ESPN reporter Maria Taylor addressed her egregious All-NBA voting error via Twitter on Saturday.
The NBA on Saturday released the official voting results from all the awards. One voting result that stood out was Taylor’s All-NBA ballot.
The ESPN reporter omitted Anthony Davis from her list. She even voted for Joel Embiid and Bam Adebayo at center over Davis. That made it pretty clear that she had just flat-out forgot about the Los Angeles Lakers big man.
After receiving attention for the issue, Taylor admitted that she had made a “mistake.”
Wow it’s been a long week. But if everyone would now like to take away my voter privileges because of a CLEAR mistake. Please feel free.
Lawson spent eight seasons in the NBA after Minnesota picked him 18th overall in 2009. The former North Carolina standout averaged 12.7 points and 6.0 assists per game, mostly with the Denver Nuggets. He’s still just 32, so he likely has more basketball in him. That said, he hasn’t received any notable NBA interest in over two years.
JaVale McGee is the Lakers’ usual starter at center, but Howard started the second half over him in Game 1. Howard proved to be a difference-maker, posting 13 points, three rebounds, and two blocks in just 16 minutes.
The reasoning makes sense. Howard is a vertical threat who makes life difficult for Nikola Jokic with his rolls to the rim. On the other end, he is also a slightly more disciplined and versatile defender than McGee is.
“Kevin, with his length, is a matchup problem for everyone,” said Nash, per Coby Green of SportsNet New York. “Kevin can play all five positions, and I plan to use him in all five positions.”
Nash is already well-familiar with Durant’s skillset, having served as a consultant for the Golden State Warriors during Durant’s time there. The ex-MVP Durant missed all of this season recovering from a torn Achilles. But as an elite scorer and quality ball-handler at 6-foot-10, Durant does have the ability to play anywhere on the floor in today’s positionless game.
Ja Morant was one vote away from being named unanimous Rookie of the Year, and he now knows the identity of the media member who didn’t back him.
The NBA released the full balloting for awards on Saturday. As had been previously announced, Morant received 99 of 100 first-place votes in Rookie of the Year balloting. With the release of the ballots, however, we learned that the only voter who didn’t back Morant was Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times, who voted for Zion Williamson with Morant in second.
Morant had a response for Cowley, and it was a bit more polite than you might expect.
Morant is right to ask. He had an excellent rookie season, putting up 17.8 points and 7.3 assists per game in 67 games. Williamson was excellent when he played, but he only appeared in 24 games.
The Memphis Grizzlies guard had wanted to know who didn’t vote for him so he could thank the voter for the motivation. He’s essentially kept his word. It can’t be easy to do, as Morant easily could have gotten angry. Instead, he’s taken the high road.
The Pacers are lining up potential candidates to replace Nate McMillan, who was fired in August.
Brown comes with extensive head coaching experience. He has two stints with the Cleveland Cavaliers, as well as a season with the Los Angeles Lakers. He has served as Steve Kerr’s lead assistant with the Golden State Warriors since 2016. That role has won him two titles, and he even went 12-0 as acting coach in the 2017 playoffs with Kerr sidelined due to chronic back issues.
If you’re the Denver Nuggets, you have to be concerned about the comment made by LeBron James on Friday night.
James had 15 points and 12 assists in the Los Angeles Lakers’ 126-114 win over the Nuggets in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals. He learned earlier in the day that he finished second in the NBA MVP vote behind Giannis Antetokounmpo. The Milwaukee Bucks star got 85 first-place votes, while James received 16.
Barkley also brought out the broom for the first round of the playoffs. He predicted the Trail Blazers would sweep the Lakers and then used his broom after Game 1 of that series. The Lakers won that series in five, leading Shaq to get some broom revenge.
This time around, Barkley’s sweep prediction looks more likely.
The Lakers are well-rested, while the Nuggets are coming off consecutive 7-game series.