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Silas and Thomas have locker room altercation

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Silas and Thomas have locker room altercation

To say its been an ugly season for Charlotte would be putting their current situation lightly.

At 7-54, theyre on pace to finish the season as one of the worst NBA teams in league history.

The last thing they need is any in-house disruption, but according to Yahoo Sports, Coach Paul Silas and forward Tyrus Thomas had an altercation in the locker room last week, following a loss to the Boston Celtics in which Ray Allen, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett sat out.

Silas hates losing to the Celtics, and Paul was even angrier that he thought Thomas was acting buddy-buddy with some of their guys, one source said. Thats what got it going. But Paul was yelling at him over his salary, over what they have left to pay him. But it started with him saying, hey, he could live with the losing, but youre going to be buddy-buddy as theyre beating your expletive too?

Silas reportedly shoved Thomas after the forward stood up after the two had exchanged words. No punches were thrown and players did step in to separate the two.

Bobcats President of Basketball Operations Rod Higgins met and fined both and acknowledged to Yahoo that there was an incident and both the player and coach have moved on.

Charlotte has lost 18 straight games, following Wednesday's 100-68 loss at the hands of the Bulls and the only consolation for their dismal season is the hopes that it can secure the first pick in this years draft where Kentucky freshmen Anthony Davis is the presumptive favorite to be selected at number one.

Thomas has been underwhelming in his second full season with the Bobcats averaging 5.6 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.2 blocks in 19.6 minutes per game.

Stories of Kobe Bryant share common themes, regardless of who tells them

Stories of Kobe Bryant share common themes, regardless of who tells them

On Monday, the world will bid the late Kobe and Gigi Bryant a final farewell in the form of a public memorial service. Bryant and Gigi’s specters have been omnipresent throughout the NBA and sports world at large since their passing, along with seven others, in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, CA on Jan. 26.

But even gone from this earth, Bryant’s memory has and will continue to live on in the legacy he leaves behind. That legacy is sustained by memories and reminiscences from those who knew him and were impacted by him, whether it be as a basketball player, father or person.

Former Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau first encountered Bryant while serving as an assistant with the Philadelphia 76ers in the mid-90s. At the time, Bryant was still enrolled at Lower Merion High School in the suburbs of Philadelphia. 

“Whenever they would have a day off from high school — we practiced at St. Joes — [Bryant] would come over and he’d be there the whole day, he'd be the first one there,” Thibodeau told Tom Haberstroh during a live taping of The Habershow podcast over All-Star weekend in Chicago. “And that's how I got to know him. He would ask, 'Can you work me out?' then he'd want to play against the players, then he'd watch practice, then he'd lift, then he'd want to play against more players.

“He'd watch guys work out, then he'd go and ask them questions, so you could see how his mind was working.”

Bryant eventually parlayed that experience and work ethic into a fruitful 20-year NBA career that saw him win five championships and stack countless other accolades, including an MVP award, 15 All-NBA selections and 12 All-Defense selections. Ask Thibodeau, and that’s no surprise.

“The thing about Kobe, the way his mind worked, he was a planner, he was so well-organized, every step of everything he did was well planned out,” Thibodeau said. “He developed a plan and then he would just work the plan. He had a plan for what he was gonna do in high school and what he was gonna do in the pros.”

That quality carried over after Bryant's retirement from basketball, as well.

“And even, we were texting a month ago about, he was coaching his daughter's team and he was asking questions about that,” Thibodeau said. “We maintained our relationship all the way through. And he was always talking about his daughters, he loved everything about his daughters. Everything with what he was doing with them.

“And it was amazing what he was accomplishing in his post-playing career: To win an Oscar, to have the book series he was doing, everything was planned out. I went to New York with him to do a promotion for his book and I was just amazed by how at peace he was with being done playing. And I think for him he knew there was nothing left to give. He gave all that he had, he was already on to the next phase of his life.”

Sarah Kustok of the YES Network didn’t first meet Bryant until well after his playing days had ended, but picked up on a number of the same traits Thibodeau enumerated. The date was Dec. 21 and the Hawks were in Brooklyn to face the Nets. Gigi’s favorite player was Trae Young, so naturally, Bryant and her were in attendance. 

In fact, the prospect of meeting Gigi (“she’s a stud,” Kustok said) is what drew Kustok to introduce herself to both in the first place.

“We went over, said hi, talked to [Gigi], talked to [Kobe], got to watch them during the game and I will say… There was so many times during the game that I couldn't even necessarily focus on the game because I'm watching their interactions,” Kustok said at a live taping of the Bulls Outsiders podcast over All-Star weekend. “And I know we've seen so many pictures, videos and — but I'm like, no, this was happening the entire game. And just the engagement between the two of them and the realness and the genuine, like, love and interest was something that was such a beautiful sight to see.”

 

Bryant still had much wisdom to impart and will be missed dearly. Whether you knew him from the beginning or caught a glimpse of him towards the end, that much is evident.

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2020 NHL Trade Deadline Show: How to watch online and on the MyTeams app

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2020 NHL Trade Deadline Show: How to watch online and on the MyTeams app

The NHLTrade Deadline is coming up but there have been some steady rumors surrounding Blackhawks players foreshadowing an active trade deadline.

NBC Sports' team of experts from around the country will be breaking down all the player swaps as the deadline comes and goes in a special streamed exclusively in the MyTeams App starting at 1:30 p.m. CT.  If the Blackhawks make a move, our insider Charlie Roumeliotis will be on the show to discuss in detail and provide analysis.

Blackhawks stars Brandon Saad and Erik Gustafsson have been the most notable names in rumors for an exit from Chicago. The team has admitted the rumors have weighed on their minds.

Fans can submit questions on social media using the hashtag #NHLtradeNBC and we will get answers on the show.

Here's how you can watch NBC Sports' NHL Trade Deadline Show online:

DATE: Monday, February 24, 2020
TIME: 1:30 p.m. CT
WHERE: MyTeams App

Click here to download the new MyTeams App by NBC Sports! Receive comprehensive coverage of your teams and stream the Blackhawks easily on your device.