July 28, 2021 | 1:31 pm EDT Update
New Orleans Pelicans center Jaxson Hayes — the #8 overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft — was arrested after an alleged violent altercation with police, TMZ Sports has learned … and it apparently got so extreme, the hooper and a cop were taken to a hospital. We’re told law enforcement were called to an LA area home for a domestic disturbance early Wednesday morning … and when cops attempted to check on the parties involved, 21-year-old Hayes tried like hell to keep them from entering the premises.
Sources tell us 6’11”, 220-lb. Hayes got combative with cops and a fight broke out … with the ex-Texas Longhorns star getting tased in the middle of the scuffle. The brawl was allegedly so intense, police put out an “officer needs help” radio call. Hayes was taken to a nearby hospital to get treatment for minor injuries … and an officer involved in the fight also sought treatment, although their condition is unknown.
Marc Stein: The Mavericks’ Michael Finley is finalizing a new contract with the team that gives him an expanded role in their front office as assistant GM and vice president of player personnel alongside new Dallas GM Nico Harrison, league sources say.
The G League Ignite is finalizing a deal with USC associate head coach Jason Hart as the program’s new head coach, sources tell ESPN. Hart, a nine-year NBA veteran, takes over an NBA-run program that produced two of the top of the picks in Thursday’s NBA draft — forwards Jalen Green and Jonathan Kuminga. Hart, 43, replaces Brian Shaw, who is joining the LA Clippers as their top assistant.
The Golden State Warriors and Oracle today announced the expansion of their longstanding partnership with the launch of the Oracle Performance Center. The NBA’s most advanced training and recovery center, powered by Oracle, will deliver new insights and a custom high performance system to enhance player performance. The Oracle Performance Center, measuring 25,349 square-feet, will be home to the Warriors practice facility and player campus, located at Chase Center, the Warriors’ 18,064-seat privately financed sports and entertainment arena in San Francisco’s Mission Bay neighborhood. “The competitive advantage that Oracle will add to our team, through its partnership with the performance center and our joint technology development work, is significant,” said Warriors Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations, Kirk Lacob. “As we strive to bring home another NBA title, it is no secret that the work that our players and coaching staff put in will begin in the Oracle Performance Center, which is why it is critical that the amenities are world-class.”
And those too young to remember the “Malice at the Palace” can get a prime look inside one of the wildest — and most violent — endings to an NBA game in league history. A Nextflix docuseries in one of its episodes will feature the Nov. 19, 2004, brawl inside the Palace at Auburn Hills. The “Untold” trailer shows a lot of Ron Artest, former Pacers star now known as Metta Sandiford-Artest who first entered the stands that night, saying how he wants the full story out “frame by frame.” It also features an animated Stephen Jackson who proclaims “I’m never talking about this sh– again.”
Ten people (five players, four fans and Ben Wallace’s brother, David) were charged and pleaded guilty to varying assault or battery charges. Some blamed the players for the melee, some blamed the fans and the guy who threw the drink apologized in 2006 for the whole thing (and was the only person to serve jail time related to the incident). For more, you’ll have to check out Netflix on Aug. 10.