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With rumors of Mike Woodson’s coaching demise swirling, ESPN pulls Jeff Van Gundy from Wednesday’s broadcastKelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie24 mins 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 Lie54 mins 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 hr 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.
Kyrie Irving loses Pablo Prigioni on the crossover-and-3, drops 37 + 11 in Cavs’ win over Knicks (Video)Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie3 hrs ago
A great many New York Knicks fans (this one included) have spent at least some time over the past two seasons pleading with head coach Mike Woodson to give more playing time to Pablo Prigioni. The backup point guard is arguably the lone unselfish/pass-first player on the Knicks' roster and, when he has seen the floor, has seemed the team's sole tether to the two point guards/Carmelo Anthony at power forward/space the floor, share the ball and bomb 3-pointers identity that propelled the Knicks to 54 wins and the second round of the playoffs last season, but has been in very short supply through New York's miserable start to the 2013-14 campaign.
- Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie4 hrs ago
Back in March, Turner Sports analyst Chris Webber had a bit of fun during NBA TV's weekly "Fan Night" broadcast — they tend to get loose on Fan Night — by highlighting an Indiana Pacers fan who didn't seem too keen on sharing his ice cream with the young lady to his right. Lest we forget:
- Eric Freeman at Ball Don't Lie5 hrs ago
It's the second week of December, which means that the holiday music season has ramped up to absurd levels. It's impossible to go anywhere without hearing some sort of festive song, whether it's a Christmas tune like "Jingle Bells," a slightly more religious Christmas ditty like "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing," or a commercial monstrosity like Justin Bieber's "Drummer Boy." There is a popular song for everyone (not including those who celebrate Hannukah, Kwanzaa, or nothing at all)!
But what about the basketball fan looking for a little roundball cheer? Sure, there will be some song that serves as a tie-in for the NBA's slate of Christmas games. Yet that's really just a basketball-adjacent song, a poor substitute for the real thing. Where shall we turn?
Thankfully, "Tanking Time Is Here" is here:
- Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie15 hrs ago
Kobe Bryant's still working his way back into form, shape and rhythm after nearly eight months on the shelf following surgery to repair a ruptured left Achilles tendon. But while the 35-year-old Mamba very clearly has a long way to go before he resembles the All-Star offensive performer he was before his injury, he showed during the first quarter of the Los Angeles Lakers' Tuesday matchup with the Phoenix Suns that he's still capable of taking you baseline off the bounce if you crowd him too much.
Head's up, P.J. Tucker:
Bryant bodies Tucker up, gives him a little shoulder shove to create separation, then makes his move, seals Tucker off, gets up and shows us that throwing down isn't just reserved for practice. Sure, it's only two points, but Kobe stuffing one is still a sight for sore eyes ... and after all that time away, you'd have to imagine that it felt pretty good.
- Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie16 hrs 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.
- Eric Freeman at Ball Don't Lie17 hrs ago
On November 18, young Oklahoma City Thunder fan Cameron Rodriguez lived out every NBA attendee's dream when he hit a halfcourt shot for a $20,000 prize during the team's game against the Denver Nuggets at Chesapeake Energy Arena. A college student, Rodriguez came into a considerable amount of money to help him pay for his schooling and got to experience the joy of having an entire professional arena cheer his accomplishment. It's harder to imagine a young man having more fun.
The 10-man rotation, starring Spencer Hawes becoming ‘one of the top perimeter threats in basketball’Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie20 hrs 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: Hoop76. This is not a drill, people: "Spencer Hawes is attempting more 3-pointers per game than Ray Allen, and he’s hitting them at a higher rate." Tom Sunnergren explores how the Philadelphia 76ers center has become an honest-to-goodness offensive weapon, whether Sixers general manager Sam Hinkie should flip Hawes while his value is (or at least figures to be) at an all-time high or hang onto a surprisingly intriguing modern-NBA player, and more.