Russell Westbrook is always angry on a basketball court. But about an hour and a half before Game 5, Mark Cuban actually gave him a reason to be. Cuban plainly said Westbrook is a star, but not a superstar, pointing to his teammate Kevin Durant as the only superstar in Oklahoma City. If his plan was to unnerve Westbrook, to try and get him to play too hard, too motivated, too angry, well … it didn’t work.
As the Oklahoma City Thunder rolled by the Dallas Mavericks 118-104 to advance in five games, Westbrook piled up 36 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists in 38 minutes. Whatever the definition of superstar is, Westbrook certainly appeared to fit it.
Source: Royce Young of ESPN
Report: Earl Watson Fired as Suns Coach
Sources: Jameer Nelson Signs 1-Year Deal With Pelicans
Free-agent guard Jameer Nelson has agreed to a one-year deal with the New Orleans Pelicans, league sources told The Vertical.
Nelson entered free agency Wednesday, when the Denver Nuggets waived him to create roster space to sign Richard Jefferson and allow second-year guard Jamal Murray to assume the starting point-guard role.
Source: Shams Charania of The Vertical
Bobby Portis Apologizes to Bulls for Mirotic Fight
Bobby Portis has apologized to his Bulls teammates for getting into a fight that left Nikola Mirotic with facial fractures and a concussion. “He didn’t address us today, but he did address the team before so that was taken care of,” Bulls swingman Justin Holiday said after Friday’s practice.
Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg acknowledged that Portis’ apology took place during a team meeting but did not want to go into specific details about his message. “I’ll keep that between the team,” Hoiberg said, “as far as exactly what was said in that meeting.”
Source: Nick Friedell of ESPN