Dan Devine

  • Scottie Pippen: 'I was LeBron James before LeBron James'

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 1 hr ago

    It's been a month and a half since LeBron James took some time out of his busy schedule of battling the Chicago Bulls during the 2015 Eastern Conference semifinals to send a smile and a wink over to Bulls legend Scottie Pippen:

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    This past weekend, during the Nike Basketball Academy in Santa Monica, Calif., Pip winked back at the Cleveland Cavaliers superstar and lead yoga instructor.

    In an interview with Chris Haynes of the Northeast Ohio Media Group, Pippen said that the player comparisons that have followed James from St. Vincent-St. Mary through every night of his first-ballot Hall of Fame career — chiefly the scoring dominance of Michael Jordan and the playmaking brilliance of Magic Johnson — and the attendant debates over which legend James most resembles have tended to leave out one all-timer near and dear to Pippen's heart:

  • Luke Ridnour joins Raptors in 4th trade in 6 days, and his saga's not done yet

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 3 hrs ago

    The NBA's 2015 free agency period hasn't even officially begun yet, but it's hard to imagine a more surprising and bizarre story unfolding than the one in which Luke Ridnour has starred over the past week. After being employed by five teams over the course of a 12-year NBA career, the veteran point guard has now been employed by — or, more accurately, had his rights owned by — five teams in the span of six days.

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    The latest team to get into the Luke Ridnour business: the Toronto Raptors, who picked him up from the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday in exchange for the rights to Tomislav Zubcic, a 25-year-old big man whom Toronto selected late in the second round of the 2012 NBA draft.

    All this movement has led to some jokes:

    If an NBA team doesn’t trade Luke Ridnour within 7 days of acquiring him, their entire front office dies

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  • Mike Malone had more fun coaching his daughter's team than the Kings

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 5 hrs ago

    This time last year, Michael Malone was preparing for his second season on the Sacramento Kings' bench, looking for ways to improve upon a 28-54 start to his NBA head coaching career. Less than two months into the 2014-15 campaign, though, Malone found himself out on the street, fired after an 11-13 start to the season and seven losses in nine games after star center DeMarcus Cousins was sidelined by a bout of viral meningitis.

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    Zing!

    I guess it's safe to say that Malone's fourth-graders weren't cherry-picking. Whatever issues linger between Malone and Ranadivé, here's hoping they can get together and talk them out, one successful girls' youth basketball coach to another.

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  • Report: Dwyane Wade opts out of contract, will enter free agency

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

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    Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade has elected to decline the $16.1 million player option he holds for the 2015-16 season and enter the market this July as an unrestricted free agent, according to ESPN.com's Ramona Shelburne.

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    Wade, 33, will be able to negotiate with any suitor he chooses when free agency kicks off at 12 a.m. ET on Wednesday, July 1. He has spent his entire 12-year career in Miami, winning three NBA titles, making eight All-NBA teams and earning 11 All-Star nods since the Heat selected him with the fifth overall pick in the 2003 NBA draft. He ranks first in Heat franchise history in games, minutes, points, assists and steals.

    It might make Riley uncomfortable, but it might also be unavoidable from a roster-construction standpoint.

    Remember: With Bosh, Dragic, Deng - even if Heat traded McRoberts, Chalmers etc. - Miami wouldn't have meaningful cap space to replace Wade

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  • Report: 76ers fined $3M for 'not fully disclosing' Holiday's injury history before trade

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    After taking over the Philadelphia 76ers back in May of 2013, famously analytics-focused general manager Sam Hinkie's first order of business was to trade away then-23-year-old All-Star point guard Jrue Holiday. Hinkie began taking a sledgehammer to the Sixers' middling roster by shipping out Holiday in exchange for three future draft picks, headlined by 2013 No. 6 pick Nerlens Noel, who might've been the top overall selection if he wasn't rehabilitating after surgery to repair the torn left ACL he suffered at Kentucky.

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    We could be here a while, y'all.

  • Kevin Durant proves he can still shoot, torches child at Pop-a-Shot

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    For someone who loves basketball as much as Kevin Durant does, you'd imagine that being on the shelf for five-plus months — as he's been thanks to the persistent problems with his surgically repaired right foot that have kept him sidelined since mid-February, and officially ended his season in late March — has been at least as excruciating as the injury itself. Now back on his own two feet, working out and preparing to return to the Oklahoma City Thunder for the start of the 2015-16 season, Durant's evidently eager to make up for lost time and looking to get up shots whenever and wherever he can ... including at one of America's premier fine-dining and family-entertainment franchises.

  • Report: LeBron James opts out of final year of contract, will enter free agency

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 2 days ago

    One year after returning to the Cleveland Cavaliers in one of the biggest free-agent signings in recent NBA history, four-time NBA Most Valuable Player LeBron James has elected to decline the $21.6 million player option he holds for the 2015-16 season and re-enter unrestricted free agency this July, according to an ESPN report.

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    For one thing, with the salary cap projected to rise to $67.1 million for the 2015-16 season, the starting maximum salary next season for a player with as much service time as 12-year veteran James slots in just under $22.1 million. Opting out and signing a new deal, then, allows James to pick up an extra $500,000 or so for nothing, and would give him a higher starting salary off of which to base the year-over-year raises he'd receive if he were to sign a multi-year deal.

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  • Check out the Hornets' new black and sleeved 'Buzz City' alternate uniforms

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 4 days ago

    Wanting to ensure maximum exposure and rapt attention for the culmination of months of intense, meticulous work, the Charlotte Hornets unveiled a brand new alternate uniform on Thursday night — six minutes before the start of the 2015 NBA draft.

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    In the event that you missed this momentous advance in athletic aesthetics, here's a look at how the Hornets introduced their new "Buzz City" look:

    INTRODUCING THE NEW BUZZ CITY #HornetsUnis! 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥 https://t.co/KA75hgE9KA

    Here's Charlotte forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist showing off the alternate threads at the Hornets' Thursday night draft party:

    A couple more up-close-and-personal looks at the new uniform, via the Hornets:

    Buzz City backers who believe in the right to bare arms might be in luck, however, according to UniWatch's Paul Lukas:

  • Ty Lawson, blowing smoke after Nuggets draft Emmanuel Mudiay: 'I'm going to Sacramento, bro'

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 4 days ago

    Multiple recent reports have suggested that Sacramento Kings head coach George Karl has pushed for a trade that would ship out All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins, creating a considerable amount of chaos in California's capital just days before the Kings were set to make the sixth overall pick in the 2015 NBA draft. Some of those reports indicated that Karl might have interest in reuniting with Ty Lawson, his point guard during his latter years with the Denver Nuggets, reviving rumors that floated around prior to the February trade deadline, after Karl's midseason hire.

  • Kristaps Porzingis hears your boos, Knicks fans, and wants to make you believe

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 4 days ago

    NEW YORK — After watching Karl-Anthony Towns, D'Angelo Russell and Jahlil Okafor come off the board with the first three picks in the 2015 NBA draft, the New York Knicks went on the clock with a plethora of options still available. They selected Kristaps Porzingis, a 7-foot forward who previously played professional ball in Spain and whose combination of size, shooting touch, rim-protecting potential and excellent workouts made him one of the fastest-rising stars in the pre-draft process.

    The Knicks fans assembled at Barclays Center in Brooklyn evidently did not share NBA talent evaluators' high opinions of the 19-year-old Latvian:

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    I mean, GIFs are great and all, but as is always the case with Knicks fans reacting to their team's draft picks, you really need the audio:

    And here's what it sounded like from the belly of Barclays:

    Phil: "We felt the risk/rewards were the greatest with this guy, perhaps, than the whole lottery."