Dwight Howard runs 10 red lights, not in a row, and has Florida driver license suspended for not paying fineKelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie4 hrs ago
This isn’t just dumb. This is insight into Dwight Howard’s undeserved sense of entitlement.
The Houston Rockets center can’t drive his car in Florida for a while, legally at least, as his license has been suspended after he failed to pay a fine tied to one of his 10 citations for failure to stop at red lights.
Howard, who played for the NBA's Orlando Magic from 2004 to 2012, racked up 10 tickets for running red lights while in the Orlando area.
He also has on his Orlando court record four speeding tickets, 12 citations for failing to pay highway tolls and one for failing to change his address on his license, all civil traffic infractions.
Howard’s fine? It was for $285. That’s a chunk of change, a car payment to most of us, but one that is more than reasonable enough to pay for those even working with a car that owes monthly payments along those lines. Dwight Howard made over $20 million last season.
- Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie3 days ago
Things could not have gone better for Team USA on Sunday. It just took a few minutes for everything to start getting better. Team USA downed Serbia by a 129-92 score to win the FIBA World Cup in Spain, earning the gold medal with stellar all around play, but not before starting slow against a game and confident Serbian squad.
With just under four minutes gone in the first quarter, Team USA was reeling from foul trouble, unable to keep up with Serbia’s ball movement on offense, and facing a 15-7 deficit. There was still plenty of game left to play, but even the most experienced of international basketball observers were getting a little punchy:
Team USA had better wake the bleep up!
It’s strange to point to pivotal first quarter plays as game-defining and eventually game-deciding, but that’s what tends to happen in an eventual 37-point blowout. With the eight point deficit ahead of him, James Harden sprang free for a lay-in and a foul, while tossing in a three-pointer on the next offensive possession. Kyrie Irving then scored five straight of his own as Team USA came back to build a lead.
- Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie3 days ago
We’re not sure why CBS had Charles Barkley on their NFL preview show on Sunday morning to discuss football, but then again we’re not sure why CBS has Barkley on their college basketball coverage when he clearly watches next to no college basketball prior to the NCAA Tournament. It was a clear ratings grab by a network desperate to draw viewers and set Twitter on its ear, and if Barkley happened to say something outrageous along the way, then all the better.
Well, it appears that CBS got what they wanted: Charles Barkley acting ridiculous and labeling an entire cross section of a race in the southern U.S. as child abusers.
Horrific child abusers, like Minnesota Viking Adrian Peterson.
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.
In the wake of ever-swirling revelations about the way Atlanta Hawks general manager Danny Ferry handled the free-agent courtship of Luol Deng in July, the Hawks’ recently-promoted CEO Steve Koonin has accepted Ferry’s request to take a leave of absence from the team he has run since 2012.
Here is part of the statement made by the Hawks on Friday afternoon:
“This afternoon, Danny Ferry requested, and I have approved, taking an indefinite leave of absence, effective immediately. This has been an incredibly difficult time for him and his family and it is my hope that this time away from the Hawks organization allows him the privacy he needs to listen to the community, to learn about his mistakes, and to begin the long process of personal healing. As a human being, manager and friend, I wish him well as he undergoes this process.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s release of Danny Ferry’s actual recorded words confirms what Adrian Wojnarowski already reported on Wednesday: Ferry was more than certainly the brains behind the needless and insulting comments about then-free agent forward Luol Deng, and the entire Atlanta Hawks franchise is in flux as a result.
The pattern works, apparently, so why give up on it?
Team USA has turned this into a routine. The squad doesn’t exactly start off each game of the FIBA World Cup by playing poorly, but it usually needs the entirety of the first half in order to hash out the strengths of its opponent, before turning the jets on in the third quarter. This was ridiculously apparent on Thursday, when Team USA outscored Lithuania by a 33-14 mark, in a 10-minute quarter no less, to take a massive lead and eventually win 96-68.
The semifinal victory allows Team USA the chance to play for the gold medal in Sunday’s championship game, taking on the winner of Friday’s Serbia/France pairing in the other semifinal matchup.
It’s a rumor at worst and a distressing anecdote at best. Chatter started to swirl on Twitter on Wednesday about an alleged in-game remark former San Antonio Spurs forward Danny Ferry said to Portland Trail Blazers swingman Bonzi Wells in 2002, and by the time Thursday’s wayback machine got to churning, the story was back.
Don't know that I trust Danny Ferry. I remember quoting Bonzi Wells saying Ferry called him the 'N-word'. Ferry didn't t return a phone call
Ferry then called after the story ran and denied using the word to Wells. That's what comes to mind when I hear about this Hawks situation
J.R. Smith isn’t entirely harmless, this is the man that acted as the tragic and pivotal factor in a car crash that killed his best friend in 2007, but if you’re not a fan of the New York Knicks you probably regard him as one of the NBA’s more tolerable oddities. A goofball that isn’t hurting your fandom, because he’s not hoisting 25-footers for your team.
The tricky balance with Smith came to light last winter, when he was caught on tape untying the shoelaces of both Shawn Marion and then Greg Monroe in consecutive games, earning him a $50,000 fine for the second – and I use this term advisedly – “infraction.” No matter how innocuous, the NBA’s front office does not like being openly defied in front of high definition cameras for the second time in three days, and Smith cut out the shoelace-messin’ immediately after.
- Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie7 days ago
The Atlanta Hawks, as Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski reported in great detail on Wednesday afternoon, are an abject mess. The majority owner has announced plans to sell the team in the days following a corporate seppuku that resulted from the release of misguided and inflammatory emails. The team’s general manager has been called on by those in and outside the organization to resign after it was revealed that he made shameful “scouting” statements about swingman Luol Deng. And the team’s most vocal minority owner has made no secret of his insistence that both leave the organization completely.
The only feel-good story to pop out of this mess is a TMZ-sourced report that states that longtime Hawk All-Star and current broadcaster and team employee Dominique Wilkins would like to step up to the plate with a bid to buy the team.
Seems obvious. Perhaps a little too obvious. We’ll let TMZ go from here: