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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Report: Timberwolves offer Eric Bledsoe max contract

Mitchelldyer-USA TODAY Sports The Minnesota Timberwolves have offered restricted free-agent guard Eric Bledsoe a four-year, $63 million maximum-level contract in a sign-and-trade with the Phoenix Suns, sources told ESPN’s Brian Windhorst. The Suns offered Bledsoe a four-year, $48 million deal in July, but the two sides remain far apart on a deal. The Wolves, who acquired No. 1 overall pick Andrew Wiggins after trading Kevin Love to the Cleveland Cavaliers last month, see Bledsoe as a key player to compliment their new franchise player. The Suns drafted guard Tyler Ennis in the first round in June and signed free-agent guard Isaiah Thomas to a four-year, $27 million deal in July. Bledsoe averaged 17.7 points and 5.5 assists in 43 games for the Suns last season after being traded from the Los Angeles Clippers. The post Report: Timberwolves offer Eric Bledsoe max contract appeared first on Sports Glory.

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Report: Timberwolves make max offer to Eric Bledsoe

TweetAccording to a report from ESPN, the Minnesota Timberwolves have made a max contract offer to Phoenix Suns restricted free agent Eric Bledsoe. Minnesota is hoping to work a sign-and-trade deal with Phoenix for the explosive guard. Bledsoe and the Suns have been at a standstill, with Bledsoe seeking a 4-year deal worth over $60 million. The Suns offered injury-prone Bledsoe a 4-year, $48 million deal but Bledsoe declined to take it. Minnesota have been active this summer. They traded away Kevin Love for top NBA Draft pick Andrew Wiggins and last year’s #1 pick Anthony Bennett in hopes of rebuilding their roster. The Timberwolves are also in contract negotiations with point guard Ricky Rubio, but the two sides are reportedly far apart of terms. Bledsoe averaged 17.7 points, 5.5 assists and 4.7 rebounds per game for the Suns last season. He missed 39 games due to injury and has only played one full season so far in his four-year NBA career. -ALR

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Report: Wizards once again reached out to Ray Allen

Earlier this summer the Washington Wizards reportedly reached out to Ray Allen to see if he would be interested in joining his former teammate Paul Pierce in coming to Washington. While Allen continues to weigh his options on either returning to the NBA for his 19th season or settling for retirement, J. Michael of CSNWashington.com reports the Wizards have reached out once again to Allen.
The Wizards have reached out to Ray Allen — again — in hopes of convincing the 39-year-old, if he decides to play rather than retire, to come to D.C., CSNwashington.com confirmed via multiple persons with knowledge of the situation Friday. 
The Wizards are looking for depth at the shooting guard position, as well as replacing the offensive production from three-point range lost by the departure of Trevor Ariza to the Houston Rockets. Pierce fills the hole some with his range, but Allen’s ability to run the floor makes him another suitable option for the Wizards’ offensive scheme. Can you imagine …

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Report: Knicks Likely Trading Iman Shumpert

It seems like Iman Shumpert has been on the trade block forever. The 24-year old is averaging 10.4 points, 4.9 rebounds and 2.8 dimes a game.

Shumpert is eligible for an early extension. It’s unlikely he gets an overwhelming offer from the Knicks prior to October 31 deadline which means a trip to free agency is likely in the cards next summer. If those other wing performers play well, it wouldn’t surprise if the Knicks once again float Shumpert’s name around the league early on.

Shump would be a good asset for any team. He’s big, athletic and brings perimeter defense.

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Report: Greg Oden’s alcohol abuse was an issue for Heat

Free agent Greg Oden NBA career has not been what we all thought it would be when he was drafted #1 back in 2007. Oden has been dealing with injuries since he came into the league, but now he may have a more serious problem. Back in August, Oden was arrested for felony battery charges after he allegedly punched his ex-girlfriend in the face. Oden admitted that he had been drinking before the incident occurred but his drinking problem might be worse than we could have ever thought. According to Michael Wallace of ESPN, Oden’s alcohol abuse was an issue during the season for the Miami Heat. Privately, his battle with personal demons still raged, according to multiple sources. Alcohol abuse remained a concern last season as he sat out many games because of soreness in his knees and back. When he was left in Miami during road trips early in the season, he often was spotted at local sports bars and restaurants, including a Hooters across the street from AmericanAirlines Arena, to watch t…

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Report: Rajon Rondo to the OKC Thunder Is Possible

Rajon Rondo to the Oklahoma City Thunder seems like a pipe dream, but according to The Sporting News’ Sean Deveney, there’s a slight chance of the Boston Celtic heading west. Deveney discussed the scenario in on SB Nation’s CelticsBlog, via NESN: “The Thunder could be one to watch,” Deveney told Jeff Clark. “They have pieces to shed in a sign-and-trade, and a Russell Westbrook-Rondo backcourt would be fascinating. Might not work financially, but it’s a possibility.” Rondo leading the break with Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook on the break. We can dream, can’t we? The post Report: Rajon Rondo to the OKC Thunder Is Possible appeared first on Basketball Bicker.

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Report: Danny Ferry ‘Sounds Like (Donald) Sterling’ To Hawks Minority Owner

Michael Gearon is largely responsible for the major impending shakeup atop the Atlanta Hawks’ power structure, but “Gearon is no whistle-blowing hero for racial justice,” according to a new report. A transcript of the conference call on which Hawks general manager Danny Ferry made racist comments about Luol Deng shows the complicated politics within the organization. In the transcript, which was procured by Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski, Gearon, a limited ownership partner, appears to immediately recognize the controversial potential of those comments by Ferry, with whom Gearon had clashed. Deng has “got some African in him,” Ferry reportedly said on the Friday afternoon conference call, before launching into a bizarre aside in which he claims the veteran forward would sell counterfeit goods out the back of his nonexistent store. “Oh, my God, that comment sounds like Sterling on TMZ,” Gearon said, according to Wojnarowski. That call sparked an internal investigation that led to m…

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Report: Dominique Wilkins interested in purchasing Hawks

With all the controversy surrounding the Atlanta Hawks and owner Bruce Levenson on his way out due to a racist e-mail he sent in 2012, a former Hawks legend may be the next owner. According to TMZ Sports, Dominique Wilkins is interested in purchasing the Atlanta Hawks, and he’s already been pre-approved for ownership by […]

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Report: Dominique Wilkins Interested in Buying Atlanta Hawks

With Atlanta Hawks controlling owner Bruce Levenson heading for the hills, it could come to pass that a franchise legend takes a seat in the owner’s box at Philips Arena come the 2014-15 season. 

TMZ reports that former Atlanta Hawks star Dominique Wilkins is “extremely interested” in purchasing a stake in the franchise, if and when Levenson sells his share of the team.

It’s an interesting proposition, considering Wilkins is in between “blue skies” and “sweet tea” on the list of things Georgians love. The question, of course, is money. 

The Human Highlight Reel would need enough scratch to beat out competing bids for a controlling stake in the Hawks—a team Forbes.com values at $425 million.

To that end, it would appear the nine-time All-Star has called in backup. TMZ reports that Wilkins is teaming up with a “very well-known businessman” for the venture and has already been “pre-approved” for ownership by the league.

Will Wilkins be the owner of the Atlanta Hawks? Probably not. Should he be the owner of the Atlanta Hawks? Fine by me.

The team’s front office is scrambling for cover. Levenson is cutting ties with the franchise after self-reporting a racist email he penned in 2012, while Hawks general manager Danny Ferry sits on the chopping block after reading a racially insensitive scouting report aloud to the team’s ownership in June. 

The Hawks need somebody—anybody—to salvage the Hindenburg PR disaster consuming Atlanta from the inside out. If not Wilkins, they at least need a member of society with a working sense of decency and proficiency in reading comprehension.

Wilkins was your guy on the court, Atlanta. Maybe he can be your guy in the board room.

 

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