Ben Rohrbach

  • Ball Don’t Five: Top 5 players entering a make-or-break season

    Ben Rohrbach at Ball Don't Lie 2 days ago

    As we continue to work our way through the endless summer between the Finals and Opening Night, we'll pause each Friday to briefly consider and count down some NBA-related topic of note. We like starting lineups and round numbers, so we'll run through a handful of items each week. With a nod to our friends at Dr. Saturday, welcome to Ball Don't Five .

    This week's installment: The Top Five Players Entering a Make-or-Break Season.

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    That’s risky business for an undersized and overweight big man who fell to No. 21 in the 2012 draft due to health concerns, had his rookie year cut short by back surgery and missed two months of last season with a foot fracture. And while he did return to average 20 minutes off the bench in Boston’s quick first-round playoff exit, Sullinger has never proven capable of playing starter’s minutes even when healthy.

    You get the point.

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  • Dunk History: Chris Webber, Charles Barkley and a poster preserved

    Ben Rohrbach at Ball Don't Lie 5 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 pays homage to a rookie Chris Webber's stylish behind-the-back bombing of Charles Barkley early in the 1993-94 season.

    Twelve-year-old me had an entire bedroom wall dedicated to the Fab Five. Every picture that ever appeared on a poster, in Sports Illustrated and SLAM, or anywhere else photographs were found in the early 1990s made its way to that wall. It even featured my own life-size Jalen Rose drawing that was nothing short of awful.

    So, Nov. 16, 1993, represented redemption for me as much as it must have for C-Webb.

    Not only had Webber’s college career just ended in humiliating fashion, but the dawn of his NBA career was depicted more as Orlando preferring Penny over him than the Warriors trusting so much in his talent that they made a Godfather offer. 

  • Peyton Manning: Tom Brady texted apology for 'game on' email jab

    Ben Rohrbach at Shutdown Corner 18 days ago

    Of the roughly 1,400 pages worth of Tom Brady's personal emails released to the public during deflate-gate court proceedings, the most interesting one mentioned Peyton Manning in context of one of the great arguments in NFL history — which of the two future Hall of Famers would you rather have at quarterback?

    Brady made his argument clear, predicting his longevity will put an end to the debate. The take isn't such a controversial one — as Brady captured his fourth Super Bowl ring at age 37 while the 39-year-old Manning showed his age down the stretch of last season — but the Patriots QB still felt the need to apologize.

    "Somebody said I was roasted. I've been roasted before. That is not a roast. I won't be on that Comedy Central roast, but I've been in a couple of private dinners and banquets where I didn't know it was going to turn into a roast of me, but it did, and I can promise you that email was amateur night compared to some of things people have really said about me."

  • Dirk Nowitzki owes all his clutch free throws to the Counting Crows

    Ben Rohrbach at Ball Don't Lie 24 days ago

    By my count, the last vestiges of the 1990s signed to NBA contracts for the 2015-16 season are Kevin Garnett, Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan, Vince Carter, Dirk Nowitzki, Paul Pierce, Andre Miller and Jason Terry.

    That octet may be the league's last to remember what it's like to respool a cassette tape with a No. 2 pencil. Younguns like D'Angelo Russell and Justise Winslow weren't even born when Oasis released "Wonderwall," so not only is their idea of a mixtape merely a YouTube highlight reel, their texts are written with iPhones rather than Dixon Ticonderogas. The Devin Bookers of the NBA world certainly don't get the hullabaloo over the recent divorce filings of No Doubt's Gwen Stefani and Bush's Gavin Rossdale.

    Host: "Is there one song that you probably sing more than any other song?"

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  • Patriots fan flies 'Jet back to N.Y.' banner over Roger Goodell's vacation home

    Ben Rohrbach at Shutdown Corner 27 days ago

    Comm Goodell Jet Home to NY. Love Pats Nation! @universalhub #oldorchardbeach #PatriotsNation

    When the NFL asked Maine's Scarborough Police Department to keep an eye on commissioner Roger Goodell's $6.5 million coastal vacation home, "the shield" probably didn't anticipate an aerial attack.

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    "I wanted to send him a subliminal message. ... Get back to work, get this issue resolved. You’re not going to get anything done by vacationing at Prouts Neck. Get back to New York City."

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  • Josh Smith isn't Latrell Sprewell, clarifies 'harder on me' comment

    Ben Rohrbach at Ball Don't Lie 1 mth ago

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    When Josh Smith kinda, sorta insinuated life would be more difficult playing on an NBA veteran minimum salary this season, the Internet's hot-take police naturally ran with the perceived Latrell Sprewellian angle.

    This was the quote that made the rounds after last week's press conference to introduce Smith, who signed a one-year, $1.5 million deal to play for the Clippers in 2015-16, his fourth team in just over two years:

    "At the end of the day, you know, I do have a family," he said. "So it is going to be a little harder on me this year. But I'm going to push through it, you know."

    Josh Smith misspoke, people. Let's move along.

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  • Flip Saunders has no problem starting Kevin Garnett, and neither should you

    Ben Rohrbach at Ball Don't Lie 1 mth ago

    We can only imagine how Kevin Garnett will release his ridiculous energy once he eventually moves into a management role with the Minnesota Timberwolves, if only because he's unleashed it all over NBA courts for more than half his life now, but for the time being he remains a starter on a pro basketball team.

    In a wide-ranging interview with Grantland's Zach Lowe, Wolves coach/team president/part owner Flip Saunders confirmed his 39-year-old power forward/center/crazy person would be in the starting lineup.

    He’s gonna start. That’s who he is. KG is a starter. He’s the best power forward on our team, actually. No one rebounds better. He’s the best help defender. No one communicates better. He knows the offense, and he can pass it.

    Indeed, Garnett has started every game he's appeared in since his debut in Minnesota's starting lineup on Jan. 30, 1996, midway through his rookie year. That's 1,529 starts in 1,529 combined regular-season and playoff games for the T-Wolves, Boston Celtics and Brooklyn Nets. So, yes, KG fits the description.

    How did Pek react?

  • Tom Brady blasts NFL decision to uphold his suspension

    Ben Rohrbach at Shutdown Corner 1 mth ago

    In his most defiant public address since the deflate-gate scandal broke after the AFC championship game, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady emphatically defended his innocence on Facebook.

    NFL commissioner Roger Goodell upheld Brady's four-game suspension on Tuesday, citing the QB's destroyed cell phone as an important factor in his decision, and the four-time Super Bowl champ threw his counterpunch on Wednesday morning, claiming he replaced a broken Samsung with an iPhone 6.

    I am very disappointed by the NFL’s decision to uphold the 4 game suspension against me. I did nothing wrong, and no one...

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    Here is Brady's statement in full, punctuation mistakes and all:

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  • Former Vikings WR Bernard Berrian catches college teammate burglarizing his home

    Ben Rohrbach at Shutdown Corner 1 mth ago

    Former Vikings and Bears wide receiver Bernard Berrian has gone from catching passes to criminals, and his post-playing career as a sleuth won't get any easier than it did when he caught his friend red-handed.

    The strange but true story, as told by Berrian to KFSN-TV Action News reporter Sontaya Rose, began with a pair of unsolved burglaries in Berrian's Fresno area home during early April. As a result, the one-time NFL leader in yards per reception installed a security system to help solve the targeted crime spree.

    Meanwhile, Berrian's former Fresno State teammate and longtime friend Therrian Fontenot had taken a creepy interest in his whereabouts. Their conversations went something like, "Hey, man, are you around this weekend? Oh, you're out of town? Any chance you could send over the itinerary? Just curious is all."


    "I was like, wow, he is a real professional, he takes a spray bottle with him to wipe off fingerprints and a towel."

  • LaMarcus Aldridge and Phil Jackson didn't agree on a position, and that's OK

    Ben Rohrbach at Ball Don't Lie 1 mth ago

    Earlier this month, we heard conflicting reports about why exactly LaMarcus Aldridge never met with the Knicks during free agency. reported the former Portland Trail Blazers big man canceled his meeting with the Knicks because Phil Jackson wanted him to play center, and the New York Post claimed it was Jackson who nixed the sit-down because he knew New York wasn't "in Aldridge's plans."

    The truth, as always, lies in the middle. In Aldridge's own words on ESPN Radio's Russillo Show, the Knicks wanted him to "strictly play the five," and he wasn't interested, so they went their separate ways.

    “They didn’t want to meet with me,” Aldridge said. “Some people said it was me. But it was both parties agreeing that we shouldn’t meet.”

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