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Report: Beef Simmering Between The Spurs And Kawhi Leonard Report: Beef Simmering Between The Spurs And Kawhi Leonard

We know now, thanks to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, that Spurs doctors have medically cleared Kawhi Leonard to return from the quad injury that has kept him out all but nine games this season. So the decision to return is all Leonard’s, but head coach Gregg Popovich said yesterday the Spurs don’t expect him to be back…

Report: With No White House Invite, Warriors Will Use D.C. Trip To Spend Day With Local Kids Instead Report: With No White House Invite, Warriors Will Use D.C. Trip To Spend Day With Local Kids Instead

The Warriors won’t be spending any of their upcoming time in D.C. with President Donald Trump, so they’ll reportedly be spending some time on “a private tour of an undisclosed locale” with local children instead.

ESPN's Rachel Nichols Drops Strong Monologue On Mavericks Sexual Harassment Report ESPN's Rachel Nichols Drops Strong Monologue On Mavericks Sexual Harassment Report

Rachel Nichols led off The Jump this evening with a tremendous monologue on the questions posed by Sports Illustrated’s bombshell sexual harassment report about the Dallas Mavericks. Nichols, who writes these monologues herself, went in on Mark Cuban for his baffling insistence that he didn’t know anything about …

Gregg Popovich On Kawhi Leonard: "I'll Be Surprised If He Returns This Season" [Update] Gregg Popovich On Kawhi Leonard: "I'll Be Surprised If He Returns This Season" [Update]

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said today that he’ll be “surprised” to see Kawhi Leonard, who’s recovering from an injured quad muscle, play again this season. Woof.

Mark Cuban On Not Firing Employee After Domestic Abuse Incident: "Truly A Fuck Up On My Part" Mark Cuban On Not Firing Employee After Domestic Abuse Incident: "Truly A Fuck Up On My Part"

Last night, Sports Illustrated dropped a detailed account of internal sexual harassment and physical abuse complaints reported against a number of Dallas Mavericks male executives and employees, including former team president and CEO Terdema Ussery. After the team failed to soften the backlash with a preemptive…

Did Phil Jackson Leave This Flirty Note In A Cabin? Did Phil Jackson Leave This Flirty Note In A Cabin?

A reader who recently stayed at a rental cabin high in California’s Sierra Nevada discovered a note during his stay, lodged in a book called Cabin Porn: Inspiration for Your Quiet Place Somewhere. The message appears to be former Lakers head coach Phil Jackson suggesting, in his own way, that some unknown person might…

Fired Mavericks Employee: I Signed A Contract That Said I Would Stay Away From Female Co-Workers Fired Mavericks Employee: I Signed A Contract That Said I Would Stay Away From Female Co-Workers

Sports Illustrated dropped a lengthy story Tuesday night that outlines a culture of sexual harassment, abuse, and misconduct in the Dallas Mavericks organization. One of the employees implicated is Mavs.com beat writer Earl Sneed, who worked full time for the team from the 2010-11 season until Tuesday. Here’s what the…

Report: Mavericks Former President And CEO Was A Serial Sexual Harasser Report: Mavericks Former President And CEO Was A Serial Sexual Harasser

Sports Illustrated dropped a lengthy dive tonight into what it called the Dallas Mavericks’ “corporate culture rife with misogyny and predatory sexual behavior.” The report went into detail on the various ways male Mavericks employees behaved inappropriately toward female co-workers, and why female employees felt…

Mavericks Release Very Weird Statement About Some Sort Of Employee Misconduct Mavericks Release Very Weird Statement About Some Sort Of Employee Misconduct

The Dallas Mavericks have released an official team statement that appears to preempt an upcoming Sports Illustrated article detailing at least one case of alleged workplace misconduct against women by a former team employee. The statement is vague about who the employee is and what exactly this person is accused of…

It Sure Sounds Like The NBA All-Star Draft Will Be Televised Next Year It Sure Sounds Like The NBA All-Star Draft Will Be Televised Next Year

Giddy after the success of the 2018 All-Star game, and seemingly convinced of the connection between the format changes and the competitive spirit of the contest—and girded by the apparent encouragement of players—Adam Silver sure made it sound like it’s a foregone conclusion that next year’s All-Star draft will be…

J.J. Redick Apologizes For Saying "Chink" In Chinese New Year Message: "I Was Tongue Tied" J.J. Redick Apologizes For Saying "Chink" In Chinese New Year Message: "I Was Tongue Tied"

Over the weekend a video started making the rounds that appeared to show Sixers guard J.J. Redick throwing the slur “chink” into a video celebrating the Chinese New Year:

The All-Star Game Was Worth It The All-Star Game Was Worth It

That was a hell of an All-Star game! It had highlights, it had drama, it had by-God competition, it had a genuinely memorable finish. It also had a lot to overcome, in order to salvage what was otherwise a really uneven, occasionally bizarre and baffling weekend of events. It delivered, and in the process redeemed all…

Rehearsal Footage Shows Fergie Unsure About "Star-Spangled Banner" Rendition Before Disastrous Performance

Pop singer Fergie struggled with her, erm, unique take on “The Star-Spangled Banner” even before her widely mocked performance of it before last night’s NBA All-Star Game, rehearsal footage acquired by Deadspin reveals.

These Dang Rising Stars Are Too Dang Young! These Dang Rising Stars Are Too Dang Young!

Dan Devine of Yahoo Sports did a fun thing during media availability before Friday’s Rising Stars Challenge: he went around and asked these young whippersnappers to describe their first big NBA memory. An important takeaway: My God, I am so old. Here is Dennis Smith Jr., who competed in Saturday’s dunk contest,…

These Dudes Have Recorded A Rap Tribute To The NBA All-Stars For 13 Straight Years These Dudes Have Recorded A Rap Tribute To The NBA All-Stars For 13 Straight Years

The important thing to bear in mind when assessing anything that happened in 1989 is that, from the perspective of 2018, the thing being assessed happened in a different world. That world still had people in it, which meant it had about equal amounts of vicious awful dumbassery and goofball beauty, but the world in…

Adam Silver Still Wants To Overhaul The NBA Playoffs Adam Silver Still Wants To Overhaul The NBA Playoffs

At his big pre-dunk contest press conference Saturday night, NBA commissioner Adam Silver used a question about All Star selections to prompt a discussion about the format of the league’s playoffs. It sounds like he would still very much like to do away with the current format, which has the top eight teams from each…

Report: Part Of Solution To NBA Player-Referee Acrimony Is Cutting Out The League Office Report: Part Of Solution To NBA Player-Referee Acrimony Is Cutting Out The League Office

ESPN’s Brian Windhorst reported Saturday night on a meeting held between representatives of the NBA players’ union and members of the referees’ union, to discuss the ongoing and escalating hostility between the two groups this season.

The Dunk Contest Is Bad Again The Dunk Contest Is Bad Again

It is with great sadness and more than a little frustration at having stayed up to watch the stupid thing that I must report that the NBA dunk contest, which looked for a few years there like it might be good again, is, in fact, bad again.

Dang, Bogdan Bogdanovic Can Really Let It Fly Dang, Bogdan Bogdanovic Can Really Let It Fly

Last night’s NBA Rising Stars Challenge was a laugher, and not even just for the usual reasons (no defense, sloppy passing, reckless shooting, general exhibition behavior): This time, the World team just kinda flattened the U.S. team, from start to finish, so that what is always a talent show masquerading as a contest…

Ha Ha, Look At These Two Chumps Who Got Picked Last For The NBA All Star Teams Ha Ha, Look At These Two Chumps Who Got Picked Last For The NBA All Star Teams

Part of the discussion around the NBA’s new All Star format, where the teams are selected via a draft by the top two players in fan voting, is whether the draft should be televised, or otherwise broadcast, or in any way made public. You see, that was not done this time around, and so fans (and players) have mostly had…

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