Ben Rohrbach

  • Vladimir Putin says absence of Russians will devalue Olympic medals

    Ben Rohrbach at Fourth-Place Medal 3 days ago

     

    The list of Russian athletes banned from the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics grew to 105 on Tuesday, and as you might imagine, Vladimir Putin is brimming with indignation and conspiracy theories.

    Stopping short of ruling Russia out of the 2016 Summer Olympics entirely after the country orchestrated a comprehensive doping scandal that drove the host country’s winning medal count at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, the International Olympic Committee ruled out another 27 would-be Russian Olympians on Tuesday in track, rowing, canoeing and sailing, according to the Associated Press.

    All in all, nearly a third of Russia’s 387-person Olympic roster has been banned from Brazil.

    “The deliberate campaign targeting our athletes was characterized by so-called double standards and opted for the idea of collective responsibility, which is not compatible with sport, justice in general, or the basic norms of law,” Putin told a crowd of Russian Olympians in the Kremlin, via Reuters.

  • IOC to provide 42 condoms per athlete at 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics

    Ben Rohrbach at Fourth-Place Medal 4 days ago

     

    Bedrooms in the Olympic Village aren’t outfitted with televisions, so how will athletes pass the time?

    Meanwhile, the International Olympic Committee is providing 42 condoms per athlete at the 2016 Rio Olympics, according to some simple division by CNN. A record 450,000 contraceptives — triple the highest previous total — will be available in the village that will house 11,000 athletes next week.

    The Summer Olympics run from Aug. 5-21. We’ll let you do the rest of the math in that equation.

    Granted, there are 6,000 coaches staying in the athletes village, too — not to mention security personnel, volunteers and media members may also be among those with access to the prophylactics — but the song remains the same: There’s another Olympic-worthy activity going on in Rio de Janeiro. (And let me be the first to concede media will not be using the lion’s share of these condoms.)

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  • Kyrie Irving has had a couple profanely interesting days with Team USA

    Ben Rohrbach at Fourth-Place Medal 8 days ago

     

    In the month since winning the NBA title, Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving has been enjoying himself as a grown man should. For instance, this good old-fashioned morning yacht party.

    Kyrie Irving been turning up every day since he won. That boy turning up on the yacht as we speak pic.twitter.com/aCLg5ff2a9

    — Relatable Oddball HJ (@BUCK15) June 24, 2016

    Believe it or not, grown men use profane language, too, and so we shouldn’t be surprised that Irving has been both the subject and perpetrator of a couple colorful jokes in his first few days with Team USA. But that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy those jokes, especially if they’re funny for whatever reason.

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    But I don’t need to tell you why Mike Krzyzewski twice saying “f— you” to Kyrie Irving is a gas.

     

    I’m just going to assume Krzyzewski ordered this bracelet for Irving.

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  • Cavs secure White House invite, so long as J.R. Smith wears a shirt

    Ben Rohrbach at Ball Don't Lie 1 mth ago

    When @POTUS calls, you answer. Watch as Coach Lue receives a ring from the @Whitehouse.https://t.co/m9xkCRCBqf

    In what must have been the saddest moment of David Blatt's career, President Barack Obama phoned Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue to congratulate him on the team's NBA championship, reiterating several times how Lue brought a sense of cohesion to the roster that simply wasn't there under Blatt.

    Then, Obama extended the customary invititation to the reigning champs for a White House visit, pleading Lue and his charges to stop by Washington, D.C., before he leaves office on Jan. 20, 2017.

    "I know LeBron, so I'd already emailed him, but let the rest of the team know we're proud of them and congratulations," Obama told Lue in a taped phone conversation, "and seeing how the City of Cleveland responded tells you how important it was to those folks. And I'm hoping you guys have a chance to come by the White House before I leave office."

    Apparently not.

    Finally, a change of clothes we can believe in.

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  • Video: James Harden shows no mercy on a kid at his basketball camp

    Ben Rohrbach at Ball Don't Lie 1 mth ago

    James Harden apparently hasn't spoken to Rockets teammate Dwight Howard since the end of the season — a stretch that saw the center decline a $23 million player option to remain in Houston for 2016-17 — and now we may have our reason why: Harden is busy torching children at his summer camp.

    During the James Harden Basketball ProCamp in Houston this past weekend, the four-time NBA All-Star ironically taught this youngster a lesson in defense. While you don't necessarily always want to keep your eye on the ball — watching the hips as an indication of your opponent's objective — it's probably a good idea to at least know where the ball is at all times. Because if you don't, you could be made to look a fool.

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    James Harden teaching defense........ #rockets pic.twitter.com/JXGpnsHwCA

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

    Ben Rohrbach at Ball Don't Lie 1 mth 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 mth 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 1 mth 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 1 mth 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 1 mth 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