Another trade deadline has come and gone, and Brook Lopez is still a Net. Lopez was seen as Brooklyn’s top asset going into Thursday’s 3 p.m. deadline, but general manager Sean Marks opted to deal away Bojan Bogdanovic and hold on to Lopez — partly to evaluate the 28-year-old center playing alongside oft-injured point guard Jeremy Lin. “I saw [Marks] earlier, and I didn’t hear anything. But he was wondering where [newly acquired Andrew Nicholson] was,’’ Lopez said with a gallows chuckle. “I’m not sure what time [the deadline] is. So, you know, we had a good practice and I’m ready to get on that plane.” The Nets want to see Lopez on the court with Lin, expected to return Friday in Denver. The
Charles Oakley reportedly plans to attend another New York Knicks game this season, but it’s not exactly an omen that the cold war between the bruising forward and his former team is thawing. Oakley won’t attend Madison Square Garden again anytime soon, but he will be at Thursday’s game between the Knicks and Cavaliers at Cleveland’s Quicken Loans Arena, per the New York Daily News. You’ll recall the 53-year-old former All-Star was dragged to the ground and arrested by MSG security amid an alleged confrontation with Knicks owner James Dolan earlier this month.
A Washington Wizards rookie returned from the all-star break as a new man. Or at least, a man with a new name. Sheldon Mac, formerly known as Sheldon Reeves McClellan, legally changed his name in his home town of Houston, Texas. The move became official earlier this week. Mac made the surprise announcement on Twitter with little context. However after the Wizards’ first practice back from the break, the 24-year-old Mac confirmed that he shortened his original surname and dropped his middle name. “I had to add a little sauce to it,” Mac said, grinning. “When I was at Texas, people started calling me Mac … from there it just went world wide.” However, the name change has little to do with branding