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Posted on: January 9, 2011 2:26 pm
Edited on: January 9, 2011 2:30 pm
 

Warriors look to improve, eye Prince, Randolph?

The Golden State Warriors are reportedly looking to "add to the talent pool" and are possibly eying multiple trade targets. Posted by Ben Golliver. we-believe

Things could be a lot worse for the Golden State Warriors, who lost Ekpe Udoh, their 2010 lottery pick, for the first few months of the season and have dealt with persistent ankle trouble for starting point guard Stephen Curry. Nevertheless, the Warriors are 15-21, hanging out on the fringes of the Western Conference playoff discussion. They're at the metaphorical crossroads: a strong push before the All-Star break could make for a fun stretch ride battling teams like Portland, Phoenix, Memphis and Houston for the final playoff spot. No push, however, and the Warriors are right back where they've been for the last three years: in the draft lottery. 

So it shouldn't come as a surprise that murmurs out of the Bay have the Warriors looking to improve their roster. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Warriors could be buyers during the run-up to this year's trade deadline.
The goal, whether at the trade deadline or in the offseason, is to acquire a "good player who adds to the talent pool," Riley said.
The Warriors are interested in Tayshaun Prince and have been intrigued by Zach Randolph, two guys who might fit that description and could be available. Some league sources still believe Andre Iguodala - one of Curry's favorites - could be made available, but many have soured on that scuttlebutt.
The Warriors are armed with two large expiring contracts -- Dan Gadzuric's worth $7.2 million and Vladimir Radmanovic's worth $6.8 million -- so they have some cards to play. 

Detroit Pistons forward Tayshaun Prince is an intriguing possibility in Golden State, as his versatile two-way game and championship pedigree would bring two elements the Warriors are sorely lacking. However, Prince is himself an expiring contract, so it's unclear what Golden State could offer Detroit to pry him loose. He's also said to be anxious to play for a winner, given that he's in the twilight of his career, and the Warriors might not yet fit that bill. Renting Prince for the balance of the season and letting him walk during the summer could be a possibility, however it doesn't seem ideal for the Warriors as they are in the middle of a promising rebuild. This would amount to a sideways move and would cost them trade chips.

As for Memphis Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph, he's in mercenary mode, as his current contract runs up at the end of this season and he's looking for a final mega-payday. The Warriors must ask themselves: how well does Randolph fit with our core pieces? Randolph is an excellent scorer and rebounder, but he likes his shots and touches, and Curry, guard Monta Ellis and forward David Lee all need the rock already. Randolph is also strictly a power forward, so playing him alongside Lee would require the Warriors to continue to play smallball. The Warriors are accustomed to playing that way, but it is not necessarily ideal if they're looking to commit long-term dollars to acquire another big man. Put in simpler terms, Randolph and Lee together would be a bit redundant and would wind up being quite expensive. Renting Randolph for the balance of the season could also cause more problems that it would be worth, as he would require a total re-jiggering of the front court rotation, compromising the playing time of long-term core pieces and bringing an uncertain short-term return.

If the Warriors are simply looking to expand their talent pool, they might be better served playing this Moneyball-style, cashing in their expiring contracts and/or draft picks to improve their depth and the quality of their reserves.
Posted on: January 6, 2011 10:19 pm
 

Memphis Grizzlies fine Tony Allen for plane fight

The Memphis Grizzlies have fined guard Tony Allen for fighting on the team's plane with teammate O.J. Mayo. Posted by Ben Golliver. tony-allen

The Memphis Grizzlies have issued a terse press release, announcing that the team has fined guard Tony Allen for his role in a fight with teammate O.J. Mayo that occurred on the team's plane. Here's the statement, in full.
The Memphis Grizzlies fined guard Tony Allen an undisclosed amount for his involvement in an altercation on Jan. 3 during the team’s return flight home to Memphis, General Manager and Vice President of Basketball Operations Chris Wallace announced tonight.
The fine is the latest step taken by the team in response to the incident, which reportedly involved a dispute between Allen and Mayo over an unpaid boo-ray card game gambling debt and ended with Allen punching Mayo hard enough to leave his face "swollen." The incident occurred when the team was flying back to Memphis after beating the Lakers in Los Angeles on Sunday night.

On Wednesday, we noted that the Grizzlies have also moved to ban gambling on their team flights in the wake of the incident.

For More:
  • Ken Berger's take on how the NBA's gambling culture should be modified, click here
  • Matt Moore's thoughts on how NBA players can pass the time other than playing boo-ray, click here
  • Royce Young's quick-hitting reaction after news of the fight broke, click here
Posted on: January 6, 2011 1:31 am
Edited on: January 6, 2011 11:23 am
 

Bourré alternatives for players to avoid trouble

After O.J. Mayo and Tony Allen scuffle on a team flight, we wonder what other games might best replace Bourré on chartered flights to prevent future incidents. 
Posted by Matt Moore with contributions from Ben Golliver and Royce Young

Ken Berger lays out the case for the NBA to abolish gambling on NBA charter flights, an age old tradition. Berger's right to point out that as long as gambling is allowed on planes, these kinds of disputes are going to continue. But in our efforts to take a pragmatic step towards eliminating conflicts over these games, perhaps we should move the gambling to an alternative contest. And so, we present a series of games that may best replace Bourré as the game of choice for NBA rounders. Our scale will be on one-to-five Tony Allen punches, with one being very unlikely to lead to suspensions, and five being very likely to lead to suspensions.

The Culprit: Bourré

The object of Bourré is to take a majority of the tricks in each hand and thereby claim the money in the pot. If a player cannot take a majority of tricks, their secondary goal is to keep from bourréing, or taking no tricks at all. A bourré usually comes at a high penalty, such as matching the amount of money in the pot.
via Bourré - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia .

So you've got a trick game, which is problematic in and of itself, combined with a "must play to win" element and the possibility of significant loss of money with the bourré. See, that's just not a game you want involved with guys amped up on testosterone and dealing with competitive natures on a plane with significant money involved. You're asking for trouble. This game is not well suited for NBA players. It's got the ability to have exponential pots.  It's got to go.

Rating: Five Tony Allen punches


The Team-Builder: Go Fish!



Go Fish is competitive and can lead to taunting, sure. "So, do you  have any threes, Gilbert? Oh, I guess only in practice!" But it also lets you learn about one another's mindset "Who always asks for face cards?" and teaches giving. And it reinforces the idea that you should have nothing left at the end of the game. Throw in the fact that it relies on the honor system, and you've got a terrific option for NBA players or  their seven-year-old children.

Rating: One Tony Allen punch


The Mind Game: Bluff

Also known by another less kid-friendly name involving a male cow, Bluff is a wonderful game for learning about your teammates. Being able to determine when your teammate is lying, what his tells are, will help you understand his body language in game. With limited capacities for gambling fit in, the game can look ideal. But it also encourages lying to your teammates, deception, and challenging one another on the premise that you feel they are dishonest. Not exactly encouraging of a friendly environment.

Rating: Three Tony Allen punches



The Life-Skill Teacher: Monopoly




NBA players too often have their own ideas about spending their money and are too often misguided. The classic game with the creepy Mike D'Antoni character as the mascot would do wonders for learning how to manage your assets. It reinforces that the priciest assets aren't always the most valuable, that efficiency is valued over excess, and that energy is important. Unfortunately, it also reinforces the idea that if you have the right piece of paper, you can get out of prison, and that money is the end of everything. There are some ups and downs here.

Rating: Three Tony Allen punches


The Allegory: Hungry Hungry Hippos




Buys into the competitiveness while combining it with a sense of whimsy.  Reinforces the idea of always being active and consistently finishing through the end of the game. Exceedingly difficult to gamble on. Game not well suited for players' hands. Also difficult to steady on charter flight in turbulence. Also teaches that he who consumes the most is best, not great for sharing instincts. 

Rating: Two Tony Allen punches


The Greater Game: Chess


Teaches total team effort. Encourages critical thinking. Reinforces team concept. Difficult to gamble on in a group setting unless you get into a prop bet situation. Can breed competitive nature and trash talk, though. Chess is a high-minded game and the kind of thing coaches like Phil Jackson would want his players to play. It's also boring as all get out to watch and difficult to play.

Rating: Two Tony Allen punches


The Tough Guys: Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots




Reinforces competitive spirit without endangering anyone, allows for release of tension and embraces violent tendencies without any long-term harm. Difficult to bet on due to arbitrary nature of robots. Focuses on possibility of injury and why punching each other can be dangerous. Kevin Garnett would have to figure out a way to have the robots retreat after the first punch, but all in all, a great option.

Rating: One Tony Allen punch



Leave your best ideas in the comments or hit us up on Twitter at @cbssportsnba and we'll post the results tomorrow.
Posted on: January 5, 2011 9:41 pm
Edited on: January 5, 2011 9:43 pm
 

NBA Drive: Grizzlies fight, Mavs look to trade?

On this week's episode of CBSSports.com's NBA Drive, Ken Berger and Matt Moore join Lauren Shehadi to break down trade talk, the fight on the Memphis Grizzlies' team plane, trouble for the Los Angeles Lakers and the season-ending surgery for Dallas Mavericks forward Caron Butler. Posted by Ben Golliver.

In a jam-packed edition of NBA Drive, CBSSports.com's Ken Berger and Matt Moore cover a range of hot topics, including a fight on the Memphis Grizzlies team plane, the struggles of the Los Angeles Lakers, the all-but-over Rookie of the Year race, the trade implications of Caron Butler's season-ending knee surgery, and a whole lot more. 

Click here to stream the video, or watch below. Scroll down for a preview of some of the trade rumblings.



When it comes to trade talk, Berger says watch out for Dallas. "Number one, you have to keep an eye on the Mavericks. With Caron Butler out for the year, once they figure out where they are when Dirk Nowitzki and Roddy Beaubois come back, they're going to have to decide if they have enough to compete with the Lakers. If not, they'll be looking to make a big move."

Berger also noted that trade talks between the Denver Nuggets and New Jersey Nets are back on. "The Nets, after backing away a week a week ago, are slowly starting to make progress again on a Carmelo [Anthony] deal. Most executives believe that will go right down to the deadline, because the Nuggets believe they can get the same deal then that they can get now. And the Nets aren't going anywhere either, they want Carmelo."

Finally, Berger says the Phoenix Suns could be looking to dump salary if they continue to remain out of the Western Conference playoff picture. "In Phoenix, the Suns do not foresee trading Steve Nash, that was not the intent behind the Orlando trade they made, but Phoenix right now is 2.5 games out of the eighth [playoff] spot and you have to be wondering how much longer owner Robert Sarver is going to be willing to pay that kind of money for a team that's going to be out of the playoffs."
Posted on: January 5, 2011 3:28 pm
Edited on: January 5, 2011 3:28 pm
 

Grizzlies ban gambling on team flights

Posted by Royce Young

Following the Gilbert-Javaris Crittenton showdown in 2009 over a card game, a lot of teams saw the writing on the wall and banned gambling on team charters. The Grizzlies evidently did not.

This reared its ugly head in a fight between O.J. Mayo and Tony Allen last Sunday on the team plane as first reported by our Gary Parrish.

So naturally, the Grizzlies got the message it looks like. ESPN.com reported the team was considering banning gambling on flights and Rudy Gay said on Jim Rome's radio show that the team in fact did put a stop to gambling on the plane.

The league is not going to mandate the action and apparently will not take action against the players, keeping this an internal team matter. The Grizzlies already put out a press release following the incident saying the issue was closed.

The Grizzlies will get on a flight for the next time Friday as they head to Oklahoma City for a game Saturday. It doesn't sound like anyone will be playing any Boo-Ray on that charter which hopefully means nobody will be punching anyone in the face either.
Posted on: January 5, 2011 12:56 pm
 

The Game Changer: Knicks outgun the Spurs

Posted by Royce Young

Each game is made up of elements which help formulate the outcome. Monday through Friday, we'll bring you the elements from the night before's games in our own specialized version of the game recaps. It's not everything that happened, but it's an insight into what lead to the results you'll see in the box scores. This is the Game Changer.

THE BIG ONE: SAN ANTONIO CAN'T RUN WITH NEW YORK

The Knicks have had quite a turnaround early in this season. However, the major qualm is that they're beating up on average and bad teams, but aren't good enough to actually beat a good team.

Well, you can cross that one off now.

The Knicks completely outran the league's best team with a 128-115 win over the Spurs at Madison Square Garden. The Knicks shot nearly 55 percent from the field and got 31 points from Wilson Chandler, 28 from Amar'e Stoudemire and 28 from Raymond Felton as they pulled away late.

The Spurs have ramped up pace and tempo this season, playing faster than ever. And it's been a large part of their success. But it didn't work against the team that actually lives by running. The Spurs just couldn't keep up and after the game got into an up-and-down flow, they couldn't slow it down and get it into a style they liked. San Antonio tried to grind it out in the fourth, but the Knicks were still running.

One curious move was Gregg Popovich sitting his starters down with three minutes left, only down 10. With a game tonight against the Celtics, I'm sure Coach Pop wanted a little extra rest for his guys and with the way the Knicks were running, his team of veterans were probably gassed. Still a bit curious though, especially considering the 3-point shooters San Antonio has. A 3, a stop and a bucket and it's a five-point game with lots of time left.

Regardless of that, this is New York's biggest win of the season and finally something the Knicks can point to and say, "See! We're good!" Not that they need that validation because their quality record says enough, but any time you beat the league's best team, it helps in every way.

GO-GO-GADGET LINES

Zach Randolph put up a monster double-double, going for 31 points and 16 rebounds against the Thunder.

Marcus Camby had 10 points and 20 rebounds in a loss to Dallas.

Jamal Crawford notched a season-high 31 points and added seven assists in Atlanta's win over Sacramento.

Wilson Chandler deserves a mention with his season-high 31 points against San Antonio.

MIAMI ROLLS AGAIN

I feel like it the season started in December, then yeah, we probably could've started talking about 72 wins for the Heat. Because they are rolling right now.

With their win over the Bucks, that makes 19 of 20 for Miami and most of those have come in impressive fashion. Dwyane Wade notched another big night, dropping 34 as LeBron dished out nine assists. Really, everything is working according to plan right now. Miami has scoring when it needs it. The Heat have defense all the time. And playmakers are all over the floor.

Sometimes, it's honestly a little tough to see how someone can beat them. But the thing about the Heat is that they make themselves vulnerable at times. They lapse, get selfish and don't play defense. It's the reason they've lost nine times.

But lately, everything has been working according to plan. To win 19 of 20 is pretty good, especially because that meant beating some solid teams.

Tony Allen: GOOD AT PUNCHING, BAD AT LAYUPS

The next time O.J. Mayo and Tony Allen get into it, Mayo's got some ammunition to at least make fun of him with. On a solo fast break, Allen streaked toward the rim with his tongue hanging out like he was going to finish big. Instead, he blew the layup. This was actually one of four layups Allen missed on the night. He did finish with 19 points though and hit two crucial 3s.


Lakers VENT A LITTLE, THIS TIME AGAINST THE COMPETITION

Instead of yelling at each other, the Lakers started doing it to their opponent, beating down the Pistons 108-83. It was a blowout so that stats are a bit skewed, but Kobe Bryant only attempted 18 shots as Pau Gasol went for 21 points and Lamar Odom added 16. That's the Laker formula we've seen work this season.

Kobe went just 6-18 from the floor, but had eight assists and grabbed seven rebounds. So maybe there was something to Phil Jackson's critique of his recent play and Bryant came out looking to be more unselfish. He set teammates up and looked a bit passive at times. He didn't have his shot going again, so he let his cast of very talented characters bring him through.

PARTING THOUGHT

In Oklahoma City's 110-105 loss to Memphis, Jeff Green registered zero rebounds in 42 minutes of play. That's only the third time since 1986 a power forward has had that happen. The other two were Cliff Robinson and Pat Garrity. Not exactly wonderful company to be in.
Posted on: January 5, 2011 1:10 am
Edited on: January 5, 2011 8:46 am
 

Same story, new players: NBA card game goes wrong

Posted by Royce Young

CBSSports.com's Gary Parish reports that O.J. Mayo and Tony Allen had a physical altercation on the team flight home following a win over the Lakers Sunday. The fight left Mayo with a "swollen face" Parrish says.

Mayo was ruled out of Tuesday's win over the Thunder with what the team called "bronchitis." I wasn't aware bronchitis can be brought on from repeated punching to the face, but apparently that happened.

Allen started in place of Mayo Tuesday against Oklahoma City and played maybe his best game of the season, scoring 19 points in the victory.

Parrish also reports that the altercation came after a card game gone wrong. Mayo reportedly became increasingly belligerent toward Allen when asked to settle a debt. Allen had walked away, gone to restroom on plane and returned to find Mayo was still berating him. That's when it got physical, according to the report.

I know what you're thinking. At least they didn't pull out guns like what happened after another card game gone bad in Washington D.C. last season, right? But still, how can this happen? Following the Gilbert Arenas-Javaris Crittendon incident from last season, a lot of teams banned gambling on team flights. Evidently, the Grizzlies did not.

In the Arenas-Crittenton case, Crittenton reportedly won $25,000 playing the card game Bourre -- the same one Allen and Mayo reportedly fought over -- and said he was going to shoot Arenas in his surgically repaird knee as the two argued over the debt. Instead of getting all punchy, Arenas brought a gun into the locker room to make some sort of joke about it.

All-time winningest coach Don Nelson said after the Arenas incident that maybe gambling should be a league-wide ban. He said, "It's not a bad thing not to allow gambling, money on the table, card games. Maybe the league ought to think about doing something that way. It would probably be a good thing."

Another case happened in 2000 with the Raptors. Before an exhibition game, Charles Oakley looked to collect a debt from Philadelphia's Tyrone Hill. Oakley slapped Hill on the side of the head and was fined and suspended for game later that seaosn for chucking a ball at Hill's head during shootaround. In 2001, Hill reportedly paid Oakley $54,000 that he owed from a dice game.

In 1999, Jerry Stackhouse allegedly punched Christian Laettner after believing Laettner had cheated him out of $2,000 in a card game.

So it's obvious this isn't something new with Allen and Mayo and a card game that turned ugly. But it's a problem the league might have to start really considering a ban on. Any time large sums of money get involved in things, emotions raise a tick. When players turn into debt collectors, things tend to go from harmless to serious pretty quickly.

And that's evidently what happened with the two Grizzlies. It's really playing with fire if you're a team that allows it. Amazingly these two guys are supposed to continue to co-exist on the same team, despite throwing down. I would imagine that the Grizzlies might reconsider allowing players to gamble on the plane from here on out. They'll likely become one of those teams that frowns upon cards.

The Grizzlies issued a team statement that said, ""There was a brief altercation between Tony Allen and O.J. Mayo. The club considers the matter closed."

The club might consider it closed, but should the league?
Posted on: January 5, 2011 12:56 am
Edited on: January 5, 2011 1:50 am
 

Grizzlies' Mayo, Allen fight on team plane

CBSSports.com is reporting that a fight between Memphis Grizzlies teammates O.J. Mayo and Tony Allen on the team's plane left Mayo with a "swollen" face. Posted by Ben Golliver.oj-mayo

CBSSports.com's Gary Parrish and Ken Berger are reporting that Memphis Grizzlies teammates O.J. Mayo and Tony Allen got into a "fight" on the team's plane after the Grizzlies defeated the Lakers in Los Angeles on Sunday night, and that the altercation left Mayo with a "swollen" face. 
Grizzlies teammates O.J. Mayo and Tony Allen were involved in a fight with each other that stemmed from a gambling dispute during a card game on the flight home from Los Angeles after Sunday night's win over the Lakers, three different sources have told CBSSports.com.
Two of those sources said the altercation left Mayo with a noticeably "swollen" face.
Mayo did not play in Memphis' Tuesday night game game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, which the Grizzlies won 110-105. The team reported that Mayo had "bronchitis."

CBSSports.com obtained the following statement from the Grizzlies, confirming that a "brief altercation" took place.
"On the team's charter flight home to Memphis on Monday, Jan. 3 -- one day after the Grizzlies'' 104-85 victory at the Los Angeles Lakers -- there was a brief altercation between Tony Allen and O.J. Mayo. The club considers the matter closed and will not comment further."
Team planes are starting to become a dangerous place, as a disagreement over an airborne card game triggered a series of arguments and pranks between Washington Wizards teammates Gilbert Arenas and Javaris Crittenton that ended with Arenas bringing guns to the team's locker room at the Verizon Center in December 2009.

Also on Tuesday night, Yahoo! Sports reported that the Mayo/Allen disagreement stemmed from the very same card game as the Wizards, in a replay of last season's disaster.
Mayo owed Allen money from a card game, “Boo-Ray,” and sources said Mayo became increasingly belligerent and antagonistic toward Allen when asked to settle the debt. Sources said Allen walked away from Mayo to go the restroom and returned to find Mayo continuing to berate him. Eventually, Mayo inched close to Allen, and sources said Allen hit Mayo.
Mayo was the subject of trade rumors in late December. That chatter is sure to pick up.
 
 
 
 
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