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Ben Rohrbach at Ball Don't Lie 1 hr ago
In November 1986, when the Celtics, Lakers, Rockets and 76ers ruled the NBA with frontcourts featuring loads of size and skill, the great Jack McCallum pondered ways to alter the rules of the game, because increasingly bigger players were shrinking the court and rendering guard play less relevant.
Raising the basket, increasing the size of the court, widening the lane and playing with four-man teams were all weighed with careful consideration. Then-Golden State Warriors coach George Karl told McCallum at the time, “Right now, the Manute Bols of the game are successful just because they are huge. Now, is that the purity of our game that the fan wants to see? I say no. I say the fan wants to see the Michael Jordans and the Julius Ervings and the Magics, the great athletes who can play basketball.”
1963-64 San Francisco Warriors
Eric Freeman at Ball Don't Lie 9 hrs ago
The week before the trade deadline brings big news for many players, who often have to change cities in a matter of hours. For one rookie, though, that sort of major career event would pale in comparison to what he chose to do with his time off.
Washington Wizards rookie guard Sheldon McClellan, undrafted out of the University of Miami this season, takes his last name from a father with whom he has no relationship. He’s apparently been planning to change his name for some time, and he went through with it this week. From Chase Hughes for CSN Mid-Atlantic:
Yes, the player formally known as Sheldon McClellan is now officially Sheldon Mac. The 24-year-old returned to Houston, Texas over the past week and, with the blessing of his mother, changed his name.
Mac said it shouldn’t be difficult for him to get used to it, as all of his friends already referred to him as Mac anyways.
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Eric Freeman at Ball Don't Lie 10 hrs ago
The biggest name in the history of Chinese basketball now holds the top spot in the country’s top league. As reported on Thursday, the Chinese Basketball Association has made newly enshrined Basketball Hall of Famer and Houston Rockets great Yao Ming as its new president.
The Chinese Basketball Association has voted unanimously to appoint Hall of Famer Yao Ming as its president.
The CBA’s social media account quoted Yao as saying at a ceremony on Thursday that he hoped to reform the domestic league’s draft system and push more Chinese players into the international arena.
Yao’s appointment is considered as a reform step for an association which until now has typically been led by government sports officials.
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Eric Freeman at Ball Don't Lie 12 hrs ago
The biggest story of the NBA’s All-Star Weekend was he believes Earth is flat (in addition to a bunch of other conspiracy theories), setting off consternation and bewildered laughter all over. It was later revealed that Kyrie was maybe-sorta making a different point and does not actually believe all globe-related science is a sham, but he didn’t exactly walk things back entirely. The story is not at the forefront of anyone’s mind with the trade deadline looming, but it could have staying power.
— Josh Poloha (@JorshP) February 22, 2017
Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 18 hrs ago
Mitch Kupchak was ready. He was going to be a Laker for life. Not the king of Los Angeles or even a member of the marquee group, but it was enough. The season was 1981-82, and the 26-year-old Kupchak (newly outfitted with a seven-year, $6.3 million free-agent deal given to him by Los Angeles basketball chief Jerry West) was set to be the team’s power forward of the 1980s – doing all the Santa Ana dirty work alongside the legendary Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and third-year stud Magic Johnson.
“Finally, my best wishes to Earvin Johnson and the Laker organization going forward.”
That intrigue overshadowed the removal of Kupchak, who it appears has no role with the Lakers moving forward. Jim Buss, still a part-owner along with his four other siblings, will remain with the club.
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Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 19 hrs ago
Well, this is a neat post-All-Star-break/pre-trade-deadline surprise:
Doc said Chris Paul is medically cleared. He COULD play tomorrow but not yet decided. Doc said he looked good in practice.
— Rowan Kavner (@RowanKavner) February 22, 2017
That’s right: Chris Paul has been medically cleared to return to the floor for the Los Angeles Clippers, five weeks after undergoing surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb.
That’s a speedy recovery for the nine-time All-Star. The initial recovery timeline laid out by the Clips was six to eight weeks, which could have kept him out into the second week of March. Instead, it looks like CP3 could be back in the fold as early as this weekend.
CP said he's getting better but was noncommittal about when exactly he'd return. Said upcoming opponents can't factor into his decision.
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Yahoo Sports Staff at Ball Don't Lie 22 hrs ago
We’ve already seen Kyle Korver shipped to Cleveland, Serge Ibaka head up north, Lou Williams move to Houston and, in the non-flat-Earth-focused highlight of All-Star Weekend, DeMarcus Cousins jettisoned to the Big Easy. Add in comparatively smaller deals like the ones completed by the Milwaukee Bucks and Charlotte Hornets, and Denver Nuggets and Portland Trail Blazers, and we’ve already seen quite a bit of action ahead of Thursday’s 3 p.m. ET trade deadline.
And yet, our thirst for transactional titillation is not slaked. We demand more.
The topic for this week’s Four Corners roundtable: What one move would you most like to see happen by the trade deadline? Here are our picks. Let’s hear yours in the comments.
Take these All-Star wings and learn to fly again
I want Jimmy Butler on the Boston Celtics. Or Paul George. Either one.
Four-team chaos, two times over
Ricky Rubio for Derrick Rose, because New York needs fun
Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 22 hrs ago
DeMarcus Cousins’ first news conference in New Orleans went exactly as you’d expect. The newest Pelican, traded from Sacramento on Sunday in a deal that shocked the NBA, was winsome, charming, encouraged but not quite excitable in his first meeting with the media on Wednesday.
Because Cousins is an ex-Sacramento King, however, the former employee of team owner Vivek Ranadive and Kings general manager Vlade Divac couldn’t help but bring up some of the inevitable entanglements that come from freeing oneself from the worst franchise in the NBA.
Boogie Cousins at his intro presser in New Orleans. Says Vlade Divac tried to call him after the trade but they didn't speak. "It's done."
— Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) February 22, 2017
Beyond that, though, it was all good cheer:
And the elephant in the room? DeMarcus blew it up:
Eric Freeman at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago
The Los Angeles Lakers’ decision to overhaul the front office and install franchise icon Magic Johnson as president of basketball operations surprised many, not least for the speed with which the move came together. What did not come as much of a shock, though, was that Jim Buss will no longer serve in the role now occupied by Magic. While Buss will maintain his ownership share alongside his sister and team president Jeanie, it’s fair to say that his time as one of the franchise’s lead basketball decision-makers will not be remembered fondly. Under his direction, the Lakers came across as a decidedly retrograde franchise that failed to find a workable transition out of Kobe Bryant’s prime. No one thought he would last long in this role, and not just because he and his sister agreed that his position depended on returning to contention.
Eric Freeman at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago
The WNBA has historically been the most forward-thinking sports league in America when it comes to gay rights. The league has actively courted LGBTQ fans for several years (, if anything), has had several star players come out of the closet with little controversy, and generally been ahead of the NBA, its relatively socially progressive parent league, on every related issue. While the WNBA hasn’t always made the LGBTQ community proud with how it chooses to promote and accommodate its gay players, it’s fair to say that they’ve made meaningful strides. There’s a level of acceptance on the court, in locker rooms, and in the stands that virtually every other pro league in the United States cannot match.
Megdal also reached out to WNBA president Lisa Borders, who declined to comment.