Dan Devine

  • The 10-man rotation, starring the setting Suns

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 4 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: The Arizona Republic. Strong words from Paul Coro ("It is difficult for the Suns to even look at the standings any longer when they have to take such a long, hard look at themselves") and head coach Jeff Hornacek ("We have to find out who on this team is going to be tough") after the Phoenix Suns got blown out again on Monday, this time by the Miami Heat in a physical affair that Erik Spoelstra's club won going away.

    7th: GQ. A handful of your favorite hoops writers wax poetic about the ABCs of NBA style.

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  • Steve Francis got his chain snatched at a Houston rap show

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 5 hrs ago

    Well, this is depressing. Former Houston Rockets, Orlando Magic and New York Knicks guard Steve Francis got dragged to the floor, stepped on and choked by his own chain, which was later stolen, during an altercation at a hip-hop show in Houston over the weekend.

    Naturally, TMZ has the video, which — again — is something of a bummer, and also contains some NSFW language:

    Francis, 38, was one of many people on stage during a concert by Houston rap duo the Sauce Twinz. For one reason or another, beef began to broil, and before long, Francis found a hand around the gold chain around his neck, then found himself on the floor. Sources told TMZ that the as-yet-unidentified man who grabbed the chain ended up making off with it, and that police were not called to the scene in connection with the fight or the theft. (The Sauce Twinz apparently regret the incident.)

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  • Markieff Morris, Whiteside, Len all ejected, fined as Heat top Suns

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 2 mins ago

    Tempers flared when the Miami Heat and Phoenix Suns clashed at AmericanAirlines Arena, with an evening of physical play resulting in a handful of technical fouls and a trio of third-quarter ejections.

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    Suns forward Markieff Morris, who's been a bit salty of late, hustled back to snuff out Dragic's layup attempt, and he did so with extreme prejudice and physicality:

    Morris met Dragic in the air, missing his right-handed swipe at the ball but body-bumping his former teammate off-course, sending him tumbling to the deck under the basket and rolling back past the photographers' area along the baseline. After reviewing the play, the referees assessed Morris a flagrant foul-2 for "unnecessary and excessive" contact, earning him an automatic ejection at the 8:43 mark of the third quarter.

    Your man Rod Steiger-at-SeaWorld was pretty amped up about the fracas:

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  • Kevin Garnett bought 1,000 tickets to Wolves-Clippers to give away to fans

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    Kevin Garnett's stunning return to the Minnesota Timberwolves at the NBA's February trade deadline brought with it a fresh injection of excitement for a franchise in the midst of a youth-movement-led rebuilding effort. The reintroduction of the greatest player in franchise history after eight years in the East carried with it a powerful nostalgia, a sense of a career come full circle and, as we saw during Garnett's first game back in Minneapolis, a significant surge of energy that showed Andrew Wiggins, Zach LaVine and the rest of the young Wolves just how electric the Target Center can become during big moments.

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  • Michael Jordan is now officially a billionaire, according to Forbes

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    Somebody prep LeBron James' Mirror of Somber Introspection — as it turns out, he won't accomplish his long-since-established goal of becoming the first billionaire athlete. He's been beaten to the top of that particular mountain of cash by — who else? — Michael Jordan.

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    As a matter of fact, as ProBasketballTalk's Dan Feldman notes, a whopping 18 NBA owners — a majority of the 30-team league — pop up on Forbes' list — 19 if you include James L. Dolan of the New York Knicks, whose individual net worth falls shy of 10 figures, but whose family fortune exceeds $4 billion.

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  • Rockets-Cavs: LeBron starts with the man in the mirror, Harden crowned 'new King James'

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    The Houston Rockets beat the Cleveland Cavaliers in overtime on Sunday in a physical, hotly contested potential NBA Finals matchup highlighted by excellent play from James Harden and LeBron James, two members of the lead pack in the race for the 2014-15 NBA Most Valuable Player Award. With the contest in the balance late in overtime, LeBron missed a pair of free throws that could have tied the game or given Cleveland the lead, helping the Rockets hold on for their 41st win of the season and making the Cavs losers of two straight for the first time since before head coach David Blatt took the whole gang bowling.

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  • LeBron's missed free throws help Harden win MVP duel as Rockets edge Cavs in OT

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    For the second time in four days, LeBron James went head-to-head with a fellow MVP candidate leading a Western Conference contender. But while he dominated Thursday's matchup with Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors, on Sunday, Houston Rockets star James Harden matched him step-for-step in a rough-and-tumble contest that featured 13 ties and 11 lead changes, and came down to the final seconds of overtime.

    And on this particular occasion, the most gifted player in the game found himself bedeviled at the worst time by an uncontested 15-footer.

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    But James, who had struggled from the line all day, found no charity at the stripe, missing them both — making him just 3-for-11 from the foul line on the day — and prompting ABC play-by-play man Mike Tirico to exclaim, "Are you kidding me?" as Harden corralled the miss.

    Way to trick it off today Bron!

    "I'm a warrior," he said, smiling.

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  • Markieff Morris laments lack of 'home-court advantage' after Suns' blowout loss

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 2 days ago

    The Phoenix Suns missed out on a chance to make up some ground in the race for the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference on Saturday, failing to capitalize on Friday's loss by the Oklahoma City Thunder — an especially costly one, as it featured an injury to Russell Westbrook that will keep the star point guard sidelined for a week — in particularly dismal fashion, finding themselves on the business end of a 101-74 stomping by the visiting San Antonio Spurs.

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    Bryan Gibberman of ArizonaSports.com has the full four-minute audio clip of Morris' postgame comments:

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  • Derrick Rose starts post-surgery rehab, confident in return this season

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 2 days ago

    Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose began rehabilitation work Saturday, just one day after undergoing surgery to remove the damaged portion of the torn medial meniscus in his right knee, and is reportedly fully on-board with the Bulls' stated timeline of a four-to-six-week recovery period that would allow the former NBA Most Valuable Player to return to the court before the end of the regular season.

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    Something would have to go very unexpectedly wrong during Rose's rehab for him not to play for Bulls this season.

    Here's hoping that, this time around, the other shoe never actually drops.

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  • Former NBA standout Anthony Mason dies at 48

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 3 days ago

    Anthony Mason, the rugged forward whose toughness and relentlessness fueled his journey from afterthought to NBA All-Star, died early Saturday after suffering a massive heart attack and being diagnosed with congestive heart failure earlier this month. He was 48.

    Eddie Mata, who interviewed Mason as part of his "Where Are They Now In Sports" video series, reported that Mason passed away at 2:36 a.m. Eastern time on Saturday. Peter Botte of the New York Daily News and ESPN New York's Ian Begley subsequently confirmed the 13-year NBA veteran's passing. 

    With the likes of Caldwell Jones, Jerome Kersey and Mark Bryant entrenched up front in Portland, there wasn't much room for Mason to crack the Blazers' rotation, so he spent his first pro overseas, playing for Turkish club Efes Pilsen.

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