Ben Rohrbach

  • Thon Maker becomes first prep-to-pro first-round pick since 2005

    Ben Rohrbach at Ball Don't Lie 23 hrs ago

    Once the most intriguing prospect in the high school Class of 2016, Thon Maker wasn't even considered a first-round pick in the latest round of mock drafts, so his selection at No. 10 overall came as shock to some.

    The Milwaukee Bucks took the Barclays Center by surprise by taking Maker in the lottery. Thanks to a loophole in the NBA's one-and-done system, the 19-year-old became the first high school player taken in the first round since the 2005 Collective Bargaining Agreement went into effect. Maker graduated from Canada's Orangeville (Ontario) District Secondary School in June 2015 and remained with the affiliated basketball program — the Athlete Institute of Ontario — for a post-graduate year in 2015-16.

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    The following year, he transferred to the famed Athlete Institute of Ontario, a school that also produced Kentucky freshman Jamal Murray, who was selected three slots before Maker by the Denver Nuggets.

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  • As smoke clears on NBA draft day, Danny Ainge is stoking the fire

    Ben Rohrbach at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    Where there's smoke, there's Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge, but as the NBA draft approaches Thursday, it's looking more and more like he won't make fire rubbing picks together.

    It's long been Ainge's aim to remain as flexible as possible, so when a star becomes available, he's best equipped to acquire him, whether through the draft, on the trade market or in free agency. Everything he's planned converged this summer, with three first-round draft selections — including Brooklyn's unprotected lottery pick — a dearth of good but not great players under incredible contracts in the NBA's new salary cap era and enough cap space to chase two maximum contract players in free agency.

    Then, the draft order never changed and the Nets stayed put at No. 3. As was the case in 2007, when the Celtics fell to fifth, falling out of the Greg Oden (welp) and Kevin Durant sweepstakes (the Celtics contend they would've drafted Durant), they missed out on the two prizes of this draft: Ben Simmons and Brandon Ingram, who will go to the Philadelphia 76ers and Los Angeles Lakers at Nos. 1 and 2, respectively.

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  • Nobody is enjoying Cleveland's title more than Matthew Dellavedova

    Ben Rohrbach at Ball Don't Lie 2 days ago

    The historic Cavaliers run to the NBA title was cathartic for all of Cleveland, especially LeBron James, and the city celebrated appropriately, especially J.R. Smith, but an Australian is enjoying it more than anyone.

    That man is Matthew Dellavedova, backup to Game 7 hero Kyrie Irving on the world champs. Delly played zero minutes in the clincher, but the championship is no less his than any other Cavalier. And because he's used to maximizing limited minutes, he's perhaps most equipped to ensure the party doesn't stop.

    But wait, guys, Delly was there, too.

    Crowd surfing tomorrow??

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  • City of Cleveland's celebration is literally lit, from outer space

    Ben Rohrbach at Ball Don't Lie 4 days ago

    Cleveland !!! #nbafinals2016 #Cleveland #Lebron pic.twitter.com/8vkUWOss64

    After 52 years without a championship, you probably expected the City of Cleveland's celebration of their Cavaliers' stunning title victory to be lit, as the kids say, and as expected it was — quite literally.

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    NASA astronaut Terry W. Virts, who once commanded the International Space Station, tweeted this photo capturing the view of the city lights emanating around Lake Erie. This photo may or may not have been taken following Game 7, since Virts returned to Earth in June 2015, but fellow American Jeff Williams is still stationed in space, and, well, it's a lot cooler to imagine watching Cleveland's celebration from space.

    Almost immediately, rumors circulated that citizens of Cleveland had started by stealing a fire truck.

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  • J.R. Smith and the Cavaliers made the most of a Las Vegas pitstop

    Ben Rohrbach at Ball Don't Lie 4 days ago

    J.R. Smith is the star of the party at XS. pic.twitter.com/aGJWrH94DT

    J.R. Smith was shirtless at a Las Vegas nightclub in the wee hours of the morning after a game, and maybe for the first time in the Cleveland Cavaliers guard's career, nobody could have a problem with it.

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    While unanimous Finals MVP LeBron James said, "I can't wait to get back home," following Cleveland's historic championship win over the Golden State Warriors, the Cavs made a pitstop at XS Las Vegas.

    After all, as we learned in December from Smith, "There's going to be nowhere to party" in Cleveland.

    And the Champs have made it to @XSlasvegas. What up @cavs! #NBAFinals pic.twitter.com/SG7mpAaaeP

     

  • Did Steve Kerr have a point about Steph Curry's 'ticky-tack fouls'?

    Ben Rohrbach at Ball Don't Lie 7 days ago

    Ayesha Curry, wife of Warriors point guard Stephen Curry, did not have a point. There is no conspiracy theory keeping the NBA's unanimous MVP from a second straight title. There is no puppet master pulling strings on Draymond Green's fist and marionetting it into Cavaliers forward LeBron James' groin. And commissioner Adam Silver can't punch a cheat code into a controller to make LeBron unstoppable.

    Mrs. Curry's theory earned some 75,000 retweets before she deleted it, and then Golden State coach Steve Kerr took up the cause, in a way. Instead of suggesting the league rigged Game 6 in Cleveland's favor, Kerr insinuated Curry's MVP status should curry favor with the officiating crew, which, in a sense, would be rigging the outcome in his favor. Here's the exchange between Kerr and the media afterward:

    Q. Steve, do you think your team lost its composure, specifically Steph with throwing the mouthpiece and getting ejected?

    Q. So are you okay with him throwing his mouthpiece?

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  • Pau Gasol may freeze sperm over Zika concerns at Rio Olympics

    Ben Rohrbach at Ball Don't Lie 8 days ago

    Well, here's a story you probably didn't expect to read today: Pau Gasol is considering freezing his sperm.

    The soon-to-be free-agent NBA big man, a member of the Chicago Bulls this past season and a mainstay on the Spanish national basketball team, is considering freezing a sperm sample in advance of this summer's Rio de Janeiro Olympics due to concerns about the Zika virus, according to an Associated Press report.

    "Freezing sperm is one of the measures I have to consider," Gasol told the AP.

    Last month, Gasol voiced his concern about potentially playing in Brazil, and his status for the 2016 Olympics remains uncertain. He led Spain to silver-medal finishes in the last two Summer Olympics.

    ''It wouldn't surprise me to see some athletes deciding not to participate in the games to avoid putting their health and the health of their families at risk,'' Gasol told the AP in May.

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  • Mark Cuban donating $1M to help keep Dallas LGBT community safe

    Ben Rohrbach at Ball Don't Lie 8 days ago

    In response to the worst mass shooting in U.S. history — a killing spree that left 49 victims dead and dozens more wounded at an LGBT nightclub in Orlando — Mavericks owner Mark Cuban will donate $1 million to fund the Dallas Police Department's presence in the city's most populous LGBT community.

    The funds will be earmarked for roughly 16,000 hours of overtime pay to enhance counterterrorism efforts by Dallas police, most notably an increased presence in the city's Oak Lawn neighborhood, which features many of the area's most popular LGBT attractions, Mayor Mike Rawlings announced.

    “Once again, Mark has demonstrated his devotion to his city by stepping up in a time of need,” Rawlings said during Wednesday's Dallas Pride Month Spirit of Equality Awards Ceremony at City Hall. “In the wake of national tragedies, we often hear empty talk from politicians and other influencers. With this pledge, Mark shows he is a man of action who cares deeply about his fellow Dallasites."

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  • The numbers behind LeBron James and Kyrie Irving's historic Game 5

    Ben Rohrbach at Ball Don't Lie 10 days ago

    Cleveland's LeBron James and Kyrie Irving became the first teammates ever to each score 40-plus points in an NBA Finals game with an historic performance in their Cavaliers' 112-97 do-or-die Game 5 victory against the Warriors in Golden State, but that doesn't begin to explain just how impressive they were.

    While we understand numbers cannot replace the experience of watching greatness unfold on the court, maybe they'll help us appreciate their Game 5 effort even more. Statistics often lie, but in this case, they can uncover a bit more of the whole truth, which in essence is that they were beyond brilliant. And if that wasn't clear enough watching the game, these stats should drive that point home like this LeBron dunk:

    According to the Elias Sports Bureau, only two other players have ever scored 40 points in victory when facing NBA Finals elimination: Elgin Baylor (1963 and 1966) and Wilt Chamberlain (1970). Then, 46 years passed before both James and Irving did it in the same game. Oh, don't worry, we're just getting started.

    Still not impressed?

    FIRST QUARTER

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  • Love and war of words: Warriors verbally battle with LeBron James

    Ben Rohrbach at Ball Don't Lie 11 days ago

    Word spread quickly of Warriors forward Draymond Green's suspension from Game 5 of the NBA Finals for his dust-up with Cavaliers superstar LeBron James, and because opinions are like punches to another man's groin when he knocks you down and steps over you, everyone has one brewing inside them.

    Former NBA hothead Stephen Jackson took to Instagram to share his thoughts: "Guess I'll be rocking [Draymond's] jersey to the game tomorrow. You know I always root for the bad guys, man. There wasn't any blood drawn, nobody got hurt. You wait until the Finals to suspend him — with all the other stuff that happened — yeah, all right. I'm rocking with the bad guy on this one, though. I think that's some B.S."

    Current NBA hothead Matt Barnes offered his hottest of takes on Twitter (sic): "Lebron knows god damn well he didn't need to step over that man like that! Funny how the NBA #PicksAndChooses #Bullsh!t."

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