Timberwolves win NBA draft lottery, Lakers take second place, Knicks fourth

Minnesota Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor poses for photos after the Timberwolves won the No. 1 pick in the NBA basketball draft lottery Tuesday, May 19, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

Minnesota Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor poses for photos after the Timberwolves won the No. 1 pick in the NBA basketball draft lottery Tuesday, May 19, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

By Charles Glover, Jr.

The Minnesota Timberwolves entered the NBA draft lottery with the best odds to win the first pick and successfully landed the first choice. The Timberwolves will now have the last three number one overall draft picks on their roster next season due to their trade last season in which they acquired NBA rookie of the year Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett in exchange for Kevin Love.

Andrew Wiggins, last season's number one draft pick, was named Rookie of the Year this season.

Andrew Wiggins, last season’s number one draft pick, was named Rookie of the Year this season.

The rest of the top five draft picks are the Los Angeles Lakers with the second pick, the Philadelphia 76ers will have the third pick, the New York Knicks will pick fourth and the Orlando Magic will pick fifth.

The 2015 NBA Draft will take place on Thursday, June 25 which gives teams a little more than a month to put together their draft strategy. The Timberwolves are hopeful this draft helps turns things around for good or else they will be in position to add the fourth consecutive number one draft pick next year.–OnPointPress.net

Charles Glover, Jr. is a sports aficionado and licensed insurance agent with Health Markets. Follow me @GloverIsGood on Twitter.com.

NBA stars Dwight Howard and Joe Smith clash with their reality TV exes

Houston Rockets center received news today that he will not be facing charges stemming from child abuse allegations made against him.

Houston Rockets center received news today that he will not be facing charges stemming from child abuse allegations made against him.

By Charles Glover, Jr.

Dwight Howard may be known for his defense in the NBA but it was his attorneys who provided the assist as he defended himself against allegations of child abuse. In a case that is very similar to allegations against NFL star Adrian Peterson, Howard, former #1 overall draft pick in 2004, and current center for the Houston Rockets, allegedly beat his 6 year-old son with a belt, causing visible marks on the child’s rear end and legs. The allegations were brought to light by the mother of the child, former Basketball Wives cast member Royce Reed.

Howard and his ex-girlfriend Royce Reed have a lengthy record of public disagreements since their break-up. Many of the issues surround their now 6 year-old son.

Howard and his ex-girlfriend Royce Reed have a lengthy record of public disagreements since their break-up. Many of the issues surround their now 6- year-old son.

TMZ Sports initially posted the story about authorities clearing Howard of wrongdoing in this matter on their site this morning. Reed responded to the post on Instagram stating:

“The case is not closed and he is/was not cleared! The investigation is still open as he refuses to speak to the police. So whoever these reps are that are trying to slander me, just know the gloves are off and I’m not the one to play with when it comes to my son. That is all.”

Reed and Howard have completely different views of the matter that led to the allegations of child abuse.

Reed and Howard have completely different views of the matter that led to the allegations of child abuse.

Shortly thereafter, TMZ Sports had the following update: “We now have confirmation that the Florida Dept. of Children and Families closed the investigation, concluding, ‘The investigation is being closed with no substantiated findings of physical injuries.’ The report also states Howard was interviewed by authorities.”

No further comments have been made by Reed on the matter. Howard is yet to comment on this story.

Retired NBA player Joe Smith and his ex-girlfriend Moniece Slaughter have different views about how $109,000 ended up in the bank account of Slaughter's friend

Retired NBA player Joe Smith and his ex-girlfriend Moniece have different views about how $109,000 ended up in the bank account of Slaughter’s friend, Timothy Clayton Carr.

News outlets also reported on the challenge ex-NBA player Joe Smith is having with his reality star ex-girlfriend Moniece Slaughter. Smith, former #1 overall draft pick of the Golden State Warriors in 1995, alleges that Slaughter, a cast member of Love & Hip Hop Hollywood, swindled him out of $109,000 by writing several phony checks while the two were dating.

Between 0ctober 2011 and March 2012, Smith claims that 9 different checks were written on his behalf to a man named Timothy Clayton Carr, without Smith’s knowledge or consent. Carr is Slaughter’s friend and has explained that he was unaware of the checks being stolen but had cashed them to help Slaughter who did not have a bank account at the time. Whatever the explanation, Smith wants the case to be prosecuted and is ready and willing to press charges.

Joe Smith was the #1 overall draft pick in 1995 by the Golden State Warriors. Smith played 16 seasons in the NBA, his last team being the Los Angeles Lakers in 2011.

Joe Smith was the #1 overall draft pick in 1995 by the Golden State Warriors. Smith played 16 seasons in the NBA, his last team being the Los Angeles Lakers in 2011.

Police reported to TMZ Sports that the case is still open and actively being investigated, which is of little relief to Smith, who is anxious to bring this matter to court after waiting almost three years. Smith tells TMZ Sports that he is “frustrated the case remains unresolved and feels police have been giving him the runaround.”–OnPointPress.net–

Charles Glover Jr is a sports aficionado and a training and benefits consultant. Follow me @OpenWindowMES on Twitter.com. For business inquiries contact (646) 309-1938.