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Stan Van Gundy: It’s time for Fox Sports Radio to dump Chris Broussard. This is just stupid. He doesn’t like the Blazers’ offense. It was the 3rd best offense in the NBA. Get a clue. Chris Broussard: Unless u would’ve called for a fellow coach’s job while coaching, u need to keep from calling for the jobs of fellow media now that you’re media. I’m doing my job as an analyst. I’m paid to give my opinion. Saying I should be fired cause u disagree is just stupid. Get a clue.

Isiah Thomas opened up about his feud with Michael Jordan, which re-surfaced after the Last Dance documentary series. The Chicago Bulls had to go through the “Bad Boys” Pistons, before reaching to the first three-peat. The former Pistons superstar said that he is not having a feud with Michael Jordan, despite what being said on “The Last Dance” docu-series. “I’mma call a timeout on the feud because really I wasn’t fighting him. I was winning all the time so why am I mad at him?” Thomas told Jason Whitlock on Speak Ya Self.

NBA Central: “He only had really one job. And that was to just score. And he did that at an amazing, amazing rate. But I don’t feel like his way of winning then would translate to what it is now. Guys wouldn’t want to play with him.” -Channing Frye on Michael Jordan (NBC Sports North West). Evan Fournier: @channingfrye bro you bugging for real. Lol. Channing Frye: Boris Biaw is the best French player of all time. Evan Fournier: Lol na you aint getting away from that statement with this s—.


James Harden said in an interview with ESPN’s Rachel Nichols that he wished he could be seven-feet tall and just dunk referring to Giannis Antetokounmpo. No big comeback from the Greek Freak who responded via ESPN on Friday attempting to lay the evolving feud to rest. “It hasn’t been a back-and-forth,” he mentioned before the win against the Oklahoma City Thunder, “I’m not that type of guy, I never try to take stabs at somebody. Maybe sometimes it might come out like that, but I’m definitely not. At the end of the day, if that’s what he believes, that’s what he believes.”

Sean Cunningham: Kings coach Luke Walton after picking up a technical in the 3rd quarter, calls over to Luka Doncic and says: “Hey Luka, do me a favor, give him your autograph after the game. (points at official) – He’s a fan, he’s a fan of yours.” 😂😂

He left that to the youngsters in Memphis, 24-year-old Dillon Brooks and 20-year-old Ja Morant, who felt disrespected by the 36-year-old who chose not to report after he was traded from Golden State to the Grizzlies on July 7. And, of course, to his old(er) Warriors pal, 31-year-old Steph Curry, who came to his friend’s defense. “Yeah, that’s my guy,” the 36-year-old Iguodala said with a laugh on Friday as he looked back with The Athletic on the wild week that was. “I would do the same for him. But I understand the generation that we’re in, and the new millennials we’re dealing with, and how social media comes into play and how someone could feed (ideas) to a young guy and it (grows). …But it’s all love. At the end of the day, it’s all love.”

He left that to the youngsters in Memphis, 24-year-old Dillon Brooks and 20-year-old Ja Morant, who felt disrespected by the 36-year-old who chose not to report after he was traded from Golden State to the Grizzlies on July 7. And, of course, to his old(er) Warriors pal, 31-year-old Steph Curry, who came to his friend’s defense. “Yeah, that’s my guy,” the 36-year-old Iguodala said with a laugh on Friday as he looked back with The Athletic on the wild week that was. “I would do the same for him. But I understand the generation that we’re in, and the new millennials we’re dealing with, and how social media comes into play and how someone could feed (ideas) to a young guy and it (grows). …But it’s all love. At the end of the day, it’s all love.”

“Every time I play against Russ, I say something back. Same thing with Pat Beverley,” Lillard said. “With both players, I have always backed up anything I need to say with how I’m playing. But they are two players who it’s important to me to let them know that if that’s what you want to do, you’ve met your match. I’m not intimidated, and I don’t really care what you gotta say, I’m gonna say something back. You know, kind of set that tone. Like, ‘All right … so what?’”

So in that Jan. 15 game in Houston, the Blazers were up 102-88 with 8:08 left in the fourth quarter when Westbrook took Lillard into the post. “He was backing me down and being real physical, and I was being physical back, and he swept (his arms) through and I swiped down and fouled him, on purpose. Hard fouled him.” As Westbrook walked to the free-throw line, he began talking at Lillard. “As he was going to the line, he said, ‘That’s automatic two points. Two points,’” Lillard recalled.

As Lillard walked behind Westbrook to position himself near the 3-point line for Westbrook’s free throw, he dropped a barb. “You a 60 percent free-throw shooter,” Lillard said he told him. “You gonna miss both of them.” Westbrook looked back to Lillard and said, “Impossible!” “And you can see, if you look at the (video) clip, he says ’82 (percent)!’” Actually, Westbrook was a 79 percent foul shooter entering that game, but at any rate, he missed the first free throw. Lillard poked back, adjusting that 60 percent jab. “I said, ’50 percent now,’” Lillard said.

A quick side note on the Lillard-Westbrook relationship: They have become one of the biggest rivalries, if not the biggest rivalry, going in the NBA. They are both elite, intense and don’t back down. It has created some great theater. But Lillard says there is a funny thing people don’t realize: The two don’t dislike each other. “People get it confused that we have an issue with each other, when we really don’t,” Lillard said. “That’s the weirdest thing about it.”



And Beverley hounded Curry throughout the game. With 1:28 to play in the second quarter, Beverley forced Curry into a turnover, turned and jawed at the Golden State bench. Beverley then squared off with Curry at the other end of the floor and began talking trash. “You had the last five years,” Beverley told Curry, according to a source. “The next five years are mine.” To that, Curry laughed and replied, “Aren’t you 31?” Indeed, both Curry and Beverley are 31 and have a long history together—the two have been friends since they were roommates at various camps when they were teenagers, including the camps hosted by Paul Pierce and LeBron James.

Don’t get it twisted … D-Wade means no disrespect to Lillard — in fact, he really likes the rap battle going on between the two NBA superstars. But, he had to set the record straight. Remember, Dame dropped a reference to Wade in his dis track this week … saying: “Said yourself that I’m a Tesla, no longer need Diesel gas. Kinda like the Cavs ain’t really need Disel’s ass. And even in Miami, won that [championship] on the strength of Flash.” So, when we saw Wade leaving the Topanga Mall in L.A., we had to ask if Lillard was telling the truth … could you have won that ring WITHOUT Shaq?! “No, not at that time,” Wade said … “I was young in the league trying to figure it out.” “I needed somebody like Shaq to help me … gimme me the keys and let me drive the car. I appreciate him doing that.”

Shaq Diesel didn’t immediately respond to Lillard’s comments, but he recently surfaced with a diss track. He shared the three-and-a-half-minute song on Instagram, opening by saying, “Daddy has to come out of retirement to spank one of these undisciplined children.” Shaq goes on to show that no matter how long he’s been out of the game, he still has a few bars left in him. “How you say that you better than Dies / When you ain’t got more cheddar than Dies / What you talkin’ bout? / Legendary I’m a hip hop scholar / I’m tryin’ to get a billion who gives a f*ck about a D.O.L.L.A.” Check out Shaq’s flow below and let us know what you think.
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So, I asked, how did Lakers coach Frank Vogel see it after he had watched the film? “We were definitely the aggressors in the game, and the box score I have right here has us with 28 (fouls),” Vogel said. “We got called for 28 fouls. They got called for 26.” It was a savvy stance to take, albeit oversimplified. So as Vogel left his media session to rejoin his team, I admitted to him that I hadn’t noticed that the final fouls tally was in the Nuggets’ favor. “I do my research,” he said with a grin.
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When Orange County Register Lakers beat writer Kyle Goon asked Vogel about James’ shot selection this season, it was refreshing to hear a candid and fascinating response from the Lakers coach rather than something more political. James, whose midrange jumper has been so effective for so many years now, has focused more on shots at the rim and beyond the arc this season, in part because of the message being sent by the coaching staff. “It is definitely a coaching point,” Vogel said. “You know, we want to have an analytics-based shot selection mindset with our team. … It’s the free throw No. 1; layup dunk No. 2; corner 3, No. 3; arc 3, No. 4, and midrange is the fifth priority shot we could have. But I will not ever tell my team not to take midrange shots if they are open shots. The No. 1 analytic for me is ‘Are you open?’ or ‘Are you guarded?’ That applies to shots at the rim, applies to 3-point line and applies to midrange. I’ll take an open shot over any zone that you can put up the shot from, and we want to work for open shots.”
“We’re not trying to intimidate anyone,” said Rondo, who had seven points, nine assists and a plus-13 in nearly 22 minutes. “We’re just playing basketball. With the guys we have — Dwight (and his) physical ability, he’s just playing the game. No one’s out there trying to bully people. We’re playing to our strengths. “I’ve been telling (Howard) the last two weeks (that) he’s going to be our X-factor in the series. I’m very happy that he got an opportunity to come out and play and display his talent, and show how much we need him. Like I said, I told him in the Houston series, things don’t go his way sometimes but in a championship run you need all 15 guys, and that’s what we displayed (in Game 1). Coach being able to go deep in the bench, and use guys that we haven’t used last series, so it’s a testament to the management, the way we’re able to be flexible — go small, go big, and (in Game 1) Dwight Howard, especially, was great for us.”
“This has been something I’ve never dealt with. There’s a lot going on for me individually, (and) for my family. And then the rehab, just with (the coronavirus in society) and the bubble and trying to do the best that I can to not have to quarantine for many days coming back here and having to quarantine — basically taking five days off from treatment and rehab and then trying to get myself ready to play in the Eastern Conference Finals, that’s something that’s a daunting task for sure. So for me … I’ve tried to do the best I can each day with it, and not put pressure on myself and just try to help us win basketball games, honestly.”
“To be honest, I didn’t get much sleep the last 48 hours,” Brown, who clashed with Smart in the passionate locker room scene, said when asked about the recovery process for their team. “I was so antsy to get back and play basketball. I don’t think the last two games exemplify what this team is about. So, I couldn’t wait to come out and be the best version of myself and try to add to a win. And I’m glad to be a part of this team and this organization and I’m proud of how we responded. … At the end of the day, we’re a family. We represent this organization. We represent each other and we won’t ever let anything come in between that. We’ve got a tremendous opportunity and we understand that and nothing’s going to stop us from trying to maximize that.”
Back in February, Us Weekly published a story about how Vanessa had been leaning on her mother, Sofia Laine, as she grieved the loss of Kobe and hers and Kobe’s 13-year-old daughter Giannia. Laine had moved in with Vanessa at one point, but she now says her daughter has kicked her out of the Bryant home. Laine sat down for an interview with Univision that is set to air in its entirety on Monday. A preview clip, which is only in Spanish, was shared on social media. According to Erika Marie of Hot New Hip Hop, a teary-eyed Laine claims in the interview that her daughter has kicked her out of the Bryant home and demanded that she return a car Vanessa had given to her.
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