Cavs forward Kevin Love may be on the move soon. League sources tell ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski that Cleveland is finally open to moving their star player.
Currently in the middle of a rebuild, trading Love, 31, for younger talent or even draft picks could be a wise move. Love is long removed from his days as an MVP hopeful in Minnesota, but as someone who can space the floor while averaging 16 points and 10 rebounds, he could be a welcome addition to a number of competitive teams.
Any theorizing as to where Love could land would be mostly guesswork; however, as a player who's been involved in trade rumors before, there are a few teams that have expressed interest in the past. The Celtics, for one, have been linked to Love at numerous points throughout his career and this might just be the time to pull the trigger. Contract-wise Boston could send Gordon Hayward away since his salary is actually higher than Kevin Love's. Love would also help out with their struggling front-court
Woj mentioned on NBA Countdown that he thinks Portland and Denver are also strong candidates to land Love, but emphasized that many teams could be interested. The NBA trade deadline is February 6th.
LeBron James Runs Into Waitress Mid Court, Sends Her Flying, And Helps Her Up
James gave her a big hug
The Los Angeles Lakers trounced the Portland Trailblazers 136-113 on Friday. Lebron James scored 31 points on 11-of-23 shooting. He added seven rebounds and eight assists. Anthony Davis also had a monster night, leading all scorers with 39 points on 12-of-21 shooting from the field and 13-of-15 shooting from the free-throw line. He also notched nine rebounds, three blocks, and two assists. The Lakers are tied with the Milwaukee Bucks for the best record in the NBA. In the third quarter of the game, Lebron James was heading up court, jogging backward, when he runs into a waitress and sends her crumbling to the ground. As soon as he notices her on the ground, James reaches down and lifts her up then gives her a huge hug.
After the game, Lebron spoke about playing against Carmelo Anthony. "We've been competing for a long time," he stated. "We've been on the same team with the Olympics, and then just our brotherhood. That's my brother, man. It's always great to be able to compete and just be on the same floor—period. No matter if it's, like I said, with Team USA, when we're teammates or just competing on our respective clubs." The two ballers have been in the league for 17 years.
Report: Becky Hammon Considering Knicks Head Coaching Position
Could the league see its first female head coach?
Earlier this week, twenty-two games into the season, the New York Knicks fired head coach David Fizdale and assistant coach Keith Smart, after a 4-18 start. Since, rumors have been circulating about who could be interested in the job, and now, CNBC is reporting that Spurs assistant coach Becky Hammon is considering the job.
"According to a league source, the former New York Liberty guard would have interest in coaching the Knicks if she could land a long-term deal, with the belief a four- or five-year deal would be sufficient," the article reads.
An issue with luring prospective coaches, as one Eastern Conference scout tells CNBC, is that a coaching job under owner Jim Dolan is considered by many in the league to be a "terrible" position. Dolan has long been criticized by Knicks fans for the organization's perpetual struggles. One would have to look back to 1999 to find the last time the Knicks made it to an NBA Finals and all the way back to the '70s for a championship win.
Former Golden State Warriors head coach Mark Jackson and former Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Sam Mitchell are also reportedly being considered for the job. In the interim, Mike Miller, 55, will act as head coach for the team.
Nick Young Explains Why NBA Ratings Are Down
Swaggy P breaks it down.
According to Nielsen figures, the NBA is having a noticeable down-year regarding viewership. Across ESPN, TNT and NBA TV the numbers are down 15% year-to-year overall. Former NBA player Nick Young expressed his theory as to why on Twitter, Friday.
"NBA rating are down because your signing a lot players nobody knows and letting your ppl champs go," he said. "Ppl have a connection with fun players. like lance make 'em dance or jr smith the entertainment these type of players bring sell. kids love to see the air guitar after a made 3"
He continued in another tweet: "Or jr smith get hot and shoot 22 3’s and celebration after they do a park move in the game even the bad shaqin a fool haven’t been the same lol .... these are players with a all star following .. You need balance"
To his credit, Nick "Swaggy P" Young was quite the fun player to watch.
One fan had an exchange with Young in the replies saying, "As good as those people are, that’s not the reason lmaooo. Ratings are down because the warriors are a lottery team and all of the nationally televised games are teams that won’t even make the playoffs. Not to even mention injuries."
Young replied: "Because you don’t know one player on the warriors team right now. The Lakers was the same way but fun to watch," assumedly referring to the years he spent on the team from 2013 to 2017.
Trae Young Explains What Annoys Him About Luka Doncic Comparisons
Young and Doncic will forever be linked.
Trae Young and Luka Doncic are some of the most talented basketball players in the NBA right now. What’s interesting about these two players is that they were traded for one another on draft night. The Hawks had originally taken Doncic while the Mavericks had taken Young. So far, both of these players have been fantastic for their respective teams although if you were to ask who’s better, many would say Doncic. In an interview with ESPN, Young expressed how annoyed he is with the comparisons and what it will take for them to stop.
“Retirement,” Young joked. “I think that’s what it’s gonna take. We’re going to be compared throughout our whole careers. That’s fine, that’s what it’s going to be — it happened on draft night, and I don’t think it’ll stop until we’re both retired.”
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Young went on to say that he understands where these comparisons come from although it doesn’t stop them from being tiresome.
“Yeah. For me, it bothers me — I just love playing basketball, I know he does. So it bothers me because it’s annoying just getting asked about it all the time,” Young said. “But I know it comes with it. I didn’t ask for it to happen, but it happened… It’s two totally different situations, two totally different players. He’s playing well, I’m playing well. Just let it be.”
Who do you think is better, Doncic or Young? Make your case in the comments below.
Chris Paul Snitches To Refs, Helps Secure A Win For The Thunder
Chris Paul being Chris Paul.
The Oklahoma City Thunder were able to secure a win last night against the Minnesota Timberwolves, in large part due to Chris Paul snitching to the refs about an untucked jersey in the final seconds of the fourth quarter.
The Timberwolves were up by two when Jordan Bell checked into the game still tucking in his jersey. Chris Paul noticed and immediately began yelling to the refs that an untucked jersey, according to the rulebook, is a delay of game. The refs called it and the Thunder earned a technical free throw. Moments later, the Thunder forced overtime after a last-second bucket from Dennis Schroder. They went on to beat the Timberwolves in overtime.
After the game, according to ESPN’s Royce Young, Chris Paul heard people talking about the delay of game and said, “Yeah I told them his jersey was untucked. I know the rules."
NBA referee Scott Foster seemed to deny that it was Paul who alerted them of the violation, telling a press pool, "The last-second delay of game resulted in a technical foul. Jordan Bell came into the game with it untucked and down t his knees at midcourt, observed by myself and then Mark from trailing me and then it was assessed a technical foul." When pressed about who alerted him to the call, he responded: "Mark and I saw him coming onto the court without his shirt tucked in."
Lebron James Calls Carmelo Anthony A "Brother Of Mine" After Friday’s Matchup
It was a "special" night for Lebron James.
The Los Angeles Lakers beat the Portland Trail Blazers last night with a score of 136-113. It was the first matchup between Lebron James and Carmelo Anthony since Anthony signed with the Trail Blazers this season.
"We got so much history," James told reporters, according to Bleacher Report. "We've been competing for a long time. We've been on the same team with the Olympics, and then just our brotherhood. That's my brother, man. It's always great to be able to compete and just be on the same floor—period. No matter if it's, like I said, with Team USA, when we're teammates or just competing on our respective clubs."
Lebron also added: "It's always special. I can't even lie. It's always special to be on the floor with a brother of mine."
The matchup must have galvanized James, who recorded 31 points, 8 assists and 7 rebounds, in the win. Anthony, who is coming off a successful stretch where he earned Western Conference Player of the Week, scored 15 points, had 1 assist and 3 rebounds. The win for the Lakers maintains their spot atop the Western Conference standings at 20-3.
The Lakers and Trail Blazers will match up twice more this season: They play on December 28th and January 31st.
Stephen A. Smith Shares Nostalgia-Inducing Stuart Scott TBT Photo
Stuart Scott was the best.
If you watched Sportscenter or ESPN in the 2000s and early 2010s, then you remember Stuart Scott as one of the most charismatic hosts in the history of the network. Scott made watching Sportscenter a whole lot more fun and he was able to endear viewers with his unique humor and catchphrases after certain plays. Unfortunately, Scott passed away back in 2015 but his legacy lives on in the halls of ESPN.
Coming up at the same time as Stuart Scott was none other than First Take's Stephen A. Smith. Smith has some fond memories of working with Scott and on Thursday, he took the opportunity to take us on a trip down memory lane. In the photo below, you can see Scott, Smith, and Kevin Frazier working the 2004 NBA Finals.
If you're familiar with this particular Finals, it pitted the Detroit Pistons against the Los Angeles Lakers, with the Pistons winning in five games. Scott and Smith got to be a part of history with that series and we're sure Smith has some pretty great stories from those days. Scott seemed like a fun person to work with and we can just imagine what kind of conversation were had.
For those looking for a dose of sports television nostalgia today, this is definitely it.
Blazers Head Coach Reacts To Carmelo Anthony’s Hot Start
Melo has been entertaining, to say the least.
Carmelo Anthony’s return to the NBA has been well documented over the last little while as he is now playing for the Portland Trail Blazers. It seemed as though his career was on the rocks but through hard work and determination, he was able to get right back into the league. Interestingly enough, his first eight games with the team have been highly impressive, so much so that his non-guaranteed contract is now fully guaranteed.
Blazers head coach Terry Stotts has seen first hand what kind of impact Melo can have on a basketball court. In a recent interview, he spoke on what Anthony has meant to the team and how the veteran is enjoying his stay in Portland.
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“Melo’s been terrific for us,” Stotts told ESPN. “He’s enjoying the experience. He’s been a breath of fresh air for us that we needed. We put a kind of limit/restriction on the first game or two just because we didn’t want to extend his minutes not knowing what shape he was in. But now he’s playing 32-35 minutes, he played 37 minutes the other night. And for him to be out of NBA basketball for a year and be able to come in and play productive minutes for 35 minutes in an NBA game, to me, was remarkable.”
As the season continues, it will be interesting to see what Melo is able to do with his newfound opportunity. If there is one thing for sure, this has been a phenomenal comeback so far.
James Harden Reportedly Demanded For Chris Paul To Be Traded
There were times where it seemed like both players were at odds.
For a few years, it seemed like James Harden and Chris Paul were poised to win a championship together. The Houston Rockets were consistently going deep in the playoffs only to lose to the likes of the Golden State Warriors. In the second round of last year's playoffs, the Rockets lost to the Warriors, once again, which led to some big trades being made. For instance, the team traded Chris Paul for Russell Westbrook and the rest is history.
Prior to that trade, it seemed as though there was tension between Harden and Paul as they struggled for dominance with the ball. During a recent episode of The Lowe Post podcast, reporter Marc J. Spears spoke about the split between Harden and Paul. As he explains, there are rumors that Harden may have orchestrated it all.
Spears: “The one thing that I heard, which I will say this, because I have to preface it, that I have to see to believe, but from one rumor – I’ve got to put exclamation point before I say it, right? I don’t know this is fact. But I was told that James ran up to Coach D’Antoni and put his hand over his mic – because D’Antoni was mic’d – and told him, “We’ve got to get Chris out of here.”
ESPN’s Zach Lowe: “Out of the game?”
Lowe: “Out of here here?”
Spears: “Out of here here.”
While this is simply a rumor, you can't help but feel the drama within it. Professional athletes have big egos and are highly susceptible to these kinds of fallouts. Either way, it seems like both players are happier in their current situations.