SH Blog: Klay Thompson calls out Blake Griffin’s style of play, Gary Payton says Curry and Westbrook are shooting guards

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KlayThompsonSH1It’s no secret that the Los Angeles Clippers and Golden State Warriors have a strong dislike for each other. It has been that way since last season when the Warriors became a relevant team in the Western Conference, and it continued into this season when Blake Griffin called the Warriors cowards. The two teams won’t even share a chapel together.

That’s true hate.

What no one could have seen coming, though, is Klay Thompson joining in on the fun, so to speak. During a radio interview, the sharp-shooter called out Griffin for his “out of control” style of play, transcribed by Arash Markazi of ESPN LA:

On Wednesday, Warriors guard Klay Thompson called Clippers forward Blake Griffin out for flopping and playing “kind of out of control sometimes.”

“He is a good guy off the court but he probably just … I mean … plays pretty physical and flops a little bit,” Thompson told The Wheelhouse on 95.7 The Game radio in San Francisco.

“He flairs his arm around so you know you might catch a random elbow or something that doesn’t you know rub off too well on guys,” Thompson said. “He’s kind of like a bull in a china shop, kind of out of control sometimes. And then you do just see him flop sometimes like how can a guy that big and strong flop that much.

“I can see how that gets under people’s skin and be frustrating to play against.”

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Tweet of the Day: New York Knicks FINALLY Usher In Phil Jackson Era

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After what seemed like weeks of deliberation, rumors that he was possibly leveraging the New York Knicks against the Los Angeles Lakers to get the job he (presumably) really wanted, and a lot of TV and radio discussion, the wait is finally over.

Phil Jackson has formally been announced as the Knicks new president of basketball operations.

News coverage for Phil’s new job, from its early discussions to its formal announcement, has been at an all-time high. You can find plenty of coverage here on Sheridan Hoops:

[SHERIDAN: (Podcast) Phil Jackson Isn’t The Only Item Up For Discussion]
[BERNUCCA: Jackson’s Resume Alone Not Nearly Enough To Fix Knicks]
[SCOTTO: (Podcast) Phil Jackson Joining the New York Knicks]
[KAMENETZKY BROS.: Power Rankings: The Phil Jackson Effect … On Both Coasts]
[SH BLOG: Silver wants to raise age limit; who will be Phil’s first coaching hire with Knicks?]
[MAY: Memo to Phil Jackson: Beware the Nest of Vipers at MSG]

Tuesday, New York welcomed its new President home after decades spent elsewhere in the NBA.

Bernucca: Who Is On Your Team’s Mount Rushmore?

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rushmoreThis past week, NBA TV released excerpts of an extended interview with LeBron James (airing in its entirety Monday night) in which Steve Smith asked “The King” to name his Mount Rushmore of basketball.

James offered a quartet of Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson and Oscar Robertson. But it’s really an unfair question, because in addition to those four players, there are at least three more – centers Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Bill Russell – who are in the “best ever” conversation. And that group doesn’t include active players who eventually will join the conversation as well, like Kobe Bryant and James himself.

A better exercise might be establishing a Mount Rushmore for each team.

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May: Props to Chris Grant — Somebody Who Finally Stood Up to the Lakers

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chris-grantI don’t know what the future holds for the general manager of the Cleveland Cavaliers, Chris Grant. He’s on the hook for the selection of Anthony Bennett, who, to this point, has done nothing to merit being the No. 1 overall draft pick in 2013.

He may have to answer for Tristan Thompson, as well, as the No. 4 pick in 2011.

But here’s what he won’t have to do: He won’t have to worry about ever being called a stooge for knuckling under to the Los Angeles Lakers.

Grant did something that a lot of general managers over the years have not done: He stood up to the Lakers and told them, ‘no.’ He wouldn’t send “the contract of Andrew Bynum” (as the Bulls called it in their press release) for Pau Gasol, a move which would have given the Lakers enormous financial relief and future flexibility. He resisted sending a younger asset to the aging Lakers to make the deal.

Instead, he turned Bynum’s contract into the much-more-attractive Luol Deng.

SH Blog: Jerry West talked poorly of Harden to Howard, Melo dismisses anything Barkley has to say

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The NBA season has finally begun, and there are plenty of things to read up on. Is Rudy Gay going to be traded this season? How did teams try to convince Dwight Howard that going to Houston would be a bad idea? Is Ty Lawson the right player to run Brian Shaw’s big-man oriented offense? The answer to these questions and plenty more can be found below.

STORY OF THE DAY:

Rudy GayAs the new general manager of the team, Masai Ujiri moved Andrea Bargnani over the summer. His next target to move may be Rudy Gay. At the very least, the discussion has been had, according to Bruce Arthur of National Post:

He has been less active in Toronto, so far. Sources say he has talked about moving Rudy Gay, but he has been patient. He dealt Andrea Bargnani, built a bench that may double as a self-destruct button, and prepared.

“I can control preparing,” Ujiri says. “What are the things that you can get better at, and that you can control? I can try to get our fans rattled up to create an atmosphere here. We can try to develop our players more, to give them good options, get better in the summer, we can control that in some kind of way. We can absolutely control who we draft.

“And you can’t let anything slip in that circumstance. Culture. We can’t have unnecessary issues that taint the culture of our team, or perception of our team. We have to slowly chip away.”

WORTH WATCHING:

The legendary Allen Iverson, also known these days as “the toughest player, pound for pound”, officially retired on Wednesday. Watch this video to see him cover a variety of topics, including what Aaron McKie and Michael Jordan meant to him, if he regrets his “practice” rant, how he didn’t understand the game of basketball and more:

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “This is what I decided to do.”

dwight1001-306x203Dwight Howard made his debut with the Houston Rockets in a triumphant way with 17 points and a career-high tying 26 rebounds on Wednesday. Afterwards, it finally hit him that this is the path he has chosen for his career over the next four seasons, from Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

“When I stood there and looked around, I thought to myself, ‘I’ve got an amazing opportunity here, and I’m not going to let it go to waste,” Howard told Yahoo Sports late Wednesday in a quiet corner of the locker room.

“It hit me there: This is what I chose. This is what I decided to do.”

He smiled a knowing smile, nodded and repeated himself.

“I’m not going to let it go to waste,” Howard said.

“I wanted to get 30 rebounds,” Howard said. “I was upset I didn’t do it.”

Howard and Omer Asik started alongside each other and grabbed a total of 40 rebounds, three more than what the Charlotte Bobcats managed to grab as a team.

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NOTABLES FROM WEDNESDAY:

Michael Carter-Williams, obviously, and the shocking 114-110 victory for the Philadelphia 76ers over the Miami Heat.

Klay Thompson- After an impressive showing against the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday, the Lakers got completely demolished by the Golden State Warriors 125-94. Klay Thompson scored a career-high 38 points on 15-of-19 shooting in just 31 minutes of action.

- Miles Plumlee was impressive in his debut as a starter with 18 points, 15 rebounds and three blocks. Eric Bledsoe also had a nice overall game with 22 points, seven rebounds and six assists in his debut as the go-to guy for the Phoenix Suns. Last but not least, Goran Dragic showed that he and Bledsoe can co-exist, scoring 26 points while dishing out nine assists.

- All that talk of spacing issues for the Detroit Pistons? You can squash it, at least for one day. Josh Smith attempted seven three-pointers and knocked down three of them. Chauncey Billups also proved that he still has game, scoring 16 points, including four-of-five shooting from beyond the arc. Andre Drummond had 12 points on six-of-seven shooting, while Greg Monroe ended up with 24 points and 16 rebounds.

- As expected, Patrick Beverley started over Jeremy Lin against the Charlotte Bobcats. His defense is exceptional, but with James Harden as the only reliable play-maker in the starting lineup, the offense looked stagnant. Beverley ended up leaving the game with a rib injury, which meant Lin took over again at the point. With Howard and Asik manning the frontcourt defensively, should defense be a further priority than more creativity on the offense end?

- After so much uncertainty surrounding the status of Andrew Bynum, the center came out of nowhere and played on Wednesday – his first time seeing game action in over a year – to provide some valuable minutes in the opener against the Brooklyn Nets.

OTHER NEWS FROM AROUND THE LEAGUE:

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