Dan Devine

  • Knicks start slow, come up short at buzzer to Wiz in Rambis' debut

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 2 hrs ago

    After firing Derek Fisher and elevating associate head coach Kurt Rambis to the head of the New York Knicks bench, Phil Jackson said he made the change to try to shake the sinking Knicks, losers of nine of their last 10, into better starts, a stronger defensive disposition, and better finishes to games. Rambis didn't get much of the first two for most of the night, but he nearly got the third ... only to come up just short.

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    After a pair of free throws by All-Star point guard John Wall gave the Washington Wizards a 111-108 lead with 4.3 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, the Knicks had no timeouts and one last chance to extend the game. Needing to go the length of the floor and find a 3, the Knicks exploited a Washington miscue — after Wizards forward Otto Porter failed to foul New York point guard Jose Calderon, Wall stepped up to do the job, leaving Knicks guard Langston Galloway wiiiiiide open on the right wing. Galloway, a 37.5 percent 3-point shooter on the season, rose up ...

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  • Pop shakes head at N.H. primary result, Bernie balls out after win

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 4 hrs ago

    Never a fan of between-quarters interviews during nationally televised basketball games, Gregg Popovich broke new ground during his chat with TNT's David Aldridge during the San Antonio Spurs' Tuesday night matchup with the Miami Heat: offering political commentary on live television without letting a single word slip past his lips.

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    Uninterested in saying much about his team's slouch to a four-point deficit after 12 minutes, Popovich grumbled through a couple of non-answers and began to head back to the sideline before Aldridge piqued his interest. Hey, Pop: in the market for results of Tuesday's New Hampshire presidential primaries?

    If Pop's ire was aimed at Sanders, perhaps it's because the Spurs head coach had yet to see the Vermont senator and noted sportsman shoot the J.

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  • Jimmy Butler's strained left knee means big trouble for the Bulls

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 11 hrs ago

    After losing three straight games, five of six and eight of 11, things got even worse for the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday, when the team announced that All-Star shooting guard Jimmy Butler will miss the next three to four weeks with a strained left knee, removing one of the game's best two-way players from the Bulls lineup for a daunting stretch of somewhere between eight and 12 games.

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    Butler suffered the injury during the second quarter of Chicago's Friday loss to the Denver Nuggets, when he took a hard fall after driving to the basket and being fouled by Nuggets big man Joffrey Lauvergne:

    Before he was carted to the back, though, Butler forced his way out of the chair that the training staff had wheeled out for him so he could shoot the free throws he'd earned by taking the hit:

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  • The Miami Heat will retire Shaquille O'Neal's No. 32 jersey

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 13 hrs ago

    Not a bad couple of weeks for Shaquille O'Neal. First, he finds out that he's going to get a statue at Staples Center, and now he learns that the Miami Heat are going to retire his number.

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    We're Shaq'ing Up! #32 is headed to the @aaarena rafters in 2016. Congrats @SHAQ!https://t.co/RbzASg8Rfm

    "Shaquille O’Neal is one of the truly elite players in the history of the game and one of the greatest players to ever wear a Heat uniform,” Heat President Pat Riley said in a team statement. “He took us to another level as a basketball franchise while leading us to our first NBA championship. Retiring his number in the rafters, along with Heat greats Alonzo Mourning and Tim Hardaway, is something we are very proud of.”

    Riley, naturally, responded in kind:

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  • Joe Johnson banks in buzzer-beating game-winning 3 to beat Nuggets

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    A couple of years back, Kevin Garnett introduced us to "Joe Jesus," his preferred nickname for then-Brooklyn Nets teammate Joe Johnson, whom Garnett said "might not be there when you call on him, but he's there when you need him." On Monday night in Brooklyn, in the midst of a season to forget, Johnson showed the Barclays Center crowd how a resurrection really feels.

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    Things did not look good for the Nets, who had built a 16-point lead over the visiting Denver Nuggets midway through the second quarter before watching Michael Malone's club whittle the deficit down over the next two periods, erase it with 5:34 left in the fourth, and take a two-point lead on a wild runner by Nuggets power forward Kenneth Faried with 1.3 seconds remaining:

    Here's what Johnson's saving grace looked like from courtside and, crucially, in slow-motion:

    look at him pic.twitter.com/lHCSmE6VD0

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  • Warriors' Festus Ezeli out at least 6 weeks after knee surgery

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    After missing five straight games with soreness in his left knee, Golden State Warriors center Festus Ezeli underwent arthroscopic surgery "to clean out debris from his left knee," the team announced Monday.

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    The 26-year-old big man, who hasn't suited up since Golden State's Jan. 25 win over the San Antonio Spurs, is expected to miss at least six weeks recovering from the procedure, but is expected to return before the end of the regular season in mid-April. From Rusty Simmons of the San Francisco Chronicle:

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  • Russell Westbrook made fun of Kevin Durant's Super Bowl photo work

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    After Saturday's close loss to the Golden State Warriors, Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant stuck around the Bay Area to attend Super Bowl 50 and serve as a sideline photographer for The Players Tribune, the athlete-led website for which he serves as deputy publisher. Acting as a media member seems like a pretty stark role reversal for a player who has become one of the NBA's preeminent ombudsmen, but from the sound of it, KD really enjoyed taking the Tribune and the NFL up on what he called "a dream offer" ... and, from the looks of it, star teammate Russell Westbrook kind of enjoys having a brand new media member to put through the wringer.

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  • Does firing Derek Fisher actually change anything for the Knicks?

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    Four weeks ago, the New York Knicks sat at 19-20, having already surpassed last season's win total. They ranked 15th in the league in points scored per possession and 18th in points allowed per possession; they were, more or less, a slightly-below-average NBA team. They had one present-tense All-Star playing arguably the best all-around ball of his career, one exciting future star providing tantalizing nightly glimpses of his expansive talent, and a head coach who, with the benefit of an actual NBA roster in Year 2, seemed to be making incremental improvements in his second season.

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    This all spiraled from Melo stepping on a ref’s foot

    .@PhilJackson11: "It's time for us to make a change and get some wins." #Knicks pic.twitter.com/HGoTd3UgX6

    Phil, asked what prompted him to make the change: "I think it was nine losses out of the last 10 games."

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  • Drake and Reggie Miller will play ping-pong at All-Star Weekend

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 4 days ago

    The NBA world will descend on Toronto next week, as the league takes a break from the regular season for the annual All-Star Weekend festivities — Friday's Rising Stars Challenge, the Slam Dunk contest, Three-Point Contest and Skills Challenge on All-Star Saturday Night, and Sunday's main event, the 2016 NBA All-Star Game.

    There will also be about a million and a half loosely tethered and tangentially related events, parties, festivities, "brand activations" and other various happenings ... including, apparently, a table-tennis throwdown between Hall of Famer/TNT color commentator Reggie Miller and Canadian national treasure/Toronto Raptors brand ambassador and occasional public-address announcer Drake.

    The ever-courteous and helpful Raptors offered their services in helping the event come together:

  • Adam Silver: NBA will likely look at change to Hack-a-Whoever rule

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 4 days ago

    During the 2015 playoffs, we saw an uptick in coaches ordering the intentional away-from-the-ball fouling of bricklaying free-throw shooters, like the Los Angeles Clippers' DeAndre Jordan and the Houston Rockets' Dwight Howard, to short-circuit their teams' potent offenses. That sparked much discussion about whether the grind-the-game-to-a-halt eyesore of a practice should be eliminated from NBA basketball.

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    As my colleague Eric Freeman has noted, it's kind of funny to talk about sophistication when one of the more recent innovations in Hack-a-Whoever is literally players jumping on guys' backs:

    Not exactly "state-of-the-art technology." Still, the point stands.

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