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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Basketball

Patrick Beverley reportedly out for season after knee surgery

Things have gone from bad to worse for the Los Angeles Clippers.

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, point guard Patrick Beverley will miss the remainder of the season after surgery to repair a microfracture and torn meniscus in the right knee.

Beverley is facing a recovery period of up to nine months.

The right knee soreness Beverley had been experiencing was not thought to be anywhere near this serious, and he even managed to return to play Monday night in what turned out to be the team’s ninth consecutive defeat.

Beverley’s absence, coupled with an injury to guard Milos Teodosic, leaves the Clippers extremely shallow in the backcourt. At 5-11, there is a long way to go, but their hopes for a successful season are looking progressively dimmer.

Donald Trump calls LaVar Ball a ‘poor man’s version of Don King’

Donald Trump

The war of words between Donald Trump and LaVar Ball is showing no signs of slowing down, and the U.S. president unloaded on Ball in his latest round of early-morning tweets on Wednesday.

Trump is said to have played a big role in helping Ball’s son LiAngelo avoid charges for shoplifting in China with two UCLA teammates, but Ball refuses to thank Trump. In his most recent Twitter rant, Trump called Ball an “ungrateful fool” and said he is “a poor man’s version of Don King.”

Ball was invited on CNN earlier in the week for one of the wildest interviews you will ever see, and you would have sworn he was a WWE heel and Trump is his rival.

It’s unclear exactly what Trump did to help keep the UCLA players out of trouble, but it seems like he was helpful in some way. If he was only doing it for public praise, that’s not a great look. Still, Ball seems like he is going out of his way to downplay the crime his son committed, which is a serious offense in China.

Steph Curry, JaVale McGee made bet on Davidson-Nevada game

JaVale McGee

A lot more than just a win and loss for the programs will be on the line when Davidson and Nevada meet on Tuesday night.

The Wolf Pack are hosting the Wildcats, and the schools just happen to have two famous alums who are teammates on the Golden State Warriors. And those teammates — Stephen Curry and JaVale McGee — have agreed to a wager.

According to a text message conversation McGee shared on Twitter, Curry will have to wear a fanny pack to three games if McGee’s Nevada squad wins. If Curry’s Davidson pulls off the victory, McGee will have to caddie for his teammate on the golf course.

Here’s hoping for a Nevada win just so we can see Curry wearing a fanny pack for a few days.

Paul Millsap reportedly out 2-3 months due to wrist surgery

Paul Millsap

Paul Millsap is expected to undergo wrist surgery, which will cause him to miss 2-3 months.

Millsap injured his wrist during Denver’s loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday night. X-rays were negative, but The Vertical’s Shams Charania says further testing showed the need for surgery.

Millsap was signed by Denver over the summer to a 3-year, $90 million deal. Securing Millsap was a big deal for the Nuggets, who were able to pair Millsap with Nikola Jokic.

The Nuggets are 10-7.

Ex-coach admits to faking Manute Bol’s birthdate, says he may have been 50 in NBA

Manute Bol’s former coach Kevin Mackey is making a fairly startling admission about the late great big man.

In an interview with basketball writer Adam Zagoria that ran on Tuesday, Mackey, the ex-Cleveland State coach who brought Bol to the United States from Sudan in the 1980s, admitted that he faked Bol’s birthdate. He also revealed that Bol may have been 40 or even 50 while he was in the NBA.

“I gave him his birthday because they didn’t know how old he was,” said Mackey, who now works as a scout for the Indiana Pacers, of Bol. “Every athletic door is open at 19, every athletic door is closed when you’re 35. He was probably 40, 50 years old when he was playing in the NBA.”

The 7-foot-7 Bol, who was the second-tallest player in NBA history, played in the league for 10 seasons from 1985 to 1995 and averaged just 2.6 points and 4.2 rebounds but 3.3 blocks per game for his career. His birthdate was listed as October 16, 1962, and he passed away in June 2010. He also has an 18-year-old son Bol Bol, a highly-touted recruit who just committed to Oregon.

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Kevin Garnett makes surprising NBA MVP prediction

Thon Maker

Kevin Garnett once famously declared, “Anything is possible.” Apparently that includes Milwaukee Bucks big man Thon Maker winning the MVP award.

In an interview with Jonathan Abrams of Bleacher Report that ran Monday, the retired 15-time All-Star, spoke glowingly of Maker and his potential. Keep in mind that Garnett has recently been attending Bucks practices to work with Milwaukee players.

“Thon Maker reminds me a lot of myself,” said Garnett. “He loves the game. He’s a young, exuberant athlete who has a lot of tools. He has touch, he has agility, he has really good feet. He has a really good shot from three-point all the way up to 19 to 21 feet. He has very good bones, as we say.

“Thon is going to be the MVP of the league one day,” he added. “Mark it down. He has the bones. He has the appetite to be able to chase something like that.”

Maker is still a raw 20-year-old averaging just 4.5 points and 3.3 rebounds per game in his second season. But as Garnett, who loves bold takes, hinted at, he has all the physical gifts to play at an elite level, so the upside is at least there.

Tony Allen calls out Russell Westbrook for flopping

DeMarcus Cousins was ejected from Monday’s game against the Oklahoma City Thunder for committing a Flagrant 2 foul on Russell Westbrook, and New Orleans Pelicans teammate Tony Allen was a bit peeved about the incident.

Cousins elbowed Westbrook in the head in the third quarter after securing a rebound and was thrown out of the game in a call that he did not agree with.

After the game, Allen called Westbrook out for the play, saying that he flopped and that he took advantage of Cousins’ history, according to Fred Katz of the Norman Transcript. Allen also got in a “ball don’t lie” dig for good measure.

There is little doubt that by itself the elbow was worthy of a flagrant foul call. But Westbrook’s embellishment as well as Cousins’ own reputation probably brought it up to Flagrant 2 territory, and it is clear that Allen, who has not had the best things to say about the Thunder lately, did not appreciate it.

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