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  • Former NBA standout Anthony Mason dies at 48

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 6 hrs 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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  • The 10-man rotation, starring what it's been like to be Larry Sanders

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 21 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: ESPN.com. A fascinating read from Kevin Arnovitz on what's been going on with Larry Sanders — what precipitated his December departure from the Milwaukee Bucks, how his substance abuse suspension short-circuited a grand statement the young big man aimed to make, how he pushed for a buyout against his representatives' advice, what led him to his first-person explanation, and so much more.

    9th: RealGM. Brett Koremenos goes deep on the nature of play-calling in the NBA, and we get smarter as a result. Coaching!

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  • Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving out vs. Pacers after MRI reveals left shoulder strain

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 22 hrs ago

    Cleveland Cavaliers All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving has been ruled out of Friday's meeting with the Indiana Pacers after a magnetic resonance imaging exam revealed a left shoulder strain.

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    UPDATE: The Cavs also announced that LeBron James will be held out of Friday's game for rest. Dave McMenamin of ESPN.com first reported the news. Cleveland has gone 2-8 in the 10 previous games James missed this season.

    It's not clear precisely when Irving suffered the injury, but he did begin favoring his shoulder after this drive with just over three minutes remaining in the third quarter of Thursday night's nationally televised matchup with the Golden State Warriors:

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  • NBA to publish 'last two minutes' reports grading refs' late calls, non-calls

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    Back in January 2014, after the NBA acknowledged that Monta Ellis got away with a closing-seconds foul on Austin Rivers that helped cost the New Orleans Pelicans a victory, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said he loved that the league office was copping to missed calls, and not just because that particular one wound up working out in his favor.

    "I love the transparency," Cuban said. "Now if I could just get them to do the same level of transparency for the other 47 minutes and 55 seconds, I'd really be making progress."

    Well, we're not quite there yet, but starting Monday, the range will be down to a scant 46 minutes. (Progress!)

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    From the league's Friday statement announcing the new initiative:

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  • Derrick Rose out 4-6 weeks after knee surgery; return this season expected

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    Derrick Rose had successful surgery to remove the damaged portion of the torn medial meniscus in his right knee, Chicago Bulls general manager Gar Forman told reporters Friday morning. Forman termed the surgery "minor" — Rose reportedly walked out of the hospital bearing his full weight on his own following the outpatient meniscectomy — and estimated the star point guard's recovery timeline at four to six weeks.

    "We expect Derrick to be playing this season," Forman said.

    Rose will begin "aggressive" rehabilitation on Saturday.

    Where Rose goes from there, of course, stands as an open, fascinating question.

    Forman downplayed the likelihood of immediate pain issues related to the meniscectomy:

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  • Earl Lloyd, first African-American to play in NBA game, dies at 86

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    Basketball pioneer Earl Lloyd, the first African-American ever to play in an NBA game, died Thursday. He was 86 years old.

    Lloyd was one of three African-American pioneers to break into the NBA in 1950. Chuck Cooper became the first black player drafted by an NBA team, selected in the second round of the 1950 NBA draft by the Boston Celtics, seven rounds before the Washington Capitols picked Lloyd. Nat "Sweetwater" Clifton, a former Harlem Globetrotter, became the first African-American player to sign a full NBA contract, joining the New York Knicks on May 24.

    But on Oct. 31, 1950, Lloyd became the first first African-American ever to play in an NBA game, suiting up for Washington against the Rochester Royals, scoring six points and grabbing a game-high 10 rebounds in a 78-70 loss. Both Cooper and Clifton would see their first NBA game action less than a week later.

    "It's amazing how a scheduling quirk can change your whole life," Lloyd once said.

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  • Derrick Rose to undergo surgery Friday, Bulls optimistic for return this season

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    Derrick Rose will have surgery on Friday morning to repair the torn medial meniscus in his right knee, the Chicago Bulls announced Thursday. While the club won't lay out a timetable for the injured point guard's recovery until after team physician Dr. Brian Cole actually performs the procedure, Bulls brass sure sounded optimistic Thursday about the possibility that we haven't seen the last of the former MVP this season.

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    From K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune:

    John Paxson on possibility of Rose coming back this year: "The hope is that he will."

    Bulls President Michael Reinsdorf refused to speculate on timetable but did say: "We’re hoping this is just a minor setback."

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

    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: 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 2 days 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 2 days 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: