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The Lakers' Wayward Bozos Assemble, And LeBron Gives Them A Tender Nickname The Lakers' Wayward Bozos Assemble, And LeBron Gives Them A Tender Nickname

One of the funniest arcs of this NBA offseason was watching the Lakers roster coalesce around its new centerpiece, each new contract landing like a punchline. LeBron James is here now—the rest of his California-loving superteam is just dawdling, right? When does Paul George’s flight get in? Can’t Kawhi Leonard frown…

Thibs Is Still Working On Jimmy Butler Thibs Is Still Working On Jimmy Butler

Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor is turning up the heat on Scott Layden and Tom Thibodeau to move quickly on a deal to move a disgruntled Jimmy Butler out of town. But that doesn’t mean Thibodeau is ready to abandon the zombie Bulls project just yet—according to Woj, Thibs is staying after Butler while he’s still got…

Kawhi Leonard Is Ready To Have Some Fun Kawhi Leonard Is Ready To Have Some Fun

When the Toronto Raptors officially introduced Kawhi Leonard today, he made it clear he’s trying to distance himself from his reputation as the oddball who mysteriously missed most of last season with the Spurs.

At Least One Minnesota Timberwolves Star Doesn't Have A Problem With Commitment At Least One Minnesota Timberwolves Star Doesn't Have A Problem With Commitment

While they’re still in the midst of figuring out what to do with malcontented soon-to-be free agent Jimmy Butler, the Minnesota Timberwolves at least made a bit of good news this weekend, locking up their long-term franchise guy for the foreseeable future. Karl-Anthony Towns, a man who has been indirectly called “not…

New NBA Rules Clear Up Some Things That Stink New NBA Rules Clear Up Some Things That Stink

It stinks when a team up late in the game can milk the clock for the better part of a minute just because they snag an offensive rebound and cache the ball deep in the backcourt. The NBA’s newly announced shot clock rule should cut down on that idling, and force more actual basketball plays to occur:

Get That Weak Shit Out Of Tom Thibodeau's Face, Or He Might Just, Uh, Keep Jimmy Butler Get That Weak Shit Out Of Tom Thibodeau's Face, Or He Might Just, Uh, Keep Jimmy Butler

The Minnesota meltdown continues, in dribs and drabs, and the framing of the latest Woj Bomb over at ESPN is extremely enjoyable. Just have a nibble from the first three grafs:

Steve Kerr And Phil Jackson Talk About Managing Player Egos And Baking Bread Steve Kerr And Phil Jackson Talk About Managing Player Egos And Baking Bread

The California Sunday Magazine has published an interview with Warriors coach Steve Kerr and his old coach Phil Jackson. The two ring wearers discussed the art of coaching, including the importance of mindfulness (a lesson Carmelo Anthony certainly internalized, along with a warm glass of milk). Kerr credited Jackson…

Even Lauri Markkanen Is Popping In For The Timberwolves' Meltdown Even Lauri Markkanen Is Popping In For The Timberwolves' Meltdown

Lauri Markkanen, who was drafted at No. 7 by the Timberwolves last year only to be shipped off to Chicago in the Jimmy Butler deal, seems awfully nostalgic about that moment today.

Timberwolves Drama Turns Into Spicy Internet Beef Somehow Featuring Stephen Jackson Timberwolves Drama Turns Into Spicy Internet Beef Somehow Featuring Stephen Jackson

You’re going to have to put a little effort into keeping up, here, because it involves multiple different social media platforms, and I am getting too old for this shit.

"League Sources" Say Karl-Anthony Towns Is A Donkey "League Sources" Say Karl-Anthony Towns Is A Donkey

All the reporting about the souring of the relationship between Jimmy Butler and the Timberwolves points to fit issues between Butler, Karl-Anthony Towns, and Andrew Wiggins. Butler’s “honest conversations” with Wolves brass led in short order to a trade request, and a list of preferred trade partners that suggested…

Mavericks Investigation Finds Rampant Sexual Harassment Permitted By "Organizational Shortcomings" Mavericks Investigation Finds Rampant Sexual Harassment Permitted By "Organizational Shortcomings"

After Sports Illustrated published a report on Feb. 20, 2018 detailing the Dallas Mavericks’ culture of misogyny and sexual harassment, the team hired a law firm to conduct an independent investigation into the organization. The result of that investigation, a 43-page report, was released today. It details multiple…

Report: Jimmy Butler Wants Out Of Minnesota [Update] Report: Jimmy Butler Wants Out Of Minnesota [Update]

Clearly all was not well in Minnesota. Via The Athletic’s Shams Charania and Jon Krawczynski, we can now see the full scope of that unwellness: Jimmy Butler, the Timberwolves’ star of the present, has asked to be traded, possibly due to conflict with their star of the future, or maybe it’s just Andrew Wiggins, or…

Philly's Once Ambitious General Manager Search Finally Lands On, Of All People, Elton Brand Philly's Once Ambitious General Manager Search Finally Lands On, Of All People, Elton Brand

Not too long ago the 76ers were courting Daryl Morey to replace disgraced former general manager Bryan Colangelo, in a sign of the organization’s lofty ambitions for the next chapter of Sixers basketball. By that same token, not too long ago the Sixers were hoping to court LeBron James and Paul George, and wound up…

All Is Not Well In Minnesota All Is Not Well In Minnesota

Jimmy Butler helped the Minnesota Timberwolves improve their win total by a whopping 16 games from the 2016-2017 season to last season. Playing with one of the NBA’s most promising young big men and surrounded by, umm, a familiar cast of playoff-tested veterans, it would seem that Butler has landed in a near ideal…

Report: Clippers Hire SI's Lee Jenkins To Ambiguous-Sounding Basketball Operations Post Report: Clippers Hire SI's Lee Jenkins To Ambiguous-Sounding Basketball Operations Post

The Los Angeles Clippers are hiring senior Sports Illustrated fawning-profile-writer Lee Jenkins for ... some sort of front office basketball operations position?

Report: Joakim Noah And Knicks Will Be Liberated From One Another Report: Joakim Noah And Knicks Will Be Liberated From One Another

The bitter feud between the New York Knicks and their most overpaid and underused player may be close to a resolution, per Shams Charania of The Athletic:

Cop Who Joked About Arresting Sterling Brown On Facebook Has Been Fired Cop Who Joked About Arresting Sterling Brown On Facebook Has Been Fired

In June, Milwaukee Bucks player Sterling Brown filed a civil suit against the city of Milwaukee, Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales, and eight other MPD officers for the roles they played in Brown’s Jan. 26 arrest, during which he was tackled and tased by officers for no reason. That suit revealed that one of the…

Sam Hinkie Wants You To Help Him Build The Future Of Reading Sam Hinkie Wants You To Help Him Build The Future Of Reading

Former Process architect, recent Broncos consultant, and present Bachelor enthusiast Sam Hinkie is seeking like-minded collaborators on a number of important projects.

Tom Thibodeau Continues Collecting The Ghosts Of The 2012 Chicago Bulls Tom Thibodeau Continues Collecting The Ghosts Of The 2012 Chicago Bulls

Luol Deng reportedly agreed this week to join the Minnesota Timberwolves, where he will be reunited with head coach Tom Thibodeau, who coached him for three plus seasons when both were in the Chicago Bulls organization. He will join Derrick Rose, Jimmy Butler, and Taj Gibson in Minnesota, reuniting a good chunk of the…

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