Everything you might have missed last week from the Basketball Universe:
Dimes, dimes and more dimes. Dru Joyce III set a FIBA Europe Cup record dropping 17 assists in a Tsmoki-Minsk (Belarus) win over Kormend (Hungary). In a previous life, Joyce III came up in Akron and was feeding assists to LeBron James. He added 13 points to go along with the absurd assist-line. At 6’1” and 31, Joyce III is probably a long shot to climb the basketball ladder much further.
The IG game is cold. Perennial power FC Barcelona of the ACB Liga and EuroLeague sent man-mountain Joey Dorsey packing after the post-player put up an Instagram post essentially bashing the team for how they have handled his ankle injury this season. Dorsey has been playing in Europe since leaving the Kings in 2011.
The debut was a non-debut. Recently castoff “lotto-bust” Anthony Bennett dressed for the first time for Fenerbahce, but he was a DNP – Coaches decision, a EuroLeague game against Panathinaikos. Fenerbahce soundly defeated the Greek club 84-63. On a loaded team, minutes are hardly a guarantee for Bennett. The Turkish team has a starting frontline of Ekpe Udoh, Luigi Datome and Jan Vessely, with Pero Antic coming off the bench.
All-star snubs are afoot. The NBA announced the starting lineups for the 2017 NBA All-star game:
East Starters: DeMar DeRozan, Kyrie Irving, LeBron James, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Jimmy Butler.
West Starters: Kawhi Leonard, Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, Anthony Davis, James Harden.
Snubs: Russell Westbrook, Isaiah Thomas.
Emmanuel Mudiay provided us a much-needed “moment of Zen.” Gregg Popovich ranted and raved at a referee, going full-on red rover and earning an ejection. While Pop was getting tossed, Mudiay pantomimed the tech and ejection just as the ref was ringing him up.
Afterwards, Mudiay tweeted “I apologize if I offended some but I didn’t mean no disrespect towards coach Pop, one of the Goat . I’m just trying to have fun.”
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