Allen Iverson issues apology over skipping BIG3 game

Former NBA star Allen Iverson issued a formal apology Tuesday for skipping a BIG3 game Sunday in Dallas.

First and foremost, I apologize to Ice Cube and my BIG3 family, my fans and everyone disappointed by my absence in Dallas this past weekend, Iverson said, via social media. I have spoke with Ice Cube directly regarding the details of my absence. I will do my best to make up for this moving forward on the BIG3 tour.

The BIG3 made an official announcement Sunday stating they received no advanced warning of Iverson’s absence. The league then launched an investigation.

According to TMZ Sports, Iverson was gambling at a casino in Chicago hours before Sunday’s game.

While Iverson presented fans with no exact reason for his absence, it appears he’s cleared everything up with Ice Cube and the league.

Let’s be clear about this. Any move the Cavs make happens with the Warriors in mind. Despite the Celtics adding Gordon Hayward in free agency, the Cavs are still kings of the Eastern Conference until LeBron says otherwise. So the real question is: Does signing Rose close the gap on Golden State?

No, it doesn’t. While Rose showed signs of his former self last season, his style of play doesn’t improve Cleveland’s chances to win a title — in fact, it hurts the Cavs in that specific matchup.

Rose has never been a consistent outside shooter, but with the Knicks, he essentially eliminated the threat of a 3-point shot altogether. He averaged less than one 3-point attempt per game for the 2016-17 season and hit at a 21.7 percent rate, the worst of his career. He shot 5 of 11 on corner 3-pointers (45.4 percent) but an abysmal 8 of 44 above the break (18.2 percent). Rose was also one of the worst Knicks players in spot-up situations, scoring 0.80 points per possession (19.7 percentile in the league).

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NBA trade rumors: Carmelo Anthony, Thunder may have mutual interest, but is trade realistic?

Another team may be ready to jump into the fray for Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony.

The 10-time All-Star has been the subject of NBA trade rumors for what feels like the last decade. Just this offseason, Anthony has been linked to the Rockets, Trail Blazers and Cavs in light of Kyrie Irving’s trade request. Now, the Thunder could crash the Carmelo party.

I understand it’s a business, but if I don’t hear anything from (Pelicans general manager) Dell (Demps) or my agent, I don’t pay attention to it, Davis said. Once I first heard (the rumors), then I heard it again, then I heard it again, I just wanted to make sure.

I found out it wasn’t (true), and that was the beginning of the summer, so I haven’t paid attention to it since.

Davis will get his first chance to team up with newly acquired DeMarcus Cousins for a full season starting in November. He also shed some light on his practice habits this summer noting he was working with teammates Cousins and Jrue Holiday.

Anthony Davis explaining why he doesn’t work out with players from other #NBA teams: Why would you? They’ll know what you’re going to do.

Davis would love to make a super team with Cousins, but he’s not going to go out and work out with opponents like LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, who often train together in the offseason.

Most guys don’t have the courage to do what he did. That’s not ‘youth’ and ‘ignorance.’ That’s a little bit more courage than people give him credit for.

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LaMelo Ball-Zion Williamson matchup causes Vegas chaos

LaMelo Ball vs. Zion Williamson is kind of a big deal.

In fact, a matchup between two of basketball’s elite prospects caused what ESPN.com described as a chaotic scene Wednesday, as police capped entry to the Las Vegas gym where the pair’s AAU teams faced off at the Adidas Uprising Summer Championships.

None of these are acceptable angles to take when it comes to digesting his comments. It’s such a tired narrative that the NBA today has gone soft and that the players of today’s game would never survive in Oakley’s era. The game has changed, but that doesn’t mean the product is worse, and it certainly doesn’t mean the masculinity of the players should be a topic of conversation, and a topic of derision.

The NBA has been progressive in some regards when it comes to the inclusion of women. The San Antonio Spurs hired former WNBA star Becky Hammon as an assistant coach in 2014, making her the first full-time assistant coach in any of the major four North American sports leagues. In 1997, Violet Palmer became the first female referee to call a game at the professional level in a major U.S. sport.

But these comments from Oakley shouldn’t be glossed over, and they shouldn’t be tolerated because of his persona as a tough guy. There’s nothing tough or acceptable about the words he chose, and they shouldn’t be welcomed as part of the lexicon of how we talk about the modern game of basketball.

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NBA trade rumors: Cavs operating as if Kyrie Irving trade is ‘almost inevitable’

The relationship between the Cavaliers and Kyrie Irving is deteriorating quickly.

After news emerged late Friday that Irving had asked for a trade, Cleveland turned into chaos central. LeBron James was blindsided by Irving’s request, but both he and Kevin Love appeared unconcerned on social media. NBA fans (and maybe front-office types) rushed to the ESPN Trade Machine and sent Irving all over the league in hypothetical deals. Oh, and there was that bit about Irving reportedly believing James leaked the news about the trade request in the first place. Yikes.

Suffice it to say, things aren’t going well for the Cavs, and it’s looking like the state of the franchise won’t be getting better any time soon. The Cavs are operating as though an Irving trade is almost inevitable, according to ESPN’s Zach Lowe, who cites several sources in reporting that there is little chance of the Cavs salvaging their relationship with Irving.

It’s important to note these situations are fluid, as feelings and emotions can always change. No one knows that better than James, who chose to return to Cleveland in 2014 after he was excoriated by Cavs owner Dan Gilbert and thousands of fans for The Decision in 2010. A trade demand does not equal an actual trade. Remember, even the great Kobe Bryant once demanded a trade from the Lakers in 2007, and he ended up staying for nearly another decade and winning two more titles before he retired.

At this point, though, the Cavs are on the trade train. Lowe reports Cleveland wants a big return in any Irving deal, most importantly a blue-chip young player. ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, who initially broke the news of Irving’s request, doesn’t see Irving wearing a Cavs uniform much longer.

Well, in that case… back to the Trade Machine!

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James Harden’s Rockets jersey reportedly retired at Houston strip club

James Harden has reportedly had his Rockets jersey retired at a Houston institution.

No, I’m not talking about the rafters of the Toyota Center. According to a recent post from the Joe Budden Podcast, Harden had his jersey retired at a Houston strip club, where he apparently has become a regular customer.

Wiggins, who said in July he’s worth nothing less than a max contract, was the first-overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft by the Cavs but was promptly traded to the Wolves in the Kevin Love deal as LeBron James returned to Cleveland.

Wolves head coach and president of basketball operations Tom Thibodeau said recently the team is looking to lock up Wiggins, who averaged a career-high 23.6 points this past season along with four rebounds and 2.3 assists.

With Jimmy Butler, Karl-Anthony Towns, Jeff Teague and Wiggins, the Wolves are in position to make the playoffs for the first time since 2004 and are better off letting another team over-pay for Irving’s services moving forward.

Oh yeah, and the Cavaliers, since letting David Griffin walk four days before the NBA Draft because, uh… still don’t have a general manager. It’s a series of missteps which has caused both James and Irving to scratch their heads, if not kick their feet, in frustration.

But if this is purely a basketball — and not a business of basketball — decision by Irving, he must’ve fallen and bumped his head on something hard.

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Cavs’ Dan Gilbert, Koby Altman dance around Kyrie Irving trade talks

Kyrie Irving met with Cavaliers brass after the season was over and something was said. It has been widely reported that Irving asked for a trade, and what may be more telling than anything is the Cavaliers are not denying that.

In Koby Altman’s introduction as the Cavs general manager Wednesday, the very first question asked was about Irving’s reported request for a trade. The answer was veiled but telling and it certainly appears that Irving asked for a trade. Neither Altman nor owner Dan Gilbert denied it.

One referee either didn’t get the message or ignored it, as she slapped Ball with a technical foul Friday. After he threatened to pull his team off the court, she was removed from the game.

Adidas acknowledged it was the company’s decision to take the ref off the game.

There was some miscommunication, said Chris Rivers, Adidas director of global basketball sports marketing, per ESPN. The NBA don’t put certain people with certain guys, either. If there’s a history or miscommunication, that happens.

During his team’s win Thursday, Ball told a different ref, You’re the worst (expletive) ref who ever lived.

Said the source, Under normal circumstances, the sideline behavior, including profanity and sideline antics, would have demanded a technical foul under the category of disrespecting the game.

But, the source added, Due to strong messaging (from Adidas) to extend those guidelines in an effort to keep (LaVar Ball) in the gym, the officiating crew felt uncomfortable enforcing the technical foul rule for actions that clearly warranted (action).

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Cavs owner Dan Gilbert apologizes for controversial Detroit ad

Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert is apologizing after a graphic on a downtown Detroit building created a social media firestorm.

He covers a lot of ground. He is long and athletic, but he has good self-awareness, so he can get to an empty spot before the next guy and be there in time for a block or a rebound. He has that kind of natural intelligence about playing in space. A lot of young guys don’t have that.

I think Miami knew what it was getting with him, and that is a player who needs to add one or two things to make him serviceable offensively. He has a long and inconsistent release on his jumper, and he has to be able to fix that, or else you can ignore him on that end.

His footwork. He got a lot of attention for the dunks, but he is in position for those dunks because of what he does with his feet. He always has a solid base, and he does not waste a step. He runs the floor, he gets to offensive rebounds and he is very good in the paint. That’s all footwork.

You have to wonder about where he fits defensively. He is probably going to guard 4s, but he did not show that he’s ready for that. He’ll make a lot of mistakes, the question is, how does he learn from them?

Stats don’t encompass careers, but consider these numbers. LeBron is better than Kobe (regular season and playoffs) in the categories of… points per game, assists per game, steals per game, blocks per game, field-goal percentage, effective field-goal percentage, true shooting percentage, box plus/minus, value over replacement player and player efficiency rating.

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Blake Griffin has no hard feelings toward Chris Paul as he takes over as Clippers’ leader

With Chris Paul out of the picture and a five-year, $172 million contract now signed, the Clippers are officially Blake Griffin’s team. Griffin, at least publicly, is ready to move forward without CP3.

He said Wednesday he has no hard feelings toward Paul for orchestrating an offseason trade to the Rockets. The two played together for six seasons, at least when one or both weren’t sidelined by injuries.

I really care about the bus drivers, Barkley said after Durant’s decision. On every team, there’s a bus driver. Most of those guys are just bus riders.

Towns still stops himself when he thinks about the position he’s been put in, he said. It was only in 2014 that he gave an emotional, memorable speech upon winning the Gatorade Athlete of the Year award.

In it, a teary Towns thanked his parents, and said his most memorable day was when his father told him they were taking all their savings and putting in a basketball court in the yard for him. We didn’t have enough money for a real hoop, Towns told his father. But you made sure that you built one, by hand, so I could practice.

He’s come a long way.

I went up there with a lot of emotion, Towns recalled. I just was thinking about all that I had gone through to get there, and it was truly special. Three and a half years later, and I am still thinking about it. I felt so young when I won it, but now I feel so old like it was decades ago.

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Former first-round pick Shane Larkin signing with Celtics, report says

The Celtics’ roster continues to evolve.

Boston reportedly is making moves to sign Shane Larkin, ESPN.com reported Thursday.

The free agent point guard spent last season in Spain playing for Saski Baskonia, where he averaged 13.8 points, 5.4 assists and 2.9 rebounds per game.

By trying to compete for a spot on Boston’s starting lineup, Larkin bypassed a $6.3 million contract with Saski Baskonia.

A first-round pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, Larkin played one season for the Mavericks, one with the Knicks and one with the Nets before going overseas.

The Celtics on Friday made their four-year, $128 million signing of Gordon Hayward official after juggling their roster to fit him under the salary cap.

Only Isaiah Thomas, Al Horford, Jae Crowder, Marcus Smart, and Jaylen Brown were on the team last season.

Alas, there is ego to consider. Gilbert was not much fond of the accolades Griffin got for the Cavs’ success. He is the owner. He wanted his glory, but that went to Griffin all too often. Gilbert, who signs the luxury-tax checks and does get involved in personnel matters, perhaps deserved more credit than he got for the Cavs’ recent run.

But so what? That’s part of being an owner. You’re better off behind the scenes, and when your name is in the media, it’s probably not for good reasons. I’m reminded of former Jets owner Leon Hess, who was so publicity-shy that one confidante said of him, Leon Hess pays people to keep his name out of the papers.

And so Griffin was shuttled out, followed by a half-baked plan to bring in popular former player Chauncey Billups to run the basketball outfit on a cheap contract. Billups turned that down, and the Cavaliers — the envy of the league a year ago — have looked to be short on competence since.

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Nets eye Chinese buyers, hoping for $2B sale, report says

The Nets are hoping to squeeze $2 billion out of a Chinese buyer of the NBA team, the New York Post reported.

The investment bank representing team owner and Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov already has heard from several interested parties, according to the report, which said one has been trying to box out others in the sale process.

Irving, of course, blindsided LeBron James and Co. when the news broke late Friday he had asked the team to trade him in a meeting last week. The No. 1 overall pick of the 2011 draft and four-time All-Star has averaged 21.6 points, 5.5. assists and 3.4 rebounds in six seasons for Cleveland. Anthony, a member of the infamous Banana Boat crew alongside James, has averaged 24.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 3.4 assists a game in his seven years in New York.

The Cavs’ latest trade talks are indicative of an organization in flux: They made it to their third consecutive NBA Finals against the Warriors, but were manhandled in five games in a 4-1 series loss this year. The Cavs have since tried to make several moves to close the gap between them and Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and the rest of the superteam in Oakland.

They nearly pulled the trigger on a deal that would have sent Paul George to Cleveland. They also low-balled Chauncey Billups in the team’s search for a new GM. The team has reportedly agreed to terms with Koby Altman to fill that role. He’s got a big mess to clean up.

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