- Rick Adelman says he did not have a problem with J.J. Barea’s comments that some Minnesota Timberwolves didn’t care enough after a recent loss.
- Thunder sixth-man James Harden was only able to watch most of his team’s shoot-around this morning. He spent most of his time being evaluated by the Thunder medical staff following Sunday’s concussion suffered at the elbow of Metta World Peace.
- The National Basketball Players Association, whose business practices are being questioned by President Derek Fisher, paid almost $4.8 million to Executive Director Billy Hunter’s family members and their professional firms since 2001, according to public records. Fisher was asked to resign last week by the union’s leadership after he sought an outside review of finances. The request for him to step down came after the association’s executive committee spoke with Hunter on a conference call. Bloomberg
- While Hunter isn’t breaking any law or violating association rules, having so many relatives making money from the union is enough for an independent examination, said Robert Barbato, a business ethics professor at the Rochester Institute of Technology. “The involvement of so many family members who are receiving significant economic benefits raises enough of an ethical concern that an independent review seems required,” Barbato said in an e-mail. “Unless there is a reasonable explanation for calling for his resignation, I’m especially concerned that the executive committee has tried to silence Derek Fisher.” Bloomberg
- Vincent Goodwill: NBA’s dirtiest players, according to the players: Reggie Evans, KG, Ron-Ron, Jeff Foster, CP3, Gerald Henderson, K-Love, Kurt Thomas, Varejao, Eduardo Najera, Ryan Hollins, Dwight Howard, Battier, Jamaal Magloire and Raja Bell…any surprises? Twitter
- The New York Knicks have promoted Glen Grunwald to executive vice president and general manager after he assembled numerous pieces of a playoff roster this season. Oklahoman
- Frank Isola: Carmelo thinks that his good friend Chris Paul, whom he wanted in NY, will eventually sign a long term deal to remain with Clippers Twitter
- Mike Woodson has the support of the Knicks’ biggest star. Carmelo Anthony said he wants Woodson, who is 16-6 since taking over as Knicks interim coach for Mike D’Antoni, to return next season without the interim tag. “Absolutely. I’m a big supporter of what coach Woodson has done,” Anthony said in an ESPN interview for their “Face to Face” series. “His approach to the game, and what he gets out of all his players, even me. He holds everybody accountable and that’s what we need.” New York Post