Ever since the Dallas Mavericks traded Brandan Wright in exchange for Rajon Rondo at the end of last week, leaving Greg Smith atop the depth chart behind 32-year-old center Tyson Chandler, rumors have swirled around Mark Cuban potentially signing free agent veteran backup big Jermaine O'Neal.
On Tuesday, O'Neal addressed those rumblings in a series of 140-character posts on Twitter, suggesting he will leave his decision entirely up to his wife and two children while maintaining he still loves the game of basketball, is better than most bigs still in the league and will be ready to contribute on short notice.
Can I physically still play?Probably better than 60% of the bigs in the league today! That's not a knock on anyone but more about how I feel
My decision will not be based off any personal relationships with a cityor organization which will be tuff because Ofthe love I got for them
Carlisle also didn't shy away from the subject when pressed by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
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For reasons mostly within his own control, Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard's trademark smile hasn't been as ever-present as it was in an earlier stage of his career, but he found it for a fleeting moment.
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Far be it for me to tell Miami how to respond to LeBron James on Christmas Day, but, honestly, if the Cavaliers could reanoint the king upon his throne in Northeast Ohio, Heat fans ought to give him quite an ovation. After all, it’s the holidays.
Of course, Cleveland wasn’t so welcoming when James made his initial return on Dec. 2, 2010, and that’s because the four-time NBA MVP set a torch to the city on live TV, taking his talents to South Beach and promising more championships than Michael Jordan ever amassed in a ridiculously extravagant welcome party befitting his new city.
While he didn’t reach his own lofty expectations, James performed beyond Miami’s wildest dreams and Cleveland’s worst nightmares, making four straight trips to the finals in four seasons, winning twice and taking home two pairs of MVP trophies.
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You blew it, Dewey.
On a curious fake punt from their own 19-yard line, Indianapolis Colts safety Dewey McDonald dropped a surefire first down on a wide-open pass from punter Pat McAfee in the first quarter.
One play later, Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo connected with wide receiver Dez Bryant for a 19-yard touchdown that gave Dallas a 14-0 lead. Both the Colts and Cowboys entered the game with a 10-4 record and have plenty left to play for in terms of playoff positioning, all of which makes a fake punt deep in their own zone so early in the contest a mind-blowing decision by Indianapolis coach Chuck Pagano.
It's the second time this season the Colts have watched a player drop such a simple catch, as tight end Coby Fleener let a sure TD against the Washington Redskins slip through his hands three weeks ago.
The quarterback may have been different, but the end result was a familiar scene.
With the game on the line, Jimmy Clausen did what Chicago Bears fans had come to expect from the man he replaced, throwing an interception that put a 20-14 loss to the NFC North rival Detroit Lions on ice.
Making his first NFL start since 2010, Clausen played fairly well until tossing a pick on a deep pass intended for wide receiver Alshon Jeffery with 2:02 remaining. He completed 23 of 39 attempts for 181 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He made a decent case for starting again next week over Jay Cutler, who had thrown 12 interceptions during an eight-week span that resulted in just two Chicago victories.
Clausen threw an 11-yard touchdown to running back Matt Forte just before halftime, and then hit Jeffery for a 20-yard TD that gave the Bears (5-10) a 14-10 lead late in the third quarter before the Lions scored 10 unanswered to finish the game.
Clausen actually outperformed Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford, who completed 22 of 39 attempts for 243 yards and a pair of interceptions with zero touchdowns.
By all accounts, New Yorkers only filled half of MetLife Stadium for Sunday's tilt against the New England Patriots, but the Jets probably would have preferred one fan who did show up had stayed home.
Probably not too pleased with his last-place team's 3-11 record this season, a Jets fan wore a jersey with the phrase "Dying Inside" written on the back — naturally above the No. 69 to keep it ultra classy.
Chasing the Oakland Raiders, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Tennessee Titans for the league's worst record and the No. 1 overall pick, the Jets rewarded this fan by taking a 10-7 lead against the Patriots into halftime. With a chance to regain the lead late, however, the Jets had a field goal blocked for the second time against New England this season, ultimately losing 17-16 to their AFC East rivals. Dying inside, indeed.
Ben Rohrbach at Ball Don't Lie 8 days ago
I'm going to tread lightly here, since any one of the multitude of kicks and punches Darko Milicic threw opposite fellow Serbian Radovan Radojcic would knock me the hell out, but the NBA's failed former No. 2 overall pick lost his kickboxing debut, and that presents plenty of opportunity for jokes.
Famously picked by the Pistons immediately behind LeBron James and ahead of future All-NBA players Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade in the 2003 draft, Milicic earned a bust label after playing for six teams over 10 seasons. His kickboxing career is off to a similarly inauspicious start.
While some may suggest Milicic stick to what he does best, carp fishing, he has a different take.
"The next time, it will be better," the 7-footer said, according to the AP. "I'm invincible."
We should not doubt his indomitability, since he once vowed to drive home at 80 miles per hour in a snowstorm during his short-lived Boston tenure in his final season as a professional basketball player.
Ben Rohrbach at Shutdown Corner 11 days ago
While once we had Janet Jackson's breast to blame for the decay of American society, it appears we can now blame New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's potty mouth for our downfall.
Just as the Federal Communications Commission was inundated with complaints after Jackson's "wardrobe malfunction" during halftime of Super Bowl XXXVIII, the government agency received three grievances when Brady mouthed the F-word during his team's 26-21 loss to the Green Bay Packers on Nov. 30, according to The Smoking Gun. How the complainants' children have slept since the life-altering event is unclear.
Pats fans probably guessed two of the three typo-laden complaints came from Indiana and Pennsylvania. As one parent, presumably a Colts fan, said in a document obtained by The Smoking Gun, "My 6 year old children know how to read lips even if there is no sound." Imagine a child's horror upon lip-reading a word he or she surely only knows from hearing it out audibly in the comfort of his or her own home.
Ben Rohrbach at Shutdown Corner 12 days ago
If you thought the Washington Redskins secondary was humbled by another scintillating performance from New Yorks Giants rookie wide receiver sensation Odell Beckham Jr., think again.
In what is becoming a weekly occurrence, Beckham led NFL highlight reels on Sunday, collecting 12 catches for 143 yards and three touchdowns in Sunday's 24-13 victory against an NFC East rival. While the Redskins fell to 3-11 on the season, Beckham soared into the Rookie of the Year conversation.
Count second-year Redskins cornerback David Amerson unimpressed.
Yeah, because it's not like Beckham is known for making difficult catches or anything.
Ben Rohrbach at Shutdown Corner 12 days ago
Following Sunday's 17-7 loss to the Seattle Seahawks, the San Francisco 49ers were officially eliminated from playoff contention, and they have referee Ed Hochuli to blame. OK, so they have a lot of folks to point the finger at for their 7-7 record, but Hochuli's incorrect call is the latest and easiest scapegoat.
On a third-and-5 early in the fourth quarter, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson couldn't connect with rookie wide receiver Paul Richardson, but a roughing the passer penalty against 49ers linebacker Nick Moody bailed out Seattle. Instead of kicking a field goal to remain ahead by one score, the defending Super Bowl champions received a first down and scored a touchdown to go up 17-7 two plays later.
Not 24 hours later, NFL head of officiating Dean Blandino admitted Hochuli blew the call.
In other words, keep those guns in their holsters next time, Ed. Given the opportunity to admit his mistake to a pool reporter in the immediate aftermath of the NFC West battle, Hochuli stood by his call.
Needless to say, 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh disagreed with Hochuli's assessment even before Blandino did.