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- Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie2 hrs ago
There was quite a bit of cackling to be heard when the Los Angeles Lakers signed shooting guard Nick Young during the offseason, as the former Wizards, Clippers and 76ers gunner has a quite the reputation as a mercurial chucker, and those sorts of players don't often tend to get along with someone like Kobe Bryant.
(Even though Kobe, if we're honest, has had his bouts with mercurial chucking.)
The pressing question, even if the Lakers are far from championship contenders, was whether or not Bryant and Kobe could co-exist either in the same Laker backcourt, or merely on the same bench once Bryant returned from his Achilles tear. Bryant did return on Sunday, but luckily for Nick, Kobe was on the Los Angeles pine when he attempted whatever the hell this was:
Young finished with 19 points on 16 shots, in a game that was actually far more efficient than Kobe's first contest back, and Bryant didn't appear to have any reaction to that shot, um, "attempt."
Kobe Bryant returns to the court, hears the cheers, dishes the dimes, scores at last, Lakers lose (Videos)Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie3 hrs ago
Savvy, sluggish and potentially successful at times – you wouldn’t expect anything less from Kobe Bryant in his return to the court. The Los Angeles Lakers legend, nearly eight months removed from an Achilles tear that cost him the end of the ill-fated 2012-13 season and first 19 games of this campaign, returned as a starter in the Lakers’ 106-94 home loss to the Toronto Raptors on Sunday, immediately making an impact on the game on both ends – in ways both bad and good, fitting a 35-year old that had been away from the court for so long.
Kobe struggled with both his personal timing and chemistry with his teammates in the loss, finishing with nine points on 2-9 shooting with eight turnovers, eight rebounds, four assists and three steals. He was given a sound chance to act the hero down the stretch, returning to the game to replace the Lakers’ leading scorer Xavier Henry (who was white hot before the benching in scoring 17 points on only eight shots, and did not return to the game) with the Lakers down six in the fourth quarter, but the Lakers could not overcome a spirited Raptors club on either end.
- Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie6 hrs ago
For the second time in 11 months, an NBA team is taking a chance on Rudy Gay as some sort of franchise-tilting scorer. The Sacramento Kings, flush with permanence in California’s capital and the end of the Maloof/Petrie era, have responded to its disappointing 5-13 start by trading for Gay in the hopes that he’ll resuscitate their middling offense as a stretch four power forward. The problem with this line of thinking is that Gay was the leading shooter and go-to guy for the league’s 19th-ranked offense in Toronto, though this doesn’t seem to bother new Kings general manager Pete D’Alessandro.
- Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie8 hrs ago
Despite a series of ailments that would have failed many a lesser man, Kobe Bryant seemed just about indestructible until the moment he went down with a torn Achilles tendon nearly eight months ago. Because of the shock of the injury and his ascension into his mid-30s, the NBA was forced to try and comprehend a life without Kobe Bean Bryant making things perpetually interesting for his Los Angeles Lakers.
And after about a moment's thought, the NBA concluded that this was something they weren't quite ready for. Which is why Bryant's return, televised on NBA TV against the Toronto Raptors on Sunday evening, is going to be a celebrated occasion.
Mindful of such, the NBA decided to put together a video trumpeting Bryant's return, while documenting just how much things have changed since we first met him in the summer of 1996. Watch:
We'll have all manner of Kobe Koverage here at BDL tonight.
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Fan wearing ‘KYRIE DON’T LEAVE’ T-shirt walks onto court, touches Kyrie Irving during Cavs-Clippers (Video)Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie14 hrs ago
On Saturday night, for the second time in less than nine months, a young fan made his way from the stands at Quicken Loans Arena onto the basketball court during live game action to personally deliver a message, hand-scrawled on a white T-shirt, imploring an NBA star to play for the Cleveland Cavaliers. And with security like this, what star wouldn't?
It took place with just over three minutes remaining in the second quarter of the Cavs' Saturday night game with the visiting Los Angeles Clippers. After rebounding a missed 3-pointer by Jared Dudley, Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving pushed the ball up the court and passed to center Andrew Bynum in the post. As Bynum worked for a shot against the defense of Clippers center DeAndre Jordan, the young fan stepped onto the floor, walked past half-court toward Irving, tapped him on the shoulder, and then got in his field of vision and showed off a T-shirt reading, "KYRIE DON'T LEAVE."
- Eric Freeman at Ball Don't Lie2 days ago
Atlanta Hawks wing Kyle Korver has been one of the NBA's top three-point specialists since entering the league in 2003, thriving in the role for four teams and setting a record for highest single-season percentage at 53.6 percent in 2009-10. Korver has improved other aspects of his game over his career, but shooting from the perimeter is what he does and why he continues to get minutes.
On Friday night, Korver added another very impressive record to his resume. Just over halfway into the first quarter of the Hawks' home game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, forward Paul Millsap found Korver open on the right wing for an open triple. Korver nailed it, marking the 90th consecutive game in which he had hit a three-pointer. That mark breaks Dana Barros's record of 89 straight games, set during his time with the Philadelphia 76ers and Boston Celtics from 1994 to 1996.
- Eric Freeman at Ball Don't Lie2 days ago
Pretty much anyone who's paid attention to the NBA over the past two seasons knows that Golden State Warriors Stephen Curry currently stands as the sport's best outside shooter. Armed with a lightning-quick release and seemingly limitless range, Curry set the mark for most three-pointers in a single season in 2012-13 and is currently hitting 44.3 percent of his shots from beyond the arc in 2013-14. It's entirely possible that he'll finish his career acknowledged as the best shooter the sport has ever seen.
No matter how much we acknowledge Curry's greatness from long range, demonstrations of that prowess still can boggle the mind. At Thursday's Warriors practice, Marcus Thompson of the Bay Area News Group captured this video of Curry hitting 14 straight three-point attempts from the right wing:
But that's not all. In Thompson's second clip, Curry hits nine straight threes from the top of the arc before finally missing the 10th try:
- Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie2 days 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: Roundball Mining Company. Joel Rush looks at the developing chemistry between second-tier-MVP-candidate Ty Lawson and offseason addition Randy Foye, which has given the Denver Nuggets a spark of long-range shooting that many figured would be sorely lacking with Danilo Gallinari sidelined due to injury.
PF: 48 Minutes of Hell. Trevor Zickgraf makes the argument that latter-day Manu Ginobili has become something like latter-day Jason Kidd. Cue San Antonio Spurs fans praying Manu doesn't miss the final 18 shots of his career.
- Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie2 days ago
Kobe Bryant will return to play for the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday, and while Derrick Rose has hinted that he might be in good enough shape to contribute to his Chicago Bulls in the playoffs this spring, that’s still a pipe dream at this point.
Both Rose and Bryant have had promotional shoe campaigns based on their long recoveries from both ACL and Achilles tears, taking advantage of a big story, an evocative narrative, and clout of two of the NBA’s biggest stars playing in two of the NBA’s biggest cities. DeMarcus Cousins, though he is a very good player, has no such national recognition – partly because of his up and down start to his NBA career, partially because he’s a pivotman (at his best, at least), and partly because he plays in one of the NBA’s smallest markets.
- Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie2 days ago
The Indiana Pacers have been the NBA’s best team from the outset of the regular season, running up 17 wins in 19 tries as the team attempts to rest up in time for its showdown with the defending Western Conference champion San Antonio Spurs on Saturday night.
That game will be played in Texas, which means scores of local Indiana fans will have to line up in front of their television sets to check the action. And with both high definition receivers and large TVs becoming cheaper and cheaper, most will be treated to a fantastic experience in 1080i from FOX Sports Indiana, one that in a few ways rivals or even betters the live experience of taking the games in.