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  • 'Melo: If Knicks choose to rebuild, 'I have to consider' waiving no-trade clause

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 16 hrs ago

    Carmelo Anthony has made his position clear. He wants to stay in New York, and to try to win a championship in New York, as a member of the New York Knicks, and he is not interested in waiving the no-trade clause in his contract to facilitate a move somewhere else just because the Knicks are struggling right now.

    If team president Phil Jackson and company, though, were to decide to make their struggles, shall we say, a little more official? Well, then, the 11-time All-Star might ponder changing his tune.

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    From a new chat with Al Iannazzone of Newsday:

    Anthony has a no-trade clause in his contract, but he said he would be willing to listen to management if they told him they wanted to make a change.

    The Knicks declined to comment.

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  • Russell Westbrook isn't bothered by starting snub: 'I don't play for All-Star nods'

    Ben Rohrbach at Ball Don't Lie 17 hrs ago

    Just about everyone around the NBA had the same reaction to Russell Westbrook being left out of the Western Conference starting lineup for the 2017 All-Star Game in New Orleans: Utter disbelief. What with the dynamic Oklahoma City Thunder point guard averaging a freakin’ triple-double and all.

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    Charles Barkley called it disrespectful, Kevin Garnett dubbed it the biggest All-Star snub in league history, and Chandler Parsons succinctly said, “Dude averaging a triple-double and not starting in the All-Star Game is wild.” All of this was so plainly obvious that even an NFL player could point it out.

    Triple-Doubles

    All-Star starters (COMBINED)=19 Russ=21

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  • NBA players: they're just like us (in that they too are bad at voting for All-Stars)

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 17 hrs ago

    Over the years, a number of NBA players have been loud and clear in expressing their belief that media members shouldn’t really be tasked with voting for stuff like year-end awards and All-NBA teams, because they don’t think we know much about, well, anything. And when the NBA decided to switch up the All-Star voting system this year, halving fans’ influence in selecting All-Star starters and instituting both player and media balloting with each accounting for one-quarter of the final tally, some players, like the Cleveland Cavaliers’ Kyrie Irving, reiterated their opposition to media voting.

  • Kevin Garnett destroyed Randy Moss' dream of a Latrell Sprewell-esque NBA career

    Ben Rohrbach at Ball Don't Lie 18 hrs ago

    As a senior at Belle (W.Va.) DuPont High, Randy Moss wasn’t just West Virginia’s top football player. He was the state’s best at basketball, too, capturing Gatorade Player of the Year honors in both sports.

    So, not only did Moss receive football scholarship offers from the likes of Notre Dame and Florida State, but he also earned an invitation to the prestigious Nike All-American Camp in 1994, and that’s where he said he knew his basketball career ended — thanks in part to Kevin Garnett.

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    “A lot of the athletes that were there were basketball all-year-round gym rats,” Moss told Garnett from his leather chair. “When I got there, I was a season athlete, so seeing you guys — top-five guys, top-10 guys in the country — so in a roundabout way I kind of got depressed a little bit, just for the fact that I knew I couldn’t compete with you guys.”

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  • The 10-man rotation, starring overwhelming offenses and disappearing defenses

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 20 hrs ago

    In today’s edition of The 10-Man Rotation — Ball Don’t Lie’s long-running regular look around the league and the web that covers it, now a weekly newsletter featuring original content you can’t get anywhere else and highlights from the week that was at BDL (subscribe here!) — Ben Rohrbach takes a look at an era of unprecedented offensive efficiency, with so many teams spreading it out and bombing away, and finds himself wishing for just a little more grit, grime and variation.

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    From “Where has all the defense gone?”:

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  • John Wall and a wild final minute hand the Knicks another disappointing loss

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    The New York Knicks had trailed by as many as 16 points on Thursday night before clawing back to retake the lead in the final minute, and trailed the Washington Wizards by just one with under 30 seconds left to go in their nationally televised matchup at Madison Square Garden. The Knicks had the ball and a chance to win … until John Wall took both away, snatching Brandon Jennings’ soul and the Garden’s breath in the process:

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    The Knicks’ chances came down to a 50-50 ball, with point guards Wall and Derrick Rose both vying for possession. Wall won out, grabbing the ball out of the air before turning and realizing that only Brandon Jennings stood between him and a fast-break finish that could all but ice the game.

    The Knicks had one more opportunity to knot up the game, but once again, Wall was there:

    This time, they squandered a record-setting performance by Anthony, who bounced back from this atrocious first-quarter airball of a two-foot jumper …

    WHY KNICKS WHY pic.twitter.com/7YGZsPJzid

  • Gregg Popovich to ejecting referee: 'You're a terrible referee'

    Eric Freeman at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich is known for saying what he thinks. That reputation for honesty covers topics as different as the American political landscape and whatever he thinks of a reporter’s poorly worded question. It’s who he is, and the basketball world seems to like it.

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    Sometimes, though, it can get Pop in trouble. With roughly 90 seconds remaining in the first half of Thursday night’s game against the Denver Nuggets, Popovich began to argue a foul called on rookie big man Davis Bertans that gave Nikola Jokic an and-one oppportunity. Pop continued to voice his displeasure during the next possession and earned an ejection for his effort. The comment that pushed referee Zach Zarba to his limits was honest and direct — “You’re a terrible referee.”

    Outside of the Popovich, the star of this incident is clearly Nuggets point guard Emmanuel Mudiay. Here’s another look at his personal ejection of Pop:

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  • Pau Gasol broke a bone in his hand, which is not great for the Spurs

    Eric Freeman at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    The San Antonio Spurs have emerged as the No. 2 team in the Western Conference standings this season without attracting much attention at all. In the franchise’s first season without Tim Duncan since 1996-97, head coach Gregg Popovich has managed to keep his always professional squad focused on piling up wins and staying among the ranks of the NBA’s top few contenders. So far, everything has proceeded as planned with no real hiccups.

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    Now, though, the Spurs might now be faced with their first serious test of the season. The organization announced Thursday that starting center Pau Gasol fractured the fourth metacarpal in his left hand during warmups for that night’s game at the Denver Nuggets:

    Pau Gasol suffered an injury during the warm-up period prior to tonight’s game. X-rays taken show a fracture of his left fourth metacarpal.

    — San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) January 20, 2017

    A timeline for Gasol’s return will be determined at a later date.

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  • The NBA's new All-Star voting system worked — unless you're Russell Westbrook

    Eric Freeman at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    The NBA changed its All-Star voting rules earlier this season in the hopes of averting an electoral embarrassment. Based on the 10 starters announced Thursday night on TNT, the system worked.

    With LeBron James and James Harden leading the way, the league has its most deserving collection of All-Star starters in years. The Western Conference will be represented by Harden, Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant, San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard, and New Orleans Pelicans big man Anthony Davis.

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    The Eastern Conference will be represented by James, his Cleveland Cavaliers teammate Kyrie Irving, Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan, Milwaukee Bucks sensation Giannis Antetokounmpo, and Chicago Bulls wing Jimmy Butler. Antetokounmpo, Butler and DeRozan are the game’s only first-time starters.

    And now, a quick look at the starters for each conference:

  • Rajon Rondo has his next career lined up: 'I absolutely want to coach'

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    Rajon Rondo seemed perpetually at odds with former Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers during Rondo’s first seven seasons in the league, even if the two would never cop to tension. Brad Stevens followed suit in the same city during the lone half-year he spent coaching a clearly uneasy Rondo, prior to Rajon’s trade to a Dallas franchise that essentially kicked him off the team plane due to his contentious relationship with Mavs coach Rick Carlisle.

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    This is why, of course, Rajon Rondo wants to be a coach after his playing career ends. Just as much as you or I probably wanted a career in advanced mathematics or a membership on the Adult Acne of America board back while still sulking through high school.

    “I absolutely want to coach,” Rondo said inside a nearly empty Bulls locker room.

    There are two significant shots to that bow, if you’re unaware.

    If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em, right?