posting online on HoopsHype.

   
March 5, 2015 | 03:34 PM ET Update

Goran Dragic: I'm going to stay in the hotel until the end of the season, and then we're going to see how the team is going to develop. I just want to be focused on trying to help the team as much as possible get to the playoffs. But at the end of the season, of course I'm going to think about that option of staying. I'm really hoping to stay in Miami because I really like it, but you never know. I'm a free agent, so I'm going to explore my options. Bleacher Report

The Delaware 87ers have officially announced the acquisition of Jordan McRae. McRae, drafted by the 76ers with the 58th selection in the 2014 NBA draft, just finished up a year with Melbourne United in Australia's National Basketball League. McRae, the NBL's second-leading scorer, averaged 19.9 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 2.7 assists per game. The contract McRae signed is with the D-League itself, not with the 76ers. Because McRae was drafted by the 76ers, the Sevens, who are the D-League affiliate of the 76ers, held McRae's rights if he were to sign a contract with the D-League. LibertyBallers.com

BEST PLAYERS THAT DIDN'T GET THEIR NUMBERS RETIRED

There's no shortage of great players who don't have their jerseys hanging in the rafters at the arenas of the teams they starred for.

   
March 5, 2015 | 03:06 PM ET Update

Adrian Wojnarowski: Toronto is one of several teams with plans to check back on McGee, league sources tell Yahoo Sports. GM Masai Ujiri had McGee in Denver. Twitter @WojYahooNBA

Naismith Hall of Fame coach Larry Brown says Emmanuel Mudiay could be the next John Wall, and says numerous NBA teams have called him to discuss the Congolese-American point guard, including the Philadelphia 76ers. “I look at John Wall and the way he’s evolved and I feel comfortable that Emmanuel is a lot like that,” Brown told SNY.tv by phone on Wednesday. ZagsBlog.com

“I think when Deron Williams was healthy and young [they were similar],” Brown said. “He shot the ball better than Emmanuel but Emmanuel’s shot is not broken. If you’re conscientious, you can become a reasonable shooter if you’re shot’s not broken and his shot is not broken. But he doesn’t need to shoot to be effective because I think he’s pass-first. I think he’s a special defender and I think he’s an elite rebounder.” ZagsBlog.com

The Knicks, Lakers and 76ers are among the NBA’s worst teams, and Brown likes the idea of Mudiay landing in a big market like New York, Los Angeles or Philadelphia, all cities where he used to coach. “I want to help the kid and I look at the possibilities with L.A, the Knicks, with Philadelphia, there’s some unbelievable major markets with the chance to really make a difference,” Brown said. “I’m just hopeful that he’s around quality people because he’s an extraordinary kid in my mind and an unbelievable talent at a position you can’t put enough emphasis on.” ZagsBlog.com

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March 5, 2015 | 02:33 PM ET Update

Adrian Wojnarowski: JaVale McGee and Boston couldn't agree on option for next season, league source tells Yahoo. Celtics wanted team option; McGee player option. So JaVale McGee is back on the market, as @Steve Bulpett first reported. Twitter @WojYahooNBA

Jeff Goodman: Celtics deal w/ JaVale McGee has fallen through, sources told ESPN. Celtics wanted team option for next season, McGee wanted player. McGee took visit to Boston and the two sides thought deal was going to be done. But sticking point was next year and who held the option. option. Twitter @GoodmanESPN

THE 30 BEST-PAID PLAYERS IN NBA HISTORY

We're living in a time when it's great to be good at basketball. Most of the highest-paid players of all time are in the NBA right now.

   
March 5, 2015 | 12:52 PM ET Update

Goran Dragic: My No. 1 wish was to go to Miami, who I found out later had tried to get me a couple of years ago when I was in Houston. Miami offered everything—a great market, great players, their championship mentality. They always want to do well, and I think that it was a good fit for me. I was pushing for this situation, but I still didn't know if the Suns were going to send me there. I was in a tough spot, but things worked out in the end. Bleacher Report

Goran Dragic: When I now look back on what I said about the Suns before the trade—"I don't trust them anymore...I don't feel comfortable with my situation"—I feel bad because it came out a little too harsh. I didn't mean it like that, but it happened in that moment, so I cannot go back and change it. I just said what I was thinking. I'm an honest guy, and I had never said something bad about that organization. They were always great to me—they were like family—so I didn't mean that. But at the same time, I thought that the situation was not good any more for me, so that's why it came out like that. Bleacher Report

Grizzlies emotional swingman Tony Allen made no apologies for causing havoc Wednesday night in a win over the Houston Rockets. Allen, however, expressed regret about his behavior that led to him serving a one-game suspension for violating team policy on Tuesday. A physical altercation with reserve guard Nick Calathes during a drill led to Allen lashing out at coaches and refusing to continue practice. Memphis Commercial Appeal

Now, what Shaw is going to have to work on is his ego management — and I'm talking of his players, not himself. In every situation he coached before coming to Denver, he had no-nonsense players. They approached every day on the job with the professionalism and hard work expected of players at this level. What he got in Denver was a locker room with too many individuals who had to be continually ridden to do the right thing. And then his brutally honest words didn't sit well with those guys. Denver Post

What do you see yourself doing in 20 years? John Lucas: Coaching. Pro or college, it doesn't matter. I just want to be a head coach. Booth Newspapers

How old were you when you realized how famous your father was and what he did for a living? John Lucas: I was 4. He kept me around the game. I used to go to shootarounds with him, I went to practice with him, I traveled with him when he was a coach. On the weekends, when he was the head coach, I used to travel with the team. I learned to play all the gambling games like by on the plane with like Dennis Rodman, Willie Anderson, David Robinson. Well, David Robinson didn't gamble. (Laughs.) But everybody else did. I was around an older group of guys and I used to work out with them. My dad used to let me practice with them when I was in middle school and high school. Booth Newspapers

 

THE TOP 50 PLAYERS IN SUPERSONICS HISTORY

Kevin Durant may end up claiming the No. 1 spot, but for now it belongs to Gary Payton.

   
March 5, 2015 | 12:10 PM ET Update

Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge appeared on 98.5 The Sports Hub's Toucher and Rich program shortly after the Goodman report surfaced and confirmed the two sides were close to a deal. "I probably shouldn’t touch on that yet since it’s still in the works, but that report is accurate," Ainge said. While Ainge wouldn't go into specifics on the signing, he did touch on McGee as a player and what he hopes to see from him in Boston. "Javale is a long, athletic guy," Ainge said when asked for a scouting report on McGee. "We don’t have that type of player. Above the rim, he’s an offensive and defensive player. He’s been paid a lot of money in our league. He’s had some injuries, but he hasn’t lived up to his potential yet. We’re hoping that he can under Brad’s tutelage. I think he’s in a good place emotionally and mentally. I think he really wants to get his career on the right path." Boston Globe

It may not seem like it because of all the injuries that San Antonio Spurs’ Kawhi Leonard has sustained, but he is averaging career highs in points per game at 15 and 7.4 rebounds per game. However, he’s also averaging career lows in shooting percentages at 32 percent from deep and 44 percent overall. And those kind of stats aren’t lost on head coach Gregg Popovich. “He has improved every year. He has had a strange year this year with all the injuries, but he is a sponge,” said Popovich. ProjectSpurs.com

Like many of Anthony Mason's former teammates, Patrick Ewing has plenty of Mase stories. "I don't think a lot of them can be put in the paper,” Ewing said with a chuckle on Wednesday. Over the next two days at the wake and funeral for Mason in New York, many family members, friends and former teammates will certainly share tales of the beloved former New York Knick with the intimidating scowl and muscular build of an NFL linebacker. ESPN.com

"Mase is very -- I am trying to think of the word … when you miss him and he thinks he should get the ball and he doesn't get it -- he is one of those guys that doesn't mince his words," Ewing said, chuckling again. "'Man, you missed me!' Or one of those things." The Knicks won an average of 54 games per season with Mason on their roster. It wasn't always a smooth ride, but Ewing will always look back fondly at having Mason by his side. "We played five years together," Ewing said. "It was one of the highlights of being with the Knicks. Those teams, we felt we had an opportunity or a chance to go real far. "It was great to share those moments with him," Ewing added. "It is sad to see him at that early age that he is not going to be with us anymore." ESPN.com

NBA SALARIES BY COUNTRY

More than 20 percent of the money spent on NBA salaries is going to international players. Who's getting the biggest part of the pie?

   
March 5, 2015 | 11:32 AM ET Update

David Aldridge: JaVale McGee going to Celtics, per source. @Jeff Goodman first with report. Twitter @daldridgetnt

The Atlanta Hawks have signed rookie guard Jarell (jur-RELL) Eddie to a 10-day contract, it was announced today by Head Coach Mike Budenholzer. Eddie has appeared in 37 games this season with the Austin Spurs of the NBA Development League, averaging 11.9 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.0 assists in 25.6 minutes (his .422 3FG% ranks ninth in the D-League). During the 2015 All-Star Weekend, Eddie won the D-League Three-Point Contest. NBA.com

His shooting form at the free-throw line has been different from what we've seen all season long. It was subtle enough that you might have missed it altogether. I asked James following the Cavs' 120-112 win over the Toronto Raptors if my eyes were deceiving me. He responded, "You've got 20-20 vision, I see. Yes, I'm trying something out." Cleveland Plain Dealer

"I'm a guy that doesn't mind being coached," James told Northeast Ohio Media Group after producing game highs of 29 points and 14 assists. "I'm coachable. If someone sees something and they think it could help me, I don't mind looking into it. Even at this stage in my career." James didn't reveal the names of those who suggested he switch up his form on a trial basis, but he did say they are people close to him whose basketball acumen he respects and values. Cleveland Plain Dealer

Speaking of people who have been there since Day 1, what kind of impact has Derrick Rose made on you? Jimmy Butler: Derrick is one of the better people that I've come to know because, if you look at what he does in this community — and I'm not even talking about the basketball aspect of it, we all know how great of a basketball player he is, but what he does for the city of Chicago, the passion that he has for kids — I think that is what really shows you who he is. You see him on the billboards and on the commercials, but you take that away from him, he's still a person like everybody else on our roster. And that's what I get from him the most, how much he cares about people other than himself, man. What else can you want in a point guard? I call him my brother. What else can you want in a brother? CBSSports.com

Scottie Pippen said he sees your career as being very similar to his because you were both doubted and had to work for everything. What's it like to hear that, and have you had the chance to pick his brain in Chicago? Jimmy Butler: It means a lot coming from a guy like Scottie because you see what he's done for this league, this city, this community. A Hall of Famer, all of that. As far as picking his brain, I ask Scottie a lot of questions and he's always honest. Brutally honest, however you want to put it. He's never lied to me a day and he's always told me how good I can be and how much potential that he sees. I have a lot of respect for him and I thank him all the time for that. CBSSports.com

THE TOP 50 PLAYERS IN KNICKS HISTORY

Carmelo Anthony already ahead of Phil Jackson, but still far away from the all-time New York greats.

   
March 5, 2015 | 09:53 AM ET Update

The Boston Celtics are close to signing big man JaVale McGee to a deal through next season, multiple sources told ESPN.com on Thursday. McGee, 27, was recently waived by the Philadelphia 76ers after the franchise acquired him from the Denver Nuggets, who drafted him with the 18th overall pick in the 2008 draft. ESPN.com

Walker went from planning life overseas to knocking down clutch passes from Dwyane Wade. “It’s possible,” a source said, “that Walker will stick with Miami for the remainder of the season.” Miami doesn’t have the luxury of bringing in players without NBA experience and without knowledge of the Heat’s system. This resulted in Miami signing Michael Beasley – a former Heat draftee – who returned from China. Basketball Insiders

Josh Childress: I initially received a phone call from my agent while on vacation for my birthday [on June 20]. He mentioned an opportunity to play in Sydney and expressed that he thought it would be a great experience for me. Having always wanted to visit Australia, but not being able to due to the opposite seasons (my offseason was always in the Australian winter), I didn’t really think much of it upon first hearing it. However, I ended up in Sydney after many long discussions with the head of basketball operations Tim Hudson and our head coach Damien Cotter. Having gone through a frustrating few years of basketball, I had lost the fun factor that used to be there. Not playing, being cut and getting injured made the game more stressful than fun. When speaking with both of them, they were more interested in helping me redevelop my passion and helping me build my brand off the court than on it. That’s when I really knew that I had a great opportunity. Basketball Insiders

And who knows, maybe he can lead Russia to possible glory at Eurobasket, and at the same time book a ticket to Brazil for the 2016 Olympics, where they have a chance to better the bronze medal that they captured in London in 2012. Hosts and reigning European champions France stand in their way though, along with Bosnia & Herzegovina, Israel, Poland and Finland. The group is strong but the Cleveland Cavalier is confident in his own national side’s ability. “The group is very interesting,” Mozgov said. “France is going to play at home and will have a lot of fans supporting them. The other teams are also very competitive but we have also a solid team. The tournament is going to be very nice and a lot of different teams can fight for the title.” TalkBasket

BI: I’m keen to know about the Australian experience from an outsider’s point of view. NBL crowds are often well behaved (for the most part). You’ve witnessed your fair share of hostile crowds (especially in Greece), what are a few of the more memorable venues you’ve played in and what has made each of those experiences stick? Josh Childress: I have played in environments where I was worried for my safety – being spat on, having things thrown at you, having small explosives detonate while you shoot a jump shot or having laser pointers in your eyes while shooting free throws. These are just a few things I have experienced. I could write a laundry list of things I’ve seen while playing, but I’ll just say that I enjoy the NBL and its fans. Basketball Insiders

THE WORST BOBBLEHEAD FIASCOS IN NBA HISTORY

Yes, that's supposedly Steve Nash. If you think that's bad, check the rest here.

   
March 5, 2015 | 09:27 AM ET Update

Jeff Goodman: Boston Celtics close to signing enigmatic big man JaVale McGee, multiple sources told ESPN. Deal with be through next season. Twitter @GoodmanESPN

On the financial aspect, the 26 years-old guard decided to cut dramatically his salary in order to chase the NBA dream, compared to the contract he was offered by his last team, Lokomotiv Kuban. After two seasons during which he is not enjoying his role and he doesn’t get the minutes he would want – something that applies almost to every athlete by the way – he is not eager to stay in the NBA with a low level contract. That means only a deal of 2-2,5 millions US dollars per season could keep him there and that’s also hard to get. EuroHoops.net

Nets point guard Deron Williams is pleased, and understandably surprised, that Brook Lopez is still his teammate. “He’s been involved in so many [trade rumors], and so many close deals,” Williams said before the Nets (25-34) were annihilated by the Charlotte Hornets, 115-91, at Barclays Center on Wednesday night. Charlotte was one of several teams that engaged the Nets in trade negotiations for Lopez this season, according to a league source. “It’s not like they’re just rumors,” Williams said. “It’s like the deal is on the table and things like that. I know it’s been tough for him. That’s the main thing. He’s here. He’s our teammate and we’re happy with him.” Wall Street Journal

Harden, Houston head coach Kevin McHale, the entire Rockets broadcast team and every partisan fan in the Toyota Center were livid at the no-call. As you might expect, the displeasure extended into postgame interviews like Harden's scrum, as captured by ClutchFans: On what Harden saw on that possession: "What I saw, or what I felt? End of the game, everybody's watching the ball. I drove to the basket and I got grabbed on my arms, and nothing was called." On what referee Ken Mauer said to him when they spoke after the play: "He didn't say anything." Was he surprised that no whistle blew? "Very surprised. You know, at the end of the game, I think everybody's watching the ball. Everybody. The entire crowd. Everybody in the gym is watching the ball. So, I mean ... [shrugs] ... I don't know what to say. It's frustrating, man. It's frustrating when you fight so hard to come back, when you get an opportunity to win the game, you know. It's frustrating." Yahoo! Sports

Now, a 49-point-triple-double performance is rare. How rare? It hasn’t been done since Larry Bird was still playing. You wanna know what’s even rarer? The fact that it was Westbrook’s fourth straight triple-double– a feat that hasn’t been completed since Michael Jordan in 1989. For The Win

Toronto center Jonas Valanciunas wrapped James up around the neck and shoulders as he drove the lane with 18.8 seconds left in the third quarter. The infraction was initially whistled as a common foul before being upgraded to a flagrant foul 1 after an official's review of the video replay. "I don't want to get too much involved in it because I don't want to cry about it because it's not like I'm not able to get back up, but it's a lot of plays that are just not basketball plays," said James, who was kicked in the groin Sunday by Houston's James Harden, resulting in a one-game suspension for the Rockets swingman. ESPN.com

Randy Wittman dissected the tape of his Washington Wizards’ disappointing loss Tuesday night to an undermanned version of the Chicago Bulls and came away with one prevailing assessment: his team didn’t sustain the necessary intensity for 48 minutes and it cost them. “We’ve got to go out and play. Play hard every play. Play with more effort. More plays with effort than non-effort,” Wittman said. “That’s kind of basically what it is. Until we do that we’re going to struggle and it’s all of us together in that. And that’s kind of basically what it boils down to. I wish it was a strategy thing. We just take too many plays off. In a three-point game, as last night was coming down the stretch, it’s magnified.” Washington Post

Blatt again called Tristan Thompson a strong candidate for Sixth Man of the Year prior to the game and chose Thompson over both Love and Mozgov to close the game. The Cavs went small in the fourth quarter with Love and Thompson sharing the load at center. Mozgov has sat the entire fourth quarter in six of the last seven games. The one time he played, against the Warriors, it was only for 1:33. But it’s hard to argue with the results of Blatt’s rotation, and that includes using Thompson to close games. He didn’t score against the Raptors, took only one shot and grabbed one rebound while also coming up with a pair of steals. Akron Beacon Journal

When Perkins speaks, players listen. He has been influential in inspiring some of the greats throughout his career - from Ray Allen, to Kevin Garnett, to Rajon Rondo, to Kevin Durant to Russell Westbrook. What he shares with them varies, depending on the scenario. "I've done it all the time," Perkins told Northeast Ohio Media Group. "I'm just getting them ready because I know we're all in the same boat looking for the same thing. You've got to take care of your dogs." Cleveland Plain Dealer

Jason Thompson will pass Peja Stojakovic on Friday night as the all-time leader in games played by a King in the Sacramento era. It’s a feat that many would celebrate. 519 games with one franchise is rare in today’s game. The Kings intend to do something special for their starting power forward when the team returns to Sacramento later this month, but Thompson would just assume they didn’t. Cowbell Kingdom

Kerr on whether he remembers another team went small to get better defensively: “When I played in Chicago, that was an excellent defensive team and we put Rodman at the 5 sometimes. And I’d usually be off the floor (smiles). “And we’d have, like, Harper, Jordan, Pippen, Rodman and maybe Toni Kukoc or another wing guy. And that team was phenomenal defensively. “I think Draymond has a lot of Dennis Rodman in him. He defies positions, he guards anybody, he’s quick enough to stay in front of point guards; he’s big and strong and tough at the rim and rebounds like crazy. “Again, this is the way the league is changing–I mean, Brooklyn has entirely changed their style since the beginning of the year when we played them. They’re playing one big and four smalls and they’re switching everything on the perimeter. San Jose Mercury-News

In fact the Nuggets voted to reinstate morning shootarounds last weekend. But I suspect they would have been reset anyway under interim coach Melvin Hunt. So, they're back to the traditional morning shootaround, which is what most players' bodies are used to anyway. They get used to the routine of getting up, having shootaround, going home to get a nap and then coming in to play at night. Now, that routine is restored. Denver Post

Rockets center Dwight Howard’s “checkup” with the team physician, including an MRI, confirmed the team’s confidence that Howard is progressing “on schedule,” a person with knowledge of the process said, though reports from his workouts remain the most important measures of his progress. Wednesday marked four weeks since Howard’s bone marrow aspirate injection, but Dr. Walter Lowe said last month that he expected the time out to be the key to healing the edema that had built up on Howard’s right knee, rather than the procedure. Houston Chronicle

Daniels said the most shocking aspect of Mudiay is his patience. "I'd never heard of him before," Daniels said. "I looked at a couple clips and the adjustment he has made has been unbelievable coming from high school. He has the size and ability to go by his man at any time, but he's let the offense come to him. He's setting up everyone else. He's on a veteran team, and he's making sure everyone else is happy." ESPN.com

The major question mark with Mudiay's game revolves around his ability to make shots consistently from the perimeter -- and also run a team. Daniels, when we spoke with him earlier this season, wasn't concerned about Mudiay's ability to knock down shots from deep. "It's gotten better because he works at it," Daniels said. "He takes 200 shots after every practice and his shot is coming along. It's much further along than when he first got here a couple months ago. It takes time for most guys to develop that part of their game. There just aren't many Ray Allens and J.J. Redicks. It's going to come because his work ethic is crazy. He's relentless." ESPN.com

"It's pretty tough for a high school guy to come over there and play," one high-level NBA scout who made the trip to China at the start of Mudiay's season told ESPN.com. "He's playing against talented guys every night who were either elite college players or borderline NBA players. They're all at least four years older than he is. What was clear from those early games was that his confidence level is high. He doesn't back down. When he makes mistakes, he played through it and never seemed to get rattled." ESPN.com

A veteran NBA scout and a longtime NBA executive told me they have Kaminsky ranked 11th and 12th, respectively, on their draft boards. Dekker, meanwhile, was projected as a fringe lottery selection by several NBA personnel entering the season. They had closely monitored the 6-9 Dekker on the summer camp circuit and were wowed with his all-around skill set. Racine Journal-Times

Hayes is only a sophomore and the general perception was that he was a lock to remain at Wisconsin for at least another season. But some NBA personnel claim Hayes has quietly conducted some exploratory work about possibly entering the June draft. Racine Journal-Times

The NBA’s review also included three other incorrect non-calls that didn’t impact the game as much as the no-call on Hawes did. “The instant replays are a fine line,” Saunders said. “No question, instant replays try to get it right, which is good, but they definitely hurt the flow of the game in a lot of ways. … They are trying to be transparent with fans so they know what’s going on. Usually in those situations, we’ll talk to the league that night or the next morning and know what happened on those calls.” Minneapolis Star-Tribune

The notion of lengthening the NBA season to reduce the number of back-to-back games and the occasional four games-in-five nights scenarios was mulled by commissioner Adam Silver during his All-Star Weekend news conference. Included in the discussion: a pledge to consider all possibilities, even playing into July. The Spurs coach wants none of it. “I think the season is long enough,” Popovich said before the Spurs played the Kings on Wednesday at the AT&T Center. “I will not come to work in July. If there’s a game in July, count me out?” San Antonio Express-News

“Nobody knows where (injuries) come from,” Popovich said. “Everybody makes their choices in the offseason. It’s hard for people not to play for their country, whether foreign or domestic. It’s tough (not) to do because it’s quite an honor. Secondly, most of those guys would be playing anyway, in some gym some place, working out. Better to be under the guidance of something that’s organized.” San Antonio Express-News

The 74-year-old Walsh, back in Indiana as the team’s consultant to basketball operations, is remembered for clearing cap space, bringing in Amar’e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony, but leaving the Knicks’ cupboard bare. It wasn’t necessarily by his choice, as multiple sources said Walsh didn’t want to give up all those assets to Denver for Anthony in February 2011 but was encouraged by star-struck owner James Dolan. Walsh declined to sign a contract extension, leaving in 2011 after three seasons. “My feeling was we had to build a good team beyond the stars and so I never did that because I left,’’ said Walsh, sitting courtside at Bankers Life Field House. “That’s what will have to be done. Good players and great players. You can’t just get a couple of great players and say, ‘OK, we’re done now.’ ’’ New York Post

The Sacramento Kings, with the help of some local contractors, installed the first steel beams at the new downtown arena site Wednesday. The steel beams, the first of which was purple, were installed at what will become the team's new practice facility. Each vertical column is around 40 feet tall, according to the Kings. Approximately 9,000 tons of steel will be used in the overall project. Steel installation at the practice facility will last around four to five weeks. After that, the arena itself will begin to go all "vertical steel" on us as well. Sactown Royalty

Aaron Levi says the late Wilt Chamberlain is his father. The knee-jerk response is to say, “Get in line.” Wilt, after all, once boasted he’d slept with 20,000 women, so he could have conceivably (pun intended) left a gym full of offspring behind. Philadelphia Inquirer

Now, Pomerantz is writing about Wilt’s son, or someone who claims to be. Which is big news because, as far as anyone knows, Chamberlain never had children. In the March 9 issue of Sports Illustrated, Pomerantz documents Levi’s journey to find his biological parents. Levi, a 50-year-old, 6-5, printmaker and digital artist in San Francisco, was adopted in 1965 by an Oregon couple. In old side-by-side photos, he looks like a young Wilt. Pomerantz writes of Levi meeting his 76-year-old English-born birth mother in the autumn of 2010. “Elizabeth,” which is not her real name, tells Levi she is positive Wilt is his father. Philadelphia Inquirer

Levi says he doesn’t want any money from Chamberlain’s estate, which is a good thing because Pomerantz talks to Sy Goldberg, Chamberlain longtime lawyer, who says there isn’t any. What Levi does want is closure. He contacted Chamberlain’s sister, Barbara Lewis, who says she won’t give a DNA sample. Wilt’s other sister, Selina Gross, didn’t return calls. Philadelphia Inquirer

Iguodala is the latest NBA player to work with fashion e-commerce start-ups. Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade teamed up with luxury consignment site The RealReal last year on a temporary sale that featured the player’s designer duds. Similarly, Russell Westbrook, who recently signed on as True Religion’s campaign creative director, partnered with men’s flash sale site JackThreads in November on an exclusive collection of sunglasses from Westbrook Frames, the All-Star’s eyewear brand. Yahoo! Sports

Twice, a secondhand clothing e-commerce platform, has tapped NBA All-Star Andre Iguodala to serve as men’s wear style director. The Golden State Warriors shooting guard and former Olympian met Twice founders Calvin Young and Noah Ready-Campbell through Ben Horowitz, a venture capitalist who has invested in the site and jumped on board. “Joining a revolutionary e-commerce platform has been a goal of mine since I moved to the Bay Area, and I look forward to helping Twice fuel their tremendous growth,” said Iguodala, whose role is effective today. WWD.com

Two years after his prolific shooting and trash-talking, jersey-popping, renegade attitude made him one of college basketball's most electrifying – and polarizing – players, Marshall Henderson now leads a much more humble professional existence. In Baghdad, Iraq, of all places. Henderson plays in the Iraqi Super League. The former Ole Miss star hears gunshots from time to time in the city. He doesn't leave his Baghdad hotel too often, where working electricity can be a daily challenge. And there are rarely female spectators in the stands at his games. Yahoo! Sports

"It's not as bad as people make it seem back home," Henderson told Yahoo Sports in a Skype audio interview last week. "We just chill in the hotel. We don't go anywhere. We could go places and it would be safe. We wouldn't be worried about getting captured or anything. It's definitely better than I would've expected." Yahoo! Sports

"I got a lot of good feedback about being drafted in the second round," Henderson said. "Then I got in trouble that summer and then it seemed like that was the end of [the NBA interest]. There was really nothing after that. I have to live with that." Yahoo! Sports

For a while, Henderson couldn't even get an offer overseas. He was prepared for a backlash, but not to that extent. "There really was nothing out there," Henderson said. "This is just crazy. "I got close with some people with the church and my family, and they told me I needed to get back to how I was raised and my values and morals with God. I did that, and things started to turn." Yahoo! Sports

 

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