Steve Kerr has launched an attack on US politicians, the National Rifle Association (NRA) and the Donald Trump’s plans to build a wall between America and Mexico hours after another fatal mass shooting. Kerr said “nothing has been done” when asked about the tragic shooting which has left at least 17 dead at a school in Florida, including students and teachers. The shooting is the deadliest school attack since 26 people were killed at Sandy Hook school in Connecticut in 2012 and is the sixth school shooting that has either wounded or killed students already this year. Kerr blasted the inaction of politicians to put stricter regulations on gun control and said that “not enough people are being shot, apparently” for the government to do anything about it. Kerr explained: “Well, nothing has been done. It doesn’t seem to matter to our government that children are being shot to death day after day in schools. It doesn’t seem to matter that people are being shot at a concert, in a movie theatre. It’s not enough, apparently, to move our leadership, our government, the people running this country to actually do anything. That’s demoralising”. He also urged the US people to spark the change by not voting for people who “just bow down to the NRA because they finance their campaign”, in what was a shot at Trump’s presidency. He added: “But we can do something about it. We can vote people in who actually have the courage to protect peoples’ lives and not just bow down to the NRA because they finance their campaign for them. “So, hopefully, we will find enough people to vote good people with courage to actually help our citizens remain safe and focus on the real safety issues and not building some stupid wall for billions of dollars that has nothing to do with our safety, but actually protecting us from what truly is dangerous, which is maniacs with semi-automatic weapons (who) are just slaughtering our children. It’s disgusting”.
Isaiah Thomas and Rajon Rondo got into a scuffle and were both ejected from Wednesday night’s game between the Pelicans and Lakers. And it stems from Boston Celtics beef. The two were each handed double technical fouls and given the boot. While it wasn’t immediately clear from game action why the two were so chippy, the announcers and Twitter speculated that the altercation stemmed from drama over Paul Pierce’s jersey retirement with the Celtics. It started when Thomas, who was due a brief honor from the Celtics after being traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers, asked to have his Boston moment moved to the same night of Pierce’s jersey retirement. The request didn’t have anything to do with Pierce, but Thomas’ desire to have his honor on a night that he would be healthy and playing. When Cleveland’s return trip to Boston happened to be on the same night as Pierce’s jersey retirement, Pierce balked at Thomas’ request, not wanting to share the spotlight. Thomas eventually relented and declined his planned honor from the Celtics to appease Pierce. It turned out all for nought after the Cavs ended up trading Thomas at last week’s trade deadline and wasn’t with Cleveland on the night of Pierce’s jersey ceremony. Where does Rondo fit in?
In standing by his former Celtics champion teammate Pierce, he threw some serious shade at Thomas, questioning his Boston credentials. Which leads us to Wednesday night, the first time Thomas and Rondo have met on the court since all the Celtics drama ensued.So did the simultaneous ejection of both players stem from Pierce’s jersey drama? Well, yeah. Per L.A. Times Lakers reporter Tania Ganguli: “Isaiah Thomas said Rondo brought up the video tribute kerfuffle today when they went at it. He said Rondo hit him in the face 3 times without consequence before he reacted. Says he doesn’t know Rondo and doesn’t know why Rondo reacted to him the way he did”. It’s the latest chapter in an epic ongoing case of NBA pettiness and a nightmare season for Thomas that just won’t quit.
After being waived by the Kings, Joe Johnson has found a home with the Rockets. It was rumored that Johnson would join the Rockets when he hit the market, but the move was officially announced on Wednesday by the Rockets. Johnson had been a buyout candidate for the Jazz all season long. He initially requested a trade from the team with the deadline looming. He went from Utah to Sacramento in the three-team trade that sent George Hill and Rodney Hood to Cleveland. Johnson has had a rough year so far, only averaging 7.3 points per game and shooting 27 percent from deep. He also battled through a wrist injury early on in the season. The Rockets don’t necessarily need Johnson to fill a particular role, but he has traditionally been a solid scoring presence for every team he’s been on. He struggled with the Jazz this season, but we don’t have to go back far to see how he can be effective. He was a crucial piece for the Jazz when they advanced past the Clippers in the first round of the playoffs last season. Now that the Rockets have him locked in for the stretch run, they’re hoping Johnson can play a similar role for them in a pinch if they need it.