It’s stories like these next two that we are about to give you that make the Daily Gossip. We won’t be as big as TMZ, but we can try, right?
BLAKE GRIFFIN SLAPPING A MAN IN VEGAS NIGHTCLUB
With less than until the NBA season is due to start and already an NBA star is in the spotlight off the court. Introducing Los Angeles Clippers’ Blake Griffin.
The All-Star forward reportedly struck a 39-year-old partygoer at the Tao nightclub in Sin City.
According to a statement Daniel gave to Tao security, the man says Blake (who was partying at the club with his L.A. Clippers teammates) was bothered by the flash of the camera — and “grabbed my phone with one hand.”
Daniel says he didn’t let go of the phone because his ID and credit card were attached to it — so Blake grabbed his neck and began to squeeze while demanding Daniel give up his phone “or else.” […] According to the statement, the two eventually separated after Blake took the phone — and when Daniel tried to ask for it back, Blake struck again grabbing his neck and squeezing for a second time.
Daniel says when security finally got to the scene — Blake told them, “Get him the f**k out of this club.” […] Daniel says Blake then “slapped me in the right side of my face.”
D-WADE CHALLENGED TO A 1-ON-1 – BY A 90-YEAR-OLD
A 90-year-old Miami Heat fan challenged Dwayne Wade to a 1-on-1 game.
Watch the video. Makes you appreciate the kind-heartedness of professional basketball players, whether they are NBA players, Euroleague, Eurocup or anything..
ROCKETS GM: CRITICISM OF JAMES HARDEN’S DEFENCE IS UNFAIR
Via USA Today:
“It’s not a matter of whether I can or can’t play defense,” Harden says. “It’s just a matter of me focusing for 48 minutes throughout a game and making sure that I’m always alert on both ends of the floor … It’s up to me to go out there and show my leadership, to show that I can play both ends of the floor at a high level and just do it. If I have that approach, we’re going to go a long ways.”
“I’m comfortable,” says Harden. “(The past few years), it felt like everything was just coming my way. From playing in the Olympics in ’12 to getting traded (months later) to not starting (while with the Thunder) to having my own team (with the Rockets) to Dwight (Howard) coming, it felt like everything was just falling in. […] But now that I feel comfortable, that I feel relaxed, now I can just sit back and think about what I need to do as far as being a leader. How do I approach the game? How do I approach being a star? Just take it for what it is and enjoy it. That’s all I can do, is enjoy it and have fun. Be yourself.”
“For whatever reason, it has taken on a life of its own,” Morey says about the criticism about Harden’s defense. “You’ve got people doing a 10-minute YouTube clip that everyone references, and I just ask anyone, ‘Take your worst 10 minutes from your job the last year and just take those worst 10 minutes and put them in a YouTube clip.’ I’m guessing it wouldn’t come out very well for anybody. That, to me, was completely unfair. That bothered me in a big way. Without context, you can grab 10 minutes of anyone and make them look like (expletive). I think reality TV proves that.”