About Last Night: Rose strikes again
Also: Myles Turner protects the rim in style and Pat Beverley pulls off rare night
Dan McCarney, NBA.com
Jan 20, 2019 11:58 PM ET
Not unlike a pro wrestling tag team, Karl-Anthony Towns and Derrick Rose took turns savaging the Phoenix Suns on Sunday.
Towns shouldered the load for the Minnesota Timberwolves in the first half, pouring in 28 points on 14 shots.
But as the budding young star cooled off in the second, scoring just two points while misfiring on 7 of 8 shots, Rose was more than ready to pick up the slack.
Continuing his improbable comeback season, the revitalized former Kia MVP erupted for 29 of his 31 points over the final 24 minutes, capped by his clutch jumper with 0.6 seconds remaining to give the Timberwolves a 116-114 victory.
With the nation's attention fixed firmly on the NFL's conference championship games, the shot didn't get nearly as much attention as some of his previous heroics, including his 50-spot against the Utah Jazz on Oct. 31.
But it was more indication, after a recent ankle sprain cost him eight games, that Rose isn't ready to let his remarkable ride end just yet.
Sunday marked the 19th time in 36 games he's scored 20 points or more this season, a consistent source of production for a team in need of any kind of steadiness it can get during what has been an exceptionally turbulent season.
And while his status as a high-flying superstar has long since expired, the instinct to take charge remains fully intact. Rather than run a pick-and-roll with Towns on the final play, as drawn up by interim head coach Ryan Saunders, Rose saw a matchup with Suns rookie Mikal Bridges and chose to attack.
"It was a rook sticking me, right?" he said, as reported by The Athletic. "A rookie. C'mon, I gotta go at him in that situation."
In the old days, Rose almost certainly would have looked to attack the rim. But now, with injuries having reduced his athletic ability to nil, he instead went to the step-back jumper.
Another moment to remember in what has already been an unforgettable season.
"Like I always say, I believe in myself, and I work on this all the time," Rose said. "I didn't want to force anything."
Brooklyn Nets center Jarrett Allen has made quite the name for himself as a shot blocker of highlight-reel caliber. But Indiana Pacers center Myles Turner proved he knows how to protect the rim in impressive fashion as well. Witness his absolute suffocation of Marvin Williams' ill-advised dunk attempt:
Quite the night for Pat Beverley:
Guess LA Clippers forward Montrezl Harrell is a big tennis fan:
Spurs guard Patty Mills got an early start on MLK Day with his heartfelt pregame address:
With 30 seconds left, Rose missed the first of two free throws and was kicking himself for failing to give his team the lead.
"I kept saying, 'You're going to get another shot," Taj Gibson said he told his long-time teammate. Twenty-nine seconds later, Rose proved Gibson prophetic.
Rose hit an 18-footer with 0.9 seconds left to give the Wolves a 116-114 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Sunday night. He carried his team by scoring 29 of his 31 points in the second half to help Minnesota overcome an 11-point deficit.
Gibson dunked to pull Minnesota within one with less than a minute to play. Karl-Anthony Towns intercepted a bad pass from Booker, and Rose hit the second of two foul shots to tie it at 114 with 30.5 remaining.
After giving Rose his pep talk, Gibson grabbed the loose ball after Devin Booker lost it on Phoenix's next possession. With the shot clock off and the crowd on its feet, Rose calmly dribbled down the clock against Mikal Bridges before pulling up and hitting the final shot.
"I missed a lot. it was all up to my teammates and the coaches for giving me that confidence, putting the ball in my hands and just believing in me," Rose said.
It was a good confidence boost for both the oft-injured guard, and a team that had lost two of its last three home games by a combined seven points.
"He needed that shot, you know what I'm saying?" Gibson said. "He's been putting in so much work in, we've been in that situation a couple times this year and it didn't go his way."
Rose picked up the slack for Towns, who had 30 points but only two after halftime. He went 13 of 13 from the free-throw line in the half, but struggled against Phoenix's double-teams in the second.
"We just stepped it up in the second half," said Dragan Bender, the main man charged with defending Towns. "We came out, tried to double him, try to get the ball out of his hands and make the other players make plays."
With Towns struggling against double-teams in the second half, Rose kept the Wolves in the game on 11-for-18 shooting in the half.
During a performance at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago on 19 January, Badu told the crowd: “I dunno how everybody else feel about it but I’m putting up a prayer right now for R. I hope he sees the light of day if he done all those things that we’ve seen on TV and heard those ladies talk about. I hope he sees the light of day and comes forward.
She responded to boos from the audience: “What y’all say, fuck him? That’s not love. That’s not unconditional love. But what if one of the people that was assaulted by R Kelly grows up to be an offender, we gonna crucify them?”
Badu continued: “They ’bout to R Kelly me to death on the internet, I’m like goddamn. I just want peace and light for everybody and healing for those who are hurt because everyone involved has been hurt, victimised in some kinda way. Love for everybody.”
Badu responded to criticism on Sunday. “I love you. Unconditionally,” she tweeted, in remarks apparently directed at Kelly. “That doesn’t mean I support your poor choices. I want healing for you and anyone you have hurt as a result of you being hurt. Is that strange to you?” She concluded: “That’s all I’ve ever said. Anything else has been fabricated or taken out of context.”
On Instagram, she captioned a photo: “Having eyes that can see all points of view is a blessing ... and a curse in the court of public opinion.” Responding to a fan who accused her of supporting Kelly, Badu said: “Correction, love has little to do with supporting others’ bad choices. Love is wisdom.”
At the 2015 Soul Train awards, Badu introduced Kelly and said he “has done more for black people than anyone”, Pitchfork reports. Kelly’s alleged history of sexual abuse – largely involving young black girls and women – first surfaced in 2002.
In January 2018, Badu gave an interview to New York magazine in which she declared her love for Bill Cosby and said: “I see good in everybody. I saw something good in Hitler,” and praised his paintings. In a subsequent interview with the Guardian, Badu said she didn’t regret her comments.
The action followed a wave of disavowals from the embattled star. Kelly’s daughter, Buku Abi, described him as “a monster”. Stars including Lady Gaga and Céline Dion have removed their duets with Kelly from streaming platforms. The French band Phoenix apologised for inviting Kelly to perform with them at the 2013 Coachella festival.
Kelly’s ex-manager, Henry James Mason, turned himself into police in Georgia after a warrant was issued for his arrest for allegedly making “terroristic threats and acts” against the family of Joycelyn Savage, whose family claim that she has been brainwashed by Kelly and is being held captive in his alleged “cult”.
Prosecutors in Chicago and Atlanta are appealing for new information about Kelly’s alleged abuses. Throughout 2017 and 2018, Kelly was accused of holding five women in a sex “cult”, with a former girlfriend alleging that he had sexual contact with girls as young as 14.
In October, his ex-wife Andrea Kelly accused him of domestic violence. Earlier in his career, he was tried and acquitted on child pornography charges. Kelly has long denied any wrongdoing, even recording a song professing his innocence, singing: “I’m so falsely accused.”
Erykah Badu Clarifies Comments After Offering 'Prayer' for R. Kelly
While on stage at Aragon Ballroom on Saturday, Badu told her fans she was “puttin’ up a prayer right now” for R. Kelly, despite the waves of shocking accusations made against the R&B star in Lifetime’s Surviving R. Kelly docuseries. The veteran singer also told of her hopes that, someday, Kelly sees “the light of day and comes forward.”
Her message fell flat. “But y’all say ‘fuck it!’ See, that’s not love. That’s not unconditional,” she reacted. “But what if one of the people that was assaulted by R. Kelly grows up to be an offender, we gonna crucify them? I mean how do we do this? Just something to think about.” The audience’s boos and groans are audible in the fan-filmed video below, and the backlash spilled online over the weekend.
Later, Erykah clarified her message on social media. "I love you. Unconditionally. That doesn’t mean I support your poor choices,” she tweeted. “I want healing for you and anyone you have hurt as a result of you being hurt. Is that strange to you? That’s all I’ve ever said. Anything else has been fabricated or taken out of context.”
I love you. Unconditionally.
That doesn’t mean I support your poor choices.
I want healing for you and anyone you have hurt as a result of you being hurt. Is that strange to you ?
That’s all I’ve ever said. Anything else has been fabricated or taken out of context. - eb
Badu has backed R. Kelly in the past. In 2015, she introduced the singer at the Soul Train Awards, where she remarked he had “done more for black people than anyone,” Spin notes, despite lingering questions about his behavior.
Sen. Kamala Harris became the most recent Democrat to join what is expected to be a crowded 2020 presidential primary during a Monday morning television appearance.Anthony Scutro / MSNBC
WASHINGTON — Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., announced on Monday that she will run for president in 2020, becoming the third senator since December to enter what is likely to be a crowded Democratic primary field.
“I am running for president,” Harris, the first African-American to formally enter the 2020 fray, said on an early-morning Martin Luther King Jr. Day interview on ABC’s “Good Morning America."
“This is a moment in time where I feel a sense of responsibility to stand up and fight for the best of who we are,” she said.
Moments after Harris's television appearance, she tweeted out an announcement video and a link to her campaign website. She also teased a campaign slogan, "Kamala Harris For the People," a nod to her career as a prosecutor.
“Truth, justice, decency, equality, freedom, democracy: these aren’t just words, they’re the values we as American cherish. And they’re all on the line now,” Harris says in the video. “Let’s claim our future.”
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In the video, Harris invites viewers to attend a campaign event in her hometown of Oakland, Calif. on Sunday, Jan. 27.
Harris, 54, is unusual among likely 2020 presidential contenders in that she entered the national spotlight largely after President Donald Trump’s election.
With a high-profile perch on the Senate Judiciary Committee, she earned a following among Democrats for her methodical cross-examinations of the administration’s cabinet and judicial nominees, especially during Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s closely watched confirmation process.
On policy, she has tacked toward the progressive end in the Senate, including signing onto a Medicare For All bill backed by Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. Her own legislation includes the LIFT Act, which would create a monthly tax benefit as high as $500 for working families, and a bill with Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., that would encourage states to reform their cash bail system.
Harris has also put a heavy emphasis on immigration, including calling on Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen to resignafter changes to administration policy led authorities to separate children from their parents at the border.
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And in her recently published memoir, The Truths We Hold: An American Journey, Harris recounts her upbringing as the daughter of an Indian mother and a Jamaican father, both of whom immigrated to the United States to pursue degrees at University of California at Berkeley.
As a career prosecutor, Harris won her first campaign in 2004 for San Francisco district attorney. She then went on to serve as California attorney general before winning a Senate seat to replace Barbara Boxer in 2016.
However, her past legal career is likely to come under scrutiny in the Democratic primary, where voters have grown more skeptical of law enforcement amid a wave of activism centered on police misconduct and racial disparities in the justice system.
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Harris has described herself as a “progressive prosecutor” who spent her career focused on addressing systemic inequality, improving relationships between police and minority communities, and protecting marginalized groups from hate crimes.
“It is a false choice to suggest that communities don't want law enforcement. Most communities do,” Harris told ABC Monday morning, adding that “our system of justice has been horribly flawed.”
But not everyone is convinced that Harris can transcend her tenure as California’s chief law enforcer.
She has faced recent criticism from the left for her push to criminalize parents whose children skip school and her decision to defend the state’s death penalty in court despite her personal opposition to capital punishment.
Harris is expected to headquarter her campaign an hour north of Washington in Baltimore, Maryland. Juan Rodriguez, who managed Harris’ 2016 senate campaign, is expected to serve again as her campaign manager.
Kamala Harris to run for president in 2020
(CNN)Kamala Harris announced Monday that she is running for president in 2020, arguing that the time has come to fight against what she views as the injustices of the past two years of the Trump presidency.
'Kamala Harris for the people'
Her progressive record as a prosecutor
Kevin-Prince Boateng has joined Barcelona in a shock move from the Italian side Sassuolo. The La Liga leaders have announced the arrival of Boateng on an initial loan deal with the option for an €8m (£7.05m) permanent move in the summer.
Barcelona confirmed the forward’s arrival shortly after Boateng told reporters in Italy that the transfer was complete. The 31-year-old will sign his contract on Tuesday before a photo session and press conference at Camp Nou.
“FC Barcelona and US Sassuolo have arrived at an agreement for the loan of the player Kevin-Prince Boateng for the remainder of the 2018/19 season,” a statement on Barcelona’s website read. “The agreement includes an €8m purchase option.”
“Barça, I’m coming!” Boateng told Sky Sport earlier on Monday. “I’m sad to leave Sassuolo but it’s a great chance.”
Boateng also brushed off newspaper reports that he was a Real Madrid fan when growing up. “Don’t ask me about Real Madrid … it’s just the past,” he said. “I only want to focus on Barcelona, and I hope to score at the Bernabéu [in] the next Clásico.”
While at Eintracht Frankfurt last year, Boateng told Rheinische Post: “I know – without sounding arrogant – that I could’ve played at Real Madrid … but I didn’t work hard enough for that.”
Barcelona are understood to have been impressed with Boateng’s performances in a false nine role in Italy. The Spanish league leaders are short of cover in attacking positions following the departures of Paco Alcácer to Borussia Dortmund and Munir El Haddadi to Sevilla.
The Camp Nou will be the most high-profile destination so far in Boateng’s nomadic career since leaving his hometown club, Hertha Berlin, to join Spurs in 2007. In an interview with the Guardian in 2017, Boateng admitted he struggled to adapt to life in London, but that he “grew up” after losing his way.
Boateng left White Hart Lane for Dortmund in 2009, where he played under Jürgen Klopp – “the best coach in the world” – before a move to a crisis‑hit Portsmouth.
The forward scored at Wembley against Spurs in an FA Cup semi-final, but ended his time in England with relegation. “It was crazy, beautiful,” Boateng said of his time at Fratton Park. “I loved playing there.”
A successful World Cup with Ghana in 2010 led to a move to Milan – via a complex loan arrangement with Genoa. Boateng has subsequently played for Schalke and Frankfurt in Germany, with his only La Liga experience coming in a single season at Las Palmas.