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Sport: Willie Cauley-Stein, Karl-Anthony Towns called for flagrant fouls over Zaza Rule

Elton Brand comments on Joel Embiid brawl, believes Towns 'aggressor'

  Elton Brand comments on Joel Embiid brawl, believes Towns 'aggressor' The talk around the league is the brawl that went down on Broad Street Wednesday night between Philadelphia 76ers star Joel Embiid and Minnesota Timberwolves big man Karl-Anthony Towns. It was a brawl that has since spilled to social media off the floor as both Embiid and Towns called each other out and then former teammate Jimmy Butler got involved, but now the front office has a comment.

Willie Cauley-Stein and Karl-Anthony Towns were both called for flagrant fouls on Wednesday night for landing under the feet of shooters while attempting blocks on closeouts.

a close up of Karl-Anthony Towns with a football ball © Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

Towns were called for the flagrant foul for landing under Dillon Brooks during the Minnesota Timberwolves’ 137-121 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies. He seemed confused about the call.

Then in the Golden State Warriors’ 129-112 loss to the Houston Rockets, Cauley-Stein was also called for a flagrant foul for landing under the feet of James Harden.

New Zealand tourist lost at sea for two days survives by rationing candy

  New Zealand tourist lost at sea for two days survives by rationing candy The exhausted New Zealand woman Kushila Stein, 45, was found floating on the dinghy in the middle of the Aegean Sea, 110 kilometres north of Heraklion in Crete on Sunday. She wrapped herself in plastic bags to stay warm, and survived without drinking water by snacking on a 'handful of boiled sweets' during her two nights lost at sea. Ms Stein had been on a yacht with a British man when she decided to take the dinghy out for the day to stretch her legs, her mother Wendy Stein told Stuff. The British man, named Mike, had been transporting the vessel from southern Turkey to Athens with Ms Stein's help.

The rule was created and implemented in September 2017 for the purpose of encouraging player safety. It was informally named the “Zaza Rule” because Pachulia had injured Kawhi Leonard in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals that year with a similar move.

When the rule was implemented, officials were given the ability to call fouls for such plays. They could then upgrade to flagrant fouls or technicals depending on whether they viewed the moves as intentional. On Wednesday, the officials immediately called flagrant fouls. It seems the league and refs are trying to make a point about these plays.

Rockets' D'Antoni exudes calm despite lame-duck status: 'It's not going to change the way I coach'

  Rockets' D'Antoni exudes calm despite lame-duck status: 'It's not going to change the way I coach' Mike D'Antoni is not under contract beyond this season, but he won't let that affect him. Especially when he believes Houston has a true title shot.It also includes coach Mike D’Antoni, who will patrol the sidelines without any assurances on where he will coach after this season.

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Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr has little experience with losing. He has changed his approach and philosophies to help his young team meld.Kerr does not just consult his playbook, game footage or various mentors. He also recently read two books titled “Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind” and Viktor Frankl’s “Man’s Search for Meaning.” The books have nothing to do with basketball. Yet, Kerr believes it has everything to do with how to handle his current job.

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