Ben Rohrbach

  • Joe Ingles regales us with glorious tales of Gordon Hayward's hair

    Ben Rohrbach at Ball Don't Lie 17 days ago

    Earlier this season, when Utah Jazz wingman Gordon Hayward took an inbounds pass from Joe Ingles and buried a game-winning buzzer-beater against the Cleveland Cavaliers, the electricity charging through EnergySolutions Arena was enough to make the average man’s hair stand on end.

    Except, as we’ve learned this season, Hayward is no average man, so as the crowd went wild around him, his lettuce remained perfectly still — until his teammates battled for the right to mess with his tress.

    Few things in the NBA are perfect, and Hayward’s hairstyle is one of them. There is Bill Russell’s record in Game 7’s, Michael Jordan’s fadeaway, Magic Johnson’s television show and Hayward’s luxurious locks.

    Yet, while this bald-headed scribe can only dream of having Hayward’s hairstyle, the shaggy-headed Ingles dared describe his teammate’s do like so:  “It’s terrible, isn’t it? It’s terrible.” And the Australian didn’t stop there. Here’s the whole heretical rant on Utah’s “DJ and PK in the Morning” radio show.

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  • Festus Ezeli is worst of all Warriors when it comes to 'credit-card roulette'

    Ben Rohrbach at Ball Don't Lie 19 days ago

    In the professional sports arena, team dinners often wreak havoc on a rookie's wallet. Making newbies pick up the check is a tradition as old as the veterans who delight in ordering only the finest surf and turf — a form of hazing that once left Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant's pockets $55,000 lighter.

    But the NBA's Golden State Warriors have a different — much more awesome — alternative to literally thumbing your nose when the waiter drops off the bill, and it could be the key to the chemistry that has Steve Kerr's crew atop the Western Conference standings. We'll let The Wall Street Journal explain.

    Everything is cool until the check comes. Then the players pool their credit cards. They’re pulled out of a hat one by one. The owner of the last one left is stuck with the entire bill.

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  • Tony Allen, Damian Lillard and an endless debate over All-Star rosters

    Ben Rohrbach at Ball Don't Lie 21 days ago

    It was hard to argue with DeMarcus Cousins taking an injured Kobe Bryant's Western Conference spot in the 2015 NBA All-Star Game. Although, Damian Lillard found an easy enough reason, penning a mock "thank you" note to NBA commissioner Adam Silver and everyone else who left him off their ballot.

    It's equally difficult to debate Lillard's selection as an ailing Blake Griffin's replacement, especially since Cousins and Lillard received the first- and second-most reserve votes from the league's coaches among players who did not initially make the West roster. And yet Tony Allen is now taking umbrage.

    It should be noted Milwaukee Bucks forward Jared Dudley first posed the question on Twitter: "Is it me or how does the Memphis Grizzles only have 1 all star?!!! 38-13!!" Allen simply retweeted Dudley and responded with a pretty sick burn aimed at Lillard: "Because Mike & Zbo didn't write a letter .... Lol"

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  • Ailing Pistons PG Brandon Jennings receives 'get well gifts' from Bucks

    Ben Rohrbach at Ball Don't Lie 24 days ago

    When Detroit and Milwaukee swapped point guards in the summer of 2013, Pistons owner Tom Gores penned a letter asking the Bucks to take care of Brandon Knight, and the team's executive vice president John Steinmiller just returned the favor, sending a similarly classy care package to Brandon Jennings.

    Apparently taking a break from NBA TV for a moment to sort through some "get well" cards, Jennings discovered a care package from the Bucks made up of memorabilia from his four seasons in Milwaukee. It included a "Best of Milwaukee" plaque bearing his name, a 2010-11 Milwaukee Bucks media guide (with Andrew Bogut prominently featured on the cover!) and a pretty sweet "House Party" poster paying homage to Jennings' sweet Kid N' Play-style haircut. Naturally, he shared a picture of the items on Twitter.

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  • Despite Atlanta's loss, Hawks continue their winning ways on Twitter

    Ben Rohrbach at Ball Don't Lie 27 days ago

    While Atlanta's ascension to the NBA's elite is a rather new development, the Hawks' social media department has long ranked among the league's best, and so it came as little surprise the team found the best possible way to thank their fans on Twitter for the support they showed during the recent win streak.

    The Hawks added a W to their Twitter account's name for every victory over the previous five weeks (i.e., HaWWWWWks) before their 19 straight wins proved too many characters for the website. And while the New Orleans Pelicans' 115-100 win over Atlanta made that problem a thing of the past, the Hawks' Twitter guru continued to dominate the social media game, expressing gratitude by way of a Spotify playlist.

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  • Kevin Love denies LeBron James' claims about his lack of confidence

    Ben Rohrbach at Ball Don't Lie 27 days ago

    While the Cleveland Cavaliers have righted the ship, stretching their league-best win streak to 11 games with a 97-84 victory against the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday, Kevin Love's offensive production remains subpar by his own standards — all while the Cavs' offensive rating climbed into the NBA's top five.

    Cleveland has gone from below .500 to 30-20 over the past three weeks, inching within a half-game of the Chicago Bulls for the Central Division lead and a home playoff series, but if this edition of the Cavaliers hopes to win an NBA championship in their first season together, they will need Love playing at an All-Star level come April, even if he's not participating in the exhibition game later this month.

    Throwing out 2012-13, when he played just 18 games due to injury, Love's field goal and 3-point percentages this winter (42.4 and 33.0 percent, respectively) are the worse they've been since his second season, and over the 11-game win streak those numbers have declined further (37.2 and 29.4 percent).

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  • Pete Carroll and 14 of the other worst play calls in sports history

    Ben Rohrbach at Shutdown Corner 28 days ago

    There is plenty of blame to go around for Seattle's decision to pass on second-and-goal from the 1-yard line with 26 seconds remaining — a choice that resulted in New England Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler's game-clinching interception. Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll took the fall for offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell's call, but quarterback Russell Wilson ultimately threw the pass and Bevell even lumped wide receiver Ricardo Lockette into the mix for not being "stronger through the ball."

    However you want to slice up that pie is a different debate, but everyone should agree: The judgment call belongs in the pantheon of worst play calls in sports history. Carroll & Co. join this undistinguished list.

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  • Rodney Harrison questions Junior Seau's decision in Super Bowl XLII

    Ben Rohrbach at Shutdown Corner 29 days ago

    In a controversial statement during NBC's pregame coverage in Sunday, Rodney Harrison seemingly blamed since-deceased teammate Junior Seau for the Super Bowl XLII loss that cost their team the first 19-0 season in NFL history.

    The former New Engand Patriots defensive back and current NBC analyst suggested he pleaded with Seau to change pass coverage on the Plaxico Burress touchdown that gave the New York Giants the lead for good at 17-14 with 35 seconds remaining, but Seau refused.

    Seau, a 12-time Pro Bowl linebacker, posthumously headlines the most recent Pro Football Hall of Fame class.  

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    So, while some viewers on Twitter suggested Harrison was "throwing shade" at a great player who is no longer with us, it's important to consider his comments in the context of his friendship with Seau.

  • Richard Sherman will play in Super Bowl while still waiting on son's birth

    Ben Rohrbach at Shutdown Corner 29 days ago

    Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman put a scare into Seattle fans, hinting he could miss the Super Bowl due to his girlfriend potentially giving birth to their son on Sunday, and while coach Pete Carroll left the decision up to his three-time first-team All-Pro defensive back, the baby is making that choice even easier.

    Sherman told reporters earlier this week, "He's going to be a disciplined young man and stay in there until after the game," and indeed that appears to be the case. The Seahawks star, who is also nursing an arm injury, texted Sports Illustrated's Peter King to nobody's surprise: "I am playing in the Super Bowl."

    TEMPE, Ariz.-Unsurprising text from Richard Sherman to me, reported on #NBC Super Bowl pregame show: "I am playing in the Super Bowl."

  • Cowboys star Dez Bryant addresses free agency: 'It’s Cowboys forever'

    Ben Rohrbach at Shutdown Corner 29 days ago

    Earlier this season, Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant warned the organization not to test his loyalty, but now that his free agency has finally arrived, he's making it clear where he's pledging his allegiance.

    After skipping last weekend's Pro Bowl due to a groin injury, Bryant played in a charity basketball game in Arizona on Saturday — throwing down a dunk and missing another — and NBC 5 Sports reporter Pat Doney appropriately asked the First Team All-Pro wideout about his current status as a free agent.

    “Regardless, I’m a Cowboy,” Bryant said. “But it is what it is. It’s business. I am a free agent. I’m very confident that something is going to happen, something is going to get done, and have these Cowboys fans excited for a long time.

    “I’m a Cowboy at heart. It’s Cowboys forever.”