By now everyone has heard that longtime Denver Nugget, point guard Ty Lawson was traded to the Houston Rockets just a few days ago. This comes on the heels of his second DUI arrest this year. The 6-year NBA veteran has been a consistent contributor for the Nuggets during his career but now his off the court troubles are coming to the public spotlight. In a recent interview with Yahoo! Sports, Nuggets President Josh Kroenke shared an interesting perspective on Lawson, claiming that he has struggled with alcohol abuse, even showing up to practice reeking of booze.
There were times when he was better than others. But the problems have been there for several years, going back to when we were having a lot of on-court success. I don’t want to go back too far. There were just a lot of times where you were at practice and you just know. You could smell it.
Though the team was fully aware of his struggles, they made attempts to work with him through the process. But all of it came to ahead when he was arrested on his 2nd DUI in less than 6 months. That is when the team decided to part ways with him.
I love Ty and will always love Ty, but once I saw him going down this dark path, we knew that we probably were going to end up in a situation where we were dumping him. It creates a weird dynamic.
Lawson was dealt to Houston in exchange for Pablo Prigioni, Joey Dorsey, Nick Johnson, Kostas Papanikolaou and a future first-round pick. Houston’s John Lucas, who specializes in helping players with personal off-the-court issues will be aiding Lawson in his efforts to get back on the straight and narrow.
Substance abuse and a millions in the bank are a bad mix. – Rocko Rathon (@Rocko_CNK)
James Harden, everyone. There’s really nothing wrong here, but it’s always funny when this happens. Like that time Julian Edelman turned up on Snapchat. Today’s victim is recently ousted Houston Rocket and MVP runner-up, James Harden, who forgot to fall asleep with his back facing his bedtime buddy.
It’s okay James, it isn’t that much different than the Spurs stumbling out of some Los Angeles club after getting Chris Paul‘d. Everyone deals with defeat in their own way. Except Twitter. Twitter always deals with defeat the exact same way. See below.
James Harden turned the ball over 13 times in a game but couldn’t turn over when it mattered
Riley Curry has more than her share of fun after dad squeaks out a Game 1 victory
Last night was supposed to be about the regular season MVP and MVP runner-up, Stephen Curry and James Harden, battling for home-court advantage in what’s expected to be an entertaining, if not contentious, Western Conference Finals. For most of the evening, it was just that. After falling behind by 16 points in the first half, Curry (34 pts, 6 rbs, 5 asts) helped his team battle back, and eventually hold off the resilient Rockets, and a 4th quarter comeback attempt led by Harden, who fell just an assist short of a triple-double (28 pts, 11 rbs, 9 asts).
However, following the sound of the 4th quarter buzzer, the story line quickly changed, and Stephen wasn’t the Curry taking over. His daughter, Riley Curry, who insisted that she be included in her dad’s post-game presser, quickly stole the show. As her father glanced at the night’s stat sheet and did his best to answer reporters’ questions despite his daughter’s antics, he quickly became the 2nd most interesting person in his family. Even ESPN’s cameraman panned towards the far left of the table at which Stephen Curry was seated to catch some of Riley’s antics. You can see some of the adorable footage above.
Barnes attempts to move past a very embarrassing moment
Last week, outside of the normal headlines surrounding the Rockets and Clippers’ contentious second round series, there was one floating around that was a real head-scratcher. Matt Barnes Tells James Harden’s Mother to “Suck My D*ck, B*tch”. Jeeeeesus Chr…
At the time, Barnes didn’t know he was speaking to Harden’s mother, he was, in his mind, rebutting some front row heckling, but that didn’t help his case. He later apologized according to Harden’s mother herself, and Barnes told his own story of his mother dying of cancer, which added some weight to his apology, but that’s about as brutal as a retort gets, even today.
Before last night’s game–which featured Barnes’ Clippers blowing the Rockets out in L.A.–Matt was asked repeatedly about his comments to Harden’s mother, and he acknowledged the fact that she engaged him first, but swerved on questions asking him to detail what his comments were.
Yesterday, some pretty brutal news surrounding Matt Barnes‘ trash talk and one particularly significant Houston Rockets fan surfaced, and it wasn’t pretty. According to several sources, early in the first half of Thursday night’s Game 2 between the Houston Rockets and the Los Angeles Clippers, Matt Barnes, frustrated after fouling James Harden, told Harden’s mother–who allegedly heckled Barnes shortly before–to “suck my d*ck, b*tch.”
The fallout was widespread, but by the time the story hit the internet, it had allegedly already been resolved. TMZ reported yesterday that Harden’s older brother alerted Barnes of the significance of the fan he’d cursed out, and forced the abrasive Clipper forward to apologize.
Still, the NBA undoubtedly caught wind of the explicit nature of Barnes retort, and today has handed down its punishment: $50,000. A small dent in the checking account for a man that made $4 million this season, but still a reminder that the defensive specialist should think before he speaks. Especially if that’s what’ll come out of his mouth.
We’d say Matt Barnes lost all his chill, but he never had any to begin with
Matt Barnes has a reputation for being an abrasive, nagging defender, which is more than likely why he’s a starter in the NBA. Last night however, that may have gotten him in trouble with more than just the referees.
Early in the 1st half of Game 2 of the Clippers vs Rockets Conference Semifinals, James Harden–as he does a gazillion times a game–drove to the rack and was fouled by Barnes, who gave him a nice little bump after the play right in front of a referee, drawing technical foul whistles.
Apparently, after that brief incident, a woman shouted out “you suck” from the stands at Barnes, and he responded by saying “suck my d*ck, b*tch.”
That’s a pretty brutal thing to say to any woman in range of other ears, but if it was in fact aimed at the mother of James Harden, this year’s MVP runner-up and beloved Houston Rocket, things could get pretty dicey in this series from here on out. Not to mention, the 4th game of this series is on Mother’s Day. Luckily for Barnes, it will be played in Los Angeles.
Text from someone who absolutely would know: Matt Barnes said “Suck my dick, bitch” to James Harden’s mother. My lord.
According to TMZ Sports, Barnes later apologized (after Harden’s older brother confronted him), and admitted that he didn’t know he was speaking to someone’s mother. This is, according to Harden’s mother herself.
What he told me was that he would never want to disrespect anyone’s mother because his mother passed from cancer, and that he was sorry.
The Mavs coach saved himself a little money with a little packaging tape
Despite their convincing Game 4 victory, the Dallas Mavericks still trail the Houston Rockets 3-1 in their opening round series, and unless they do what’s never been done–come back from a 3-0 deficit to win a series–they’ll be home watching the Rockets take on either the Clippers or the Spurs next week. Following Game 3’s 130-128 loss to the Mavs, putting the Rockets in an 0-3 hole, Mavs head coach Rick Carlisle was critical of the refereeing, and was subsequently fined $25,000 for his comments
Following the Mavs Game 4 win, Carlisle was again asked by reporters about the game’s refereeing, and to avoid bringing his fine total to $50,000 for the series, employed an interesting tactic to keep his comments politically correct. Genius.
Mavs will attempt to stave off elimination once again in Game 5, tomorrow night at 8 PM.
Harden is humble, but sure that the top spot is his
2014-2015 will be remembered as the year when everything was up for grabs. Outside of the top spot in each conference (kudos to the Hawks and Warriors) nothing else was certain. There are no sure-fire bets for the Finals, the scoring championship is currently separated by such a small margin you have to expand your truncation by several decimal points just to prove it’s not really a tie between James Harden and Russell Westbrook, and the MVP race is as wide open as it has ever been. Legitimate cases could be made for no less than five players, but in reality, there are two front-runners, and it really is a toss-up.
James Harden the fearless anchor of the 53-25, 3rd place Houston Rockets has kept his team not only afloat, but dominant, despite the prolonged absence of their starting center, Dwight Howard, a top 5 player at the position. Further out west, the 1st place Golden State Warriors have been led by the record-setting Stephen Curry all season, but many claim it’s his ridiculous supporting cast–one of Curry teammates, All-Star Klay Thompson, scored 37 points in a quarter earlier this season, and two others are Defensive Player of the Year candidates–that would’ve made it nearly impossible for the Warriors to be bad this year.
Last night, in an interview with NBA.com, Harden acknowledged the year Stephen Curry is having, but was very clear about who the real Most Valuable Player is.
I feel as though I am the MVP. I think the MVP is the most valuable player to your team. Obviously, you have to be winning and be one of the top teams in this league, and we are. I’m not taking credit away from anybody else in the league. But I’ve been consistent all year. I’ve just been doing the right things to put my team in situations to win, considering all of the different circumstances we’ve had to deal with. I’m looking at all those things put together. Not taking away from Steph or that team. It’s an unbelievable season that they’re having. But we’re having a pretty good season as well with all the injuries and all that we’ve been going through this season…Look, I understand that people can go either way with it. But for the most valuable player, I think I would have the edge.