Dan Devine

  • James Harden defends children, and hilarity ensues

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 15 hrs ago

    As part of the NBA's 2016 All-Star Weekend festivities in Toronto, All-Stars visited with young fans and ran through some drills in the first ever Jr. NBA Day. One All-Star, Houston Rockets scoring machine James Harden, helped youngsters work on their ball-handling, which was very nice! Unfortunately, he did so in a fashion that was predestined to set the Basketball Internet aflame with laughter: by offering token "defense" on the junior ball-handlers:

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    James Harden teaching defense........ #rockets pic.twitter.com/JXGpnsHwCA

    That said, killing Harden for not breaking down and trying to lock up children seems uncharitable! It's not like he was the only one giving kids a mostly free pass as they worked on their handles. Check out San Antonio Spurs head coach/Western Conference bench boss Gregg Popovich:

    I'd like to see you chastise his lackadaisical stance.

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  • Shaq, Allen Iverson headline finalists for 2016 Hall of Fame class

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 17 hrs ago

    As expected, when the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced the finalists for enshrinement in the Hall's Class of 2016 during media day at All-Star Weekend in Toronto, Shaquille O'Neal and Allen Iverson headlined the list of luminaries.

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    They were joined at the announcement by Yao Ming, who was not officially anounced as a finalist on Friday, but who had previously been nominated for enshrinement through the Hall's International Committtee, and will join them in consideration for a spot in this summer's class.

    Whatever the motivation, we're here now, which means we're all but assured a Shaq speech at the Hall this summer ... and, judging by the way he held court on Friday, that figures to be quite an event:

    .@SHAQ gives his @Hoophall nomination speech the only way YIV_FILTER_HOLDER_0001 can... https://t.co/VTQnGNbOD3

    That's "Springfield," Allen.

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  • All-Star Saturday odds: Will bigs or guards own Skills Challenge?

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 19 hrs ago

    This weekend's All-Star Saturday events in Toronto offer the usual mix of exciting young players, big names, and time-tested formats. This year, we're handicapping all three events — the Taco Bells Skills Challenge, the Foot Locker Three-Point Contest, and the Verizon Slam Dunk — so you know who to watch closest. Read on for a look at the favorite, the contenders, and the dark horses.

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    One thing to address up top: Yes, the Taco Bell Skill Challenge once again fails to include any events that test the competitors' actual Taco Bell skills. The delightful Ryan Nanni of Everyday Should Be Saturday has some ideas on how the NBA and its corporate partner might address this shortcoming in the future.

    Favorite

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    Covers.com odds: 5/1

    Covers.com odds: 5/1

    Covers.com odds: 10/1

    The Field

    Covers.com odds: 17/2

    Covers.com odds: 5/1

  • Lamar Odom showed up at Kanye West's music/fashion event at MSG

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    Former NBA player Lamar Odom attended Kanye West's Yeezy Season 3 fashion show/"The Life of Pablo" release party at Madison Square Garden in New York on Thursday, marking his first public appearance since being found unconscious with cocaine in his system at a Nevada brothel in October.

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    The Queens, N.Y., native walked in with West himself, reportedly receiving cheers from the New York crowd before taking his seat alongside the Kardashian-Jenner family: his estranged wife, Khloe Kardashian, West's wife, Kim Kardashian, and daughter North, Kourtney Kardashian, Kris Jenner, Caitlyn Jenner, Kendall Jenner and Kylie Jenner.

    Thought Lamar Odom wuz security for a min #YeezySeason3 pic.twitter.com/o0TiSBeR8z

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  • MKG tears labrum in right shoulder again, may need surgery

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    Charlotte Hornets fans' fears were again realized Thursday afternoon. As first reported by Spencer Percy of Queen City Hoops and subsequently confirmed by the team, a magnetic resonance imaging exam revealed that Hornets forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist has once again torn the labrum in his right shoulder and that he will be re-evaluated after the All-Star break.

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    Kidd-Gilchrist first tore the labrum during an October preseason game, and made a somewhat startling return to the Hornets' lineup last month, nearly two months ahead of the expected recovery timetable laid out at the time of his initial surgery. Just seven games after coming back, though, Kidd-Gilchrist reinjured the shoulder during Wednesday's visit to Bankers Life Fieldhouse to take on the Indiana Pacers:

    While surgery seems the logical course for MKG, no decision has been made yet.

  • Clippers say pregame huddle had nothing to do with Pierce stabbing

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    The Los Angeles Clippers' post-introduction huddle before Wednesday's game against the Boston Celtics generated a lot of attention and raised more than a few eyebrows:

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    A Clippers spokesperson firmly denied that claim on Thursday, telling Ball Don't Lie that the team has been doing this pre-game pile-on hype-up routine all season long, and that Wednesday's iteration of it had absolutely nothing to do with Pierce's stabbing.

    A spin through YouTube shows that, at the very least, the Clippers' post-introduction mosh-pit act's been going on since early December.

    Here's a look from high up in the Staples Center stands at the Clips before their Dec. 5, 2015, home win over the Orlando Magic:

    ... and before their Dec. 16, 2015, home win over the Milwaukee Bucks:

    ... and in a video posted on Jan. 11, 2016, but dated "December 2015," opponent unknown:

    ... and before their Jan. 2, 2016, home win over the Philadelphia 76ers:

    ... and before their Jan. 9, 2016, home win over the Charlotte Hornets:

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  • Kobe gave LeBron signed, game-worn kicks after last game in Ohio

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    Earlier this week, before the Los Angeles Lakers came to town for their lone visit of the season to Quicken Loans Arena, LeBron James shared his favorite memory from his years-long relationship with Lakers star Kobe Bryant. From ESPN.com's Dave McMenamin:

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    After the Cavaliers defeated the Lakers, 120-111, in Kobe's final visit to the Q, Bryant — now back squarely in the Nike fold, and evidently set to stay there for many years to come — decided to hook his pal up with a replacement pair: the ones he wore while scoring 17 points with six rebounds and three assists in 33 minutes of work:

    Dominate an era. Inspire a generation. #KOBE11 pic.twitter.com/2Nbuj9HsRN

  • Shoulders to cry on: Love, MKG, Olynyk all exit with shoulder woes

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 2 days ago

    Wednesday was a rough night for shoulders in the NBA, as three players on teams with Eastern Conference playoff aspirations left their games early after suffering shoulder injuries.

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    Headlining the injury report: Cleveland Cavaliers star Kevin Love, who left his team's nationally televised Wednesday meeting with the Los Angeles Lakers favoring his left shoulder — the one he had surgically repaired last spring after dislocating it in the opening round of the playoffs — in the final minute of the first half:

    Kevin Love has a shoulder injury that occurred on this play where he was defended by Kobe Bryant pic.twitter.com/zUsDPnR1Ur

    League source tells ESPN that upon initial examination, Cavs do not believe Love's shoulder injury to be major: "Most likely he'll be fine"

    Stevens said Kelly Olynyk had a shoulder subluxation and went to the hospital for X-rays.

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  • Wife of Thunder coach Monty Williams dead at 44 after car crash

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 2 days ago

    Awful news out of Oklahoma City: Ingrid Williams, the wife of Oklahoma City Thunder associate head coach Monty Williams, died Wednesday from injuries suffered in an automobile accident on Tuesday night. She was 44.

    The Oklahoman reported Wednesday that Ingrid Williams was being "treated for life-threatening injuries" after her sport utility vehicle was involved in a collision on South Western Avenue in Oklahoma City:

    Oklahoma City CBS affiliate KWTV-DT reported Wednesday evening that Williams had died, leaving behind her husband and their five children. The Thunder confirmed the report in a team statement.

    News of Ingrid's death spurred an outpouring of support for Williams and his children from players and coaches around the league.

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  • The 10-man rotation, starring injuries, blame and bummers

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 2 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: Memphis Commercial Appeal. Chris Herrington with a sharp and nuanced look at what Marc Gasol's indefinite absence with a mid-foot fracture means for the Memphis Grizzlies, now and in the future, and who bears what level of responsibility for the 7-footer injuring his wheel while playing through pain and having been listed as questionable for Tuesday's contest.

    PF: Blog-a-Bull. On a similar note, how much should Chicago Bulls star Jimmy Butler's strained left knee be attributed to "an outright deficiency of the organization/coaching and not just a matter of circumstances?"

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