Dan Devine

  • Ex-NBA player Glen Rice Jr. arrested on battery, robbery charges

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 14 hrs ago

    Former Washington Wizards guard Glen Rice Jr. was arrested in Georgia on Monday after allegedly assaulting a former Tulane University basketball player and running away with two bags in which police found guns.

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    According to a police report obtained by TMZ, a witness told police that Rice, a former Georgia Tech standout and the son of former All-Star and 15-year NBA veteran Glen Rice, pulled into a supermarket parking lot along with former Tulane guard Jordan Callahan in a white Porsche, then “got out of the car to have a conversation.” That chat allegedly ended with Rice punching Callahan in the face, breaking his jaw and knocking out one of his teeth before grabbing two bags from the Porsche and taking off running down the street:

    Inside the bags — 2 guns (an AK-47 assault rifle and a Taurus .38 Special) and a bunch of bullets.

    Cops say a 3rd gun was found in the Porsche.

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  • The staffer Blake Griffin punched no longer works for the Clippers

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 16 hrs ago

    Matias Testi, the assistant equipment manager on whose face Blake Griffin broke his right hand back in January, is no longer employed by the Los Angeles Clippers.

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    During an East Coast road trip, Griffin — who’d been sidelined since Christmas after suffering a partially torn left quadriceps tendon — was sent back to Los Angeles to continue “working his way back into game shape,” according to a team spokesperson. ESPN soon reported, though, that Griffin’s return trip came after he injured his right hand “in an undisclosed team-related incident.”

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  • The Pacers and Nuggets will play a regular-season game in London

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 18 hrs ago

    This season’s NBA Global Games slate will once again feature a regular-season contest in London, with the Indiana Pacers and Denver Nuggets getting tapped to head across the pond and square off at O2 Arena on Jan. 12, 2017.

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    Here it is people… @nuggets will take on @Pacers in London in January #NBALondon pic.twitter.com/hclvqlbiIj

    — NBA UK (@NBAUK) July 28, 2016

    “We are thrilled to return for our seventh regular-season game in London,” NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement. “With almost 25 percent of players in the NBA born outside of the United States, we are seeing firsthand the global growth of our game, which has never been more popular in the U.K.”

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  • Ex-NBA player hits Twitter, begs teams to give him one more chance

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    It’s been four years since Von Wafer last played in the NBA, and, from the sound of it, that’s quite long enough for him, thanks.

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    The 31-year-old shooting guard, a former McDonald’s All-American and second-round draft pick out of Florida State, last saw an NBA court with the Orlando Magic in May of 2012. He’s spent the last four years bouncing around, with stints in China, Russia, Puerto Rico and the D-League, and he’s looking for one more chance to stick in the league … and, evidently, he’s not too proud to beg for it on Twitter:

    wish I had this mentality at a young age. I don't care how talented you are if ur mind is not in the rt place talent can only go so far

    — von wafer (@vonwafer13) July 26, 2016

    I pray for another opportunity man. It may never come. Take that as a lesson make the most of everything u are given. Nothing is promised

    — von wafer (@vonwafer13) July 26, 2016

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  • Andrea Bargnani is heading to Spain, and this is probably the end

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    Free-agent big man Andrea Bargnani will return to Europe, signing a two-year deal with Saski Baskonia of Spain’s ACB — widely acknowledged as the second-best professional hoops league in the world — that, more than likely, spells the end of the NBA road for the former No. 1 overall draft pick.

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    Not right away, though. Bargnani acquitted himself pretty admirably in his first few years in Toronto, offering scoring punch and an outside shooting threat on teams led by Chris Bosh and the T.J. Ford/Jose Calderon point guard combination that hung around the middle of the Eastern Conference pack. He moved into the starting lineup as a sophomore, and by his fourth season was averaging 17.2 points per game while shooting 47 percent from the field and 37.2 percent from the 3-point arc as the Raps’ No. 2 offensive option.

     

    So, naturally, enter the Brooklyn Nets.

    All things considered, it could’ve turned out worse.

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  • 2016 Team USA, 1992 'Dream Team' will be featured in 'NBA 2K17'

    Dan Devine at Fourth-Place Medal 1 day ago

    If you’re a video-game enthusiast who also loves the U.S. men’s national basketball team’s unique brand of competition-stomping brilliance, I’ve got some good news for you. The folks at 2K Sports announced Wednesday morning that this year’s edition of their wildly successful basketball video game, “NBA 2K17” — which will feature Indiana Pacers star and Team USA forward Paul George on its cover — will give you the opportunity to play as the 2016 version of Team USA as led by coach Mike Krzyzewski (who, lest we forget, is no stranger to the video-gaming world).

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    Yes we have the full Dream Team roster for those asking

    — Ronnie 2K 2K17 (@Ronnie2K) July 27, 2016

    … so, that’s neat.

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  • Amar'e Stoudemire retires from the NBA after 14 seasons

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 2 days ago

    Amar’e Stoudemire, a six-time All-Star, five-time All-NBA selection and Rookie of the Year whose pick-and-roll finishing and rim-rocking dunks made him one of the game’s most electric offensive forces for a number of years, announced his retirement from the NBA on Tuesday after 14 pro seasons.

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    A free agent after spending last season with the Miami Heat, the 33-year-old power forward/center signed a ceremonial one-day contract with the New York Knicks — the team he joined in 2010 on a five-year, $100 million deal, pledging to lead New York back to NBA prominence before injuries, inconsistency and internal intrigue scuttled those grand plans — so he could announce the end of his NBA playing days.

    Whether this means Stoudemire’s done playing entirely remains unclear, according to ESPN.com’s Marc Stein:

    Amar'e Stoudemire has lucrative interest from China, sources say, or could play in Israel for the team (Hapoel Jerusalem) he co-owns … BUT

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  • Rudy Gay has 'no idea' what the Sacramento Kings are doing

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 2 days ago

    Rudy Gay’s no stranger to trade rumors. He’s been traded three times in his 10-year NBA career, with the first swap coming on the night he was drafted, and he’s heard his name bandied about in speculation that didn’t end in a deal on a number of other occasions … including pretty consistently for, oh, the last six or seven months.

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    I mean, [the trade talk has] been pretty loud as of late, so it’s hard not to pay attention to it. I think it just goes to, I don’t know, I think there’s always ways to do things and in this situation I don’t think it’s going about the right way. No matter what your intentions to do with your players, I would think the first thing you want to do is make sure people are happy with what you are doing. That hasn’t been the case.

    So you haven’t had much communication with the franchise as far as your future?

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  • Heat guard had an amazing, gross reaction to $50M contract offer

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 2 days ago

    A great many sports fans, whether die-hard NBA followers or casual observers, experienced pretty serious sticker shock during the opening days of free agency, as players who aren’t exactly household names (well, outside of Russia) started signing deals eight-figure deals that dwarf the top paydays of some of the greatest NBA players of even the very recent past. As it turns out, though, even some of the players receiving those deals felt the shock, too … not to mention some unfortunate, disquieting aftershocks.

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    From Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel:

    So what was Tyler Johnson’s reaction when he heard he was going to receive a four-year, $50 million contract?

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  • The Sacramento Kings are naming a street after David Stern

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 2 days ago

    When David Stern retired in February of 2014 after spending 30 years as the commissioner of the NBA, he left behind a complicated legacy marked by leadership that was in turns visionary and retrograde, lined with choices that made him a villain in some cities and a hero in others. We can safely consider Sacramento, Calif., in the latter camp, with Stern receiving something of a hero’s welcome after he and deputy commissioner/successor-in-waiting Adam Silver helped keep the Sacramento Kings from being relocated to Seattle and helped lay the groundwork for the sale of the franchise to a local ownership group led by Vivek Ranadivé that would commit to keeping the Kings in Sacramento. Sure, things haven’t gone super great in Sacramento since, but hey, at least they’ve been going in Sacramento , you know?