Dan Devine

  • The Mavs might not be going anywhere, but neither is Dirk Nowitzki

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    The last two times he has hit free agency, Dirk Nowitzki has re-upped with the Dallas Mavericks on multi-year contracts that came in well below the top dollar he could have commanded. All told, the 7-foot sharpshooter left an estimated $88 million on the table in those negotiations to reduce the hefty luxury-tax bill that owner Mark Cuban faced for shelling out high salaries year after year in hopes of fielding a winner, and so that Cuban and general manager Donnie Nelson could have the financial flexibility to pursue complementary talent to pair with Nowitzki in pursuit of NBA titles.

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    The Dallas Mavericks and face of the franchise Dirk Nowitzki have finalized their expected new deal with another bump in pay that sets up the star forward to earn $50 million over the next two seasons and play until age 40, league sources told ESPN.

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  • Hornets co-owner rips NBA, pols for All-Star exit in wild email

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    The NBA on Thursday followed through on multiple previous threats by announcing it was pulling the 2017 NBA All-Star Game out of Charlotte in opposition to House Bill 2, a law passed in March by North Carolina legislators and signed by Republican Gov. Pat McCrory that reversed a Charlotte city ordinance expanding rights and protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. The Charlotte Hornets, who were in line to play host to next winter’s midseason event, and Michael Jordan, the franchise’s chairman and majority owner who had previously made it clear that the organization is “opposed to discrimination in any form,” issued a statement saying that they “understand the NBA’s decision and the challenges around holding the NBA All-Star Game in Charlotte this season,” and “are disappointed we were unable to” keep the game in town.

  • Draymond's plea deal on assault charge: $560 in fines, no jail time

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green has reached an agreement that will allow him to avoid jail time stemming from his arrest earlier this month.

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    Assistant city prosecutor David Meyers said the deal involves neither a guilty nor a no contest plea, since the infraction is not a criminal charge. […]

    Green is forbidden from contact with Edmondson for one year as part of the plea deal. If he contacts Edmondson within that time frame or is convicted of a new criminal charge within one year, Meyers said, the original charge would be reinstated.

    “The plea agreement reached with Mr. Green is in accordance with our normal plea bargain procedures and guidelines for a case with similar circumstances, evidence and witness statements,” Meyers said. “We simply treated Mr. Green no differently than any other defendant that we prosecute.”

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  • Team USA's Coach K: North Carolina HB2 'an embarrassing bill'

    Dan Devine at Fourth-Place Medal 2 days ago

    Mike Krzyzewski, the head coach of the U.S. men’s basketball team that will compete at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, did not mince words when asked for his thoughts on House Bill 2, a law passed in March by North Carolina legislators and signed by Republican Gov. Pat McCrory that reversed a Charlotte city ordinance expanding rights and protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

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    “It’s an embarrassing bill,” said Krzyzewski, who has for 36 years served as the head men’s basketball coach at Duke University in Durham, N.C., to Scott Gleeson and Jeff Zillgitt of USA TODAY Sports. “That’s all I’m going to say about it.”

    Gregg Popovich, the coach of the NBA’s San Antonio Spurs and the man who will take Team USA’s reins from Coach K for the 2020 Summer Games, offered a similar take.

  • USA Basketball to livestream men’s, women’s exhibitions on Facebook

    Dan Devine at Fourth-Place Medal 2 days ago

    Cord-cutting fans looking to keep up with the U.S. men’s and women’s national basketball teams as they prepare to push for another round of gold medals at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil will be able to follow both teams’ tune-up contests live on Facebook.

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    In addition to their broadcasts on NBA TV, Team USA’s nine exhibition contests on the road to Rio de Janeiro — which begins on Friday, July 22, when the men’s team takes on Argentina — will be live-streamed on both the USA Basketball and NBA Facebook pages, “and they may show up as promoted posts in your feed, too,” according to Tim Moynihan of Wired:

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    Here’s the schedule for the exhibition games that will stream on Facebook (all times Eastern):

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  • All eyes on him: Team USA’s Kevin Durant gets huge 2Pac leg tattoo

    Dan Devine at Fourth-Place Medal 2 days ago

    When Kevin Durant sat down to speak with reporters before the U.S. men’s basketball team’s Thursday practice, he did so with his left leg wrapped. No need to worry, U.S. hoops fans — the 2014 NBA Most Valuable Player, four-time NBA scoring champion, 2010 FIBA World Championship MVP and 2012 Olympic gold medalist didn’t tweak anything ramping up to competition at next month’s Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. No, this wrap was covering up some new, and very striking, artwork:

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    Kevin Durant's new tattoo #2PacForever

    A photo posted by ThompsonScribe (@thompsonscribe) on Jul 21, 2016 at 12:24pm PDT

    Yep: that’s the face of the late, great hip-hop artist, actor, poet and activist Tupac Shakur — hat cocked back, chin on his hand, rings gleaming — recreated in pretty lifelike fashion on Durant’s lower left leg.

    Not everybody enjoyed the new Golden State Warriors star’s artistic homage to the rap icon:

    nice tattoo. cc: @WTLC pic.twitter.com/HZ4XIdEpUn

  • Reports: Spain's Marc Gasol to miss Rio Olympics with foot injury (repost)

    Dan Devine at Fourth-Place Medal 2 days ago

    Spain’s hopes of finally knocking off the United States and tasting gold in men’s basketball at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro took a hit on Tuesday. According to reports from Spanish news outlets ABC and Libertad, NBA All-Star Marc Gasol of the Memphis Grizzlies won’t suit up for La Roja in Brazil as he continues to work his way back to full health after suffering a broken bone in his right foot back in February that prematurely ended his club season.

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  • The Steph Curry shoes everyone loved to hate reportedly sold out

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 2 days ago

    Oh, we of little faith.

    We roasted, flambéed and lambasted Stephen Curry’s new Under Armour sneakers. We cast all manner of aspersions on the Curry Two Lows, the “Chef Currys,” the “Let Me Speak To Your Manager 8s.” We refused to listen to the two-time reigning NBA Most Valuable Player when he proclaimed the kicks “straight fire,” and laughed when Hannibal Buress and Crocs teamed up to give the Chef Currys a two-piece and a biscuit.

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    Well, as it turns out, an awful lot of people disagreed.

    BREAKING: Under Armour says it SOLD OUT of its online allotment of the much criticized "Chef" Curry Twos pic.twitter.com/5BkZ8Kxsqs

  • Kareem, Jason and Jarron Collins to speak, support Hillary at DNC

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 2 days ago

    Three former NBA big men — all-time leading scorer and Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and twins Jason and Jarron Collins — will be among those featured speaking in support of presumptive nominee Hillary Clinton at the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia next week.

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    Jabbar and Collins announced their DNC participation via Twitter on Wednesday:

    Honored to be supporting @HillaryClinton @DemConvention in Philly next Thursday. Text KAJ to 47246 to keep up with me while I'm there.

    — Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (@kaj33) July 20, 2016

    Honored to support @HillaryClinton & excited to announce that @jarronctwin & I will be speaking at the @DemConvention in Philadelphia! ????????????????

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  • Tim Duncan Day: From Congress to Taco Cabana, everybody loves Tim

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 3 days ago

    The outpouring of respect and praise for Tim Duncan — the legendary and iconic San Antonio Spurs big man and future Hall of Famer who last week quietly announced his retirement after 19 seasons, stretched beyond the NBA community — even reaching the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives.

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    This week, the celebration of Duncan’s career and legacy continued closer to home, with San Antonio Mayor Ivy R. Taylor declaring Thursday, July 21, 2016, Tim Duncan Day:

    — Mayor Ivy R Taylor (@IvyRTaylor) July 18, 2016

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