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- Ball Don't Lie2 hrs ago
In two games against the similarly awful Sacramento Kings and Utah Jazz in early March, Milwaukee Bucks off guard O.J. Mayo combined to miss 10 of 14 shots over 44 minutes of play, contests the Bucks split. In the next outing, Mayo decided to punch New Orleans Pelicans big man Greg Steimsma, more than earning a one game suspension along the way.
In the three games since, despite Milwaukee’s offensive woes, Mayo has played just four combined minutes, including two benchings due to a coach’s decision. This is hardly the outlook that oft-criticized Bucks general manager John Hammond had planned for when he signed Mayo to a three-year, $24 million contract last summer.
Bucks coach Larry Drew explained Mayo’s absence from the rotation, in favor of a three-guard triptych featuring new addition Ramon Sessions, rookie Nate Wolters, and first-year Buck Brandon Knight, prior to sitting Mayo out of Milwaukee’s loss to the Atlanta Hawks on Thursday. From the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel:Sat, Mar 159:00 AM PDTMilwaukee at New YorkPreview Game
- Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie2 hrs ago
The open enrollment period through which uninsured Americans can purchase private health insurance for 2014 through healthcare.gov, the federal marketplace established through the Affordable Care Act closes on March 31. More than 4.2 million people have enrolled in what's often colloquially referred to as "Obamacare," a number that could increase to 6 million by the deadline date; while President Barack Obama said Friday that he's confident the current subscriber base is large enough to ensure that the "program will be stable," he's continuing his recent push to promote the marketplace to reach younger consumers and "break through" to the kind of audience that's less likely to watch an in-depth Sunday morning political talk-show interview on health care policy than, say, watch an episode of "Between Two Ferns."
- Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie3 hrs ago
You’d be forgiven if you watched this commercial for Gunn Chevrolet, featuring future Basketball Hall of Famer Tim Duncan, and came away thinking that their giveaway featuring a Tim Duncan-customized truck was merely “customized” with Tim’s hidden autograph, stuck behind the driver’s side visor. After all, no other modifications were mentioned in the commercial announcing the giveaway.
- Ball Don't Lie4 hrs ago
On Thursday night, Chicago Bulls forward Carlos Boozer routinely connected on a series of perimeter jumpers in a blowout Bulls win over the Houston Rockets. The 11-year pro was left open by the Houston defense all night, resulting in an 18-point evening that he paired with seven rebounds and three assists. It was his highest scoring output in nearly a month, coming on the heels of a five-game stretch that saw him average just nine points per game.Sat, Mar 155:00 PM PDTSacramento at ChicagoPreview Game
- Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie4 hrs ago
There are a pair of moments in "Summer Dreams," a documentary premiering Saturday on CBS that follows six people looking to make NBA names for themselves during the annual Summer League showcase, that offer a bit of insight into the margins of "making it."
We see 6-foot-5 shooting guard Dwayne Davis — a 23-year-old Philadelphia-born prospect who was homeless as a teenager and bounced around before shining in a lone season of Division I ball at Southern Miss — immediately slough off word that he hadn't been selected in the 2013 NBA draft and begin beaming at the no-promises news that the Golden State Warriors want to take a look at him in Vegas:
- Eric Freeman at Ball Don't Lie12 hrs ago
It is a generally agreed upon fact that many people want to take money from professional athletes. This group can include legitimate entrepreneurs, but when we speak of them, it's usually about people with no interest in the athletes' well-being. They just want to make a buck off those who have the salaries to support it.
Historically, one subset has included young women looking for relationships in which they can receive gifts (both large and small), child support, and virtually anything else that allows them to provide for themselves. In the classic example, this "groupie" culture involves dozens of women simply hanging around team hotels and arenas in the hopes of catching a player's eye. It's believed to be widespread enough that events such as the league's rookie transition program teach players how to stay mindful of when people are taking advantage of their wealth.Fri, Mar 144:00 PM PDTMemphis at TorontoPreview Game
- Eric Freeman at Ball Don't Lie12 hrs ago
It is no deep secret that the National Basketball Player's Association is in bad shape. After voting out questionably effective and ethical leader Billy Hunter in February 2013, the union has been on the hunt for a new executive director. It would figure that, with the search already having taken 13 months and another collective bargaining fight likely to start soon, the NBPA would rush to appoint that new leader soon.
- Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie20 hrs ago
Chicago Bulls forward Mike Dunleavy exited Thursday's nationally televised primetime matchup with the Houston Rockets after taking an elbow to the face from Rockets swingman Chandler Parsons:
The contact came during a second-quarter fast break, with Dunleavy retreating to protect the rim and Chicago's five-point lead, and Parsons pushing the pace to get a layup. In the process, he rocked Dunleavy just above the right eye, sending Dunleavy to the deck and opening up a gash almost instantly.
The 33-year-old Duke product popped up and immediately ran off the court, and it's easy to understand why; TNT's cameras soon showed that the 12th-year pro was bleeding like a wrestler aggressively selling a chairshot.
- Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie23 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.Fri, Mar 144:30 PM PDTPhoenix at BostonPreview Game
Rockets coach Kevin McHale lauds Joakim Noah, and not Dwight Howard, for Defensive Player of the Year honorsKelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie23 hrs ago
There’s an ancient stock in trade in professional sports that often sees glib head coaches triumphing the merits of an opposing player as a way to light a fire under the saddle of their own team, or showcased star. With Derrick Rose out for the season and Luol Deng traded to Cleveland, Joakim Noah has emerged as Chicago’s requisite star, and Dwight Howard is unquestionably the Houston Rockets’ MVP and franchise player in spite of James Harden’s looming presence.
Howard hasn’t exactly disappointed the Rockets this season with his play, he’s not working at the peak levels that we saw from a few years ago in Orlando, but he has improved significantly from his injury and attitude-hindered lone year in Los Angeles. The Rockets are one of the NBA’s hottest teams, ramping up significantly on both ends of the ball over the last month, currently working with the fourth seed in the cutthroat Western Conference. And on both ends of the ball, Dwight Howard (averaging 18.7 points, 12.4 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks per game) is the biggest reason why. Again, no matter how many lovely 40-point nights James Harden wants to toss around.