Joel Embiid plays like a star on the court, and he has the attitude to go with it.
The Philadelphia 76ers big man was tasked with defending New York Knicks point guard Emmanuel Mudiay for a play during Thursday’s game between the teams. Given their respective sizes, one would figure Mudiay would have an advantage in the mismatch. Instead, Embiid hung with him despite being beat to the basket and got a block:
Embiid trying to melt Mudiay into the hardwood with this staredown pic.twitter.com/MiAVhcombp
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) March 16, 2018
The staredown by Embiid after the block was tremendous. Just a little intimidation move from him to make Mudiay think twice about trying to take it to the rack against him. Embiid had 29 points and two blocks in Philly’s 118-110 win.
The Denver Nuggets have reportedly traded Emmanuel Mudiay to the New York Knicks as part of a three-team trade.
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Mudiay is heading to the Knicks with fellow point guard Devin Harris going to Denver. The third team, the Dallas Mavericks, are getting Doug McDermott.
Denver is trading Emmanuel Mudiay to New York, league sources tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 8, 2018
Denver, New York and Dallas agreed on a three-way deal, league sources tell ESPN. Mudiay to Knicks; Devin Harris to Denver and Doug McDermott to Dallas.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 8, 2018
The Nuggets will also get a future second-round pick in the deal, according to Woj.
Mudiay, the No. 7 overall pick in the 2015 draft, had been discussed as a possible piece of a trade that would bring Boston Celtics point guard Marcus Smart to the Nuggets, but that obviously never materialized.
DeAndre Jordan, C, LA Clippers
Jordan being the only Clippers player left from the notorious Navy SEALS unit that descended upon Dallas in 2015 was a plot twist that I, for one, wasn’t expecting. Nevertheless, he may want to keep an extra suitcase handy as the Griffin trade signaled that, if not a full-scale rebuild, the team is remodeling this roster like an HGTV show. Jordan’s value speaks for itself – basket-to-basket activity with ironman-like consistency (this season’s brief five-game absence was the first time he missed action due to injury in his ten-year career). His expiring contract does give him a specific niche market, but for the lob of God, players of his caliber ain’t available for trade all that often.
George Hill, PG, Sacramento Kings
It took all of six months for the Hill-Kings marriage to go sour, and now we wait and see which team will win custody. A prolonged stay in Sacto is likely untenable – rookie De’Aaron Fox has already lapped Hill on the depth chart, and the Kings’ Western Conference-worst record is pretty much purgatory for a player who has made the postseason in eight of his nine NBA seasons so far. A classic veteran point guard of the 3-and-D mold, Hill would probably be an ideal depth piece for a host of playoff teams. As such, he may not be locked in the royal castle humming “Someday My Prince Will Come” to himself for long.
When the Denver Nuggets drafted Emmanuel Mudiay No. 7 overall in the 2015 draft, seeing him benched in favor of Jameer Nelson in Year 2 is not what they had in mind for his development. But that is what has transpired.
Michael Malone said after Nuggets practice on Wednesday that Nelson will be the team’s point guard when the team plays its first game after the All-Star break.
“I’m going to go with Jameer. Jameer is our starting point guard for right now and he has done a good job,” Malone said, via Mile High Sports’ Aniello Piro. “He has earned the trust and he has done a very good job while Emmanuel has been out. When it comes to who plays behind Jameer, that is a decision we are still trying to figure out.”
Mudiay is returning from a back injury that could be affecting his play this season.
The second-year point guard has failed to take a step forward from his rookie season and is averaging just 11.8 points and 4.2 assists per game. He’s shooting just 36.9 percent from the field, though he has improved his free throw shooting to 77.5 percent.
The 25-31 Nuggets currently hold the final playoff spot in the Western Conference, although there is a huge gap between them and the 7th-seeded Thunder. Only 3.5 games separates Denver from five teams beneath them in the standings.
- Emmanuel Mudiay
The Denver Nuggets may be open for business.
According to a report by Zach Lowe of ESPN on Thursday, the Nuggets are “quietly exploring” the trade market for point guard Emmanuel Mudiay in an attempt to see what they might get for Mudiay and the multiple draft picks they have at their disposal. Lowe also adds, however, that Denver is “in no rush” to move the Congolese guard.
Mudiay is still just 20 years old and is averaging 12.1 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 4.2 assists per game this season. But turnovers and efficiency are his enemies, and it’s still a legitimate question in his second year in the league if Mudiay’s skillset is NBA-caliber right now.
What works in Mudiay’s favor is that Denver is thin at the point behind him as 34-year-old Jameer Nelson is his only backup. But if the Nuggets have concluded Mudiay isn’t their floor general of the future, it may still be easy to move on given how loaded the 2017 draft class is with point guard talent.
- Emmanuel Mudiay
Denver Nuggets point guard Emmanuel Mudiay had a funny moment during Thursday’s game against the San Antonio Spurs, but he ended up apologizing for it later.
Popovich was ejected from the game late in the second quarter, and Mudiay was right there working alongside the referee to give Pop the heave-ho:
Going to watch both angles of Emmanuel Mudiay ejecting Gregg Popovich on loop until the sun comes up pic.twitter.com/kxeUz9y0mM
— CJ Fogler (@cjzero) January 20, 2017
Mudiay was told after the game about his actions getting a lot of attention and seemed to already know that.
— Chris Dempsey (@chrisadempsey) January 20, 2017
Mudiay clearly felt he was getting attention for the wrong reasons and decided to apologize.
I apologize if I offended some but I didn't mean no disrespect towards coach Pop, one of the Goat . I'm just trying to have fun.
— Emmanuel Mudiay (@emmanuelmudiay) January 20, 2017
The Nuggets guard obviously has a lot of respect for Pop. The Spurs still won the game 118-104 even without their coach. Mudiay had 12 points in the loss, but one memorable gesture.
Denver Nuggets head coach Michael Malone lost his temper during his team’s loss to the Los Angeles Clippers Tuesday night, and he took it out on an opponent and one of his own players.
First, Malone had some words for Blake Griffin, who was not happy that the Nuggets were employing a hack-a-DeAndre Jordan strategy at the end of the game.
Jordan is a poor free throw shooter, and he made just 12 of 25 in the game. He missed several free throws late in the fourth quarter, but perhaps Griffin felt that the Nuggets were dragging out the game with L.A. leading 110-93 and just under two minutes remaining.
Malone said after the game that he owes the Clippers an apology.
“As a head coach, as a leader of this team, I can’t get caught up in that kind of stuff,” he said, via Christopher Dempsey of The Denver Post. “I owed them an apology. Have to set a better example for our team, and we just have to keep on working. Stay together and keep on working, and find a way to stay positive. Hopefully a win will come soon.”
Just moments after that, Malone got into it with rookie point guard Emmanuel Mudiay on the bench.
— Nate Timmons (@NateTimmonsBSN) November 25, 2015
That incident led to Mudiay issuing an apology of his own, saying that everyone is just frustrated with Denver’s current four-game losing streak.
“It’s just both of us being competitors. It probably was my fault, I could have been doing a lot more,” Mudiay said. “So I kind of put the blame on myself. I’ve got nothing against Coach, I respect him.”
Earlier this month, it was another team having a verbal altercation during a game against the Nuggets. Apparently the have been partially responsible for a lot of frustration this season.