- Ben Rohrbach at Shutdown Corner1 day ago
Mike Zimmer's NFL head coaching debut just got a bit tougher, as the Minnesota Vikings received word from the league wide receiver Jerome Simpson that has been suspended for the first three games of the season.
The ruling marks Simpson's second three-game suspension in three years for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. The 28-year-old was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol in November and later pled guilty to careless driving, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
Simpson remained on probation from a 2011 incident after which he spent 15 days in jail for admitting to receiving two pounds of marijuana shipped to his Kentucky home, where police also found another pound of pot. He was prohibited from alcohol use as a result of his guilty plea.
- Ben Rohrbach at Ball Don't Lie1 day ago
The NBA probably won’t be using Thunder rookie Mitch McGary’s recent VICE Sports interview as a public service announcement for its marijuana policy.
Still recovering from midseason back surgery in March, McGary hadn’t played basketball in months when he suited up on the end of the Michigan bench solely as a Wolverines mascot during their Sweet 16 victory. But the NCAA tests for drugs at random during championship season, and on that night it was his turn.
McGary failed and faced a one-year suspension for what he later told Yahoo’s Dan Wetzel was a one-time pot-smoking experience, making a once tough decision between returning for his junior season and declaring for the NBA a whole lot easier. Projected as a lottery pick after leading Michigan to the 2013 national title game as a freshman — and believed to be one again in 2015 had he proven healthy again in college this year — McGary fell to Oklahoma City at No. 21.
Roger Goodell admits he didn't get Ray Rice suspension right, announces new strict policy on domestic violenceBen Rohrbach at Shutdown Corner2 days ago
In direct response to widespread public criticism over Ray Rice's recent two-game suspension, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell accepted blame in a memorandum to all 32 of the league's owners, introducing a new policy with severe penalties for future domestic abuse and sexual assault violations.
While Goodell did not mention the Baltimore Ravens running back by name, his memo was a clear reaction to the controversy surrounding the rather lenient disciplinary action taken after Rice allegedly knocked his then-fiancée Janay Palmer unconscious in an Atlantic City casino elevator this past February.
In the memo obtained by Yahoo Sports, Goodell went so far as to admit, "I didn't get it right."
"Although the NFL is celebrated for what happens on the field, we must be equally vigilant in what we do off the field.
- Ben Rohrbach at Ball Don't Lie2 days ago
As the summer wears on, with training camps and preseason play still off in (what feels like) the distant future, we turn our attention to the past. Join us as we while away a few late-summer moments recalling some of the most scintillating slams of yesteryear, the most thunderous throwdowns ever to sear themselves into our memories. This is Dunk History.
Today, Ben Rohrbach revisits Gerald Green's buzzer-beating off-the-backboard alley-oop.
You might think someone who had a portion of his right ring finger severed while dunking in a doorway as a sixth-grader might develop an aversion to the basketball art form. Not Gerald Green.
For background, here's a New York Daily News description of Green's gruesome injury circa 1999.
The ring caught on a nail and his finger was ripped to the bone.
Amputation was the only option.
"All you saw was nothing but white bone, like a skeleton," Green said. "They said my tendons, all my ligaments were ripped out."
- Ben Rohrbach at Ball Don't Lie3 days ago
I have a hard time interpreting J.R. Smith's Instagram account, but I'm pretty sure the Knicks guard just declared himself one of the greatest shooters in basketball history, which is ... interesting?
"They said I wouldn't make it! I did! They said I wouldn't stay! This is my 11th yr! They said you can't shoot like that in the league! I'm on pace to be one of the best shooters the game had ever seen! Bottom line what yall say don't me sh@$ What I do says everything! #Gone"
After everyone enjoyed another good laugh at the expense of a man Adrian Wojnarowski once dubbed "the clown prince of basketball," Smith offered up his own defense in a follow-up Instagram post with a caption that read, "Men lie women lie but ..."
Mike Krzyzewski named Kyrie Irving his starter over Derrick Rose for Tuesday's final Team USA tuneup entering the FIBA World Cup, setting up a battle between the reigning All-Star Game MVP and Slovenian Third Team All-NBA point guard Goran Dragic, and the two took turns embarrassing each other.
Irving went behind-the-back to cross up Dragic before leading with his right hand and switching to his left on a layup that made quick work of aptly named former Raptors center Uros Slokar.
In equally impressive fashion, the lefty Slovenian double-crossed both Irving and All-Star Anthony Davis for a layup of his own. Even normally game defender Kenneth Faried was confused by Dragic's Magic.
The Cavaliers introduced Kevin Love as the newest member of a revamped squadron, culminating 30 days of nonstop coverage ranging from legitimate analysis to Minnesota also dealing an octopus named K-Love to Cleveland, so little was expected from Tuesday's press conference.
For the most part, that held true — since Love's stated "longterm" commitment to the Cavs was reported by Adrian Wojnarowski three weeks ago — except for one revelation that is sure to raise some eyebrows in the NBA commissioner's office: LeBron James called Kevin Love the day he signed in Cleveland.
Members of each NBA fanbase have surely cited Dick Bavetta's bias against their team, and the recently retired referee's take on the league's top crowds adds fuel to the fire for all but three cities.
In a parting interview with NBA.com after his 39 years of service, Bavetta named Boston, Los Angeles and New York as the association's best crowds, describing them as "avid, knowledgeable basketball fans."
Bavetta's ties to those three cities is woven throughout the interview, starting with his Brooklyn roots, continuing through his first NBA game (Celtics at Knicks) and his most memorable game (Dr. J choking Larry Bird), and featuring his favorite spectator (Jack Nicholson), the most challenging coach (Bill Fitch) and the players whose games he wished he'd refereed (Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain and Jerry West).
On Instagram over the weekend, LeBron James suggested his chalk toss routine would accompany him back to Cleveland, posting NBA 2K video of the pregame ritual he borrowed from Michael Jordan as a member of the Cavaliers last decade, and Northeast Ohioans are apparently pretty amped about it.
Two brides — one in Cleveland and another in Akron — not only allowed the chalk toss to be incorporated into their wedding introductions, but actively participated, which is a big deal if you've ever talked to a bride about her wedding. The area's LeBron excitement has officially reached defcon levels.
We'll start in Cleveland, where Brian Perk flashed the Money Manziel as the newly anointed Mrs. Perk tosses chalk. Never has there been more to celebrate in the Metropolis of the Western Reserve.
- Ben Rohrbach at Ball Don't Lie5 days ago
If you needed further proof the Kevin Love trade is real beyond a newspaper ad announcing the deal, the SEA LIFE Minnesota Aquarium of all places has provided it in alternative ink form: an octopus.
The Mall of America's aquatic museum and the Greater Cleveland Aquarium swapped naming rights for their giant Pacific octopi — with K-Love going to Cavaliers country and Ocho heading to Timberwolves town — according to a rather original press release sent to multiple media outlets Monday.
Keep in mind only the names will be moving, not the actual eight-armed creatures. And none of the three players the T-Wolves acquired in the Love trade — Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett or Thaddeus Young — are expected to wear No. 8, a jersey once held by both Latrell Sprewell and Michael Beasley, so Ocho may not stick in Minnesota. (Although, Wiggins has worn No. 8 for Team Canada.)