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  • Gimme Some Raptor News: Vince Carter saves everything

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 4 hrs ago

    In honor of the NBA visiting Toronto for the city’s first All-Star Game, we’ve decided to look back on some of the more engaging moments in the team’s up and down (but turning up!) history.

    The abrupt end to Damon Stoudamire and Isiah Thomas’ turn in Toronto was so upsetting, that the team’s new ownership group and general manager had to act decisively in order to save face.

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    Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment purchased the Raptors in full the day prior to the deal that sent the former Rookie of the Year to Portland for a package including Kenny Anderson and an unheralded rookie in Alvin Williams. Faced with yet another player that didn’t want to be there, GM Glen Grunwald shipped Anderson to Boston for a package including Chauncey Billups and future trade considerations.

    Toronto made the postseason. Then things had to all Raptor-y again.

    Raptors gonna Raptor, right? Not this time.

    All because Vince Carter, of all people, held it together.

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  • All-Star Saturday odds: Can Steph Curry defend his 3-point title?

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 4 hrs ago

    This weekend's All-Star Saturday events in Toronto offer the usual mix of exciting young players, big names, and time-tested formats. This year, we're handicapping all three events — the Taco Bells Skills Challenge, the Foot Locker Three-Point Contest, and the Verizon Slam Dunk — so you know who to watch closest. Read on for a look at the favorite, the contenders, and the dark horses.

    Favorite

    Stephen Curry: Tell me, at this point, what isn’t Stephen Curry the favorite for?

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    The defending Three-Point Contest champ and likely two-time NBA MVP is on pace to break his own record for 3-pointers in a season in the 58th game of this campaign . He’s now doing a year’s worth of work – mind you, a record-breaking year’s worth of work – in 71 percent of the time.

    Bovada line: -110

    The Curio

    Bovada line: +4000

    The Buck

    The Runner-Up

  • Gimme Some Raptor News: The Ballad of Isiah and Damon

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 5 hrs ago

    In honor of the NBA visiting Toronto for the city’s first All-Star Game, we’ve decided to look back on some of the more engaging moments in the team’s up and down (but turning up!) history.

    Quite a bit was in the way of a successful launch for the expansion Toronto Raptors in 1995. There was the uncertainty of the NBA, for the first time, playing in Canada. Patronizing newspaper columns both in and out of the country basically treated the team’s potential fans as if they’d never seen the ball itself, as if they’d never seen something so orange and leathery before (Donald Trump, at that point, was just a stateside curio).

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    Luckily for the Raptors, however, they were blessed with something no other NBA expansion team entered the league with. Not in the 1960s, early or late 1980s did any team come complete with two driving personalities to help sell the league and new fans on a rookie franchise’s bonafides.

    Things, as they tend to do with Thomas, then started to fall apart.

    Such a swift fall for an expansion team that, for a while, looked like it had two steps up on NBA history.

  • Chris Paul threw himself in front of an intentional fouler (Video)

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    Even in the middle of a fantastic, profitable, and possibly record-breaking season, NBA commissioner Adam Silver probably can’t wait for next October because of plays like this. He probably cannot wait to change the rules, and we wish he didn’t have to wait to change the rules.

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    [ STACK: Why the Golden State Warriors spend hours floating in salt water ]

    Too clever, literally, by half.

    That’s Tommy, angry at a move that he would give elventy trillion Tommy Points to had Paul been wearing green and white.

    Still, this is not ideal.

  • James Worthy is loath to criticize former teammate Byron Scott

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    In-studio NBA analysts, let’s be honest, don’t usually create heaps of legendary reports. Yes, Charles Barkley continues to entertain (even if we’re not entirely sure if he watches League Pass) and someone like Bobby Jackson will pop up from time to time, but the limitations of the medium and the fact that many are paid (however indirectly) by the team they “cover” tends to get in the way of anything memorable.

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    This is why it isn’t the biggest journalistic crime in late-night, deep local cable history if these ex-players play favorites. Against an ex-coach. In the face of an opposing team they haven’t bothered to watch all season. In favor of a buddy, and/or ex-teammate.

    (Emphasis mine.)

    What.

    Oh.

    What’s Worthy going to do, though?

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  • Blake Griffin suspended for four games by the Clippers

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 2 days ago

    The Los Angeles Clippers have suspended Blake Griffin four games for his role in an altercation with the team’s equipment manager. That suspension will be served following his return to playing action after his rather frightening swollen hand heals, a return that could still be over a month away.

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    From a statement on the team’s website:

    The L.A. Clippers announced today that forward Blake Griffin has been suspended without pay for four games for striking a team employee on Jan. 23 and his wages will be withheld for one additional game for injuries he sustained. The NBA has assisted us in this process.

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  • Monta Ellis doesn't think he could have won a ring in Golden State

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 2 days ago

    When the Golden State Warriors traded Monta Ellis to Milwaukee at the 2012 trade deadline, fans were not happy. The team received center Andrew Bogut in return, a supposedly offensively-challenged big man who was dealing with the same sort of ankle woes that guard Stephen Curry was working through. Later in the season, at a function designed to celebrate the career of W’s legend Chris Mullin, Golden State fans booed new’ish owner Joe Lacob mostly in reference to that deal.

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    In a discussion with Jared Greenburg and Rick Mahorn on Tuesday on SiriusXM’s NBA channel, Ellis made an odd claim. He posits that he’s the only person in the NBA that can stop the Warriors from winning a championship – merely by remaining a member of the team. Listen:

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  • Local NBA ratings are way up, with you-know-who leading the way

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 3 days ago

    The news for the NBA keeps getting better. Local ratings are up just about all over the league’s landscape, with the champion Golden State Warriors taking in a massive 120 percent increase on their local telecasts as they traipse across the league.

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    The Dubs are also enjoy a massive spike in share, which is rare for teams in larger markets with myriad entertainment options. Via Pro Basketball Talk, here’s the grab from Sports Business Daily:

    The defending champion Golden State Warriors have seen their local TV ratings more than double this season compared with last year’s midpoint. With an 8.42 average rating on CSN Bay Area, the Warriors’ 120 percent spike in ratings is easily the largest increase in the league.

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  • Dennis Rodman offers himself up for the Knicks coaching gig

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 3 days ago

    Former Chicago Bulls forward Dennis Rodman was probably tweeting with tongue in cheek on Monday when he sent this invitation out to former coach and current New York Knick president Phil Jackson:

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    Hey @PhilJackson11 @nyknicks, I have a pretty decent resume on the court and I can coach; and I'm available. Call me. @nba

    Rodman has never coached at any level, forever telling reporters that he had no interest in the profession during his playing days. His post-retirement career, since 2000, would seem to confirm as much, as the Hall of Famer seem more interested in working the paid-party circuit than getting back into a basketball gym.

    Jackson fired another one of his former players, Derek Fisher, on Monday. The Knicks have lost nine of 10 and Jackson was not happy in the way Fisher’s offense was performing. Longtime Jackson friend and sideline seatmate Kurt Rambis, whom Jackson replaced as Lakers coach in 1999, will take over on an interim basis.

  • Bobby Jackson: I can do a 'better coaching job' than George Karl

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 3 days ago

    The narrative comes easy. The Sacramento Kings will play a terrible Philadelphia 76ers team on Wednesday, and they might lose to a Sixers squad that is trying to lose. The road trip that started with DeMarcus Cousins saying his team “had to get three” wins in four tries will probably end in “nil,” and the team will fire head coach George Karl. The Kings will play at home against Denver on Friday, try really hard and probably win, and re-take to a run at the playoffs after digging itself a 22-32 hole.

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    Last weekend began with former King Bobby Jackson, an integral member of the championship-contending Sacramento squads from the early aughts, diving into Karl on local TV:

    “I think i could come off this set and do a much better coaching job right now.” - @TheBobbyJackson NOT holding back on George Karl

    … and it continued with the embarrassment of fielding an “optional shootaround” in the hours before its eventual loss to Cleveland on Monday.

    Rajon Rondo, who is rarely pleased with anything but himself, was not pleased:

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