Russell Westbrook Blasts Refs After Ejection, Says He’s Treated Differently Than Other Players

Russell Westbrook Blasts Refs After Ejection, Says He's Treated Differently Than Other Players

Thunder star point guard Russell Westbrook didn’t get to finish his team’s 114-80 loss to the Grizzlies on Thursday after picking up two technical fouls in succession in the third quarter and earning an ejection.

Westbrook said after the game he is fed up with what he sees as harsh treatment by NBA referees.

“Honestly, I don’t know, man. Honestly, it’s crazy to be ejected like that, especially when I didn’t do nothing,” Westbrook said, via ESPN.com. “It’s just crazy, man. Especially for me, because I feel like I don’t get the benefit of the doubt most of the time, especially throughout the game with refs.

“Honestly, I don’t know, man. Honestly, it’s crazy to be ejected like that, especially when I didn’t do nothing,” Westbrook said, via ESPN.com. “It’s just crazy, man. Especially for me, because I feel like I don’t get the benefit of the doubt most of the time, especially throughout the game with refs.

“I get so many techs just for talking. I can’t even say nothing when I’m getting hammered every time I go to the basket throughout the games and previous games. Not tonight, but every night. I just don’t get reffed the same way as other people, and I don’t appreciate it.”

Westbrook became the only player in the past 25 years (regular season) to be ejected while finishing with no assists and more than five turnovers (six). He finished the game with 21 points in 23 minutes.

Adam Silver Says NBA Players Boycotting Trump White House Would Be ‘Lost Opportunity’

Adam Silver Says NBA Players Boycotting Trump White House Would Be 'Lost Opportunity'

While there have been hints — and even overt statements — that players on NBA championship teams over the next four years will forgo the traditional visit to the White House because of President-elect Donald Trump, NBA commissioner Adam Silver is imploring players not to go through with any such boycott.

Silver says a visit to the White House would provide an opportunity for socially conscious players to speak with Trump about issues that concern them.

In a piece on The Undefeated that touches on several facets of the league’s intersection wit Silver says:

“To me, if a player were to choose not to go to the White House, whether they were choosing not to go to the current White House or a future White House, my response would be: ‘That’s a lost opportunity.’ Because that’s an opportunity that most citizens who have a political point of view would kill for — the opportunity to directly tell the president of the United States how they feel about an issue.

Now, if the president were to say, ‘I have no interest in what members of the NBA think about an issue,’ that might surprise me and I might have a different response.”

The Cleveland Cavaliers visited President Obama on Nov. 10, two days after Trump defeated Hillary Clinton in the presidential election, and there were suggestions it may have been the last trip to the White House by an NBA champion as long as Trump lives there.

Kawhi Leonard Wears All-Gold Air Jordan 11s On Christmas Day

Kawhi Leonard Wears All-Gold Air Jordan 11s On Christmas Day

After defeating the Chicago Bulls on Christmas Day 119-100, Kawhi Leonard of the San Antonio Spurs was spotted wearing some pretty crazy Air Jordans.

“The Claw” is seen in the picture above wearing a gold pair of Air Jordan 11s that has been completely covered in gold all throughout the upper, including the patent leather, laces, and even the branding. The only contrast comes with a white midsole and icy blue translucent outsole.

Do you like these 11s better than the all-gold Air Jordan 12s that Kawhi was spotted with earlier this Summer?

Phil Jackson, Jeanie Buss Call Off Engagement

Phil Jackson, Jeanie Buss Call Off Engagement

Phil & Jeanie announce their engagement is off.

New York Knicks president Phil Jackson and Lakers president of business operations Jeanie Buss have mutually called off their engagement after 16 years together.

Phil and Jeanie have been engaged for four years, but yesterday the two cited their professional obligations and geographic distance between them as a cause for their split.

 

Shortly after Phil’s tweet, Jeanie followed up with some comments of her own saying she has nothing but love and respect for Phil. She added (Via twitter), “The love of my life is the Los Angeles Lakers. I love Phil and always will. It’s not fair to him or Lakers to not have my undivided attention.”

NBA Players Now Have A Hotline To Call And Complain About Referees

NBA Players Now Have A Hotline To Call And Complain About Referees

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver seems to be giving the Player’s Association more autonomy than ever when it comes to formalizing league regulations. This is in comparison to Silver’s predecessor David Stern, who lived up to his surname for how he ran the league for 30 years and assessed fines for what he defined as player and coach misconduct.

Under the new collective bargaining agreement, Silver is allowing a more democratic approach for the players to negotiate rulebook changes, the player dress code, making political statements, and criticizing officials after games.

According to Mitch Lawrence of Sporting News, Silver is giving NBA players a hotline to which they can offer their two cents about a referee.

Stephon Marbury Says NBA Wanted Him Out Of The League After He Asked For Trade From Timberwolves

Stephon Marbury Says NBA Wanted Him Out Of The League After He Asked For Trade From Timberwolves

Stephon Marbury has been out of the NBA since 2009. His second act as a basketball messiah in China gives him no reason to feel any regret about leaving the NBA behind. But Starbury seems upset that he left the league without much choice, and thinks he knows what him a pariah early in his professional career, long before he got to his worst years in the NBA with the Knicks.

According to an article in ESPN’s The Undefeated published Tuesday, Marbury believes that his career began to decline after he demanded a trade from the team that drafted him in 1996, the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Marbury stated, “I remember those days when it wasn’t fun with what I contributed on and off the court. I thought the league was mad about me messing up their money in Minnesota.”

Marbury said that he demanded a trade from the team after the 1998-99 season, a move which ended his dynamic duo with a young Kevin Garnett. The former NBA All-Star also stated that he was eager to leave Minnesota because it was way too frigid, which caused his car to do too many unwanted donuts while driving on the snow-filled, icey roads.

Duke Suspends Grayson Allen Indefinitely

Duke Suspends Grayson Allen Indefinitely

Grayson Allen has been suspended indefinitely by Duke and head coach Mike Krzyzewski after his third tripping incident of the calendar year.

Wednesday’s incident occurred against Elon, and resulted in a technical foul. Allen had a meltdown on the bench afterward, a scene almost as cringe-worthy as the trip itself.

Duke Suspends Grayson Allen Indefinitely

After claiming he would not be swayed by public sentiment and that Allen’s apology to the Elon player he tripped was sufficient handling of the incident, Krzyzewski quickly reversed course Thursday morning.

“We have had the opportunity to thoroughly review the incident involving Grayson Allen from last night’s game against Elon,” Krzyzwski said in a statement. “As I stated last night, the incident was unacceptable and inexcusable. He took an important step last night by apologizing in person to Steven Santa Ana and Coach Matt Matheny. As a program, we needed to take further steps regarding his actions that do not meet the standards of Duke Basketball. To that end, we have determined that Grayson will be suspended from competition for an indefinite amount of time.

Russell Westbrook Could Sign $219 Million Extension

Russell Westbrook Could Sign $219 Million Extension

The NBA’s new CBA has clauses that will allow Russell Westbrook and James Harden to take advantage of the terms of the new deal, according to a report.

The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported on Tuesday that Westbrook and Harden’s contract extensions will be grandfathered into the new deal and they would be allowed to sign super-max contract extensions this summer. That typically is not allowed because the CBA does not allow players to sign contract extensions in consecutive years.

If Westbrook is to sign a five-year super-max contract with the Thunder over the summer, it would pay him $219 million. Harden could sign for four years at $171 million.

One of the aims of the new CBA was to give financial incentives for players to remain with their original teams.

Aaron Hernandez Identified As Shooter In Double-Murder

Aaron Hernandez Identified As Shooter In Double-Murder

Hernandez faces more murder charges.

Aaron Hernandez has been identified as the shooter in a double-murder by one of the men who survived the 2012 drive by shooting in Boston.

During yesterday’s pretrial, Raychides Sanches recalled the events that unfolded on the night of July 16, 2012. According to the New York Post, Sanches told prosecutors that he was a passenger in a car stopped at a light in the city’s South End when an SUV pulled up and someone from the SUV said, “What’s up, negroes?” before opening fire.

The bullets struck and killed 29-year-old Daniel de Abreu and 28-year-old Safiro Furtado.

When asked who the shooter was, Sanches nodded at Hernandez, who is already serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole for the 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd.

“Looked like him,” he said. “Hernandez.”

Prosecutors believe the former Patriots TE shot up the vehicle because one of the men bumped into him earlier in the night at a Boston nightclub.

Another surviver, Aquilino Freire, explained that he was shot twice and described the shooter as light skinned, with no beard but tattoos.

Hernandez faces two counts of murder and is due back in court on December 27th. Jury selection is scheduled for February 13th, he has pleaded not guilty.

Blazers, Raptors Eyeing Nerlens Noel?

Blazers, Raptors Eyeing Nerlens Noel?

NBA Trade Rumors: With the Sixers making it pretty clear that Nerlens Noel is on the trade block, the Blazers and Raptors eye a potential deal

There are rarely sure things in the NBA. However, Nerlens Noel getting traded before the NBA Trade Deadline likely is one of them.

He’s fallen out of the team’s rotation – and not because he doesn’t belong in it. He’s healthy and has shown in the past that he can be a productive big in the NBA. The fact that Brett Brown won’t even play him suggests that he will likely – or could – be traded soon.

Question is, which team will emerge as a potential suitor? And what will the Sixers ask for in exchange for a potential starting power forward, because that’s what Noel can be.

Two teams that Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders hears that could be interested in trading for Noel are the Toronto Raptors and Portland Trail Blazers.

There are a couple of teams to watch on the Noel front, the biggest being the Toronto Raptors. It is unlikely that the Raptors mess with their team chemistry in moving a core player, but if the 76ers want some of the Raptors’ young players or non-core parts, Toronto would have interest in Noel, according to sources close to the situation. It’s also believed the Portland Trail Blazers have eyes on Noel, but they may be unwilling to give up much in a deal.

Interestingly, both make sense. The Blazers will likely lose prized free agent Festus Ezeli to season-ending knee surgery and the Raptors have been searching for a replacement at the power forward position ever since Chris Bosh took his talents to Miami.

Even though it’s not a forgone conclusion that Noel can be an effective starting power forward for a good team, adding a young talent like Noel would be a good risk for either the Blazers or Raptors.