Dan Devine

  • The 10-man rotation, starring the end of the Tom Thibodeau era

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 18 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: Blog a Bull, twice. Ricky O'Donnell on how nobody comes out clean from the messy and inevitable divorce between Tom Thibodeau and the Chicago Bulls, leaving everyone feeling crappy afterward, and Chris Terzic on the central failure at the heart of all the sturm und drang : "The attainable goal of winning a championship was not reached."

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  • Warriors' Klay Thompson diagnosed with concussion, no timetable for return

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 19 hrs ago

    The Golden State Warriors announced Friday afternoon that All-Star shooting guard Klay Thompson "has been diagnosed with a concussion," two days after taking a frightening knee to the side of the head during the Game 5 victory over the Houston Rockets that sent the Warriors to the NBA Finals for the first time in 40 years.

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    "Following extensive examinations over the last two days — including neurological tests earlier this morning — Warriors’ guard Klay Thompson has been diagnosed with a concussion," reads the team's announcement. "He will not return to the court until he is symptom-free and cleared under the NBA’s concussion protocol guidelines. He will be evaluated daily and there is no timetable for his return."

    Not well enough, however, to drive himself home:

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  • Metta World Peace, a.k.a. The Panda's Friend, ejected from Italian playoff game

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 22 hrs ago

    When last we checked in with Metta World Peace, the Artist Formerly Known as Ron Artest, lacking NBA suitors, had chosen to head overseas to continue his playing career in China under the brand new moniker, "The Panda's Friend." After averaging 19 points, six rebounds and 2.3 steals per game in 15 appearances for the Sichuan Blue Whales of the Chinese Basketball Association, Artest/Peace/Friend decided to head to Italy upon the conclusion of the CBA season and sign on with Pallacanestro Cantù of Serie A, promising to make an impact despite all the wear and tear that a 15-year NBA career put on his creaky knees.

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  • Boris Diaw wants you to dance your way to health

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    It can be tough sometimes to find the motivation to exercise. Lots of folks, present company included, can get derailed somewhere along the way from thinking "I should work out" and beginning a run or arriving at the gym. San Antonio Spurs big man Boris Diaw wants those of us who allow ancillary, inessential elements of a workout to become roadblocks to get our minds right — all we really need, Bobo teaches, is the desire to dance like nobody's watching.

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    Especially, of course, when it gives you an opportunity to watch Boris dance, always and forever.

    Hat-tip to Zach Harper of Eye on Basketball.

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    Dan Devine is an editor for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at devine@yahoo-inc.com or follow him on Twitter!

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  • Dwight Howard gets 1-game suspension after Game 5 flagrant upgraded

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    Dwight Howard's 2014-15 season ended on Wednesday night. As he learned Friday, though, being done playing doesn't mean you can't still get suspended.

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    A league review of the offensive foul Howard committed on forward Andre Iguodala late in the fourth quarter of the Golden State Warriors' Western Conference finals-ending victory over the Houston Rockets in Wednesday's Game 5 — ruled a common foul on the floor — should have been called a flagrant-1. A retroactive upgrade of the foul means increases the number of "flagrant points" that Howard accrued during the postseason from three to four — you get one point for a flagrant-1 and two for a flagrant-2, and Howard had already committed a pair of flagrant-1s in the postseason.

    Here's Howard's forearms-up screen on Iguodala, the play in question:

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  • Chicago Bulls fire head coach Tom Thibodeau

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    The Chicago Bulls fired head coach Tom Thibodeau on Thursday, bringing an end to years of palace intrigue within United Center and weeks of speculation that the increasingly contentious relationship between the Bulls' front office and the hard-charging and remarkably successful coach had run its course after five seasons.

    Thibodeau exits Chicago with a career regular-season record of 255-139, giving him the seventh-highest winning percentage among coaches who have spent at least three years on the bench. He led the Bulls to three 50-win seasons — including the best record in the NBA in each of his first two campaigns, winning Coach of the Year honors after the 2010-11 season — and five consecutive playoff berths.

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    Forman struck a similar "times have changed" tone in his remarks.

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  • Stephen Curry fulfills his promise to Warriors fans, six years later

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

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    From his high school days through the pre-draft process — "... it is notable how far apart Curry’s role in the NCAA was from the role he is likely to play in the NBA" — there have been questions about just how big an impact Stephen Curry's likely to have. Seven games into his pro career, answers seemed tough to come by.

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    Promise to all the Warrior fans...we will figure this thing out...if it's the last thing we do we will figure it out

    And now, nearly six years later, they have.

    The Warriors have come an awful long way, in terms of both organizational evolution and their status in the NBA ecosystem, in the space of just a few years.

  • President Barack Obama is bummed that the Bulls fired Tom Thibodeau

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    Noted Chicago Bulls fan and governing enthusiast President Barack Obama took a break from a Thursday afternoon Twitter chat about climate change to offer his opinion on the Bulls' decision to fire head coach Tom Thibodeau after five successful but acrimony-filled years.

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    Back in 2010, when the Bulls snagged Thibodeau from the Boston Celtics, where he'd helped helm a defensive renaissance that resulted in two NBA Finals trips in three years and one championship, Obama praised the move:

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  • James Harden sets NBA playoff record for most turnovers in single game

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 2 days ago

    In Game 4 of the Western Conference finals, James Harden turned in the playoff performance of his career to help his Houston Rockets stave off elimination. In Game 5, though, the Rockets' superstar made the wrong kind of history.

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    Harden, one of the sport's most talented ball-handlers and playmakers, committed an almost unthinkable 13 turnovers in Houston's season-ending loss to the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday. That sets a new NBA record for most cough-ups in a single playoff game. Former New Jersey Nets guard John Williamson held the previous high-water mark, giving it away 11 times in a loss to the Philadelphia 76ers in a first-round playoff game back in 1979.

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  • Dwight Howard picks up 7th technical foul of playoffs, faces Game 6 suspension

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 2 days ago

    Dwight Howard has already gotten the benefit of the doubt from the league office once during these Western Conference finals. If the Houston Rockets are able to once again stave off elimination on Wednesday, he'll need the NBA's disciplinarians to smile upon him one more time to allow him to suit up for Friday's Game 6 back in Houston.

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    There doesn't seem like a whole lot of "there" there, but the repercussions could be massive. That was Howard's seventh technical foul of the postseason, which, by league rule, carries with it a one-game suspension (and a $5,000 fine).

    If the Rockets force a Game 6, then, Howard will be in line to miss it. Considering how well he's played in this series, and how exceptional he looked as a rim protector and board crasher early in Game 5, that would, of course, be a major blow to the Rockets' chances of becoming just the fourth team in NBA history to force a Game 7 after having lost the first three games of a playoff series.

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