Charles Oakley on today’s NBA players: ‘Some should wear dresses’

Charles Oakley has some thoughts on the current generation of NBA stars.

Speaking in Dallas before this weekend’s BIG3 event, the former Knicks star said today’s players are sensitive and that some should wear dresses.

The elbow jumper. It’s just part of his natural scoring instinct. When he gets you on the elbow he can create something, he is going to move his feet 100 different ways, but he knows where he is going. He can make a fallaway from there, which is the kind of clutch, late-game move you need. Of all the things he does, that is the one that shows just how good he can be.

He gets a little selfish out there. He won’t be able to do that with a team as talented as the Celtics. There are too many other scorers. But he does get it in his mind sometimes that he is going to take the shot, and he might use up all the clock before he throws up a dud. That is fixable, though.

You can do anything with this guy defensively. He can guard four positions. He has instincts, he can swallow up shooting guards with his length and his athleticism, but he is strong enough to handle 4s. His ability to get to the basket is terrific, but the way he can switch off anyone and still handle himself defensively, that is going to change things for the Suns.

He won’t be able to live off athleticism on the offensive end in the NBA. He needs to completely rebuild his shot, I think. He is young enough that you can break him down and rebuild his jumper and probably do it pretty quickly.

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Michael Jordan on LaVar Ball: ‘I don’t think he could beat me if I was one-legged’

Michael Jordan finally responded Monday to LaVar Ball’s outrageous boast earlier this year in USA Today that Back in my heyday, I would kill Michael Jordan one-on-one.

Answering questions at his Michael Jordan Flight School in Santa Barbara, Calif., Jordan not only addressed Ball’s comments but also put the man in his place succinctly.

It doesn’t deserve a response, but I’ma give it to you because you asked the question, Jordan said. I don’t think he could beat me if I was one-legged.

A little context: LaVar Ball played one season at Washington State, averaging 2.2 points and 2.3 rebounds per game. Michael Jordan played 13 seasons in the NBA and averaged 30.1 points, 6.2 rebounds and 5.3 assists per game.

No one in his right mind thinks Ball could beat MJ one-on-one, including, now we know, MJ himself.

All of this, of course, comes with an obvious caveat: Griffin’s health. He has suffered a number of injuries over the last three seasons that have limited him to playing 163 out of a possible 246 regular season games. Seeing as most of those have been lower body injuries, it raises concerns about how prepared he is to put the Clippers on his back and carry them to the playoffs in what will be a loaded Western Conference. Griffin might not even be healthy to start next season (though he has said he expects to be ready for training camp), which wouldn’t be the most promising of starts to the post-Paul era in Los Angeles.

Nevertheless, if we’re operating under the assumption that Griffin can stay healthy, there’s no reason why the Clippers can’t continue to be one of the top offensive teams in the NBA with him at the helm. Griffin has shown he is capable of being both a scorer and a facilitator in the past, and the Clippers are built to play to his strengths.

At the very least, they owe it to themselves to see how far Griffin can take them as the No. 1 option as he enters his prime.

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Kings’ Zach Randolph arrested amid confrontation with police in Los Angeles

Kings forward Zach Randolph was arrested Wednesday night in Los Angeles amid a disturbance that saw a crowd throw rocks and bottles at police.

There are conflicting reports about the way the incident at the Nickerson Gardens housing project in Watts unfolded.

Iguodala’s words, not ours.

He’s up there with the smartest basketball players and the game comes so easy to him so you would think he’s athletic, Iguodala said while helping out with TNT’s coverage of the PGA Championship on Saturday afternoon (via TheScore.com). But like if you watch him throw a football it’s like, he played tight end but he can’t throw a football. And he can’t hit a baseball, he whacks at a baseball like … any other sport, it just doesn’t transfer for him.

Good thing Green’s skill set is more than enough to make him millions upon millions of dollars playing basketball. He averaged 10.2 points, 7.9 rebounds and 7.0 assists for the Warriors this past season, helping the team to its second NBA title in three years, so it doesn’t matter if he can’t hit a 9 iron. He’s pretty set for life.

Just don’t expect him to pull a Michael Jordan and attempt a second career with the Lancaster Jethawks because the man is not a multi-sport athlete.

They (were) doing that because they said James just be going in there spending like … you know what I mean, Mal said (about 21 minutes into the episode). So they gave him his own jersey hanging from the rafters of the strip club.

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Kyrie Irving’s trade request influenced by Justin Bieber’s pastor, report says

Once again, there is a plot twist in the Kyrie Irving-Cavaliers saga.

Irving decided to ask the Cavaliers for a trade after talking to his pastor, Carl Lentz of Hillsong Church, according to TMZ Sports.

Irving went to Lentz recently and talked to him about his desire not always be overshadowed by LeBron James. While Lentz didn’t tell Irving to leave the team, according to the report, he said Irving needed to do what was in his best interests.

Pop star Justin Bieber reportedly consulted with Lentz before pulling out of a recent tour, with rumors swirling that Lentz was influential in helping Bieber realize he wanted to focus on his Christian life. Bieber recently shot down those reports, saying he was exhausted after touring for two years.

TMZ also posted a video showing Irving, Bieber and Lentz hanging out at an arcade last week.

I could’ve easily gone crazy, Mason Jr. said.

Death and disappointment are no stranger to him. His grandmother, Mason Sr.’s mother, died just two weeks ago. Before his father passed away, he’d already lost a brother on his mom’s side of the family. Injuries derailed a once promising basketball career and a chance to follow in his father’s footsteps.

Mason Jr. is 6-7 just like Sr. However, he’s much leaner at 215 pounds, whereas Mason Sr. was listed at 250 pounds during his playing days, one of the most menacing physical forces in 1990s basketball. Mason Jr. averaged 14 points per game as a junior for the Red Storm but only played 19 games as a redshirt senior due to injury.

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