Dan Devine

  • The 10-man rotation, starring MTV's 'Rock N Jock,' all these years later

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 1 hr ago

    A look around the league and the Web that covers it. It's also important to note that the rotation order and starting nods aren't always listed in order of importance. That's for you, dear reader, to figure out.

    C: Complex. Thomas Golianopoulos delivers an oral history of MTV's "Rock N Jock" franchise, replete with fond memories of the 25- and 50-point baskets and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar telling Michael Rapaport to quit yapping. Very fun times.

    SF: Toronto Star. Bruce Arthur on how the Eastern Conference landscape shakes out after Derrick Rose's latest injury, and what it all means for the scuffling-but-still-standing Toronto Raptors.

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  • Cavaliers vs. Warriors: Five things to watch

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 3 hrs ago

    After what's felt like an unending string of underwhelming matchups on the nationally televised TNT Thursday night slate, we've finally got one worth sinking our teeth into tonight: the Golden State Warriors, leaders of the Western Conference and owners of the league's best record, traveling to Quicken Loans Arena to take on the Cleveland Cavaliers, the NBA's hottest team after winning 17 of their last 19 games.

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    In case all that's not enough to get you amped up, here are five reasons to keep both eyes glued to the possible Finals preview set to tip off Thursday night at the Q:

    A funny thing happens, though, if you nudge that filter down by just eight total minutes:

    Two pretty good starting fives, I guess. pic.twitter.com/7N7bw1cxLd

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  • Henry Walker's two 3-pointers in final :22 force OT, push Heat past Magic

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 18 hrs ago

    Last year, in the midst of another season toiling in the D-League, looking for a way back into the NBA, former New York Knicks and Boston Celtics forward Bill Walker decided to make a change. So long, Bill; hello, Henry.

    "It's just my middle name," Walker recently told Shandel Richardson of the South Florida Sun Sentinel. "I'm just trying to mature and just trying to grow up, trying to change the perception about me."

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    So far, so good, Henry.

    His encore left a little something to be desired, however; he'd missed eight of his first nine shots, including all seven of his 3-point tries, through the first 47 minutes of Wednesday's meeting with the Orlando Magic. Luckily for our man Hank, though, NBA games still run 48 minutes, opening the door for some stunning closing-seconds heroics:

  • Craig Sager cleared for return after leukemia treatments, coming back to TNT March 5

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 20 hrs ago

    The NBA world got some much-needed good news on Wednesday night, courtesy of SCORE Atlanta reporter and occasional TNT correspondent Craig Sager II:

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    It's official!! Sr just got cleared to return to work & will be back in action Thursday, March 5 for Thunder-Bulls!!! pic.twitter.com/dnUi2Wy7Ax

    Cue the bracket ties. Sr will be back for March Madness as well ๐Ÿ™Œ pic.twitter.com/ez0cXm1d4i

    Turner Sports has remained mum on the matter, but industry sources confirmed to BDL on Wednesday night the content of Junior's tweets. Yes, indeed: we'll be seeing Craig Sager back in his full technicolor glory next week.

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  • The 10-man rotation, starring Derrick Rose and what we're all missing again

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 22 hrs ago

    A look around the league and the Web that covers it. It's also important to note that the rotation order and starting nods aren't always listed in order of importance. That's for you, dear reader, to figure out.

    C: GQ. Bethlehem Shoals on Derrick Rose, gone down again: "He leaves a void where a superstar used to be. We may not quite recall what we're missing, but we feel the empty space."

    PF: In Street Clothes. The invaluable Jeff Stotts details the specifics of medial meniscus tears, runs down the likely recovery paths he might face and clarifies what makes the former MVP's ailment different from some other NBA players who have also suffered meniscus injuries: "It seems Rose is an unprecedented territory and only he is capable of writing the ending."

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  • Larry Sanders explains his exit from the NBA: 'Right now [...] it's not there for me'

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    For about two months, we've been wondering what's going on with Larry Sanders, the gifted and mercurial shot-blocking big man who parted company with the Milwaukee Bucks around Christmas amid conflicting reports about his desire to continue playing professional basketball before receiving a 10-game suspension for a fourth violation of the league's anti-drug policy relating to marijuana use. Just before the All-Star break, the former Virginia Commonwealth standout suggested that answers were forthcoming:

    Soon you all will know the truth.

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  • Klay Thompson can make 3-pointers with the lights out

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    Klay Thompson is enjoying his best season as a pro, entering Wednesday's action as the league's ninth-highest scorer (a career-high 22.3 points per game) and fourth-best 3-point marksman (43.9 percent from beyond the arc, also a career best) for the league-leading 44-10 Golden State Warriors en route to the first All-Star berth of his NBA career. Just how sweet a groove is the 25-year-old swingman in these days? Well, apparently, he doesn't even need to see the basket to connect from long distance.

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    Thompson recently visited ESPN's "Sport Science" to showcase the form and mechanics behind the hiccup-quick release on his jump shot. When the crew threw him a little curveball by cutting out the lights, though, Klay just kept right on keeping on. As it turns out, with apologies to Kathleen Hanna, he's no less dangerous with the lights out:

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  • 76ers' Isaiah Canaan hits ridiculous mid-air buzzer-beater vs. Heat

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 2 days ago

    On one hand, it is reasonable to think that Philadelphia 76ers general manager Sam Hinkie made an odd and perhaps foolish decision by shipping promising rookie swingman K.J. McDaniels to the Houston Rockets at last Thursday's wild and wooly trade deadline. On the other, though, the guy Hinkie got for McDaniels โ€” former Murray State Racers standout Isaiah Canaan โ€” apparently consists primarily of magic:

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    With the clock ticking down in the second quarter of a competitive contest between the Sixers and Miami Heat, Philly wing Luc Richard Mbah a Moute drove to the basket but lost the ball as he approached the rim. Teammate Hollis Thompson grabbed the ball out of the air in the right corner and tossed it in Canaan's direction as he sailed out of bounds.

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  • The 10-man rotation, starring how the Thunder reloaded for the present and future

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 3 days ago

    A look around the league and the Web that covers it. It's also important to note that the rotation order and starting nods aren't always listed in order of importance. That's for you, dear reader, to figure out.

    C: NBA.com and CBSSports.com. David Aldridge and Ken Berger go inside the Oklahoma City Thunder's thought process on the Reggie Jackson trade, with a particular emphasis on Sam Presti's willingness to trade future draft picks that are likely to come in the bottom third of the first round for recent draftees with top-five talent whose first NBA go-round might not have worked out so well.

    PG: The Players Tribune. Dallas Mavericks center Tyson Chandler offers an informative breakdown of the different things that make some of the league's best big men so tough to guard.

  • Phil Jackson tweets that Knicks' loss to Cavs gave 'basketball gods [...] heartburn'

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 3 days ago

    The Cleveland Cavaliers destroyed the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on Sunday, leaping out to a 19-point lead that ballooned to 30 early in the fourth quarter before settling, thanks to decorum and bench-emptying, at 101-83. This was to be expected.

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    But seeing something coming doesn't mean you can't be disappointed when it happens. Knicks president of basketball operations Phil Jackson โ€” just three weeks removed from terming his first full season in control of the Knicks an "experiment [that] has fallen flat on its face" โ€” was displeased enough by Sunday's game to lob a couple of cryptic 140-character bombs:

    Each NBA game is an opportunity for players to show their "best" nature and please the basketball gods...and those who know what "It"takes.

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