Ben Rohrbach

  • Monta Ellis doesn't think Rajon Rondo is the problem with the Mavericks

    Ben Rohrbach at Ball Don't Lie 5 hrs ago

    Despite an impressive victory against the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday night, no team’s win percentage has fallen so sharply in the second half of the season as the Dallas Mavericks', who transformed from a team that won two-thirds of its games to a .500 club soon after the New Year.

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    Rajon Rondo has become the easy scapegoat, since the change came a few weeks after Dallas acquired him in exchange for their previous starting point guard (Jameer Nelson) and a pair of role players (Brandan Wright, Jae Crowder) who were key contributors to the team’s 20-8 start.

    Rondo’s public feud with Mavs coach Rick Carlisle only added fuel to that fire, but at least one member of the team isn’t buying what the public is selling — namely Monta Ellis, to SI.com.

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  • Troy Murphy makes dean's list at Columbia, misses NBA socks

    Ben Rohrbach at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    As Troy Murphy explains it in a wonderful profile on the erstwhile NBA player by New York Times scribe Andrew Keh, there isn't much he misses about a game he once played at the highest level for 12 seasons.

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    “I miss the socks. The socks were unbelievable. There’s something about NBA socks.”

    “My life has always been planned out,” Murphy said, smiling. “You got a schedule in August, and you knew on St. Patrick’s Day you’d be playing in Cleveland, or you’d have an off day. It’s exciting not knowing. Not knowing is intriguing.”

    Very cool, and not just because Murphy circled St. Patrick's Day as soon as the NBA schedule dropped.

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  • Nothing says love quite like Tony Allen singing 'Whoomp! (There It Is)'

    Ben Rohrbach at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    Joi Pescatelli & Duane Stewart get engaged at Tony Allen Karaoke Night pic.twitter.com/X4pJjBgvP9

    It is, I assume, every Memphis couple's dream to be serenaded by The Grindfather at their engagement.

    For Duane Stewart and Joi Pescatelli, that fantasy became reality on Tuesday night, when the former proposed to the latter at Grizzlies defender extraordinaire Tony Allen's charity karaoke event to benefit JIFF, Inc. — a local non-profit organization that provides intervention services for troubled youths.

    While one karaoke competitor submitted the worst rendition of Louis Armstrong's "What a Wonderful World" you'll ever hear, Allen made up for it with the only song everybody can universally agree captures what it feels like to be a young couple in love — Tag Team's 1993 classic "Whoomp! (There It Is)."

    So, congrats Duane and Joi. We can only hope Zach Randolph is available to officiate the wedding.

  • Kevin Love isn't 'best friends' with LeBron James, so let's all freak out

    Ben Rohrbach at Ball Don't Lie 3 days ago

    At this point, the relationship between LeBron James and Kevin Love has been scrutinized more than Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s marriage, but alas the two Cleveland Cavaliers teammates keep fanning flames, and the media firestorm rages on.

    While promoting chocolate milk, as if chocolate milk needed promoting, Love appeared on two national radio shows and made comments about James on each that could be perceived as veiled references to a strained coexistence. Admittedly, it’s speculation, but neither Love nor LeBron have done all that much to quell concerns in Cleveland.

    First, we’ll start with Love’s appearance on “Mike & Mike,” during which he was asked about the relationship in the context of LeBron’s Instagram post featuring six other members of the Cavaliers — none of whom were Love — and the caption, “Clique Up!!”

    Stop trying to find a way to FIT-OUT and just FIT-IN. Be apart of something special! Just my thoughts

    Regardless, teammates on championship-contending teams are not required to be best friends. I’m pretty sure Shaquille O’Neal said as much about Kobe Bryant in a rap once. But there are those who contend winning titles is easier when everyone gets along.

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  • Roger Goodell on Chris Borland's retirement: 'You have to respect his decision'

    Ben Rohrbach at Shutdown Corner 3 days ago

    As the retirement of 24-year-old San Francisco 49ers linebacker Chris Borland over concussion fears signaled a step toward players making long-term health a priority over short-term football fame, raising concerns about the sport's future, the NFL remains steadfast "the game has never been safer or better." 

    In a wide-ranging interview with Peter King for The MMQB, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell echoed the statement issued by his senior vice president of health and safety policy, Jeff Miller, who in the aftermath of Borland's announcement last week declared, "By any measure, football has never been safer."

    The MMQB: You had a surprising event last week with a 24-year-old linebacker for the 49ers, Chris Borland, retiring. What was your initial impression when you heard it?

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  • Andrew Bogut doesn't think the NBA is 'a healthy environment' to raise children

    Ben Rohrbach at Ball Don't Lie 6 days ago

    We've come to know Andrew Bogut as an Australian everyman — the son of an auto mechanic who orders barstools on Overstock.com and enjoys nothing more than cracking an ice-cold beer in a hot tub.

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    So, when the Warriors center says he'd rather not raise children around "the NBA lifestyle" of fast cars, fast women and fast spending — a stereotype he holds to be true — it comes as no surprise Bogut means it. Take this, from CBS Sports writer James Hebert's in-depth interview with the 7-footer, as Exhibit A.

    "I want to have kids, I have a niece. My worry is raising kids in the NBA, in that lifestyle," he said.

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  • Giants co-owner John Mara calls NFL's 2015 free-agent class 'mediocre'

    Ben Rohrbach at Shutdown Corner 6 days ago

    While the 2015 NFL free-agent class was once considered a deep one — before franchise tags, re-signings and hefty contracts took most top players off the market — New York Giants co-owner John Mara has a different take.

    Speaking at length with members of the New York media, including the Post's Paul Schwartz, during a charity function, Mara defended his team's lack of a big splash by dubbing this year's class "mediocre."

    “There were obviously some star players out there, but for the most part I thought it was a mediocre free-agent class,’’ Giants co-owner John Mara told reporters Thursday at the PAL’s William J. Duncan Center in Manhattan.

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    “And I think a lot of guys got paid more money than maybe they would have in other years because there was a lot of cap room out there. I think the guys who we got will help us, but we still have a long way to go.”

  • Timberwolves sign Sean Kilpatrick because he was within a three-hour drive

    Ben Rohrbach at Ball Don't Lie 7 days ago

    NBA teams are always scouring Developmental League rosters, looking for that next Jeremy Lin, and often times it's about finding the right player at the right time. Or, in Sean Kilpatrick's case, in the right place.

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    After the league granted the Timberwolves an extra roster spot due to excessive injuries, Minnesota signed Kilpatrick to a 10-day contract before Thursday's battle for inferiority with the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden, if only because the former University of Cincinnati standout was in nearby Delaware.

    Flip says signing Kilpatrick came down to proximity, he was playing w/ Delaware 87ers, got word this afternoon & started 3-hour drive.

    And it's not as though Thursday's game has playoff implications. In fact, quite the opposite. Kilpatrick might be just the player the Timberwolves need to secure the No. 1 overall draft pick this June.

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  • Bucs poke fun at NFL for mistakenly making Sterling Moore a Charger

    Ben Rohrbach at Shutdown Corner 7 days ago

    The NFL's Twitter account could have done a more sterling job on this one.

    When NFL.com's Ian Rapoport broke the news of former Dallas Cowboys defensive back Sterling Moore's one-year, $1.5 million agreement to join the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the league made a dramatic attempt to announce the deal -- except the social media folks had the 25-year-old headed to the San Diego Chargers.

    It was a simple mistake, really, especially since the buccaneers were chargers of a sort when they attacked Spanish shipping vessels in the Caribbean Sea during the 17th century, but that didn't prevent Tampa Bay's own social media team from taking a rather humorous jab at the league for its mistake. All in good fun.

    We usually refer to ourselves as the #Bucs RT @nfl: Undrafted. Free agent. "Plenty of promise." Hello, @Chargers http://t.co/JYClbGKkuv

  • Have the Memphis Grizzlies gone 'soft' since going Green?

    Ben Rohrbach at Ball Don't Lie 8 days ago

    The Grizzlies are in trouble, and we’re not talking about the bears in Yellowstone.

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    After allowing 66 points on 61 percent shooting in the second half and blowing a 17-point lead in a 105-95 loss to a Pistons team that had dropped its previous 10 outings, Memphis forward Zach Randolph voiced his displeasure in the locker room. For frame of reference, here’s the heart of a postgame rant that included at least one word not fit for print, courtesy of the Memphis Commercial Appeal’s Ronald Tillery.

    Meanwhile, Green’s arrival shifted defensive standout Tony Allen to the bench, and more efficient offensive players Marc Gasol, Mike Conley and Randolph are attempting a combined five fewer shots since Memphis acquired their new starting forward in exchange for Tayshaun Prince, Quincy Pondexter and picks.