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LeBron James accusing Joakim Noah of being disrespectful and the Frenchman comes back by saying that he doesn’t know what LeBron is talking about and that he is trying to win games for his team.

It’s the Playoffs.


Joakim Noah said something to LeBron James and it resulted in the big man getting posterized on the very next play, according to James. 

That is where James said Noah crossed the line. 

“I love his emotion as a competitor. I love his emotion, but I think the words that he used to me was a little bit too far,” James said. “I’m a father with three kids. It got very disrespectful. I’m OK with competing against Jo. I love the competitive nature in him, but we should leave it there. The disrespectful words that he said to me were uncalled for so the best way to retaliate is by making a play.” 

A tad bit smarter this time around, he gathered his thoughts and played Mr. Nice.

“Disrespectful?” he asked with more than a bit of sarcasm. “I got mad respect for LeBron. We’re just two players trying to win a game. That’s all. I don’t know what he’s talking about. I’m just trying to win games for my team.”


Mirza Teletovic has had a taste of the NBA, and he wants to stay.

The Bosnian international says that he has no intentions of going back to the Euroleague and wants to stay with the Brooklyn Nets.

Via Nets Daily:

“I like Brooklyn, people are great, I know the team and everyone, especially doctors, treated me great when all that happened. I really would like to stay in Brooklyn,” he said referring to the multiple blood clots found in in his lungs in January. “I know my team-mates and everything is really great. I do not know what will be, but I’ll know more in June when free agent market starts,” he told reporters, including Igor Marinovic of Sportske Novosti, who translated his answers for NetsDaily. 

The Nets are fully expected to give him a qualifying offer of $4.2 million by June 30, but as he said, “any team can offer a contract.” Brooklyn has the right to match any offer Teletovic receives since he is a restricted free agent. 


The captain of the Bosnian national team said he would like to play in FIBA Eurobasket which starts in late August but said that will depend on how his free agency works out.  He added that he has no interest in returning to European basketball.