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Rockets GM Daryl Morey trolls Steve Kerr by tweeting article from 2016

Rockets GM Daryl Morey trolls Steve Kerr by tweeting article from 2016

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So here's what happened:

Steve Kerr opened his media availability on Monday by making contact with Ann Killion of The San Francisco Chronicle and pretending to flop.

The Warriors coach did this to troll James Harden and the Rockets, who complained about the officiating in a very public way following Golden State's Game 1 win on Sunday.

So how did Rockets GM Daryl Morey respond?

On Monday afternoon, he simply tweeted out a link to a Bleacher Report article from November 2016 with the headline: "Steve Kerr Reportedly Fined for Criticizing NBA Referees for Missed Calls ."

The Warriors beat the Raptors in Toronto on Nov. 16, 2016. The next day, Kerr went on KNBR 680 and voiced some frustration:

"How is it that everybody on Earth can see these traveling violations except for the three people that we pay to do the job? I don't get it. It's bizarre. It's (traveling) a point of emphasis on one particular play and that's when you catch and go ... it's just the one that the officials are taught to see.

"But I can literally put together a blooper reel of plays that are embarrassing travels that are just not called.

"I want to make it clear -- our guys travel all the time, too. So this is not me saying, 'Hey, we're getting a raw deal.'"

A couple of days later, Kerr was fined $25,000.

But back to present day ... Kerr was asked Monday afternoon about all of the noise coming from the Rockets.

"It's disappointing because the focus should be on two teams who played extremely hard," he told reporters. "Watching the tape, both teams just got after it and competed.  But we just watched the tape -- you don't think there were 10 calls that we thought we got fouled?

"This is how it goes and every coach in the league will tell you the same thing ... it's the nature of the game. It's very, very difficult to officiate an NBA game. There's all kind of gray area. And in the modern game, a lot of players have gotten really good at deception.

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"I don't remember people falling down on 3-point shots all the time when I played ... I'm disappointed that this has become the whole narrative."

Gee, I wonder who Kerr is referring to here.

As for Morey, he will now have to deal with the fallout from the reported memo the Rockets created after last year's Western Conference Finals that claims the referees cost Houston the 2018 NBA championship.

Buckle up folks. This series has only just begun.

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Why LeBron James didn't win his rivalry with the Warriors in any way

Why LeBron James didn't win his rivalry with the Warriors in any way

Another day, another crazy comment on the Internet.

On Thursday morning, Robin Lundberg of Sports Illustrated said the following after LeBron James and the Lakers throttled the injury-riddled Warriors on Wednesday night:

"In a way, LeBron James won his rivalry with the Warriors. Sure, he was just 1-3 against them in the Finals. But with the Dubs done and the Lakers looking like contenders, it appears his dynasty has outlasted theirs -- which is something that once seemed unimaginable, considering James was in the midst of a fifth straight Finals trip when they first met, and since a 73-win team added KD before the rubber match.

"And what James said about missing Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love in 2015 has some validity. Of all their meetings, none will have the meaning of 2016. The comeback from 3-1 to vanquish what would have been the greatest season in NBA history must still sting in a way LeBron losing with Matthew Dellavedova as his wingman won't.

"And I don't think anyone believed it was reasonable for James to conquer Golden State plus Durant after that. Now the Warriors are in the lead for the lottery while the Lakers are on top of the West with LeBron on an early MVP campaign and leading the league in assists."

First and foremost -- the Warriors beat LeBron and the Cavs in the NBA Finals three times out of four. So no -- in no way, shape or form did LeBron win his rivalry against Golden State.

We could just end this article right now, but let's continue a little longer.

Yes, LeBron is off to a terrific start this season and the Lakers are rolling at 9-2.

But what if Los Angeles doesn't win the championship this year? We have no clue how things are going to play out.

Even if the Lakers ultimately win the 2020 title, it will not be an indictment whatsoever on the Warriors, who have been decimated by injuries.

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Now, it would be a different story if a healthy Lakers team beat a healthy Warriors team in the playoffs, but that won't be happening this season.

Hopefully, we get to see a Warriors-Lakers matchup sometime in May 2021. That would be great for the NBA and basketball fans everywhere, and actually could be used as "evidence" when discussing the "LeBron-Warriors rivalry."

Until then, it's silly to make any sort of judgments.

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Potential Warriors NBA draft target James Wiseman declared ineligible

Potential Warriors NBA draft target James Wiseman declared ineligible

Today is a bad day for college basketball and its fans.

Memphis star freshman James Wiseman -- the projected No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft -- was declared ineligible.

The school issued the following statement:

University of Memphis student-athlete James Wiseman has decided to withdraw his lawsuit against the NCAA and the University. The University supports the decision, as it believes it is in James' and the men's basketball team's best interests to resolve his eligibility issue expeditiously through the NCAA process.

In order to move the matter forward, the University has declared James ineligible for competition and will immediately apply for his reinstatement. Pending that notification, James will be withheld from competition but will continue to practice with the team.

The NCAA is fully aware of the unique nature and challenges in this particular case, and the University is confident that the NCAA will render a fair and equitable decision consistent with its mission. 

Spoiler alert -- it will be shocking if the NCAA renders a fair and equitable decision.

Sorry Warriors fans, but you probably won't be able to watch the 18-year-old phenom again this season. Neither will Golden State's front office:

Wiseman -- who is listed at 7-foot-1 and 240 pounds -- averaged 19.7 points, 10.7 rebounds and 3.0 blocks in his first three games with the Tigers, while shooting 77 percent overall and over 70 percent from the free throw line.

The Warriors currently sport a record of 2-10, and it's not inconceivable that they end up in position to draft Wiseman in June.

So why is he ineligible exactly? As ESPN's Jeff Borzello writes:

The school acknowledged last week that [Penny] Hardaway, before he became the Tigers' head coach, provided $11,500 in moving expenses for Wiseman and his family to move from Nashville to Memphis in the summer of 2017. At the time, Hardaway was Wiseman's AAU coach and would then coach him at Memphis East High School. Hardaway, a Memphis alum, was considered a booster due to a $1 million donation he gave the school in 2008 to build a sports Hall of Fame.

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Wow. Hardaway is nothing short of a monster and Wiseman should never be allowed to play basketball again.

That's obviously a joke, and it's a complete joke that Wiseman can't suit up for Memphis right now.

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