- Ben Rohrbach at Ball Don't Lie13 hrs ago
When LeBron James announced his return to Cleveland, Miami Herald columnist Dan Le Batard concluded his farewell column with a heartfelt "thank you" to the former Heat superstar for his contributions to the glorious sports drama that played out in South Beach over the previous four seasons.
Thank you for that, LeBron.
All of it.
A little campy, maybe, but a nice conclusion to what was a rational take on LeBron's departure. It wasn't burning jerseys, and that was a good thing. Graciousness generally comes across better than vitriol.
- Ben Rohrbach at Ball Don't Lie15 hrs ago
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and a Los Angeles-area auction house are disputing who owns the rights to some of the Lakers legend's stuff, and one look at the list of memorabilia in question explains why this debate is so heated.
The inventory, detailed by TMZ, is essentially an interior decorator's guide to designing a rad office.
-- An engraved KAJ tea set -- A McDonald's "Top Faces of Black History" Award -- Signed "Game of Death" poster (the movie he did with Bruce Lee) -- A Stetson black suede hat -- 5 pairs of Lakers sweatpants -- Personalized L.A. Kings jersey -- A "Fletch" script from 1984 -- A custom made rocking chair ... and a special Kareem Abdul-Jabbar snowboard
ESPN has suspended Stephen A. Smith from its TV and radio airwaves for a week following his controversial comments about Baltimore running back Ray Rice's wife, according to Sports Illustrated.
From ESPN PR: “ESPN announced today that Stephen A. Smith will not appear on First Take or ESPN Radio for the next week."
The NFL's two-game suspension of Rice was already a hotly debated topic and Smith threw gasoline on the fire, suggesting on "First Take" that Rice's then- fiancée Janay Palmer could have done something to prevent last year's alleged domestic violence incident in an Atlantic City elevator.
In only his fifth time back on a football field since being cleared to return from last year's season-ending spinal fusion surgery, Giants running back David Wilson's career may be in jeopardy once again.
The 23-year-old Virginia Tech product and 2012 first-round draft pick suffered another injury to the neck area during Tuesday's padded practice, according to The Star-Ledger and other media present at training camp in East Rutherford, N.J. A member of the training staff assisted Wilson off the field.
The degree of Wilson's injury is unknown, but most reports include words like "stinger" and "burner" — code for nerve damage resulting from neck and shoulder trauma. These are the same terms that ultimately necessitated the fusion of vertebrae in his neck following a hit against the Eagles last October.
- Ben Rohrbach at Ball Don't Lie1 day ago
When LeBron James announced his return to Cleveland earlier this month, the NBA world saw a stripped-down version of the four-time MVP — an NBA superstar humbled by one horrible Decision. LeBron also treated his Taiwanese fans to a new stripped-down side of himself, only this time he took it quite literally.
In a video taken during his recent publicity tour across Asia — uncovered by Pro Basketball Talk — a shirtless James can be seen removing his hat, shoes and shorts as a man screams "everybody witness" in front of a large crowd. We finally have our answer to the age-old boxers or briefs question: boxer briefs.
Perhaps this is a precursor to a new Be Like Magic Mike advertising campaign. And scene.
Tim Tebow has a job. It's just not in the NFL.
As Tebow prepares for his first season in front of a camera on the new SEC Network, his former college coach would rather see him reading defenses in the NFL than television prompters at ESPN.
"I still don't get that part of it," Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said of Tebow's inability to hold down an NFL job from Big Ten Media Days. "He's the second-most efficient passer ever to play college football."
Meyer and the former Heisman Trophy winner, of course, teamed up to win a pair of national titles at Florida. Indeed, Tebow concluded his four-year college career with the NCAA's No. 2 all-time passer efficiency rating (170.79) — trailing only current Rams quarterback Sam Bradford (175.62).
- Ben Rohrbach at Ball Don't Lie2 days ago
For a man who enjoys foreign films, Dostoyevsky and fine food, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich's passion for wine is one of the few things about him that makes sense. That this rare blend of former spy turned basketball savant owns a wine label as equally difficult to decipher also follows.
What doesn't dovetail is why a man whose disdain for media has been so well documented would name this wine for a muckraking journalist's brilliance, even if Jacob Riis wrote the words around the same time Dr. James Naismith invented the game Popovich inevitably mastered.
Actually, the quote that adorns the back label of each Rock & Hammer Pinot Noir vintage also covers the walls of San Antonio's locker room in English, French, Portuguese and Spanish, paraphrasing Popovich's philosophy in a manner no writer has accomplished since.
- Ben Rohrbach at Ball Don't Lie5 days ago
Rapper Fat Joe joined Complex Magazine's web series "Quickstrike" and shared a story about the time Michael Jordan sent him a letter in jail with hosts Russ Bengtson and DJ Clark Kent, and somehow that wasn't the best yarn Fat Joe spun during a fascinating conversation for basketball sneakerheads.
No, the top tale Fat Joe told this day involved Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and a knuckle sandwich. It starts at the 6:25 mark of the embedded YouTube video, and it gets progressively funnier.
- Ben Rohrbach at Ball Don't Lie6 days ago
Seeking justice for his aunt Tanganyika Williams' murder in Sacramento earlier this month, Clippers forward Matt Barnes is hoping his vast social media following will help track down the alleged killer.
"This dude stabbed my auntie in the neck last week & left her for dead on the sidewalk, she ended up dying on the way to the hospital in the ambulance," Barnes wrote on his various accounts. "If you hv any info on his where abouts contact the #SacPD # SacramentoWeNeedYourHelp #RIPTang"
- Ben Rohrbach at Shutdown Corner6 days ago
Less than a month after Browns wideout Josh Gordon found himself on the wrong side of the law once again, fellow waste of wide receiver potential Justin Blackmon has landed himself in legal trouble, too.
The Oklahoma State product and third-year Jaguar was arrested for possession of marijuana when police in Edmond, Okla. stopped him for a separate traffic violation, according to a NewsOn6.com report.
The arrest is Blackmon's third in five years following a pair of driving under the influence citations in 2010 and 2012. Not to mention the NFL's former No. 5 overall pick is currently serving an indefinite suspension for a third violation of the league's substance abuse policy since arriving in Jacksonville in 2012.