Jalen Rose Calls Paul Pierce ‘Petty’ Over Celtics Remarks, Pierce Fires Back With ’81’ Joke

The NBA is taking #PettyWarz to a whole new level in 2018.

First, a little in-game wrassling between the Rockets and Clippers spilled into a locker room confrontation that had Twitter aflame with things like secret tunnels, diversions, Austin Rivers being arrogant, and LAPD takeovers. The following night, Orlando guard Arron Afflalo threw a reckless haymaker at Minnesota's Nemanja Bjelica. Then, after Michael Carter-Williams and Tim Frazier became the NBA's eighth and ninth ejections over the past three days, Wizards coach Scott Brooks dialed it up yet another notch by inviting Dwight Howard back onto the court to shoot the technical free throws, only to see Howard make both, do the Sam Cassell big balls dance, and blow a kiss to the Washington coach.


But perhaps the juiciest story of all revolves around Paul Pierce and Isaiah Thomas. Most of you know the details by now: Celtics announce celebration for Thomas during Feb. 11 Cleveland-Boston matchup; Pierce gets angry, wants own night for his jersey retirement; former Celtics sit down beside campfire, gush about how amazing they were; media/Twitter (ahem, Shannon Sharpe) remind Pierce he's no Kobe; Thomas posts veiled “hating hours” Instagram message. It could be the plot for season 2 of Big Little Lies.

Yesterday on ESPN's NBA Countdown, Jalen Rose summed up the whole thing when he called Pierce “petty” to his face, and the resulting back and forth had Pierce looking like he was ready to risk his job. (Thomas, for his part, liked the clip on social media.)

I mean, is Jalen Rose not correct? The Celtics honoring Isaiah during the game does not take away from Pierce's moment afterward. The Celtics honoring Isaiah for not just his play on the court but for what he inspired in their fans and the Boston community does not take away from Pierce's moment afterward.

Of course, being that petty is the theme of the month, Pierce wouldn't let it go, coming back at Rose with yet another “81” joke. The former Toronto Raptors guard will probably never live these down, but at least he can take it and keep it moving.

And the critics say the NBA isn't entertaining anymore because the Cavs and Warriors always win. 

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LeBron James Offered to Buy Drake Margaritas to Ease the Pain After Crushing the Raptors

If there were an equivalent to senioritis in the NBA, LeBron James is going through it right now.

It's just something that happens when you have made it to the NBA Finals in six straight seasons and already know that your squad, the Cleveland Cavaliers, are better than any other team in the Eastern Conference by leaps and bounds. When the Cavaliers swept the Indiana Pacers in Cleveland's last series, James improved his first-round consecutive wins streak to 21 games. Now, the Cavs are playing a Toronto Raptors team that won two straight games during their playoff matchup last year only to get walloped in the next two contests. Basically, LeBron is coasting to the Eastern Conference Finals, or dare we say, the NBA Finals. 

So after Drake showed up at the Air Canada Centre to watch his team fall to 3-0 in the series in a Cavs' 115-94 win where James was just casually trying out some left-handed shots during the game, LeBron was more concerned with how they were going to celebrate Cinco de Mayo than closing out the Raptors on Sunday. According to ESPN's Dave McMenamin, James asked Drake to accompany him for drinks later in the evening as he made his way to the Cavs' locker room. “Where are we headed tonight?” LeBron said. “Margaritas on me.”

Don't get it twisted. James is still averaging 34.3 points, 9.0 rebounds, and 7.3 assists per game while hitting 56.6 percent from the field and 48.6 percent from beyond the arc. When it's time to go to work, no one is working harder out on the hardwood than The King. But with the way the series with the Raptors has gone thus far, even he had time to celebrate Cinco de Mayo.


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Toronto Raptors Changing Team Colors For Drake?

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The Toronto Raptors may be changing their team colors for Drake.

The Star reports that the basketball team is contemplating changing its franchise colors to black and gold, the same colors of Drake’s OVO (October’s Very Own) camp.

Drake was announced as the Raptors’ global ambassador for rebranding in 2013  so it’s no wonder that the team is contemplating this change.

HipHopDX adds that the team is dubbing Jan 11 “Drake Night” and will host an OVO-themed event for fans. A special limited edition OVO/Raptors t-shirt will be released and Drake’s tour DJ, Future the Prince, will spin a special half-time set. It’s unclear whether Drake himself will be in attendance as media sources such as XXL say that he will not be there.