Report: Kobe Made Smush Parker Get Dressed In Broom Closet

Grantland has gotten their hands on the NBA’s redacted scouting reports, and the Lakers report is a doozy.
According to a former Lakers staff member, Kobe Bryant was among other things, a guy who refused to learn his teammates names, and a basketball sociopath.
The tidbit from the report that is sure to cause conversation in NBA circles, is the report that Bryant disliked Smush Parker so much, that he made him get dressed in a broom closet, because “Parker would eventually have to get used to being around the things he would use when he became a janitor.”

 
Bryant’s dislike for Parker was strong, but I wonder if Smush ever had to see a therapist after the treatment he received from the ‘Black Mamba.”

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Arrest made in theft from Pacers star Paul George (Yahoo Sports)

Police have arrested a man in connection with the April burglary at the Indianapolis home of Indiana Pacers star Paul George. Indianapolis police say 43-year-old Michael Lewis of Whitestown was arrested Wednesday on burglary and theft charges for the April 28 break-in during which George’s platinum All-Star ring valued at $15,000 was taken. Police say detectives believe the burglary was random act and that Lewis didn’t specifically target George’s home, which is on the city’s northeast side. The burglary was discovered by George’s parents when they returned from a Pacers playoff game.

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Kobe has made history on his 36th birthday

Kobe Bryant turns 36 today.

      
 

 

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Coach K made a huge mistake in snubbing Lillard

What is Coach K thinking?

      
 

 

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Agent: Allen hasn’t made decision for next season

Allen may come back. He may retire. But he has not officially decided yet.

      
 

 

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Bucks owners admit errors made in luring Kidd (Yahoo Sports)

MILWAUKEE, WI - JULY 2: Jason Kidd (C) attends a press conference announcing him as the Head Coach of the Milwaukee Bucks at BMO Harris Bradley Center on July 2, 2014 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)

New Bucks owners Marc Lasry and Wes Edens admit they may have made some errors in luring Jason Kidd to Milwaukee. Kidd dismissed the suggestion that he left after being turned down in seeking control of the Nets’ basketball operations department. As I was introduced, I’m the coach.” Brooklyn agreed Monday to deal Kidd to Milwaukee for second-round draft picks in 2015 and 2019. The Bucks fired Larry Drew, who had no indication he wouldn’t be back for a second season.


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Shelly Sterling’s attorney says Donald made death threat

Shelly Sterling’s lawyer, Pierce O’Donnell, says Donald threatened him over the phone

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Andre Miller: Nuggets made me out to be the ‘bad guy’

Washington Wizards guard Andre Miller returns to Denver for the first time since he was traded away from the Nuggets. He’s is still bothered with how everything went down. “I was made out to be the bad guy, the villain because I was the one complaining about minutes,” Miller told Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports. “That wasn’t the issue at all.” Miller wasn’t happy with coach Brian Shaw after he ended Miller’s streak of playing in 239 consecutive games.  On Jan. 1, Miller screamed at Shaw and had a tirade in the locker room after the game.  Miller was suspended for two games without pay before the Nuggets excused him from team activities with pay until the trade. “They gave me an opportunity to represent Denver,” Miller said. “I tried to do that the right way, but I was looked at as the bad guy, a disgruntled player. [The Nuggets said] I was complaining about minutes and that was never the issue. They made it look that way, and that I was upset. I understand that they have to 

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Damian Lillard Breaks Trail Blazers’ Single-Season Record for 3-Pointers Made

Damian Lillard broke his own Portland Trail Blazers franchise record for three-point field goals in a single season during Thursday night’s game against the Washington Wizards.

He set the mark by opening the second half with his third made three of the game and 186th on the season.

This is now the second time Lillard has set the team record in his two-year career. He broke Damon Stoudemire’s 2004-05 mark of 181 made threes in the final game of the 2012-13 season.

But Lillard didn’t need the full 82 games to top himself this year, thanks to a marked increase in three-point shooting efficiency. The 503 attempts Lillard needed in 2012-13 were also a Blazers franchise record. This season, he needed only 473.

According to Basketball-Reference, Lillard came into Thursday shooting 39.1 percent from behind the arc, much better than his 36.8 percent mark as a rookie.

The Blazers point guard trailed only two players in the league as of Thursday afternoon; both of whom play for the Golden State Warriors. Point guard Steph Curry led the league with 215 made triples, while shooting guard Klay Thompson had 185. The Warriors are also in action Thursday. 

The Blazers have needed Lillard to be at his best of late, as the team’s leading scorer, power forward LaMarcus Aldridge has missed the past few games with a back injury. The second-year man has certainly proven himself capable of leading a squad, hitting clutch shots on seemingly a nightly basis and making his first career All-Star team.

But Lillard is more than just a scorer; B/R’s Joshua J. Vannuccini believes that he has found a good balance between creating shots for himself and for others:

So while the point guard can absolutely dominate offensively and is just biding his time to do so, he’s also mature and composed enough to understand what Portland needs from him. Lillard isn’t looking to explode every night or take the glory for himself.

Truly, he has come a long way from playing college ball at tiny Weber State. Per MaxPreps.com’s Mitch StephensLillard‘s high school coach, Orlando Watkins, knew the kid has always had that desire to prove people wrong:

He wanted to be an NBA player. And that gave him a chance. … He was built to want to be the best. Awards have never been important. But he always has played with a little chip like he wanted to be better than what most people thought.

After Thursday Portland 13 more games left in the regular season. If Lillard keeps up his current pace of 2.7 made threes per game, he will add another 35 three-pointers to his record. Given the level of excellence achieved at such a young age, the Blazers’ single-season three-point record will belong to him for quite a while.

 

* Unless otherwise noted, all statistics are courtesy of Basketball-Reference.

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WATCH: Jalen Rose made Gregg Popovich laugh during interview

ESPN analyst Jalen Rose conducted his first ever sideline interview with San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich on Wednesday night. Most of you already understand how difficult of a task that is. And Jalen actually pulled it off. Believe it or not, Rose even made Popovich laugh. Granted, the Spurs were leading 35-29 after the […]

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