Ben Rohrbach

  • A rehabbing Wesley Matthews still thinks a $15 million salary is reasonable

    Ben Rohrbach at Ball Don't Lie 7 days ago

    History has not been kind to NBA players returning from torn Achilles tendons.

    The American Journal of Sports Medicine recently published a study examining the effects of 18 such injuries from 1998-2011 and concluded, "The NBA players who returned to play after repair of complete Achilles tending ruptures showed a significant decrease in playing time and performance."

    The average age and experience of those 18 subjects was 29.7 years old and 7.6 years in the league. Wesley Matthews, who ruptured his Achilles on March 5, will turn 29 this October, just in time for his seventh NBA season. He apparently does not subscribe to The American Journal of Sports Medicine.

    Now, whether that's worth a five-year, $75 million deal from Portland or a four-year, $60-million contract elsewhere is another story. Had Matthews finished this past season healthy, he likely would have been considered a bargain at that price once the salary cap balloons to an estimated $108 million in 2017-18.

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  • 2015 NBA Draft shopping list: Northwest Division

    Ben Rohrbach at Ball Don't Lie 9 days ago

    What should teams look for in Thursday's draft? Our shopping list details the projections and needs of all 30 squads.

    Minnesota Timberwolves

    2014-15 Finish: 16-66, last in West

    1st Round Picks: No. 1

    2nd Round Picks: No. 31 and No. 36

    It’s weird to say a 16-win team has a ton of talent, but Minnesota features recent first-round picks all over the roster. As long as they don’t trade out of their current position, the Wolves will become the first team in NBA history to field three straight No. 1 overall picks, as forwards Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett arrived in last summer’s Kevin Love trade. Add uber-athletic youngsters Gorgui Dieng and Zach LaVine, who respectively flashed brilliance behind oft-injured veterans Nikola Pekovic and Ricky Rubio at center and point guard, and there’s some potential.

    Denver Nuggets

    2014-15 Finish: 30-52, 12th in West

    1st Round Picks: No. 7

    2nd Round Picks: No. 57

    As for pick No. 57, which comes from the Clippers and puts a cap on a 2009 trade involving the immortal Cheikh Samb, Denver will be taking a flyer from a position that rarely pans out, so the “best player available” mantra applies once again.

    Utah Jazz

    2014-15 Finish: 38-44, 11th in West

  • Lawyer for Thabo Sefolosha, Pero Antic subpoenas police records

    Ben Rohrbach at Ball Don't Lie 14 days ago

    It's been more than two months since the arrests of Thabo Sefolosha and Pero Antic and almost three weeks since their Hawks' once magical season ended in a disappointing Eastern Conference finals sweep — and still the two Atlanta teammates are dealing with the ramifications of that night in April.

    In the aftermath of the stabbing of Indiana Pacers forward Chris Copeland outside a New York City nightclub at 4 a.m. on April 8, Sefolosha and Antic were both charged with disorderly conduct and obstructing the police's investigation. Sefolosha was also charged with resisting arrest, and Antic was subsequently slapped with harassment for reportedly coming to the aid of Sefolosha during his confrontation with police.

    The trial is set for Sept. 9 — five months after the arrest and mere weeks before training camp.

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  • Nobody is 'all in' on the Cavaliers quite like this Cleveland weatherman (Video)

    Ben Rohrbach at Ball Don't Lie 24 days ago

    You may remember Mark Johnson as the Cleveland weatherman who lost his you-know-what on air when LeBron James led the Miami Heat to the first of two consecutive NBA titles in 2012.

    “If we could’ve used some Thunder, it was tonight, huh?” Johnson screeched into the camera during Miami’s five-game NBA Finals victory against Oklahoma City three years ago. “We could’ve used some Thunder. Nothing. Nothing. Just some rain — and the Heat. Lots of Heat. No Thunder.”

    So outraged that LeBron led another city to an NBA title, Johnson kept erupting until WEWS-TV sports director Andy Baskin mercifully grabbed him and said, “Stop. Seriously. Enough.” 

    This was the mood in Cavaliers country a few years ago, after James’ Decision tore out the collective heart of Cleveland basketball fans, and some in turn burned his jerseys in the street. All was forgiven this past summer, when he penned his “I’m Coming Home” letter for Sports Illustrated. 

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  • Mark Cuban is cool with Dirk Nowitzki playing for Germany in Eurobasket 2015

    Ben Rohrbach at Ball Don't Lie 27 days ago

    Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has long opposed allowing NBA players to compete for their home countries, even telling ESPN.com's Marc Stein in the wake of Paul George's injury on Team USA this past summer, "teams take on huge financial risk so that the IOC committee members can line their pockets."  

    So, one would think Cuban has been pleased with Dirk Nowitzki's absence from the German national team the past four seasons, and that he might not be too thrilled with the future Hall of Famer's return to international basketball at age 37 — a decision announced Thursday on the Eurobasket 2015 website.

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  • New book claims Allen Iverson was drunk during 'talking about practice' rant

    Ben Rohrbach at Ball Don't Lie 28 days ago

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    While this may sound like an episode of "Drunk History," I can assure you it's not.

    According to excerpts from Kent Babb's new book, "Not a Game: The Incredible Rise and Unthinkable Fall of Allen Iverson," the former Philadelphia 76ers star was intoxicated for what is probably the most memorable press conference in NBA history — his notorious 2002 "talking about practice" exit interview.

    As Babb detailed in an ESPN appearance on Thursday, three fomer members of the Sixers brass — president Pat Croce, general manager Billy King and coach Larry Brown — all shared their suspicions.

    After his talk with Brown, Iverson left with a friend and returned later for the news conference. "I assumed he went and fooled around somewhere," Brown said, tipping his hand up like a bottle, the author wrote in the book.  

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  • A Cleveland fan will eat his 18-year-old Mark Price Bar if the Cavaliers win

    Ben Rohrbach at Ball Don't Lie 28 days ago

    Two years ago, the fine folks at Deadspin did the lord's work of tasting 20-year-old candy bars named for professional athletes, and the most abhorrent among them was The Mark Price Bar — "a 3-point play of caramel, pecans and chocolate" that led writers Tom Ley and Barry Petchesky to rethink their approach.

    Although, they did manage to uncover this tasty nugget from 1993 in the Boston Herald archives.

    The next day, however, his demeanor changed. Though no medical cause and effect has been confirmed, it must be reported that Price missed practice because of a stomach virus.

    Some 22 years after its initial introduction, we've come to learn a Cavaliers fan has been saving a Mark Price Bar ever since the four-time All-Star's nine-year run in Cleveland failed to yield a championship, and he's been saving it in his freezer for an occasion such as this, as the Cavs are on the cusp of an NBA title.

    The taste was built to last. I hope you get to eat it! https://t.co/ExvQyC3Lto

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  • Miami sees another super-team scenario, but Dwyane Wade isn't cooperating

    Ben Rohrbach at Ball Don't Lie 29 days ago

    By all accounts, Heat president Pat Riley is preparing himself for another super-team scenario, and why wouldn’t he be? In the past decade, he’s acquired Shaquille O’Neal and LeBron James — arguably the NBA’s two greatest post-Jordan era players — for the franchise’s trio of titles.

    This is Miami, where the only thing more scant than the bathing suits is the state income tax, so luring the talents of big-name basketball players isn’t a foreign concept in South Beach. 

    In theory, the foundation is in place. Had Erik Spoelstra’s squad remained healthy, the starting lineup of Goran Dragic, Dwyane Wade, Luol Deng, Chris Bosh and Hassan Whiteside may have been a threat in an Eastern Conference that saw LeBron’s Cavaliers limp to the NBA Finals. 

    The good news: Bosh returned to the court Tuesday, participating in non-contract drills for the first time since February, according to multiple media outlets, including the Sun Sentinel.

    It also requires some creativity and relationship-building with Whiteside, who will be tucked away in something called a “cap hold.”

  • Wizards now selling 'I called game' t-shirts in honor of Paul Pierce

    Ben Rohrbach at Ball Don't Lie 1 mth ago

    In the moments after he banked home a game-winning jumper in Game 3 of an Eastern Conference semifinal series against the Atlanta Hawks, Washington Wizards veteran forward Paul Pierce responded to a question about whether he called glass on the shot with the now famous quip: "I called game." 

    The Internet exploded, and another chapter chapter in the legend of The Truth was written.

    Apparently, Pierce's mouth is also putting money in his team's pockets, as the Wizards have begun selling "I CALLED GAME" t-shirts in their pro shop, per intrepid Washington Post reporter Michael Lee.

    Check out the new T-shirts being sold at #wizards team store. Might as well pic.twitter.com/zhoyYoiTLE

    After Paul Pierce hit go-ahead 3-pointer, he looked at Hawks bench and said "Series."

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  • Kyrie Irving playing through injuries, and tough gets tougher for Cleveland

    Ben Rohrbach at Ball Don't Lie 1 mth ago

    Perhaps no team's title hopes have been hindered by injury more than the Cavaliers, who lost Kevin Love in their first-round sweep of the Boston Celtics, so the news that Kyrie Irving is playing through yet another lower-body injury has to have Cleveland fans wondering whether this isn't their year — again.

    On Monday, the Cavaliers confirmed their All-Star point guard is suffering from right knee tendinitis in addition to the strained right foot he suffered in Game 2 against the Celtics. In the final week of the regular season, Irving missed two games and left another early with soreness in his right hip.

    Kyrie Irving had an MRI this morning that confirmed a right foot strain and tendinitis in his left knee. Amazing he can run at all.

    Likewise, Cavs coach David Blatt showed no indication of resting Irving in the conference semifinals.

    David Blatt says there has been no discussion on sitting Kyrie Irving for healing purposes. He's going to play through.

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