Dan Devine

  • LeBron's late turnover costs Cavs as Spurs score win in Cleveland

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    Before welcoming the defending NBA champion San Antonio Spurs to Quicken Loans Arena, LeBron James said the experience of leading the Cleveland Cavaliers' young stars, of teaching them about professionalism and how to win, is the greatest challenge he's faced in his Hall of Fame career. After Wednesday's contest, he'll be able to impart a particularly important lesson — how to accept responsibility for a pivotal late-game miscue.

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    James has long since sloughed off the ill-fitting late-game choker mantle some commentators saddled him with early in his career — four MVPs, a monstrous statistical record in Game 7s and a pair of championship rings will do that for you — but this note really puts into perspective just how rare such late-game missteps have been for LeBron over the years:

    Another look at Manu's cut and lay-in:

  • Delonte West released by China's Shanghai Sharks after just 4 games

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    After a stint with the Los Angeles Clippers' Summer League squad didn't result in a domestic job offer for the season ahead, former NBA guard Delonte West decided to return to China, signing a one-year deal with the Yao Ming-owned Shanghai Sharks in the hope of securing a solid payday while preparing to make another push for a return to the big show. That hoped-for comeback appears to have just gotten even farther away, though.

    USA TODAY Sports' Sam Amick reports that the Sharks have waived the 31-year-old West just four games into his tenure with the club, putting the career of the former St. Joseph's standout — who last played in the NBA with the Dallas Mavericks during the 2011-12 season — in a "most precarious position."

  • The 10-man rotation, starring the Jazz's slow, steady rebuild

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 1 day 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 Pattern of Basketball. Jonathan Tjarks on how the Utah Jazz have played the long game in rebuilding, and now have a roster full of long-limbed, athletic, intriguing and young two-way prospects to show for it.

    PF: Isiah Was a Prophet. Chris Gaerig offers a defense of the much-maligned Josh Smith, who has changed "his shot distribution for the better," but whose continued struggles for the Detroit Pistons might have quite a bit to do with new head coach and personnel boss Stan Van Gundy "banging his head against a the same wall that Mo Cheeks and John Loyer did" with his frontcourt rotation.

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  • Bask in the glow of the Spurs' new H-E-B commercials (with a bonus Tim Duncan spot!)

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    After what feels like decades of debates over whether the San Antonio Spurs are fun or boring, I think we've reached a point where the most vociferous folks on either side of the aisle have mostly stopped caring. (Ground-down apathy: the world's premier argument-ender!) That's nice, because it allows us to just look at the Spurs for what they are — a very good team that started a bit slowly after opening the season celebrating last year's title, that has picked up steam over the past week (a 4-1 record with road wins over the Los Angeles Clippers and Golden State Warriors, outscoring opponents by 10.3 points per 100 possessions in that span), that faces another stern test when visiting the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday ... and that sometimes does fun stuff.

    ... and Greek yogurt ...

    ... and organic offerings ...

    ... and simply appreciate the goofs. That's all some of us ever want in life.

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  • Jason Collins retires, leaving unique, unparalleled legacy

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    Jason Collins, whose April 2013 announcement that he is gay changed the landscape of American professional sports and who last February became the first openly gay male athlete to play in one of the U.S.'s four major team sports leagues, has retired from professional basketball after 830 regular- and postseason games for six NBA teams over 13 pro seasons.

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    Amen.

    No, but we're closer than we've ever been before, and that's due in large part to Jason Collins being brave enough to tell the world who he is. It's not a scoring title, a Most Valuable Player trophy or a championship ring, but that's one hell of a legacy for any athlete to leave behind.

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  • Georgia police re-open Dwight Howard child abuse investigation

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 2 days ago

    Georgia police confirmed Tuesday that they have re-opened an investigation related to allegations that Dwight Howard committed felony child abuse, following a pair of reports raising questions about the Houston Rockets center physically disciplining his 6-year-old son, Braylon.

    TMZ reported Sunday that the Florida Department of Children and Families had investigated Howard, 28, following a complaint filed in August by the boy's mother, Royce Reed. Reed reportedly alleged that Howard had whipped their son with a belt, but a DCF spokesperson told TMZ the investigation was "being closed with no substantiated findings of physical injuries."

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  • Finally, a 'Rocky IV'-inspired Jason Kidd-Mikhail Prokhorov hype video

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 2 days ago

    The Milwaukee Bucks have been one of the NBA's biggest early surprises, riding strong play from guard Brandon Knight (one of just three players averaging at least 18 points, six rebounds and six assists per game), a penchant for creating and cashing in on looks at the basket and a shockingly elite defense (94.7 points allowed per 100 possessions, the league's second-best mark) to a 5-5 record. Things aren't perfect — Ersan Ilyasova still looks sort of broken, No. 2 overall pick Jabari Parker hasn't gotten going yet, and the offense has been nearly as awful (94.9 points-per-100, 28th among 30 NBA teams) as the defense has been impressive — but through 10 games, they're worlds better than they were last year.

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  • Kings protest loss to Grizzlies, NBA to re-review buzzer-beater

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 3 days ago

    After the Memphis Grizzlies completed a 26-point comeback and shocked the Sacramento Kings on a "miracle" of a buzzer-beating layup by Courtney Lee last Thursday, many Kings fans believed their squad got robbed by an officiating crew and replay-review process that concluded Lee successfully caught a lob from Vince Carter and scooped it up off the backboard in the space of three-tenths of a second. Apparently, the fans weren't the only ones — check out how Kings general manager Pete D'Alessandro's body reacted to the loss:

    In other Kings news, GM @Pdoro was so incensed by Grizzlies game that he blew a blood vessel in his eye right after the controversial finish

    @sam_amick the truth is in the details... Lol pic.twitter.com/TDm4DxdQy7

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  • Kobe: If you think I want to shoot this much, you’re crazy

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 3 days ago

    The Los Angeles Lakers' brutal start to the season continued apace this weekend, with the defending NBA champion San Antonio Spurs scoring a 13-point win at Staples Center on Friday and the Pacific Division-leading Golden State Warriors absolutely destroying Byron Scott's squad in their visit to L.A. on Sunday night to drop the Lakers to 1-9, the worst 10-game start in franchise history.

    The Dubs got virtually anything they wanted against what has been, by far, the NBA's most permissive defense, racking up 115 points through three quarters on 55.6 percent shooting from the field and a sterling 13-for-26 mark from 3-point land, led by sharpshooting All-Star point guard Stephen Curry:

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    Just for funsies, let's get another couple of looks at that last fast-break feed to Marreese Speights:

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  • The 10-man rotation, starring the Spurs' moral authority

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 6 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: GQ and 48 Minutes of Hell. Bethlehem Shoals thinks about the destabilizing effect that the San Antonio Spurs' commitment to rest can have on other teams and the rest of the league, while Caleb Saenz argues that the Spurs fulfill their commitment to their peers while still doing everything "in service to [their] players and their followers."

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    PG: Waiting for Next Year. Will Gibson on how Kevin Love creates contact and gets himself to the free throw line.