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Jahlil Okafor Punches Man Outside Boston Nightclub

Nov 27, 2015 11:21 AM

Jahlil Okafor was involved in a fight outside a Boston nightclub early Thursday morning, according to a video obtained and published by TMZ.

Okafor is seen shouting at several individuals and then shoves a man to the ground.

Okafor then punches a man after at least one person tries to restrain him, knocking him to the ground again.

At the start of the video, Okafor can be heard shouting to someone, "We got money, you broke ass . . ." He utters a racial slur.

Boston police don't plan on investigating the fight unless someone involved comes forward to say they were victim of a crime.

"Apparently, they said: 'The 76ers suck and you guys are all losers. You'll never win a game,' " a source close to Okafor told ESPN's Jeff Goodman.

"I was around the corner when it happened. I saw him a minute after he knocked the dude out," the source said. "I think the guy was just talking s---. Saying the Sixers suck."

Mike Sielski/Philadelphia Inquirer

Tags: Jahlil Okafor, Philadelphia Sixers, NBA, NBA Suspension

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Lakers Working On Improving Julius Randle's Jumper

Nov 27, 2015 11:25 AM

The Los Angeles Lakers are challenging Julius Randle to improve his jumper.

Randle has always been an effective player on offense due to his strength and ability off the dribble.

“I’ve known the basics,” Randle said of his jumper.

The Lakers believe Randle's form is loose and Tracy Murray is working on refining his fundamentals.

“(A jump shot) keeps everybody honest (defensively),” Byron Scott said, “and if you have to play him for making jump shots, now it gives him the ability to do the thing we know he can do, which is get to the basket.”

Randle spent most of last year focusing on conditioning and getting comfortable again on the court after he suffered a broken leg in the 2014 season opener. The Lakers worked on his shot only in general terms.

“We didn’t go into it real extensively to say, ‘These are the things you have wrong with it,’” Scott said. “That’s the thing we can pinpoint now, where we’re watching him. Gives us a little more data to work on this year.”

Bill Oram/Orange County Register

Tags: Julius Randle, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

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Cavaliers Hold Players-Only Meeting After Loss To Raptors

Nov 26, 2015 10:36 AM

The Cleveland Cavaliers held a players-only meeting following a 103-99 loss to the Toronto Raptors.

LeBron James and James Jones got on the team for its inconsistent play during their 11-4 start to the season.

"It's all mindset," James said after the game, still visibly frustrated. "It comes from within. I've always had it; my upbringing had me like that. It's either you got it or you don't."

David Blatt absolved the Cavaliers of any fault after the game, but James rejected the softer stance.

Dave McMenamin/ESPN

Tags: Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA

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Jason Kidd Ejected After Knocking Ball Out Of Ref's Hands

Nov 26, 2015 10:32 AM

Jason Kidd was ejected from Wednesday's game after knocking the ball away from a referee's hands.

Kidd said he was sticking up for himself and protecting his players before he was tossed.

"I walked all the way down to get a timeout," Kidd said, "and then we had our discussion. He gave me the T.

"From there, I'm trying to protect my guys. Understanding we felt we were getting fouled and the whistle wasn't being blown. What happens in this league, you have to stand up for yourself, and my job is to protect those young guys.

"But that wasn't the issue of the game. We gave them warm-up jump shots. They got our temperature, saw we didn't want to play defense and they took advantage of it. That's as easy as it is."

Kidd was restrained by O.J. Mayo and an assistant coach.


Tags: Milwaukee Bucks, NBA, NBA Suspension

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Jerry West: Draymond Green Has Become Top-10 Player In NBA

Nov 27, 2015 12:23 PM

Jerry West believes Draymond Green has become one of the top-10 players in the NBA.

“We have two of the top-10 players in the league,” West told KNBR on Wednesday, knowing he didn’t need to explain Stephen Curry. “Draymond Green is the second one. He’s the most underrated player in the NBA, period. There are very few players I think anyone in our organization would trade for him. He’s just a remarkable player.

“If he’s not a top-10 player in this league, I don’t know who is.”

Green currently ranks fourth in Basketball Reference's MVP tracker for the current season, averaging 12.7 points, 7.8 rebounds, 6.6 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.3 blocks per game.

Rusty Simmons/San Francisco Chronicle

Tags: Draymond Green, Golden State Warriors, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

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Byron Scott Believes He Still Has Support Of Lakers' Front Office

Nov 27, 2015 11:52 AM

Byron Scott believes he's still receiving the support from the Los Angeles Lakers' front office.

The Lakers are 2-12 to start the season.

Scott is in the second-year of a four-year contract worth $17 million, with a team option for the final season.

“We still understand that this is a process,” Scott said. “We have a lot of young guys on this team that we feel will be very good players. But it’s not going to happen in a month. It’s going to take some time. It might take a year or two.”

Scott revealed he and Mitch Kupchak have addressed “what we can do to get these young guys better and make the procedure for them a lot easier.”

Mark Medina/Los Angeles Daily News

Tags: Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Jason Kidd Suspended One Game By NBA

Nov 27, 2015 1:01 PM

Jason Kidd has received a one-game suspension by the NBA for slapping the ball out of a referee's hands and not leaving the court in a timely manner.

The incident occurred with 1:49 remaining in the fourth quarter of Wednesday's game.

Kidd will serve his suspension on Friday when the Milwaukee Bucks play the Orlando Magic.

RealGM Staff Report

Tags: Milwaukee Bucks, NBA, NBA Suspension

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Windhorst: LeBron James Has 'Warrior Paranoia'

Nov 27, 2015 12:49 PM

ESPN's Brian Windhorst believes LeBron James has "Warrior Paranoia."

James has been more concerned with winning regular season games this season than he has in the past as the Golden State Warriors have started 16-0.

James held a players-only meeting after the Cleveland Cavaliers lost on Wednesday to the Toronto Raptors.

"I really think that the Warriors have had an effect on him. It's interesting. I've never seen this before."

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Tags: LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors, NBA

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Suns To Sign Bryce Cotton From D-League

Nov 25, 2015 3:52 PM

The Phoenix Suns are in the process of calling up Bryce Cotton from the Austin Spurs of the D-League.

Cotton was with the Utah Jazz in the preseason but didn't make their regular season roster.

Cotton is averaging 22.3 points, 4.8 assists and 3.5 rebounds per game in the D-League this season.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: Bryce Cotton, Phoenix Suns, Austin Spurs, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, D-League, D-League Teams

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Curry, Westbrook, Lowry, LeBron, Draymond Comprise RPM Top-5

Nov 25, 2015 1:03 PM

Stephen Curry leads the NBA in Real Plus-Minus after the first month of the season with a mark of 8.85.

Russell Westbrook ranks second at 7.23, followed by Kyle Lowry (6.99), LeBron James (6.43) and Draymond Green (5.68).

Paul Millsap, Tim Duncan, Kawhi Leonard, Jimmy Butler and Paul George round out the top-10.

Kristaps Porzingis ranks 52nd.


Tags: NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

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Jahlil Okafor came to the NBA with questions about his defense and he has predictably struggled.

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