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Could 49ers management change the tone again and re-embrace Smith at some point? Possibly. But they are far, far down the road with him.
It's not cheap to run a D-League team, even in a hybrid scenario. League needs to convince owners investment is worth it
Easy to see a trend there: Other than newly on the market Nets, penny pinchers and/or small markets.
Teams that don't have 1-to-1s: Clippers, Suns, Jazz, Nuggets, Wolves, Grizz, Pels, Hawks, Bobcats, Wiz, Raps, Nets, Bucks, Pacers, Bulls
And this is coming from people with the team who defended Smith full-tilt after his DUI arrest. Very, very different tone now.
There is a weariness and frustration over Smith's behavior that I've never heard involving any recent 49ers player. Until this week.
Nets GM Billy King: "We are exploring all of the D-League options available to us. Once we make a decision, we will have an announcement."
Rudy is again in the middle (and the reason) of one more fight. This time his target was Spanoulis.
49ers management is embarrassed, and it should be. Will there be a statement on all the legal issues? Nothing until at least after April 29.
That doesn't mean the 49ers will release him--remember, he almost certainly will face NFL punishment, and it probably won't be lenient.
My own view, after talking to several sources: Aldon Smith hasn't only lost the benefit of the doubt, he probably won't play for them in '14
Kohl & gang have done stellar job keeping Bucks sale secretive. Don't be surprised if new owners have never been mentioned in reports.
Second turnover in row for Sloukas and Real gets advantage of them. (74-62, 33')
49ers will let the legal process play out for Smith and there are not many expectations for him other than that, the source said.
A formal announcement will be made after release of playoff schedule, but we're not hanging up our headsets after tomorrow's game.
The source differentiated between Smith's DUI arrest--when they 2 days before a game to decide--and now, in the early off-season.
I think I know how this is gonna turn out, but... Five Guys vs. In-N-Out, who you got?
Smith's 2015 option would not be guaranteed outright, but it would be guaranteed for injury and the 49ers are not interested in that risk.
Pacers coach Frank Vogel said he began studying Atlanta, their first-round opponent, this morning. The assistants have been at it a few days
49ers owe Smith a guaranteed $3M+ for 2014, so it's unlikely they would release him soon. But almost certainly won't pick up his 2015 option
+16 for Real! Rudy is in the twilight zone!!!
NBA Board of Governors convene in NY on Thursday. Told today Bucks sale will likely be discussed.
Spoke to a 49ers source who emphasized that Aldon Smith has gotten himself into this and everything points to his April 29 hearing.
Was told today Bucks owner Herb Kohl has decided on a group to sell his franchise. The $64,000 ? is what group?
You would like to think this would be rectified before the 2015-16 season, as there are plenty of benefits to having a single-affiliate.
D-League announces new team in Grand Rapids, MI, moved from Springfield. Nets lose affiliate, Pistons gain hybrid affiliate.
Sorting through my NBA ballots - amazing how much the Bobcats defensive rankings improved under Steve Clifford.
With Grand Rapids news now official, Nets no longer have a D-League affiliate, and won't have a single-affiliate relationship next year.
This is the Rudy show!!!!
Mirotic & Dunston began the dogfight and then the best friends Bourousis & Spanoulis got involved! But everything stopped soon...
Announced: Nets lose D-League affiliate, Springfield Armor. Team is moving to Michigan under new ownership, making it Pistons' affiliate.
Monta: "We've just got to get the win tomorrow & see what happens. Win or lose, go from there & get ready to play whoever we need to play."
Monta Ellis: "That's the goal that we set at the beginning of the season, that if we get 50 wins we'll be in the playoffs."
87 and sunny. Not bad, Miami. Not bad at all. http://t.co/zgFlbdpkXp
Just talked to a lady who used to work at a Chipotle in OKC. Said Kevin Durant came in once, bought a $14 meal and tipped her $86.
Dude, the “Look Ahead” beat...
Monta Ellis: "We made the push to where we want to go. We're in a great position to getting our goal, which is 50 wins."
Marcus Mariota? Sean Mannion? Brett Hundley? Kevin Hogan? Connor Halliday? Taylor Kelly? Give me your top three Pac-12 QBs… in order.
Zander encouraged writers to color outside the lines, not that Kerber needed encouraging. Nice to still hear how many liked the books.
Spanoulis hits again!!!! Third triple for Kill-Bill!!!
Also sounds like a Spurs lifer: "I'm incredibly happy where I am. If (they fire me), then I'll have to worry about where I go next."
We focus on the Pacers' offensive struggles, but that they rank 15th defensively in those games is more disturbing.
Andre Kirilinko averaged 16.5 points in '03-04. Hayward would have to score 55 on Wednesday at Minnesota to average 16.5.
Quibbles Forever would have been a really good April Fools joke. Alas
Gordon Hayward will lead the Jazz in scoring this season. His average (16.1) is the lowest for a team leader in franchise history.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) _ Michigan sophomores Nik Stauskas and Glen Robinson III have decided to enter the NBA draft.
Brooklyn can wrap up No. 5 spot by beating NYK tonight, but either way, Bulls won't know opponent until tomorrow night.
Beating Pacers would put Orlando in jeopardy of tying Utah for 3rd-worst record, requiring split of 275 lottery combinations instead of 156.
Not possible for Bulls to play Bobcats in 1st round. Bulls need to win Wed. to get to No. 3 and Charlotte needs a win to get to No. 6.
Printezis hurts Real and Reyes and Mirotic comes back!
Really hate the nickname Plumdog but could definitely get behind Plum Lord.
The next morning at practice in NYC, Celtics players/coaches talked of that chase, the bombing, the city being on lockdown and little else.
Just realized: NBA's No. 1 scorer Kareem led the league in scoring only twice ('70-71, '71-72). No. 2 scorer Karl Malone never did.
Most vivid memory: in NYC for Celtics-NYK playoffs, listening to scanner deep into the night as cops chased the suspects through Watertown.
The Milwaukee Bucks are just the third team in NBA history to go through an 82-game season without, at any point, winning 2 straight games.
Kevin Durant is just the second NBA player over the last 23 seasons to score 2,550+ points. Other was Kobe Bryant, who had 2,832 in 2005-06.
5 steals for Madridistas in 9 minutes? That's what Real wanted and what Olympiacos was afraid of
Wheels down in Charlotte
Games played between playoff teams since the All-Star break: http://t.co/TpfAPXZgwg
Predicted win total for Orlando Magic (23-58) at most shops was 23.5. P.George, L.Stephenson & D.West sitting out finale helps OVER cause.
RS freshman LB Myles Nash has gained 31 lbs since he got to campus. He's at 220 now and wants to be 230 by the season.
The Spurs will be the first team since the ABA-NBA merger not to have a single player average 30 minutes per game.
Based on Oct. 29th column -- "Wizards will finish 43-39, claim 7th seed in the East" -- they can outdo even my homer pick with one more win.
More Pop, on SAS resiliency: 'I thought they were amazing after G 6 to play as hard as they did in G 7; lot of teams would have given in.'
The pick n roll between Spanoulis-Shermadini in the first minutes of every game is something more than expected...
Deron Williams joked this morning that the Nets being in the playoffs without the Knicks is "part of the takeover" of New York.
Can anyone give me a reasonable criticism for D’Antoni not knowing the lottery rules? Other than hating him? Why does it matter? BK
But that's a hard point to win in the court of public opinion. Smart of Johnson to just fall on the sword, own it and take the high road.
I thought the whole Johnson-Pierce laughing thing was overblown myself – they looked downright miserable other times on the bench that day.
No reason given for no practice. First time I think it's been canceled at home. Happens to give guys rest on road regularly
He said he didn't remember what Pierce was saying but "it had to be funny for me to be laughing when we were losing the way we were losing."
"You’re going to get criticized, but he’s probably right," Johnson said. "We shouldn’t have been laughing."
At half-time, Galatasaray led 35-33 over Barcelona. Score following Carlos Arroyo's ankle sprain? 55-26 in favor of Spaniards.
Joe Johnson didn't argue with Jeff Van Gundy's criticism of him and Paul Pierce laughing during the 4th quarter of Nets loss at MSG.
Kings cancel today's practice.
2:49 p.m., one year ago.
I hate water
Many don't realize what a garbage dump the West was for much of the 80s thanks to the Lakers.
No practice today for the Kings. Last minute cancellation apparently.
Not surprising but hearing lot of love for Joakim Noah for DPOY from colleagues I've talked to. My ballot: Noah, George, Iguodala.
Spurs made the playoffs in 1987-88 at 31-51 (!!!), but 47 wins not good enough in this season's WC.
Vogel on the top seed: "Like we said all year, it's an adv. but it wasn't everything. It gives us the best chance going into the playoffs."
Watson also gets orlando off. No flareups, just precautionary.
Spurs are 2-2, winning in 99 and 03, losing in 95 and 01.
PG, Lance and DWest to sit in Orlando. Hibbert and Hill likely only play 1st half.
Cal is a tough job. Cuonzo Martin is a tough guy. Oakland Soldiers will get to know him.
Only 15 of 38 teams with league's best record have won the title since the ABA/NBA merger. But there are no upsets in the NBA.
Clippers or Thunder?
RIP Archie: 67, and he never aged a day. His secret? Betty and Veronica, obviously.
George Hill and Roy Hibbert will play tomorrow night in Orlando, likely just the first half. PG, Stephenson, West, Watson will rest.
Pearson security personnel arguing over favourable matchups. "Raps cant beat Charlotte," says one. "CHA doesnt play playoff bball" the other
In short, LAL are in the 6th slot right now, but could move to 5th if they lose at SAS, BOS wins at home (vs WAS) & LAL win a coin toss.
It's the moooooost wonderful time of the year http://t.co/JpZV1GxjYa
Carlos Arroyo did NOT return to the bench for the second half of the game
Another parallel is coach and owner power struggle cloaking team success.
SF anti-Google Bus rally: girl rips a guy's guy's google glass and smashes them. Another guy holds up "Tech=Death" sign. Getting innerestin'
Galatasaray possibly missing Carlos Arroyo for remainder of the series vs Barcelona. He scored 14 of the Turks 35 first-half points.
A limping Carlos Arroyo heads to the locker room for medical analysis with potential sprained ankle for Galatasaray.
Flood on Marcus Applefield: "He’s not ready yet, but I’ve seen a lot of improvement from practice 1 to practice 10.”
Francesa predicts a Heat-Spurs Finals. Adjust your own picks accordingly.
This time last year Nik Caner-Medley was the LAST option off the bench for Maccabi. He's now a candidate for Euroleague All-First Team.
Carlos Arroyo was unstoppable in the first half of the game: 14 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists. Bad luck he had to leave the court injured
Enterprise: we'll pick you up & drop you off...and teach you how to change a tire and discuss the health benefits of fruits and vegetables
Next person to ask me when game one is...owes me $50!
Kemba Walker said he's fine now after first game back from groin injury.
Carlos Arroyo is leaving the court limping. He is heading to the locker room
Sports Myth: "There's enough credit to go around when you win." Nope. That's when some go out of way to claim their share and more.
Carlos Arroyo sprained his ankle and is still on the floor.
Asked if Al Jefferson should be All-NBA, Steve Clifford said he can't imagine a player who has been more essential to his team's success.
Livingston, Anderson, Teletovic are all out for Nets in NY tonight. Pierce, Williams, Johnson are GTDs. Melo may sit out for Knicks
Wall also (educated guess, but pretty confident in it) creates the most transition threes. Many of those are from the corner.
Old Warriors' organization had trouble handling success of 'We Believe' & aftermath. Seeing some parallels now with new regime.
Wheels up headed to Charlotte Big game Wednesday Go Bulls!
Nets fall to 6th, avoid 4th (likely Bulls) & face 3rd (likely Raptors) with: losses vs NY and @ CLE + Wizards win @ BOS Wednesday
Rockets will sign PF Josh Powell to a multi-year deal, non-guaranteed after this one, sources tell RealGM. Potential summer trade part.
Would you put it past Jason Kidd (a man who staged a sideline collision/drink spill) to throw a couple games for favourable seeding?
Randomly asked: Is there any particular reason why my iPhone won't ring in certain spots of my house and how would I go about fixing this?
That's one of the all time shocking coaching moves
Luol Deng is the 2013-14 winner of the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award, for outstanding service and dedication to the community.
Cuonzo Martin to Cal. Yeah, I guess you could say nobody saw that one coming.
Luol Deng wins NBA's J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship award for his outstanding dedication & service to community.