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Los Angeles Clippers’ Doc Rivers scoffs at LeBron James’ remarks on load management

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Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers took issue with LeBron James’ comments on load management after the Los Angeles Lakers star said he planned to play every game because he doesn’t know how many he may have left.

Rivers, whose Clippers have a plan in place to make sure Kawhi Leonard stays healthy through the season and into the playoffs, scoffed at James’ comments.

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“It’s our philosophy,” he said Tuesday, according to USA Today. “I don’t know what theirs are. I think theirs is whatever LeBron says it is, to be honest. That makes a lot of sense to me. I like what we are doing, and I think it’s the smart thing to do. Who knows? We’ll see at the end.”

James, who is playing at one the highest levels of his career, dismissed any notion of using load management this season to rest after Sunday night’s game against the Atlanta Hawks.

“Why wouldn’t I play if I’m healthy?” James asked rhetorically. “It doesn’t make any sense to me, personally. I mean, I don’t know how many games I’ve left in my career. I don’t know how many kids that may show up to a game that are there to see me play.”

BROOKLYN NETS’ SPENCER DINWIDDIE SEES HIMSELF AS MORE OF A TONY STARK FIGURE THAN NBA PLAYER

Load management has been a hot-button issue in the NBA this season and James has not been in favor of it. He said in November that he had no plans of missing a game due to load management, according to ESPN.

“If I’m hurt, I don’t play. If not, I’m playing,” James said. “That’s what has always been my motto.”

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Hopefully, the NBA playoffs will feature a Lakers and Clippers matchup so everyone could see whose philosophy on the subject works better.

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Brooklyn Nets’ Spencer Dinwiddie sees himself as more of a Tony Stark figure than NBA player

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Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie has taken on an increased role with the team this season as Kyrie Irving nurses an injured shoulder, but he’s not letting his newfound fame go to his head.

Dinwiddie had a conversation with ESPN analyst, and former NBA player, Jay Williams about how he perceives himself. Williams noted that Dinwiddie fashions himself as more of a “tech guy with a jumper” in his Instagram bio rather than a professional basketball player.

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“I align myself more with guys like Tony Stark. Obviously he’s a fictional character, but obviously a guy like Tony Stark who is that genius or kind of that misunderstood people coming from comic books than I do just being a basketball player. So that’s why I put it,” the Nets player told Williams.

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Dinwiddie has had an interesting start to his NBA career. He spent two seasons with the Detroit Pistons before Brooklyn signed him to a multi-year deal during the 2016-17 season. His play led him to a contract extension last year and has fought to turn his contract into a tradeable financial asset.

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Through 27 games this season, Dinwiddie is averaging 21.4 points and 6.3 assists. He’s helped Brooklyn to two close wins in the last two games, scoring 24 points against the Philadelphia 76ers and 31 points against the New Orleans Pelicans.

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Injured Wizards rookie Hachimura to miss at least 5 games

Washington Wizards rookie forward Rui Hachimura will miss at least the team’s next five games after hurting his groin.

The Wizards said Tuesday that Hachimura will be re-evaluated when Washington returns from a four-game road trip that runs from Friday through Dec. 26.

He was hurt in the first half of Washington’s 133-119 victory at the Detroit Pistons on Monday.

Hachimura, the first player from Japan to be a first-round pick in the NBA draft, is averaging 13.9 points and 5.8 rebounds while starting in all 25 games for the Wizards (8-17).

Washington’s first game without Hachimura will be Wednesday at home against the Chicago Bulls.

NOTES: The Wizards signed C Anzejs Pasecniks to a two-way contract and waived G Chris Chiozza. Pasecniks is 7-foot-1 and has played in 12 games for the G-League’s Capital City Go-Go this season, making two starts. … Chiozza averaged 2.7 points and 2.8 assists in 10 games with the Wizards this season.

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David Stern, former NBA commissioner, undergoes emergency surgery after brain hemorrhage

Former NBA Commissioner David Stern, who guided the league through a remarkable period of growth in popularity, suffered a sudden brain hemorrhage Thursday in New York City and underwent emergency surgery.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with David and his family,” the league said in a statement Thursday night. There was no immediate word on Stern’s exact medical condition following the surgery.

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David Stern addresses the media after an NBA Board of Governors meeting in New York City, Oct. 23, 2013. (Getty Images)

Stern was hospitalized after collapsing at Manhattan restaurant Brasserie 8.5, according to ESPN basketball writer Adrian Wojnarowski.

The 77-year-old Stern served for three decades as the NBA’s longest-tenured commissioner unti he stepped aside in 2014, succeeded by current commissioner Adam Silver.

Stern’s tenure included league expansion and the emergence of NBA players as global cultural icons.

Stern has remained affiliated with the league with the title of commissioner emeritus and has also purused other interests, such as sports technology.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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Tristan Thompson defends Cavaliers coach John Beilein from detractors: ‘I’ll pull up on ’em right now’

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Tristan Thompson is ready to defend coach John Beilein from all detractors even if it’s coming from his Cleveland Cavaliers teammates.

Thompson was asked Friday about a report that anonymous Cavaliers players were questioning Beilein’s coaching methods and comparing his gameplan to that of college basketball. Beilein took the Cavaliers job after coaching the Michigan Wolverines from 2007 to 2019.

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Thompson, who has played for the Cavaliers since 2012, appeared to be ready to fight anyone questioning his coach’s methods, according to the Cleveland Plain-Dealer.

“Y’all better find them names ‘cause I’ll pull up on ‘em right now,” he told reporters. “You can’t do that s—t.

“At the end of the day, if you’re going to build a culture and a family, you can’t have that Chatty Patty s—t going on. That s—t is whack to me. Everyone’s got to look in the mirror, there’s only so much coach can do and there’s only so much we can do.

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“Do we have the best roster in the NBA? No. But we’re going to go out there and compete every night. Guys got to look in the mirror. So I hope whoever reported that was just bulls—ting and blamed it on a player.”

Cleveland has been one of the worst teams in the NBA since LeBron James left to go to the Los Angeles Lakers. The team only had 19 wins last season and is on pace for another disappointing season.

As of Wednesday, Cleveland is 5-18.

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Thompson has been one of the players involved in trade rumors. According to Sports Illustrated, the Toronto Raptors have “high interest” in acquiring the forward.

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Knicks fire head coach David Fizdale following blowout losses

New York Knicks head coach David Fizdale has been fired following back-to-back blowout losses and a rough start to the season, according to reports.

The Knicks have lost eight straight games, dropping to an Eastern Conference worst 4-18 for the season — the second-worst record in the NBA.

The team suffered a 129-92 loss to the Denver Nuggets at Madison Square Garden on Thursday. Afterward, Fizdale called the result “sickening.”

Fizdale was 21-83 in two seasons with the struggling franchise. His .202 winning percentage is the worst in the team’s history. He is still owed the remainder of his four-year, $22 million contract, ESPN reported.

Assistant coach Keith Smart was also fired, according to the outlet. Assistant coaches Mike Miller and Pat Sullivan are possible candidates to become interim head coach.

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The loss came three days after a 132-88 spanking at the hands of the Milwaukee Bucks.

Fizdale was hired less than two years ago to build a team around Kristaps Porzingis, only for the team to trade the star player to the Dallas Mavericks for draft picks and salary-cap space months later.

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New York Knicks coach David Fizdale reacts during the first half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday, Nov. 29, 2019, in New York. Fizdale was fired after back-to-back blowout losses, according to media reports. (AP Photo/Steven Ryan)

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The team once known for its aggressive play has struggled in the two decades of James Dolan‘s ownership. The Knicks have seen multiple coaching changes and stars come and go with no success.

The team has failed to make the playoffs for the past six seasons. Their next game is at home against the Indiana Pacers.

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Wizards rookie Rui Hachimura growing with each game in NBA

In what could best be described as a veteran move, Rui Hachimura tried to duck out of doing a postgame media session by pleading that he was worried about missing the Washington Wizards‘ team flight out of town.

“I can’t be late,” he insisted, wearing a rust-colored hoodie and a black backpack. “I’m a rookie.”

Yes, that’s true, of course. A rookie that’s learning the ways of the NBA quite quickly, however.

Hachimura, a 21-year-old from Japan, relented and took a few questions Thursday night after his latest in a series of strong performances, putting up a team-high 27 points to help Washington surprise the Philadelphia 76ers and their collection of stars such as Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons by a score of 119-113.

“He’s like a seven- or eight-year vet. He just chips away at the game, every time. He’s a winner. He just plays the right way. He plays hard. He plays for his team. He’s not searching for stats. He just competes,” Wizards coach Scott Brooks said. “And he wants to get better. He knows he has a lot to learn and he’s a sponge out there. He wants to improve.”

The first-round draft pick out of Gonzaga played 42 1/2 minutes against Philadelphia, making 11 of 18 field-goal attempts and adding seven rebounds.

“I love when he plays with joy. I think that’s the most important thing, especially when you’re young. I’m guilty of that sometimes, too — you kind of get caught up in the emotion. It’s a hard season, man, for a young guy, who isn’t used to that … including me,” said 22-year-old teammate Moe Wagner, a second-year pro himself.

“Today, you could just tell — he smiles, he has fun, even if he doesn’t make shots,” Wagner said. “That’s so much fun to play with, if you know your teammate enjoys playing. I’m proud of him.”

In this day and age of analytics and analysis that proclaim 2-point jumpers dead and gone — long live the 3-pointer! — Hachimura counts as a bit of a throwback.

“His bread-and-butter is a 17-, 18-foot shot, and he was taking ’em,” Brooks said, “and he’s going to make most of those when he’s wide open.”

Or as Wagner put it: “That little mid-range jumper is really hard to guard.”

Hachimura, listed at 6-foot-8 and 230 pounds, entered the game averaging 13.4 points and 5.6 rebounds and offers versatility by playing some forward and some center on a Wizards team that’s dealt with what’s seemed like a new injury every day while starting the season with a 7-13 record.

“This is my first year and I don’t know anything about the NBA yet,” Hachimura said. “So I’ve just got to play hard.”

He thinks his greatest strides have been in learning how to adjust to the spacing in the league, so different from the college game, and finding his spots to get shots.

The chemistry with teammates is coming along.

Hachimura draws praise from Brooks for adjusting in various ways.

One example at the defensive end: He’s less susceptible to falling for opponents’ shot fakes.

“He’s good now, as a young player. When you’re a young player, everything is coming at you so fast. And you’re learning so many things on the fly,” Brooks said. “And he’s going to improve. His basketball IQ is high, but it’s going to get better, just through all the experience.”

A reporter wanted to know whether Hachimura — who scored 30 points in a loss last weekend — considered the victory against the Sixers his best game with the Wizards so far.

“I don’t know,” he said. “We won the game, so that’s all that matters.”

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Memphis Grizzlies’ Ja Morant avoids injury after taking scary spill into cameraman

Memphis Grizzlies rookie Ja Morant appeared to avoid a serious injury after crashing into a cameraman on the baseline during a game Monday night against the Indiana Pacers.

Morant was going in for a layup over Myles Turner when it was blocked and the point guard stumbled and fell backward into the media lined up on the end line.

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He hobbled off the court with an apparent back injury but luckily returned later in the third quarter.

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The Murray State product scored 19 points and recorded 10 assists in 30 minutes. However, the Pacers pulled off the win 126-114.

His fall started a larger conversation on social media over whether the NBA should push the cameramen along the baseline back further to prevent a possible catastrophe for a player.

Morant has put himself into the conversation for NBA Rookie of the Year early in the season. He is averaging 19.1 points, 6.3 assists and 3.1 rebounds per game.

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He’s helped Memphis to a 5-11 record this season

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Love at peace, not worried about trade chatter

Kevin Love knows change could be coming.

A couple of years ago, uncertainty might have been something that stressed him out, triggered the sorts of feelings like the ones that manifested themselves in the form of an in-game panic attack in 2017, rendered him unable to compete as efficiently as he wanted.

Not this time.

Even though he has three full years and about $90 million left on his contract after this season, it’s no secret that Love could be traded by the Cleveland Cavaliers. Plenty of teams even make sense for such a move — Portland, Dallas, Denver, Miami among others.

But going public with the details of his panic attack — and his ongoing involvement in the conversation about the need to take care of mental health — has not left Love feeling vulnerable. He’s more at peace than anything else, and that’s why the rumors that are out there aren’t gnawing at him.

“I’m just going to let the chips fall,” Love said. “I know that this is a young team. I think I can help them. I’m going to do right by Cleveland, the organization. This is a league where teams want to rebuild, teams want to go young but certain teams are looking for a piece, a guy who’s played in the finals, a guy who has playoff experience. I don’t know what’s going to happen, but I think it definitely lessens the burden and the anxiety.”

Cleveland is 5-12 and Love missed Monday’s game against Brooklyn with back issues. Now in his 11th season, the five-time All-Star can still play — he’s averaging 17.9 points and 11.8 rebounds, is a 36% shooter from 3-point range and won a ring with the Cavs in 2016.

Even with him, the Cavs are likely a long shot for a playoff spot in the East. But Love insists that he isn’t forcing a change.

“I’ve been committed to Cleveland since Day 1,” Love said. “I know it’s been a little shaky at some points. It’s been really great at some points. But now I’ve found some semblance of balance in my life, not only on the court but away from it.”

Love also doesn’t shy away from the mental health questions.

Players like Love and DeMar DeRozan helped bring the conversation into the NBA mainstream by opening up about their own private and personal issues.

“I kind of played all my cards and spoke my truth,” Love said. “I just feel like there’s not a lot out there that could really hurt me. I feel like, not only for other people but selfishly for myself, it’s been very therapeutic.”

HISTORY LESSON

The Spurs are in trouble.

Monday’s loss to the Lakers dropped San Antonio to 6-12, and seeing that is all anyone would probably need to realize that the Spurs’ record-tying 22-year streak of postseason appearances is in major jeopardy.

But the numbers really hammer the point home.

Over the last 14 seasons, not including this one, there have been 103 instances of teams starting 6-12 or worse. Of those, only four have made the postseason — and none of those four came from the Western Conference.

And the last time the Spurs were under the .500 mark 18 games into a season was 1995-96, when they started 3-15. That’s the point where they fired Bob Hill for a guy named Gregg Popovich.

“They’re going to be OK,” said Charlotte coach James Borrego, a former longtime Spurs assistant, who crossed paths with Popovich in Washington recently. “At the end of the day, he’s coaching his team, I’m coaching my team. I know what they’re going through. But they’ve been in this territory before. I don’t know if they’ve lost as much as they’ve lost this early, but they’ll bounce back. There’s high character there. They know what they’re doing.”

The last West team to start 6-12 or worse and get into the playoffs was the 2004-05 Memphis Grizzlies, who began 5-11, went through two different coaches before bringing in Mike Fratello. He fashioned a 40-26 finish, the Grizzlies sneaked into the playoffs at 45-37 and as the eighth seed. They got swept in the first round.

The NBA champions that year? San Antonio.

KEMBA’S NECK

Boston guard Kemba Walker took a scary hit last week when he collided with teammate Semi Ojeleye during the Celtics’ game at Denver.

The way Walker fell, and how he had to leave the game on a stretcher, understandably raised plenty of concern. He was diagnosed with a sprained neck, which was probably about the best possible outcome given how bad the play looked in real time.

Perhaps overlooked is this: The sprain is Walker’s second neck issue in less than three months.

He played some games for USA Basketball at the FIBA World Cup in China in September while dealing with neck pain, which intensified to the point that he sat out the Americans’ finale there — the seventh-place game in Beijing against Poland.

MIGHTY MAVS

With MVP candidate Luka Doncic leading the way, Dallas is flying.

The Mavericks have scored 137 points or more in each of their last three games. Only two teams in league history have gone on longer such streaks — Denver in November 1988 and Portland in November 1990, both of those being four-game runs.

The Mavs have reached the 125-point mark five times already this season. That matches their total from all of last season.

THE WEEK AHEAD

A game to watch each day in the coming week:

Tuesday, L.A. Clippers at Dallas: Doncic is rolling right now. Here comes a very big test.

Wednesday, L.A. Lakers at New Orleans: Welcome back to New Orleans, Anthony Davis.

Thursday, Happy Thanksgiving: It’s one of the days the NBA has no games on the schedule.

Friday, Boston at Brooklyn: A noon start time. Could it be Kyrie Irving versus the Celtics?

Saturday, Charlotte at Milwaukee: For some reason, few seem to be talking about the Bucks.

Sunday, Memphis at Minnesota: Through Monday, Grizzlies rookie Ja Morant averaged 19 ppg.

Monday, Utah at Philadelphia: A matchup of really good teams that usually put defense first.

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Brooklyn Nets’ Kyrie Irving ‘planned’ shoulder injury to skip Boston Celtics game, ex-NBA player says

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Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving is set to miss his first game against the Celtics due to a shoulder injury in what would have been his first appearance in Boston since leaving the team in the offseason.

Former NBA center Kendrick Perkins suggested that Irving may have concocted the injury in order to purposely skip the game. Irving has not played since Nov. 14 against the Denver Nuggets and the Nets and Celtics meet Wednesday.

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“Kyrie looked at the schedule before the season started and planned this whole injury thing because he didn’t want to go back to Boston this upcoming week!!! He didn’t want that smoke in the Bean Town. Smh,” Perkins, who is now an ESPN analyst, tweeted Friday.

Irving bolted Boston for the Nets in the offseason after having vowed to Celtics fans he would be coming back. The point guard said in the offseason that part of the reason was he was dealing with issues off the court that made him want to move back near his family.

KYRIE IRVING IS ‘A NORMAL TEAMMATE,’ BROOKLYN NETS’ CENTER JARRETT ALLEN SAYS

He said in September he wanted to re-sign with the Celtics, but his home life “has way higher precedence than the organization or anyone and I barely got a chance to talk to my grandfather before he passed, from playing basketball.” He said he thought he could “battle through” his struggles through the team.

Irving played 67 games for the Celtics during the 2018-19 season. He averaged 23.8 points and 6.9 assists during the year and made his third consecutive All-Star appearance. But Boston was eliminated from the playoffs in the second round.

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This season with the Nets, Irving is averaging 28.2 points and 7.2 assists per game. It’s unclear when he will be ready to return to the court.

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