After our unexpected hiatus, the Daily Gossip from around the NBA returns and it seems that if you are friends with someone from a rival team, you simply can not socialise with them … at any time.
Cue Kobe Bryant (Lakers) and Rajon Rondo (Celtics).
A breakfast meeting between the two fuelled rumours that Rondo could be on his way to the Los Angeles Lakers in the summer, when the C’s guard is a free agent.
RONDO/BRYANT BREAKFAST WAS JUST THAT: BREAKFAST
Of course rumours would circulate but the breakfast catch-up between friends Kobe Bryant and Rajon Rondo was just that: Breakfast.
The two stars had planned for weeks on meeting up for a meal when the Lakers were in Boston, sources told ESPN.com.
While there are no active talks between the two franchises involving a trade for Rondo, sources said the teams did have a brief discussion a few months ago.
It’s not clear which team initiated the call.
Rondo will be a free agent this summer, and sources stressed that the Celtics would prefer to re-sign him.
Their willingness to engage in talks regarding Rondo is merely informational at this point, sources said.
However, the Lakers have long held interest in the point guard, who helped Boston defeat them in the 2008 NBA Finals as a rookie, and sources indicate he is high on their list of free-agent targets this summer.
Should the teams re-engage in discussions about Rondo, sources indicated Boston likely would ask for at least one first-round draft pick.
UNCLE DREW DEBUTS SHOE, DROPS 37 ON THE KNICKS
Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving has a nice signature shoe out, certainly one that beats LeBron James’ horrible ‘LeBron 12′ sneaker and Kevin Durant’s upgraded ‘KD VII’.
He debuted the new shoe against the New York Knicks and led the Cavs with 37 points in their 90-87 win at Madison Square Garden.
Watch his highlights:
Pictures of Iriving’s signature shoe:
MARC GASOL HAS KNEE BONE BRUISE
Memphis Grizzlies’ Marc Gasol is questionable for tonight’s game against the San Antonio Spurs after an MRI scan showed a bruise on the bone of his right knee.
The Grizzlies announced the news yesterday.
Via Associated Press:
Gasol hurt his knee Wednesday night in a 105-96 loss at Houston, and he wound up tying his season-low with eight points. He had an MRI exam on Thursday.
He is leading the Grizzlies with 19.4 points per game and averaging eight rebounds a game.
The Grizzlies entered Thursday with the second-best record in the NBA at 15-3.
SLAM ONLINE WITH BIZARRE URL SLIP UP
Popular basketball website SLAM Online chose a strange URL address for a recent Kevin Love feature.
Love made a recent visit to a local school to hand out sports goodies, on behalf of Dick’s Sporting Goods store, he took part in a game of knockout and answered several questions with starstruck kids at the school.
Doesn’t help that the U.S.’ biggest sports shops is called ‘Dick’s Sporting Goods’.
— John Hobbs (@johnswisshobbs) December 5, 2014