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Jason Kidd Blasts Brooklyn Nets’ Brass

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(Jason) Kidd held court for nearly 10 minutes in front of a throng of reporters and couldn’t help himself when asked why he has mentioned multiple times in recent weeks that he has referred to reports that his job was in jeopardy last December as motivation for his departure.

“I think it really helped me to see what I was dealing with, what type of people I was dealing with, you know?” Kidd said. “To give me a fair chance to coach a team that had injuries, we make a big trade … but I think understanding that they did want to fire me in December, so it just shows what type of people I was dealing with.”

Kidd was clearly referring to Nets general manager Billy King, who Kidd wanted to supplant when he went to ownership in his failed power play to take control of basketball operations, a story first reported by The Post in late June.

If there was any doubt of that, though, Kidd made it clear when he was asked directly about King.

“Well, he’s management, so my relationship with Billy was to figure out how to get things right when he was around,” Kidd said. “There was really no relationship.”

via Tim Bontempts of the New York Post

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Steve Ballmer: Clippers Moving to Inglewood ‘come hell or high water’

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“I love L.A. I also love my wife, by the way, but I love L.A. and I don’t want there to be any mistake about it. We want to be part of the fabric of this community,” said [Steve] Ballmer, who stepped down as Microsoft’s CEO early in 2014, shortly before he rescued the Clippers from the clutches of disgraced Donald Sterling and bought the franchise for $2 billion.

“We’re moving to Inglewood come hell or high water,” he said of a proposed arena near the site of the stadium being constructed for the Rams and Chargers. “We gotta have a house. So we’re working on a plan to get our own house. We want to get our own house. It turns out the way this works in L.A., which is much beloved to me, that if you start now you might be done in six years.” He then urged fans to contact their Assembly representative and state senator to urge approval of legislation that would accelerate the process. He probably inspired more than a few emails and phone calls.

Source: Helene Elliot of the Los Angeles Times

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Sources: Rockets, Bruno Caboclo Agree to Deal

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Free agent forward Bruno Caboclo, Houston have reach an agreement, league sources tell ESPN.

Source: Chris Haynes on Twitter

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Sources: Rockets Waive R.J. Hunter

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Sources: The Houston Rockets have waived former Celtics first-round pick R.J. Hunter, who was on a two-way deal.

Source: Shams Charania on Twitter

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