Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant took aim at Shaquille O'Neal over the NBA great's public criticism of JaVale McGee. McGee, 29, has been targeted by four-time NBA champion O'Neal for some of his performances in the league, with the Hall of Famer constantly ridiculing the Warriors centre. Fed up with the scrutiny and humour after featuring in a parody video with O'Neal, former Dallas Mavericks, Philadelphia 76ers, Denver Nuggets and Washington Wizards big man McGee lashed out on Twitter as the pair traded insults and threats via social media on Thursday.
The Raptors may have been without point guard Kyle Lowry, whose right wrist injury is cause for concern, but All-Star backcourt-mate DeMar DeRozan made sure Toronto didn’t spoil the impressive debuts of new teammates Serge Ibaka and P.J. Tucker in a 107-97 victory against the Boston Celtics. DeRozan scored a career-high 43 points on 15-of-28 shooting, including a perfect 12-for-12 from the free throw line, to help the Raptors pick up a game on both the Celtics and Washington Wizards in the Eastern Conference standings.
Nationals manager Dusty Baker is back for a second year and feeling optimistic for his Washington team. Spring training has begun in Florida and it has Baker thinking about how the Nats can create some excitement for local sports fans. In an interview with American University’s WAMU radio station, Baker said D.C. wants to be a "city of champions.” Furthermore, he thinks it can be pulled off before the year ends. "I came here to win a championship and you know I would love nothing more than to bring one to Washington. Washington, I didn’t know it before I got there, but it’s had a tough time getting out of the first round in a number of sports." He projected the Nationals to bring home the next