Ben Rohrbach

  • Heat put an end to speculation about Chris Bosh's playoff status

    Ben Rohrbach at Ball Don't Lie 9 hrs ago

    The Miami Heat put a swift end to any discussion of Chris Bosh returning for the playoffs this season.

    "The Miami Heat and Chris Bosh announce that Chris will not be playing in the remainder of the 2016 NBA Playoffs," the team announced in a statement on Wednesday. "The Heat, Chris, the doctors and medical team have been working together throughout this process and will continue to do so to return Chris to playing basketball as soon as possible."

    The news comes a day after the Miami Herald reported Bosh and the Heat were at odds over his health status, with the 11-time All-Star's camp finding a doctor willing to clear him for basketball activity and the team's medical staff on the other side of the coin after a second blood-clotting scare in as many seasons.

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    Chris Bosh made a contribution tonight. He was the guy who spoke to the team before the overtime and told them to relax and re-focus

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  • What's wrong with Kyle Lowry, and can he fix the Raptors in time?

    Ben Rohrbach at Ball Don't Lie 15 hrs ago

    Toronto Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry's struggles are no secret at this point in the NBA Playoffs.

    Miracle buzzer beater be damned, Lowry has been bad through eight playoff games. Historically bad. As our own Dan Devine noted in his extensive recap of Toronto's 102-96 overtime Game 1 loss to the Miami Heat, the All-Star's 3-for-13 effort on Tuesday night compounds a 30.6 percent playoff shooting performance that marks the worst since San Francisco Warriors forward Wayne Hightower in 1963-64.

    Even Lowry, casting pride aside, concedes this.

    “It sucks that I'm playing this bad when all eyes are on me because I know I'm way better than this,” Lowry told reporters in the aftermath. “So I've got to pick this s--- up."

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    Kyle Lowry, right now pic.twitter.com/zwRrKcUAb5

     

  • Feature Presentation: 2015-16 BDL Awards

    Ben Rohrbach at Ball Don't Lie 19 days ago

    We at Ball Don't Lie enjoy healthy debate about basketball and its strange cast of characters, from Oscar Robertson's "get off my lawn" diatribe on Stephen Curry to D'Angelo Russell's sting operation on a self-dubbed dude named Swaggy P and his Australian hip hop artist fiancé. (Yup, those things happened.) It's NBA with a twist here at the BDL, so we wanted to stir the pot and shake up the league's annual awards.

    2015-16 BDL AWARDS

    "Bench's 10": 2015-16 BDL Bench of the Year

    "Coach/Off": 2015-16 BDL Coach(ing Change) of the Year

    "Victorious Masters": 2015-16 BDL Defensive Unit of the Year

    "Ball Street": 2015-16 BDL Executive (Decision) of the Year

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  • Feature Presentation: 2015-16 All-BDL Team

    Ben Rohrbach at Ball Don't Lie 19 days ago

    We at Ball Don't Lie enjoy healthy debate about basketball and its strange cast of characters, from Oscar Robertson's "get off my lawn" diatribe on Stephen Curry to D'Angelo Russell's sting operation on a self-dubbed dude named Swaggy P and his Australian hip hop artist fiancé. (Yup, those things happened.) It's NBA with a twist here at the BDL, so we wanted to stir the pot and shake up the league's annual awards.

    BDL ALL-BDL TEAM

    The late '90s/early 2000s Kings were my favorite basketball team ever to watch. I was obsessed with the Fab Five, so Chris Webber was the foundation for a love of all things White Chocolate and Vlade Divac.

    AND THE WINNERS ARE ...

    FIRST TEAM

    SECOND TEAM

    Karl-Anthony Towns, Minnesota Timberwolves

  • Feature Presentation: 2015-16 BDL All-Defensive* Team

    Ben Rohrbach at Ball Don't Lie 19 days ago

    We at Ball Don't Lie enjoy healthy debate about basketball and its strange cast of characters, from Oscar Robertson's "get off my lawn" diatribe on Stephen Curry to D'Angelo Russell's sting operation on a self-dubbed dude named Swaggy P and his Australian hip hop artist fiancé. (Yup, those things happened.) It's NBA with a twist here at the BDL, so we wanted to stir the pot and shake up the league's annual awards.

    BDL ALL-DEFENSIVE* TEAM

    *As in: “adjective | behaving in a way that shows that you feel people are criticizing you.”

    And not: “adjective | of or relating to the attempt to keep an opponent from scoring in a game."

    Think antagonistic opponents, chronic complainers, referee aggressors and media adversaries.

    In other words, just think about the Los Angeles Clippers.

    AND THE WINNERS ARE ...

    FIRST TEAM

    SECOND TEAM

  • Feature Presentation: 2015-16 BDL All-Potential Team

    Ben Rohrbach at Ball Don't Lie 19 days ago

    We at Ball Don't Lie enjoy healthy debate about basketball and its strange cast of characters, from Oscar Robertson's "get off my lawn" diatribe on Stephen Curry to D'Angelo Russell's sting operation on a self-dubbed dude named Swaggy P and his Australian hip hop artist fiancé. (Yup, those things happened.) It's NBA with a twist here at the BDL, so we wanted to stir the pot and shake up the league's annual awards.

    BDL ALL-POTENTIAL TEAM

    You know how many rookies played even half the season in 2015-16? All of 31. So, the NBA asks voters to select 10 players from that group for two All-Rookie squads. Yup, one in three rookies will be honored. Might as well hand out participation trophies to the rest of 'em. Am I right, hockey dads everywhere?

    (P.S. We know not all of them are "Straight Outta College," but c'mon, that movie poster is rad, right?)

  • BDL's 2015-16 NBA Playoff Previews: Miami Heat vs. Charlotte Hornets

    Ben Rohrbach at Ball Don't Lie 20 days ago

     

    One of the wackier NBA regular seasons in history is over, for better or worse, and the two-month playoff run is set to begin. With the first round upon us, the minds at Ball Don't Lie decided to preview each series. Here's our look at the No. 3-seeded Miami Heat and No. 6 Charlotte Hornets.

    How They Got Here

    • Miami : Since missing the playoffs in 2014-15, the Heat returned a fascinating blend of talented veterans and youth, and they continued to find ways to remain compelling, patching holes left by circumstances beyond their control and consistently plodding toward 14 games above .500 by season's end (48-34).

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    Meanwhile, Dwyane Wade and Luol Deng did what they do best, respectively scoring in bunches and starring in a supporting role, especially after the break, when Miami finished 16-8 down the stretch. Erik Spoelstra figured out how best to work Goran Dragic into a roster full of ball-dominant former stars, and rookies Justise Winslow and Josh Richardson added some much-needed youth and grit into the mix.

    Head-to-Head

    They split the season series 2-2. 

  • Feature Presentation: 2015-16 BDL Comeback Player of the Year

    Ben Rohrbach at Ball Don't Lie 20 days ago

    We at Ball Don't Lie enjoy healthy debate about basketball and its strange cast of characters, from Oscar Robertson's "get off my lawn" diatribe on Stephen Curry to D'Angelo Russell's sting operation on a self-dubbed dude named Swaggy P and his Australian hip hop artist fiancé. (Yup, those things happened.) It's NBA with a twist here at the BDL, so we wanted to stir the pot and shake up the league's annual awards.

    BDL COMEBACK PLAYER OF THE YEAR

    Serioiusly, what happened to the NBA's Comeback Player of the Year Award? The NBA awarded it from 1981-86, and like that ... it's gone. Maybe because the league handed the penultimate honor to Michael Ray Richardson between suspending him for two months and banning him for life for his cocaine use.

    AND THE WINNER IS: Paul George, Indiana Pacers (unanimous).

  • Feature Presentation: 2015-16 BDL Most Random Improved Player

    Ben Rohrbach at Ball Don't Lie 20 days ago

    We at Ball Don't Lie enjoy healthy debate about basketball and its strange cast of characters, from Oscar Robertson's "get off my lawn" diatribe on Stephen Curry to D'Angelo Russell's sting operation on a self-dubbed dude named Swaggy P and his Australian hip hop artist fiancee. (Yup, those things happened.) It's NBA with a twist here at the BDL, so we wanted to stir the pot and shake up the league's annual awards.

    BDL MOST RANDOM IMPROVED PLAYER

    Heck, even MVP lock Stephen Curry has been mentioned as a serious contender for Most Improved.

    The popular choice among respected NBA journos seems to be C.J. McCollum, and we're good with that, but is it all that strange that a promising 10th overall pick made the leap in his third NBA season?

    AND THE WINNER IS: Brandon Rush, Golden State Warriors.

    AND THE NOMINEES WERE ...

    AND NOW A WORD FROM THE ACADEMY ...

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  • Feature Presentation: 2015-16 BDL Second-Most Valuable Player

    Ben Rohrbach at Ball Don't Lie 21 days ago

    We at Ball Don't Lie enjoy healthy debate about basketball and its strange cast of characters, from Oscar Robertson's "get off my lawn" diatribe on Stephen Curry to D'Angelo Russell's sting operation on a self-dubbed dude named Swaggy P and his Australian hip hop artist fiancé. (Yup, those things happened.) It's NBA with a twist here at the BDL, so we wanted to stir the pot and shake up the league's annual awards.

    BDL SECOND-MOST VALUABLE PLAYER

    MVP isn't so much a question as it is a coronation at this point. Stephen Curry's riding one of the most ludicrous statistical seasons on arguably the greatest regular-season team in NBA history. He's eclipsed his own single-season 3-point record by more than 100 makes, shooting 45 percent on 11 long-distance attempts per game, while adding 6.7 assists, 5.5 rebounds and a league-leading 2.1 steals. Insanity.