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Daily Gossip, Tuesday 18/11/14

Houston Rockets big man Dwight Howard could face further investigation from authorities, it has been revealed as TMZ breaks this incredible story.

DWIGHT UNDER POSSIBLE INVESTIGATION  

We’ll cut straight to the chase.

Via TMZ:

We’ve learned the Cobb County PD in Georgia now has an active criminal investigation into allegations he beat his 6-year-old son Braylon with a belt buckle.  

The Dept. of Children and Families in Florida (DCF) determined there wasn’t enough evidence of child abuse to go forward, but it turns out the incident occurred in Georgia. Howard admits he hit his kid with a belt, but says he didn’t know it was wrong because he was hit as a kid. 

Howard’s attorney says [his client’s ex] Royce Reed is “shopping her baseless allegations” to Georgia authorities even though Florida’s Dept. of Children and Families found her claims had “no merit.” […] DCF found the allegations credible but concluded they did not meet the standard of proof required for formal action. The attorney says he’s confident that Georgia will reach the same conclusion because “The truth is on our side.”

IS KENNETH FARIED LIKED IN DENVER? 

They’re 3-7, are probably amongst the dullest teams in the league to watch, not getting the results and it seems Kenneth Faried isn’t well liked.

Via ESPN:

Several sources around the league, a few close to the Nuggets, say the organization is “rudderless” under the controls of a young front office, led by general manager Tim Connelly, that has neither the experience nor the savvy to survive in a league whose executive ranks are teeming with predators. […] “I’m not sure Tim can do the job,” a league power broker, who has known Connelly for years, said. “He’s the nicest guy you’ll meet, but he’s out of his depths, and you saw it with the [Kenneth] Faried mess.”  

Several sources around the league insist the Nuggets’ hand was forced with regard to Faried. After the signing of [JJ] Hickson to a three-year, approximately $16 million contract soon after Connelly’s arrival, the sense was the bouncy big man was insurance against Faried’s departure in free agency in 2014. Faried was a fan favorite in Denver, but multiple sources with knowledge of the Nuggets’ thinking maintain the team “isn’t crazy about him,” particularly Shaw. But with Faried’s boffo showing last summer with Team USA and a loyal following in Denver, the media-conscious Nuggets caved, adding yet another imperfect 4-man to their lot. 

“[Faried] is a helluva player and plays hard, but he isn’t well liked [in the organization],” a league source said. “That gets glossed over. He says crazy s—. He thinks he’s the guy, and other guys take exception to his contract.” 

CP3: THE BULLS LOSS FELT LIKE A ROAD GAME 

Are the Clippers fans truthfully just bandwagon jumpers from the Lakers?

We think so.. And even though he didn’t say it to that extent – deep down – Chris Paul thinks that too.

Via Twitter:

CP3: “Tonight somewhat felt like a road game. It ain’t no secret. It’s not the first time.”

  • Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) 

Via the LA Times:

“I thought our trust was broken today, offensively,” Coach Doc Rivers said. “I thought we all tried to do it individually, and that’s the old way we played where there’s no ball movement, the ball is in one spot.”  

[Blake] Griffin said the problem isn’t necessarily a matter of trust, but of genuinely and whole-heartedly buying into the team’s approach, becoming one. […] “Once we do that, we’ll be fine,” Griffin said. “We just have to trust. That’s what it is. When we get down, we just have to keep going and keep pushing through it. This season is full of ups and downs. We can’t get too flustered with the lows or too full of ourselves with highs — just keep that even keel.” 

Paul said the Clippers’ trust level was “not where it needs to be. And a lot of that falls on me with offensive execution … We just have to keep playing with the right spirit. Everybody on our team wants to play so well every night, so when we don’t, and shots don’t go, we tend to hang our heads. We just have to stay the course.”

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