Two weeks ago no one would have imagined that DeMarcus Cousins would be in New Orleans or that Paul George’s future would represent the most dramatic subplot of the deadline. Start with the new collective bargaining agreement that goes into effect this summer. As with all CBAs, the NBA sought to give small market teams an increased hometown advantage in keeping their players.
According to the NBA stat book, Stephen Curry has dished out 362 assists this season, but that number does not include maybe his most generous assist of the season. During Saturday night’s Warriors-Nets game, Curry left the Warriors timeout huddle to help a fan win a lot of money in a Skeeball-like contest at Oracle Arena. Not only did Curry make sure Carly won some money, but he also helped her take home the big prize possible by dropping the ball in the $2,500 can. And the golden ball doubled her winnings, so Carly took home a cool $5,000 thanks to the two-time NBA MVP.
TNT analyst Shaquille O’Neal’s feud with Golden State Warriors center JaVale McGee is over, at least from O’Neal’s perspective. In an interview with The Undefeated’s Mike Wise, O’Neal said that his mother told him to “stop this silliness,” so he won’t mention McGee’s name on the air during “Shaqtin’ A Fool” again. “I have orders from the top to leave it alone,” O’Neal said past midnight on Saturday. NBA commissioner Adam Silver? “No,” O’Neal said. “My mama. Just say Shaq’s mom called him, told him, ‘Stop this silliness. Leave him alone.’ So that’s the end of the beef. You won’t be hearing about it from my side anymore. Mama has spoken.” Said Lucille O’Neal earlier Saturday evening from her Orlando,