Friday FT's: Shaq vs. Canseco; Barkley on Big Baby

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Friday FT's: Shaq vs. Canseco; Barkley on Big Baby

Welcome back to Friday Free Throws, a weekly recap of the most interesting news, notes, and information that have not made the headlines but are still worth a read. In spite of the NBA lockout, there's still plenty of hoops to talk about.

Would you want to go toe-to-toe with Shaquille O'Neal? Jose Canseco does.

On November 12, Shaq tweeted, "What up Dana white I wanna fight Jose conseco hook it up.

11 days later later, Canseco responded on his own Twitter account. I accept shaqs challenge to fight him let's get it on ., he wrote. He added, Shaq tell ur girlfriend Dana white to make Thu fight happen.

ONeal has yet to respond, but thats not to say this is the end of their twitter chatter.

Barkley Curious About Big Baby

During a recent interview with ESPN Radio Chicago, Charles Barkley was asked which NBA player he thinks will be the most overweight and out of shape when the lockout is over. He predicted it would be a big man, and then expressed curiosity in a certain player who has donned green and white for the past four seasons:

Thats a great question. I will promise you this its probably going to be a big guy, because big guyslike guards like to go shoot around and play, guards love that. But big guys, theyll go lift some weights and do stuff like that, but theyre not going to go run up and down the court. So its going to be a big guy. Thats a great question.

I tell you what I want to see Big Baby Davis when he comes back. I want to see Big Baby Davis. I love that kid, he works his behind off, but playing basketball everyday, thats going to be interesting.

Read more about how Glen Davis is adjusting to life during the lockout here.

What Does Metta World Peace Miss about Hoops?

Metta World Peace (formerly known as Ron Artest) took to Twitter this week to list his thoughts on the NBA. Among them, I miss Shannon dunking on ray Allen like the rim was 8 ft. He also challenged Michael Jordan to a game of one-on-one to end the lockout (which he says he would win under some challenging circumstances, Dallas Mavericks owner Marc Cuban to an arm wrestling match, and Jay-Z to a rap battle.

Celtics Tweet of the Week

@Aabradley11: Haven't had a thanksgiving with my family since 3rd grade... I'm so thankful... Happy thanksgiving everybody !!

This Week in Celtics History

On November 19, 1992 the Celtics waived Joe Wolf. ... The C's waived Larry Sykes and signed Thomas Hamilton as a free agent on November 24, 1995. ... On November 25, 1996 the Celtics waived Nate Driggers. They also waived Kevin Pritchard on the same day in 1991.

Celtics Birthdays of the Week

Former Celtic Marcus Banks turned 30 on November 19. Banks was drafted by the Memphis Grizzlies and traded to the Celtics with Kendrick Perkins in exchange for Troy Bell and Dahntay Jones in 2003. ... The late Reggie Lewis was born on November 21, 1965. He would have been 46 years old. Two-time champion Cedric Maxwell turned 56 on the 21st. He won titles with the Celtics in 1981 and 1984. ... Former Celtic Vin Baker turned 40 on November 23. Baker was traded from the Seattle SuperSonics to Celtics in July of 2002 and was released in February of 2004. ... Hall of Famer Dave Bing turned 68 on November 24. He played the final season of his career with the Celtics in 1977-78, averaging 13.6 points, 3.8 assists, and 2.7 rebounds per game. ... Erick Strickland turned 38 on November 25. He played 79 games for the Celtics during the 2001-02 season.

Warriors force Game 7 with 108-101 win over Thunder

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Warriors force Game 7 with 108-101 win over Thunder

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Klay Thompson made a playoff-record 11 3-pointers and scored 41 points, and the defending champion Golden State Warriors forced a seventh game in the Western Conference finals with a 108-101 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday night.

Stephen Curry bounced back from a slow start to finish with 29 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists.

The Warriors, who set the league's regular-season record with 73 wins, will host Game 7 on Monday. The winner will play Cleveland in the NBA Finals.

Oklahoma City dominated Games 3 and 4 at home, but the Warriors made 21 of 44 3-pointers on Saturday, while Oklahoma City was 3 of 23.

Kevin Durant scored 29 points and Russell Westbrook added 28 for the Thunder. But Durant made just 10 of 31 shots and Westbrook was 10 of 27.

Trying to become the 10th team to overcome a 3-1 deficit, the Warriors trailed much of the game and trailed by eight going to the fourth quarter.

Thompson kept them in it with four 3-pointers in just over seven minutes to start the period. Curry then hit two 3s, the second of which tied the game at 99 with 2:47 to play.

Thompson's 3 with 1:35 to play put the Warriors up 104-101.

The Thunder, who blew a number of fourth-quarter leads during the regular season, fell apart in the final minutes after Golden State had finally gone ahead for good.

Westbrook lost control of the ball, and after Thompson missed a 3, Westbrook turned the ball over again. Curry's layup with 14.3 seconds to play put the Warriors up by five, the Thunder turned it over again, and the Warriors were in the clear.

The Thunder led 23-20 after one quarter, then seized momentum early in the second. Steven Adams' powerful one-handed dunk on Draymond Green drew a roar from the crowd and gave Oklahoma City a 37-28 lead. Green, who had hit Adams in the groin area twice during the series, was a constant target for the vocal Thunder fans.

Thompson opened the second half with back-to-back 3-pointers to give the Warriors a 54-53 edge, but the Thunder closed the quarter strong and led 83-75 heading into the fourth.

Pelicans guard Bryce Dejean-Jones shot and killed

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Pelicans guard Bryce Dejean-Jones shot and killed

By Kurt Helin, NBC Pro Basketball Talk

This is a sad and stunning development.

Bryce Dejean-Jones, the rookie guard of the New Orleans Pelicans, has died, the Dallas, Texas, County Coroner has confirmed to NBC Sports. Travis Hines of the Ames Tribune broke the news.

Dejean-Jones was just 23.

The coroner’s office would not give a cause of death, but Shams Charania of The Vertical at Yahoo Sports had the tragic detail.