Dan Devine

  • The 10-man rotation, starring the 'new' DeMarcus Cousins

    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: GQ. Bethlehem Shoals on the question of whether DeMarcus Cousins, no-kidding early season MVP candidate and leader of the resurgent Sacramento Kings, has really "grown up" and "put it all together" or whether changes (and, apparently, improvements) in virtually every other variable around him have simply forced us all to see the greatness that's been there all along.

    PF: Magic Basketball. Joe Atmonavage on how Nikola Vucevic's advancing low-post game is giving the Orlando Magic's offense something to hang its hat on.

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  • Kevin Martin scored 37 points vs. Knicks with broken right wrist, now out indefinitely

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 2 days ago

    With Kevin Love now plying his trade in Cleveland and the next generation of Minnesota Timberwolves stars still very much in the gestation stage, Kevin Martin entered this season as Flip Saunders' top scoring option. The veteran shooting guard has relished the role, scoring a team-leading 20.4 points in just 29.8 minutes per game, a per-minute mark that ranks as the second-best of his 11-year career, thanks to sterling early-season shooting percentages — a career-best 48.3 percent from the field and 48.1 percent from 3-point land, plus 87.5 percent from the foul line on 5.3 attempts per game. For the next few weeks, though, the Wolves will have to look elsewhere for scoring punch.

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  • K.J. McDaniels' mom not thrilled with 76ers' rebuilding plan

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 2 days ago

    The Philadelphia 76ers are bad. Like, "change your 'when-we-win' pizza promotion" bad. This, as we (and roughly 17 million other people) have written before, is by design, as a Sixers club led by analytically inclined general manager Sam Hinkie, with the full support of ownership, undertakes a tip-to-tail rebuilding effort, punting on short-term gains (like, say, using your scads of cap space or having your lottery picks actually play in the season you draft them) in pursuit of sustained long-term competition. Hinkie and company probably weren't aiming for an 0-11 start to the 2014-15 season, but hey, any path that leads to the bottom of the standings and the top of the unchanged draft lottery works just fine for Philly's purposes. (Besides, it's not like losing a bunch of games in a row is uncharted territory for these Sixers.)

  • Mavs' new 'freeD' video tech could have big replay, analytics possibilities

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 2 days ago

    Mark Cuban and the Dallas Mavericks have long been at the forefront of technological advances in the NBA, and the billionaire owner consistently ranks among the league's loudest voices in pushing for game-operations advancements that make watching a game in the arena at least as fun as checking it out in HD from the comfort of your couch. Cuban's latest big-time investment seems aimed at adding another checkmark in both areas.

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    The replays will be available on the arena's monstrous overhead scoreboard and, eventually, integrated into the Mavs' television broadcasts, allowing production teams to show viewers any angle of any play that takes place during the game.

    Here's a preview of what it'll look like:

    Pretty slick stuff, right?

    If freeD looks and sounds familiar to you, you might be remembering its use during TNT's broadcast of the 2014 NBA All-Star Game in New Orleans:

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  • LeBron's late turnover costs Cavs as Spurs score win in Cleveland

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 3 days ago

    Before welcoming the defending NBA champion San Antonio Spurs to Quicken Loans Arena, LeBron James said the experience of leading the Cleveland Cavaliers' young stars, of teaching them about professionalism and how to win, is the greatest challenge he's faced in his Hall of Fame career. After Wednesday's contest, he'll be able to impart a particularly important lesson — how to accept responsibility for a pivotal late-game miscue.

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    James has long since sloughed off the ill-fitting late-game choker mantle some commentators saddled him with early in his career — four MVPs, a monstrous statistical record in Game 7s and a pair of championship rings will do that for you — but this note really puts into perspective just how rare such late-game missteps have been for LeBron over the years:

    Another look at Manu's cut and lay-in:

  • Delonte West released by China's Shanghai Sharks after just 4 games

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 3 days ago

    After a stint with the Los Angeles Clippers' Summer League squad didn't result in a domestic job offer for the season ahead, former NBA guard Delonte West decided to return to China, signing a one-year deal with the Yao Ming-owned Shanghai Sharks in the hope of securing a solid payday while preparing to make another push for a return to the big show. That hoped-for comeback appears to have just gotten even farther away, though.

    USA TODAY Sports' Sam Amick reports that the Sharks have waived the 31-year-old West just four games into his tenure with the club, putting the career of the former St. Joseph's standout — who last played in the NBA with the Dallas Mavericks during the 2011-12 season — in a "most precarious position."

  • The 10-man rotation, starring the Jazz's slow, steady rebuild

    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: The Pattern of Basketball. Jonathan Tjarks on how the Utah Jazz have played the long game in rebuilding, and now have a roster full of long-limbed, athletic, intriguing and young two-way prospects to show for it.

    PF: Isiah Was a Prophet. Chris Gaerig offers a defense of the much-maligned Josh Smith, who has changed "his shot distribution for the better," but whose continued struggles for the Detroit Pistons might have quite a bit to do with new head coach and personnel boss Stan Van Gundy "banging his head against a the same wall that Mo Cheeks and John Loyer did" with his frontcourt rotation.

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  • Bask in the glow of the Spurs' new H-E-B commercials (with a bonus Tim Duncan spot!)

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 4 days ago

    After what feels like decades of debates over whether the San Antonio Spurs are fun or boring, I think we've reached a point where the most vociferous folks on either side of the aisle have mostly stopped caring. (Ground-down apathy: the world's premier argument-ender!) That's nice, because it allows us to just look at the Spurs for what they are — a very good team that started a bit slowly after opening the season celebrating last year's title, that has picked up steam over the past week (a 4-1 record with road wins over the Los Angeles Clippers and Golden State Warriors, outscoring opponents by 10.3 points per 100 possessions in that span), that faces another stern test when visiting the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday ... and that sometimes does fun stuff.

    ... and Greek yogurt ...

    ... and organic offerings ...

    ... and simply appreciate the goofs. That's all some of us ever want in life.

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  • Jason Collins retires, leaving unique, unparalleled legacy

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 4 days ago

    Jason Collins, whose April 2013 announcement that he is gay changed the landscape of American professional sports and who last February became the first openly gay male athlete to play in one of the U.S.'s four major team sports leagues, has retired from professional basketball after 830 regular- and postseason games for six NBA teams over 13 pro seasons.

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    Amen.

    No, but we're closer than we've ever been before, and that's due in large part to Jason Collins being brave enough to tell the world who he is. It's not a scoring title, a Most Valuable Player trophy or a championship ring, but that's one hell of a legacy for any athlete to leave behind.

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  • Georgia police re-open Dwight Howard child abuse investigation

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 4 days ago

    Georgia police confirmed Tuesday that they have re-opened an investigation related to allegations that Dwight Howard committed felony child abuse, following a pair of reports raising questions about the Houston Rockets center physically disciplining his 6-year-old son, Braylon.

    TMZ reported Sunday that the Florida Department of Children and Families had investigated Howard, 28, following a complaint filed in August by the boy's mother, Royce Reed. Reed reportedly alleged that Howard had whipped their son with a belt, but a DCF spokesperson told TMZ the investigation was "being closed with no substantiated findings of physical injuries."

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