Dan Devine

  • Stephen Curry's pre-game two-ball dribbling routine, animated

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 7 hrs ago

    Well, this is neat: via Cash Sirois, former creative director for the Dallas Mavericks and current radio host on Dallas' 1310 The Ticket, and The Well Creative Productions, here's a very cool animated take on the cool ball-handling warmup routine that 2014-15 NBA Most Valuable Player and Golden State Warriors superstar Stephen Curry goes through before every game:

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    Here's the live-action version, for your comparison and contrasting needs:

    Whether or not my hypothesis is correct, I'd recommend not thinking too hard about this. Let's just enjoy Doodle Steph dribbling, a new flickering little spin on half-man, half-amazing.

    Hat-tip to my old boss, Trey Kerby of The Starters.

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  • This 'NBA on NBC'-themed Warriors-Cavs video will get you amped for the Finals

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 8 hrs ago

    Well, this is a pretty rad way to get amped up for the 2015 NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers:

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    Television producer and commercial director Ryan Eytcheson took Marv Albert's fantastic prefatory voiceover from the 2001 NBA Finals between the Philadelphia 76ers, led by league MVP Allen Iverson, and the defending NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers, led by Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant, and rebooted the visuals with contemporary clips. Now, 2015 MVP Stephen Curry's Dubs takes Iverson's place at "the consummate David," while LeBron James, playing in his fifth straight Finals, finds himself cast in Shaq and Kobe's role as "the ultimate Goliath."

    Hat-tip to Micah Peters at For the Win.

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  • Dan Devine's Inarguable Power Rankings: Who matters most in the 2015 NBA Finals?

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 10 hrs ago

    After an 82-game march to the postseason and six weeks of buzzer-beaters, blowouts and big-time performances, we've arrived at the final sprint: the 2015 NBA Finals. The Golden State Warriors, who have dominated the league since October, face the Cleveland Cavaliers, a juggernaut deferred and twice remade now reaching a new peak, for the Larry O'Brien Trophy.

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    The question facing us: Which participants in this championship bout will matter most in the series ahead?

    In the interest of providing guidance to BDL's readership in a trying time, I submit to a trusting public a new installment of Dan Devine's Inarguable Power Rankings, identifying which items in a group of things are most powerful. In this episode: Dan Devine's Inarguable Who Matters Most in the 2015 NBA Finals Power Rankings.

    Let's dig in and weigh in. And please remember, as always, that the list is the list.

    But is it enough to beat the Warriors?

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

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 4 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: 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 4 days 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 4 days 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 4 days 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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  • Dwight Howard gets 1-game suspension after Game 5 flagrant upgraded

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 4 days 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 5 days 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 5 days 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.