- Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie9 hrs ago
Not content to sit on the sidelines when it came to taking a swing at other business ventures, Oklahoma City Thunder All-Star Kevin Durant has decided to open his own restaurant. “Kd’s Southern Cuisine” opened in Oklahoma City this month, though only time will tell if KD has thrown a gutter ball in his first toss into the ring, or if his restaurant will turn out to be a real “home run.”
Unlike the menus at most other athlete-themed vanity restaurants, Kd’s Southern Cuisine doesn’t read as if it was attempting to secure a high-end sports bar clientele. There’s nary a chicken finger or tortilla wrap to be found, with fried green tomatoes, fried okra, grits and collard greens dotting entrees that include proteins like trout and catfish. Heartier types can go for the southern style meatloaf or smothered pork chop, alongside a selection of steaks. A lip-smackin’ touchdown!
Thankfully, though the menu and website is dotted with Oklahoma City Thunder colors, there’s not a lot of “Slam Dunk Salads!” or “Three-Point Dipping Sauces” to be found.
Until you get to the “Baller Menu.” Yeah, son.Fri, Dec 135:00 PM PSTLA Lakers at Oklahoma CityPreview Game
- Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie11 hrs ago
The movement initially took hold in November, when even passing NBA fans noticed the massive disparity in win/loss records between the Western and Eastern Conference. It received a kick in the tail late last month, when Grantland’s Zach Lowe penned a typically thoughtful column calling for the abolishment of divisions. And now NBA deputy commissioner Adam Silver, set to take over for the retiring David Stern in February, is on record saying he’ll at least consider doing away with the damned things.
Tony Snell dives for the loose ball, P. Diddy’s attorney saves his daughter from a collision (Video)Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie13 hrs ago
Chicago Bulls rookie swingman Tony Snell is starting for the beleaguered squad because of injuries to Derrick Rose, Jimmy Butler, and Luol Deng; but he was in the rotation prior to those injuries because he consistently comes through with the kind of defense, three-point shooting potential, and all out hustle that coach Tom Thibodeau prefers. Snell hasn’t been able to make up for the recent absence of all three pivotal Chicago perimeter players so far, few in this league could, but he is trying, and he is learning.
Stuck in a rough 1-7 shooting night in Chicago’s brutal (for both teams) loss to the New York Knicks on Wednesday night, the rookie decided to make up for his bricklaying on the offensive end by diving into the stands for a loose ball with the team down 20 points to the New York Knicks. That’s to be commended, though it tends to put fans on edge when a 6-7, 200-pound athlete comes flying into their cushy courtside seats.
Especially if you’re attending the game with a little kid right next to you. Take a look at what happened on Wednesday:Fri, Dec 134:30 PM PSTNew York at BostonPreview Game
Prior to a doctor’s intervention, Dwight Howard was eating ‘the equivalent of 24 Hershey bars a day’ via candy and sodaKelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie1 day ago
Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard was hit with a shocking diagnosis during his lone season with the Los Angeles Lakers last year. According to a physician working with the team’s medical staff, Howard was consuming “the equivalent of 24 Hershey bars a day” because of all the candy and glucose-rich carbonated soda he was drinking.
Dr. Cate Shanahan, in a fascinating feature by CBS Sports’ Ken Berger, described her shock at Howard’s alarming levels of glucose in his system, telling CBS that she became concerned because Howard’s sluggish play and blood work “reminded me of patients who have pre-diabetes and neurological problems because of how sugar impacts the nervous system.” A subsequent blood test revealed frightening amounts of glucose in his system.
With rumors of Mike Woodson’s coaching demise swirling, ESPN pulls Jeff Van Gundy from Wednesday’s broadcastKelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie1 day ago
Famously, former Knicks and Rockets coach Jeff Van Gundy won’t speak with nor comment on coaching jobs midseason, or any other time an incumbent coach is still with a team pre-firing. That policy stems from the spring of 1999, when MSG openly courted free agent coach Phil Jackson to take over for Van Gundy as Knicks coach, with the Knicks struggling to make the Eastern playoff bracket. Jeff bristled at Jackson interviewing for the job while Van Gundy was still in the postseason hunt, and though Van Gundy got the last laugh by dragging that year’s Knicks team to the NBA Finals, he’s sticking to his guns and not having any contact with a team while a current head (or even interim) coach is under contract.
A Clippers fan is reportedly suing the team for $5 million after they allegedly sent him spam via textKelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie1 day ago
Texts from spammers feel far worse that emails from spammers, or Facebook and/or Twitter direct messages from spammers. A person’s private phone number is not a part of the social media grindhouse, so it’s never fun to pull up your mobile device after something buzzes or beeps or flashes, expecting to read something pertinent from someone you trust with your phone number, only to realize that some bot on the other end is trying to sell you something.
Still, in the era of unlimited text messaging plans, it’s quickly forgotten. Unless you’re ex-Los Angeles Clippers fan Ari Friedman, I suppose. According to TMZ, while attending a recent Clippers game, the gentleman in question reportedly wanted a message to the Clippers to be shown on the scoreboard for all to see, for some reason. What followed was apparently a bit of a nuisance.
- Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie1 day ago
It’s not as jarring as seeing Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett in a Brooklyn Nets uniform, and it won’t have the same emotional resonance as when a fan with a thick Boston accent yelled out “we love you Cooz!” at Bob Cousy’s retirement ceremony 50 years ago, but Doc Rivers’ return to Boston on Wednesday night will tug at the emotions a wee bit. Rivers understandably left the Celtics last spring so as to avoid the rebuilding project he once committed to, and his high-priced Los Angeles Clippers will have their hands full with a young Celtics team that hasn’t laid down for anyone in what was supposed to be a rebuilding season.
- Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie2 days ago
INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Pacers weren’t the only ones with this game circled on the calendar.
The defending champion Miami Heat had to hear all summer about the Pacers’ improved depth, their internal growth, and their budding rivalry with a Miami team that knocked them out of the playoffs in 2012 and 2013. The Heat roared out of the gate in their first meeting with the Pacers since downing Indiana in Game 7 of the 2013 Eastern Conference finals, grabbing a 30-19 first-quarter lead before Indiana used its height and defensive smarts to slowly chip away and eventually down the two-time defending champs, 90-84.
- Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie2 days ago
Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment CEO Tim Leiweke initially decided to put together a strange arrangement last spring, replacing longtime Toronto Raptors general manager Bryan Colangelo with the man who used to work as his second in command, reigning NBA Executive of the Year and former Denver Nuggets top man Masai Ujiri. The plan was for Colangelo, who is as connected as they come within NBA executive circles, to stick around to help grease the wheels as Ujiri dotted through the league’s ever-expanding Rolodex. The problem with the arrangement was obvious, though, because it would involve Colangelo reporting to a man who used to report to him, all while that new boss broke apart the middling and expensive team Colangelo put together.Fri, Dec 134:00 PM PSTPhiladelphia at TorontoPreview Game