Things went south for the Miami Heat in the third quarter as it seems no one besides Mario Chalmers could hit a shot. Late in the third quarter when LeBron James stepped to the free throw line to attempt a free throw after a technical foul called on Danny Granger.
Like clockwork, James missed the free throw and that prompted Indiana Pacers bench player Lance Stephenson to give the choke sign to James.
New Jersey Nets guard Anthony Morrow will wear the No. 3 jersey of Drazen Petrovic when he competes in the 3-point shooting contest next Saturday night during the All-Star festivities in Orlando, the Star-Ledger reports. Petrovic, a former Nets sharp-shooter, died in a car accident in the summer of 1993 at the age of 28.
Petrovic played in the NBA for four seasons. He started with the Portland Trail Blazers in the 1989-90 season and was traded to New Jersey during the ’90-91 season. He shot 43.7 percent from behind the arc over his career. His jersey is one of five that has been retired by the Nets, the Star-Ledger notes.
Morrow wanted to honor Petrovic ever since watching “Once Brothers”—a documentary about the war-torn friendship between Petrovic, who is from Croatia, and Vlade Divac, who is from Serbia.
“I just remember—I don’t remember a whole lot—but I remember he could shoot real, real good,” Morrow said.
Morrow, who is shooting 41.4 from 3-point range this season, will compete against Miami Heat guard and defending champ James Jones, Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love, Orlando Magic forward Ryan Anderson, Atlanta Hawks guard Joe Johnson and Heat guard Mario Chalmers in this year’s contest.
Late in the fourth quarter of the Los Angeles Clippers victory over the Miami Heat, that snapped the teams 13 game road winning streak, Clippers star Blake Griffin and Heat guard Mario Chalmers got into an altercation. Griffin, who finished with 24 points 14 rebounds, dunked on the Heat and couldn’t stop staring at Chalmers until his teammates surrounded him near the bench.
The Minnesota Timberwolves on July 9 traded for forward Michael Beasley but team president David Kahn said on July 22 that Beasley “smoked too much marijuana” with the Miami Heat. Kahn has since been fined $50,000 by the NBA for those comments.
Minnesota traded two future second-round picks for Beasley. In 2008, he was fined $50,000 by the NBA for an incident involving marijuana and players Mario Chalmers and Darrell Arthur. But then again you do have the NBA commissioner David “The Goon” Stern on record saying that it’s not hidden secret that his players smoke marijuana.