Good morning. Let's basketball.
WE NEED MORE ROOK WEEK: I wrote about Devin Booker's father Melvin's brief NBA career and the current boom of second-generation NBA players. Jesus Gomez wrote about the modernity of Trey Lyles' game and how that could shift Utah's throwback sensibilities. Yaron Weitzman wrote about the promise of Mudiay and Jokic in Denver. Our network blogs have a raft of more content.
NEVER A DULL MOMENT: The Kings suspended DeMarcus Cousins one game for conduct detrimental to the team. He yelled at George Karl in a huddle on Wednesday, and then apparently berated him again backstage. Good times. Note that this is the first team punishment of Boogie in the Vivek era and, as such, the first of the Vlade era. Boogie didn't seem too pleased on Instagram ...
SCORES GALORE ...
ATL 96, TOR 104
CHI 101, SAS 109
PHX 98, DEN 116
CLE 120, LAL 108
AMAZING: The Spurs are now 31-0 at home. The Warriors are 28-0 at home. No team in NBA history has ever gone undefeated at home for an entire regular season. These teams each face each other in their own buildings -- I bet at least one of them will peel off a road victory. But imagine if they both finish 41-0. Wild! In theory, they could go undefeated at home in the playoffs too and meet at 45-0 or better in the West finals ...
INTERESTING: The top five sneaker free agents of 2016. John Wall!
BULL MARKET: Ken Berger on reasons for optimism in Chicago.
SURE: Derek Fisher writes a first-person essay for The Cauldron attempting to explain he didn't get fired over his physical altercation with Matt Barnes or the rumors he ran at the girlfriends of his players.
ON THE AIR TONIGHT: It's a Friday NBA TV doubleheader featuring Heat-Bulls (8 p.m. ET) and Knicks-Clippers (10:30 p.m. ET). But we've got Portland-Golden State on League Pass as well, plus a key Pistons-Hornets battle and Rockets-Celtics. The Saturday primetime game on ABC is Thunder-Spurs (8:30 p.m. ET) and your Sunday ABC matinee is Cavaliers-Clippers (3:30 p.m. ET).
Happy Friday. See you next time.
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Heat of the Moment: DeMarcus Cousins considers clobbering Steven Adams
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