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ANGELS – Fighting personality Shannon Sharp isn’t just for TV.

Sharpe was at the court when the Lakers hosted the Grizzlies and got into a fight with a group of Memphis players just after the break signal. It all started with Dillon Brooksbut I am Morant and Stephen Adams They were joined by Ty Morant, Jah’s father, who also sat on the court next to the Grizzlies’ bench.

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Both men were escorted off the court by NBA and arena security.

What was said to start the incident depends on who you ask.

Note that Sharp does not mention Adams; I’m not sure Sharpe wants that smoke.

– I’m not talking about that. Ask him. He’s a blogger or whatever he is,” Brooks first said after the game when asked about the incident. However, when told that Sharp had told ESPN, Brooks attempted to correct the tape: “I told him [LeBron] missed.”

Sharp returned to his seat in the second half and spoke to Brooks again shortly before kickoff when umpire Zach Zarba came up and put an end to it. Brooks was asked if Sharpe should have been let go.

“An ordinary pedestrian like him? No, he should never have returned to the game,” Brooks said. “But this is Los Angeles”

LeBron James covered Sharpe.

“I ride with Shannon 365 days – 366 in a leap year – 24/7. So that’s my guy,” LeBron said after the game. “I have always supported him. And he has mine. He will surely be able to talk to the best of them.”

Ty Morant and Sharp reconcile.

After the game, the Grizzlies’ players didn’t want to talk much about the incident, mostly angry at themselves for squandering the lead and losing 122–121 to the Lakers, ending their 11-game winning streak.

Stephen Curry and the defending champion Golden State Warriors are making the same trip to Cleveland this season, and that was Friday night. It was also the second consecutive night for the Warriors (who had lost the previous night in Boston) on the final night of the five-game trip.

All of this prompted coach Steve Kerr to give Curry a rest. Clay Thompson, Draymond Green and other stars paid to watch by Cavs fans, only Jordan Pool played among regular Warriors starters. While the Warriors took the win anyway, Kerr resting his stars sparked a conversation that has flared up in the league in a season when many stars don’t have time to rest, not just injury.

“I feel terrible about fans who buy tickets expecting to see someone play and they don’t see that person play,” Kerr said via The Associated Press. “It’s a cruel part of the business. That’s why I’m going to continue playing 72-game seasons…

“You take 10 games off the schedule, it always seems like with 10 games left in the year, everyone had them anyway. It creates enough rest when we don’t have to get into some of those crazy situations. I think you would see players miss a lot fewer games.”

Just a few days earlier, Stan Van Gundy had commented on the trend of missed games on Twitter – and Kevin Duran had fun with him.

The model for this would be the Los Angeles Clippers, a team with training staff the size of a soccer ball that still sees stars. Kawhi Leonard and Paul George miss so much time that the team can’t pick up the pace and climb up the standings. Fans will remember players a couple of decades ago playing with these injuries, but Kerr said the team’s knowledge of their players’ health has changed since then.

“I know it’s a big topic in the league. We have much more data. According to Kerr, much more attention is paid to the vulnerability of the players. “It has been proven that if guys get hit back to back, players are much more likely to get injured and miss more games, which is why you see it all over the league. Everyone is careful when a guy gets hit. You’re just playing the long game.”

Cavs coach JB Bickerstaff supported these ideas.

“Look at these guys, they’ve been playing for 15 years and some for 20 years,” he said. “So it’s a five-game trade in a season and you get five more years of these guys playing. So I think in the long run the fans are getting their money’s worth because the guys are really extending their careers and playing for more years.

“I know from our point of view that you can only see the team once a year. I know it might upset the fans if these guys don’t play, but I think for the greater good of the game, getting these superstars and elite players for a few more years and a few more seasons is just good for the game, I think. ”

While the idea of ​​reducing the number of games is being discussed, financial considerations – at the gate, with regional TV partners – make this sale almost impossible. Adam Silver is trying to boost interest in the regular season with a mid-season tournament, though how well that works remains to be seen.

The bottom line is that star players who skip games are sending a message to fans that the regular season doesn’t matter, which could be a problem for the NBA’s business model. There’s no easy answer, but Kerr is far from the only one advocating a shortening of the season.

Salt Lake City – Kyrie Irving scored 48 points, including 21 in the fourth quarter for the second straight night, to lead the Brooklyn Nets to a 117–106 win over the Utah Jazz.

Brooklyn won for the first time since Kevin DuranKnee injury due to Irving’s memorable finish. He shot 70% from the field in the fourth quarter and made four three-pointers. Irving was two points short of equaling Utah’s total in the fourth quarter.

He made 18 of the Nets’ 43 shots, including a season-high eight three-pointers.

“He’s just in a different world,” Nets center. Nick Claxton said. “He’s locked up. He’s in a different type of zone and he’s doing those big shots over and over again.”

Irving also had a season-high 11 rebounds and six assists to give Brooklyn the lead in both categories. He also took a couple of early charges.

“I put my body on the line and lead by example,” Irving said. “When I can force myself to be on the defensive and do the little things, it really makes a difference…


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