Ball Don't Lie
- Ben Rohrbach at Ball Don't Lie16 mins ago
Tim Tebow has a job. It's just not in the NFL.
As Tebow prepares for his first season in front of a camera on the new SEC Network, his former college coach would rather see him reading defenses in the NFL than television prompters at ESPN.
"I still don't get that part of it," Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said of Tebow's inability to hold down an NFL job from Big Ten Media Days. "He's the second-most efficient passer ever to play college football."
Meyer and the former Heisman Trophy winner, of course, teamed up to win a pair of national titles at Florida. Indeeed, Tebow concluded his four-year college career with the NCAA's No. 2 all-time passer efficiency rating (170.79) — trailing only current Rams quarterback Sam Bradford (175.62).
- Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie57 mins ago
Three weeks after finishing the 2013-14 NBA regular season, and two months before he got a new three-year, $16.5 million contract, Phoenix Suns forward P.J. Tucker was arrested by Scottsdale, Ariz., police for "super extreme DUI," according to Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic.
- Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie2 hrs ago
Blake Griffin chalked up his decision to bow out of competition for a spot on the U.S. men's national basketball team that will compete in the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup in Spain next month to a desire "to focus and dedicate 100 percent of my energy on improving and preparing for the upcoming season with the [Los Angeles] Clippers." As it turns out, though, there's another reason why the All-NBA Second Team forward pulled out.
A California judge rules in Shelly Sterling's favor, clearing the way for the sale of the Los Angeles ClippersKelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie18 hrs ago
Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling’s wife acted in good faith when she encouraged him to meet with two neurologists to determine if he was suffering from dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, judge Michael Levanas ruled on Monday, and her proposed sale of the franchise in the wake of Sterling’s racist taped comments was not hatched as a result of a conspiratorial plot. Donald Sterling, who is suing the Sterling family trust (and, by slim extension, himself) lost a court ruling that should encourage the agreed-upon sale of the Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer for $2 billion.
One of the attorneys for Shelly Sterling told reporters he hopes the sale to Ballmer closes before Aug. 15. The NBA released a statement saying the league looks forward to the sale "closing as soon as possible."
- Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie18 hrs ago
When I interviewed Filip Peraić, the Croatian artist behind James Harden Illustrated, about four months ago, he explained that what he found so enriching about pursuing artistic freedom within the confines of the Houston Rockets All-Star's side profile was finding wholly new ways to recreate a familiar motif.
"Creativity is best noticed when there are constraints," he told me. "[...] I’m trying to create unexpected connections and that’s why people find this project interesting. Obvious is what I want to avoid."
Well, Filip, I think you've done a pretty good job of avoiding obvious with the most recent installment of James Harden Illustrated:
- Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie19 hrs ago
That's the first in a series of 60-second public service announcements produced by Joakim Noah's charitable organization imploring Chicago residents to come together and stem the rising tide of violence that has swept away dozens of lives this summer.
The Chicago Bulls center introduced the "Chicago, Stand Up" campaign at a youth-focused event at a community center in the city's Near West Side section held Friday, the day before his Noah's Arc Foundation hosted a basketball tournament for 18- to 24-year-old men from different parts of Chicago aimed at emphasizing messages of peace, unity, competition and togetherness. (The Friday event also included Noah playfully swatting young fans' shots, as befits his status as the NBA's reigning Defensive Player of the Year.)
- Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie20 hrs ago
Eric Bledsoe got to play starter's minutes last season for the first time after a summertime trade from the Los Angeles Clippers to the Phoenix Suns, and he quickly proved deserving of the opportunity. The tough, explosive guard was one of just six players to average at least 17.5 points, 5.5 assists and 4.5 rebounds per game last season; the other five were the league's MVP (Kevin Durant) and runner-up (LeBron James), two perennial All-Stars (James Harden and Russell Westbrook) and arguably the best guard in the Eastern Conference last year (Kyle Lowry). He was a two-way menace who paired with Goran Dragic to give first-year coach Jeff Hornacek one of the league's best backcourts, a hard-charging duo that helped propel the Suns from basement dwellers to the brink of a playoff berth in a brutal Western Conference.
- Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie22 hrs ago
Metta World Peace made just 29 appearances for the New York Knicks last season before being bought out in February. While he'd hoped to find a new home with a contending team for the stretch run, the colorful veteran forward wasn't able to catch on anywhere, entering the summer without a contract. But despite seeming to have better employment prospects as a high school coach and blogger than as an NBA player at this stage of his career, the artist formerly known as Ron Artest told no less a hoops authority than Larry King during a recent interview that he has not yet decided to hang up his high-tops, and that he's once again seeking gainful employment with one of the NBA's 30 teams.
- Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie1 day ago
Hey, did you forget over the weekend that Minnesota Timberwolves first-rounder Zach LaVine has crazy bounce and can perform a variety of very cool dunks? Well, I have good news for you and your addled memory.
- Ben Rohrbach at Ball Don't Lie1 day ago
For a man who enjoys foreign films, Dostoyevsky and fine food, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich's passion for wine is one of the few things about him that makes sense. That this rare blend of former spy turned basketball savant owns a wine label as equally difficult to decipher also follows.
What doesn't dovetail is why a man whose disdain for media has been so well documented would name this wine for a muckraking journalist's brilliance, even if Jacob Riis wrote the words around the same time Dr. James Naismith invented the game Popovich inevitably mastered.
Actually, the quote that adorns the back label of each Rock & Hammer Pinot Noir vintage also covers the walls of San Antonio's locker room in English, French, Portuguese and Spanish, paraphrasing Popovich's philosophy in a manner no writer has accomplished since.