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Shootaround 1.5.11: Love and loathing

Posted on: January 5, 2011 9:51 am
Edited on: January 5, 2011 1:09 pm
Banning bourree, Gilbert and J.J. are pale riders, and Kevin Love doesn't exactly sound set for the long-term in Minnesota, all in today's Shootaround.
Posted by Matt Moore
  • Just in case you missed it, O.J. Mayo appears to not have the best head on his shoulders, as he started an altercation with Tony Allen, which Allen then promptly finished by pummeling the third-year guard. No disciplinary action has been leveed against either player, and none is expected to be. The NBA has got to step in and ban gambling on planes. It's unfortunate that the players have to be treated like children but given the history of incidents stemming from gambling fights over bourree, there's simply no excuse not to ban it. 
  • The Warriors waived Rodney Carney. You know how good the Warriors' offense is? they just cut a guy shooting 46% from 3-point land. They're bleeding shooters. Not as much as they're bleeding on defense, but still. 
  • Lost in the talk of Love, Rose, and Westbrook joining up was this choice quote from Love's SI interview: "We'll see what happens with what David Kahn and the front office want to do," Love said. "If it's right, it's right. If it's not, it's not. I could end up somewhere else. I just want to play for a team that wants to win at this point. At this point, I just want to win now." Now, Wolves fans will say that this is they typical New York media (I'm not) talking about a star ditching his team (I'm not), despite the fact that he's starting to have success in Minnesota (he's not). Love's relationship with the front office has been strained since the installation of David Kahn and Kurt Rambis, and just because he's getting minutes, that's probably not enough to satisfy Love. Love's got quite the history of comments about a distrust with the front office.
  • Udonis Haslem is pushing for a March return . An issue to consider is whether Haslem will be able to effectively work his way into the rotation in time for the playoffs. If the Heat are (still) rolling, there's no reason to disrupt a lineup rotation that's working.

Since: Mar 24, 2008
Posted on: January 6, 2011 10:06 am

Shootaround 1.5.11: Love and loathing

hahahahahahahaha look at Walt Frazier's jacket! Kill it!

Since: Jan 5, 2011
Posted on: January 5, 2011 11:50 am

Shootaround 1.5.11: Love and loathing-OK...

...I love your work Matt, but let's not be knee-jerk. Other than Arenas' situation and this one, we haven't heard of a rash of fisticuffs in the NBA over gambling (well, not since Oakley retired). I'm not condoning it, but with 30 teams, all playing 41 road games, there are roughly 2400 flights/bus rides a season; the amount of incidents are MINISCULE, percentage-wise. We know there are going to be dust-ups, these guys are human; but Arenas' gun situation was an outlier, if these rich young men want to bicker over csrd games, I see nothing wrong with that. I hope more teams don't go banning something that, a huge percent of the time, the players enjoy peacefully.

Since: Jan 5, 2011
Posted on: January 5, 2011 11:37 am

Shootaround 1.5.11: be real.ok, ok, l

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