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J.A. Adande ESPN Senior Writer 

Kevin Durant says three people made it tough to say no the Clippers in free agency last summer


Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

Anthony Davis is having an MVP-caliber season, but Alvin Gentry agreed it'd be tough to for him to make voters' ballots given the Pelicans' struggles. "It's unfortunate for him, because to me he's having an unbelievable, MVP season," Gentry said. "When you think about what he's done and the defenses that he's faced, and still the numbers that he's put up. And not just the offensive numbers he's put up, but being able to lead the league in blocked shots. He's been really solid defensively in what we're trying to do. He guarded [Marc] Gasol and did a good job on him. All of those things right there, it's just unfortunate that our record is not better. Because I think if our record was better, obviously they we would be speaking about him being in the MVP race."

Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

Alvin Gentry when asked how he's handling the Pelicans' 7-15 season, which comes on the heels of a 30-52 first season in New Orleans: "Frustrating. Frustrating. Very frustrating, to be honest with you. I had higher expectations … and thought that we would have less injuries, to be honest with you. Obviously the Jrue [Holiday] thing isn't anything that anyone can help. It's just an unfortunate thing. The greatest thing about that is that everybody came out [healthy]. Lauren seems to be doing great. JT, his daughter, is doing great. To me, that was the most important thing out of that. It's unfortunate, because Jrue is healthy and ready to go, and I think he was so excited about it. [But] that kind of threw us behind the 8-ball right away. It's frustrating, I'm not going to lie about it. It really is. "As I say all the time, you can do one or two things: You can have pity parties for yourself or you can sit down and every night I try to figure out a way that we can put us in a situation to win games. That's what I'm supposed to do."

Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

Steven Adams was asked about marijuana and its potential medicinal value from a player perspective. His answer, per the usual, was different.


Chris Haynes 

Kevin Durant said DeAndre Jordan wanted him to join Los Angeles Clippers, but in end Durant said Jordan just wanted what's best for him.

Chris Haynes 

Steve Kerr answered numerous questions about Klay Thompson and ended it by saying, "and we're not trading Klay to Boston."

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

LeBron James and Kyrie Irving save some of their best for Madison Square Garden. The two Cavs rank in the top five highest career scoring averages at the current MSG (minimum: five games) according to ESPN Stats and Info. Michael Jordan (31.8 PPG), Kevin Durant (31.7), Kobe Bryant (29.9), James (28.5) and Irving (28.4) have lit up the Garden consistently.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Phil Jackson has high praise for Kristaps Porzingis: "He's a unicorn. He's just a standout guy," Jackson said in an interview with CBS Sports Network. "You don't see people like this playing basketball with the grace, speed and athleticism that he has. And the ability to shoot the ball as well as he can shoot the ball."

Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

Jrue Holiday said his turf toe on his left big toe stems from the first quarter in Sunday's loss in Oklahoma City. Holiday said it's "too soon to say" if he'll play in tomorrow's game against the Sixers, but that it'd be "fun" to play against his former team.

Calvin Watkins ESPN Staff Writer 

Nick Young (right calf) is doing some basketball activities but Lakers coach Luke Walton said he's still not ready to return. Young made the trip to Houston to workout.

Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

Bulls announce they have sent Paul Zipser and R.J. Hunter to the D-League.