Tag:O.J. Mayo
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 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 9:51 am
Edited on: January 5, 2011 1:09 pm
 

Shootaround 1.5.11: Love and loathing

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.
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.
Posted on: December 30, 2010 9:33 am
 

Shootaround 12.30.10: Reke brings some havoc

Posted by Royce Young
  • Tom Ziller of Sactown Royalty on Tyreke's halfcourt winner: "This game deserves fuller analysis than the hot mess of exclamation marks and OMGs I can produce tonight. This play was only the final of Evans' incredible heroics, as the guard came up with two steals and, including the winner, seven points in final two minutes. Cousins was also fantastic, finishing with 20 points and 16 rebounds to help the Kings keep pace with a Memphis team leaning on 35 points from Zach Randolph. A personal MVP is Donte Greene, who as you can see knew the shot was going in as soon as Tyreke let it fly."
  • Jason Jones of The Sacramento Bee: "It's not uncommon for a few of the Kings to take turns attempting halfcourt shots after practice with nothing more than pride or perhaps a few dollars on the line. Rarely, if ever, is that halfcourt practice expected to come in handy in a game. The Kings learned Wednesday night that practice -- even practicing the unlikely -- can pay off in a game that counts. Tyreke Evans made a shot from beyond halfcourt -- about 50 feet from the hoop -- to give the Kings a 100-98 win at the buzzer over the Memphis Grizzlies at Arco Arena. Evans jumped onto the scorers' table to celebrate. Kings co-owner Gavin Maloof knelt behind officials reviewing the play and celebrated when the shot was confirmed to have beaten the buzzer. 'I've won a couple dollars off that shot,' Evans said. 'We practice it after shootaround in the morning sometimes and I'm glad we do that.' "
  • Marcin Gortat isn't loving Phoenix's defense: “I just think we have to be at the gym every day for three hours,” Gortat continued. “Learn the rotations, learn everything from the beginning. I mean, there are so many things we’re doing bad, I just can’t find an explanation. I’m trying to get some rebounds and stops, but unfortunately there’s not too many opportunities for me to rebound because the team is scoring 120-something points. “It’s just frustrating; frustrating as hell. I’m not going to lie.”
  • Gary Washburn of The Boston Globe on KG's injury: "As Kevin Garnett screamed in frustration, limping on the leg that he has so feverishly tried to revive over the past 18 months, the pain in his voice, the sweat mixed with tears, should have been a message to those healthy big men who have spent this season on the inactive list. Jermaine O’Neal and Shaquille O’Neal will have to compensate for Garnett, who sustained a muscle injury near the right calf and will undergo an MRI today in Boston. While coach Doc Rivers said he is 'not that concerned,' the injury could cost Garnett a few games, or even a few weeks, given the cautious nature of the organization regarding injuries."
  • Kate Fagen of The Philadelphia Inquirer says things are good in Philly right now: "The 76ers' locker room hasn't been this happy in years. After Wednesday night's 123-110 run-and-gun win over the Phoenix Suns, there was laughter, jokes, and even a visit from musician John Mayer and actor B.J. Novak of NBC's The Office . Wednesday's win was about as unexpected as they come - not necessarily the victory itself, but the way the Sixers pulled it off. They outscored the scoring-happy Suns. Who'd have figured that? The Sixers, without Andre Iguodala, improved to 13-19. The Suns, led by Steve Nash with 23 points and 15 assists, dropped to 13-17."
  • It's not looking like the Bobcats will be changing their name, says Rick Bonnell of The Charlotte Observer: "As much as some of you would prefer a name change from the Bobcats, that isn't a widespread concern, based on the team's recent market research. Pete Guelli, who heads the Bobcats' marketing, told me the team's recent market study showed no groundswell for a name change."
Posted on: December 30, 2010 12:54 am
Edited on: August 14, 2011 9:54 pm
 

Tyreke Evans' 50 foot game-winning buzzer beater

Sacramento Kings guard Tyreke Evans hit a halfcourt shot at the buzzer to beat the Memphis Grizzlies. Posted by Ben Golliver A game between the lowly Sacramento Kings and the mediocre Memphis Grizzlies isn't exactly a high-profile match-up, but Kings guard Tyreke Evans provided a Hollywood finish in Northern California on Wednesday night, burying a game-winning buzzer beater from behind half court.  With the Kings leading 97-96, the Memphis Grizzlies inbounded the ball in the frontcourt. Grizzlies guard O.J. Mayo hit a fallaway jumper from 20 feet over Evans, to put the Grizzlies up, 98-97.  With 1.5 seconds left on the clock, Kings center DeMarcus Cousins then inbounded the ball to Evans. Standing near the free throw line, the reigning NBA Rookie of the Year took one dribble and gather the ball at his waist, releasing his shot attempt from just behind halfcourt. The shot went in cleanly on the fly, nothing but net, and the Kings bench and Arco Arena crowd immediately erupted in joy. Evans and his teammates jumped up on the scorer's table briefly to celebrate, and he was mobbed by well-wishers on the court. A review of the play confirmed that Evans released the ball before time expired, giving the Kings an improbable 100-98 last-second victory. Here's the video. To make this shot even more remarkable, Evans has been battling foot pain for some time, and said earlier this week that he was considering a laser procedure to relieve the pain. The procedure could potentially sideline him for months. With the win, the Kings improve to 6-23. The Grizzlies fall to 14-18.
Posted on: December 29, 2010 2:31 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 9:53 pm
 

Timberwolves to pursue O.J. Mayo trade

The Minnesota Timberwolves are reportedly considering a push to trade for Memphis Grizzlies guard O.J. Mayo. Posted by Ben Golliveroj-mayo
CBSSports.com's Ken Berger reports that the Minnesota Timberwolves are considering trading for Memphis Grizzlies guard O.J. Mayo.
CBSSports.com has learned that the Wolves plan to make a push to acquire Memphis guard O.J. Mayo, whose rights they traded to the Grizzlies on draft night in 2008 in the deal that brought Love to Minnesota. Mayo is frustrated coming off the bench in Memphis and "needs a change," according to one person familiar with the situation. The Wolves envision Mayo playing in the backcourt next season alongside Rubio, who according to a person familiar with the situation has given team officials his word that he will join the Wolves next season. The buyout that Minnesota must pay FC Barcelona is down to $1 million, but it's not clear how Rubio's decision could be affected by a lockout. Even if Rubio comes to Minnesota, there's no guarantee he'll thrive immediately.
On the night of the 2008 NBA Draft, the Timberwolves swapped Mayo, who they selected No. 3 overall, to the Memphis Grizzlies for power forward Kevin Love, the No. 5 overall selection as part of a larger 8-player trade . Mayo was one of the most highly-touted high school players of the past decade, but has so far failed to live up to those monstrous expectations as an NBA player. Still, he's a physical, skilled guard who is still on his rookie deal, an intriguing trade target because of his reasonable contract number ($4.5 million this season) and his ability to score and defend two positions in the backcourt.  While Mayo started every game during his first two years in the NBA, he has been used off the bench by the Grizzlies this season. His minutes have taken a big hit -- down from 38 per game in his first two years to 28.8 per game this season -- and his numbers, as you might expect, have dropped across the board. He is averaging 13.1 points, 2.5 assists, 1.8 assists and shooting 42.1% from the field, off his career averages of 17.2 points, 3.6 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 44.4% shooting. To be frank, the Timberwolves need all the help they can get. At 8-24, they sit in last place in the Northwest Division, and own the second worst record in the Western Conference. They rate 21st in offensive efficiency and 29th in defensive efficiency, and they have a gaping hole at two guard. Forward Michael Beasley has added a scoring punch since the Timberwolves traded for him this summer, but it hasn't been enough to compensate for the team's pathetic backcourt. Mayo would theoretically add a much-needed talent infusion over the team's only true off guard, Wayne Ellington. Minnesota doesn't have much talent or much hope this season, but they do have flexibility to take on salary at the deadline, an uncommon commodity in the NBA that has been exploited well by teams like the Oklahoma City Thunder in recent years. The Timberwolves are in the unique position of not having a single contract over $5 million on their books. (Indeed, the Timberwolves are the only team in the NBA not to carry a single contract over $10 million this seaso n, let alone $5 million.) And, since Minnesota is well under the cap, a trade for Mayo could happen in a variety of ways, including a trade that sends back only future draft considerations rather than a player (and his salary). The Timberwolves also have a glut on the wings, including Corey Brewer, Martell Webster and rookie Wesley Johnson, so if they do make a trade deadline deal(s) it wouldn't be surprising to see one of those guys moved. Here's more from Berger on this week's CBSSports.com's NBA Drive . "I'm told, very interestingly, that the Minnesota Timberwolves that have kind of been in stabilization mode in evaluating the roster are going to explore trading for O.J. Mayo," Berger says. "He's a player they drafted originally in 2008 and sent him to Memphis in the trade that sent Kevin Love to Minnesota. That's something they are going to explore. They are in a little bit of a process now evaluating their roster, but that's a move that they have in mind and that they are going to pursue."
 
 
 
 
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