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- Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie1 hr 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.
- Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie2 hrs ago
It will remain a game day staple for the duration of the length of Kobe Bryant’s contract, and (though we hope this isn’t the case) the rest of his stay in the NBA. Kobe will hit a town with his Los Angeles Lakers, and be asked by both local and Los Angeles press alike about his contract – a two-year, $48.5 million deal that just about everyone save for the Buss family (at least on record), Kobe (at least on record), and the more ridiculous of the Kobe defenders (they’re on record) agrees is not commensurate with what Kobe Bryant is currently contributing on the basketball court.
Bryant has produced when it has come to the Lakers negotiating their own local TV rights, however, and his Pacific cellar-dwelling club will still take in an ungodly amount of national television appearances this year. On top of that, even though Bryant signed maximum extensions with the Lakers in 1999, 2004, and 2010, Bryant has really never made with the Lakers what he would earn in a fully open market – one pitched without a salary cap or maximum salaries.Fri, Nov 215:30 PM PSTLA Lakers at DallasPreview Game
- Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie4 hrs ago
When versatile forward Andrei Kirilenko took what felt like a massive pay cut to join the Brooklyn Nets in 2013, many cried shenanigans. AK had just come off of a very good year with the Minnesota Timberwolves, and he was a few weeks removed from declining the option on the second year of his two-year contract that would have paid him $10 million to stay in Minnesota during 2013-14. When Kirilenko signed for nearly $7 million less per year to play with the Nets, most rightfully assumed that the Mikhail Prokhorov-owned team had sneakily provided him with a cruise ship or two that would stay docked until his two-year, $6.5 million contract ran out.
Sadly, it appears as if AK might be headed toward those calmer waters midseason, because he could be finished with the Nets. The team announced on Friday that Andrei would stay behind on the team’s road trip …Fri, Nov 215:00 PM PSTBrooklyn at Oklahoma CityPreview Game
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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.Fri, Nov 215:00 PM PSTSan Antonio at MinnesotaPreview Game
- Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie5 hrs 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.)LivePhoenix0 - 0PhiladelphiaFollow Game
- Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie7 hrs 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.
- Eric Freeman at Ball Don't Lie18 hrs ago
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The Philadelphia 76ers are currently courting historical futility. The team's 0-11 start has put them just seven games behind the 2009-10 New Jersey Nets' record for the worst start in NBA history. Given the team's performance so far — an average margin of loss of 16.4 points — no upcoming game looks there for the taking. It's anyone's guess as to when the Sixers will actually end up in the win column.
- Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie23 hrs ago
The Sterling family continues to be the NBA’s great shame.
The league can argue away using Donald Sterling’s wife Shelly Sterling as a means to an end to oust the former Clippers owner that they should have ousted years ago, but it will never be able to step down from the fact that the league sold out in letting Shelly Sterling remain a technical member of the Los Angeles Clippers as its bogus “Number One Fan” – and by extension a member of the NBA family. The league failed in that regard.
Because Los Angeles is Los Angeles, and because the Sterlings are still the Sterlings, TMZ decided to stake out Donald and Shelly Sterling after a dinner date out on Wednesday night in order to ask how the “couple” is handling their half-estrangement from the NBA.
- Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie1 day ago
When the NBA suspended Charlotte Hornets forward Jeff Taylor an unprecedented 24 games after he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor domestic abuse charges, it was quite obvious what new’ish NBA commissioner Adam Silver was doing. In the wake of the NFL’s shameful handling of its own domestic violence problems, a harsh penalty was needed in order to reinforce the message that We’re. Not. Putting. Up. With. This. Stuff. Anymore.
Even Silver himself admitted that the penalty, which will lapse after Taylor sits out 13 more games following the 11 he’s missed already, is unprecedented:
- Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie1 day ago
Dating back nearly one decade, when the Atlanta Hawks franchise wrapped its well-heeled arms around him, Joe Johnson’s isolation-heavy style of play has been an NBA staple. “Iso Joe” plays on the Brooklyn Nets now, and though he’s on his sixth coach in six seasons, the practice continues unabated.
One of those coaches, former Nets coach and current Milwaukee Bucks coach Jason Kidd, took great delight in both anticipating the Nets’ inevitable choice to go to an isolation set featuring Joe Johnson late in the second overtime on Wednesday evening, with the YES Network cameras catching Kidd not only calling out the play to his young defenders, but also informing Johnson himself that he knows exactly what was coming next.
With the game knotted at 112-112, via Deadspin, you’ll never guess what came next: