Ball Don't Lie
- Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie23 mins ago
For a little while, things seemed so perfect. Madison Square Garden was celebrity-rich in the front and loud as hell in the back. Woody Allen’s newfound ingratiation with the team’s ownership allowed for an even better seat for the famed director of ‘Whatever Works.’ New York Knicks big man Amar’e Stoudemire got the start and was alternately hitting cutters with passes, destroying Chicago on the glass, and finishing in and out of the paint. Samuel Dalembert looked like the sort of post passer New York needed. Unheralded guard Shane Larkin was making life hell for Chicago’s Derrick Rose. New York was leading Chicago by five midway through the first quarter, and Carmelo Anthony hadn’t even gotten started yet!Thu, Oct 305:00 PM PDTNew York at ClevelandPreview Game
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist got so excited about dunking that he threw his mouthpiece at a referee (Video)Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie1 hr ago
It's the question on absolutely every sports fan's mind this morning: How amped up was Michael Kidd-Gilchrist to kick off the 2014-15 NBA season against the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night? Would you believe, "Throw down a dunk, rip your mouthpiece out to roar with excitement, and whip said mouthpiece at a bystanding referee" amped?
You wouldn't? Seriously? I mean, it's pretty believable. It's not like I said, "He ripped off his skin mask and incinerated John Henson with his fire breath." And besides, I thought we'd built up a certain level of trust over the years. This is ... kind of hurtful, actually.
The replays of MKG's second-quarter runout dunk kind of cut off the grand aftermath a bit, but luckily the fine folks at SB Nation captured it in all its gobby glory:
Kemba Walker hits 3-pointer to force overtime and OT game-winner to push Hornets past Bucks (Videos)Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie12 hrs ago
About 5 1/2 minutes into the first quarter of the first game in the new Charlotte Hornets' history, Kemba Walker received a technical foul for what appeared to be getting too amped up after drilling a jumper.
"I was hype out there," he said during a post-game interview with Hornets sideline reporter Stephanie Ready. "I couldn't really calm down."
- Eric Freeman at Ball Don't Lie12 hrs ago
The Miami Heat will definitely miss LeBron James, the superstar who led the team in virtually every way possible from the 2010-11 through 2013-14 seasons. The Heat know they can't replace James, because he did so much that you can only patch the gaps in hopes of approximating his value. No like-for-like substitute exists.
Yet rookie forward James Ennis gave Heat fans reason to think they'll see some LeBron-ish highlights this season during Wednesday night's opener against the Washington Wizards in Miami. Ennis, the 2013 Big West Player of the Year at Long Beach State who spent last season in Australia and Puerto Rico, took the ball on the break from Mario Chalmers and unloaded on Rasual Butler with 8:51 remaining in regulation. Take a look:
- Eric Freeman at Ball Don't Lie14 hrs ago
Charlotte Hornets forward Jeff Taylor has plead guilty to misdemeanor charges of domestic assault and malicious destruction of property. The charges stem from a late September incident in East Lansing, Michigan that led to an arrest for the third-year pro. The Hornets barred Taylor from all team activities before the start of training camp to allow the legal process and NBA investigation to play out.
Cleve R. Wootson Jr. of the Charlotte Observer has more details on the plea and potential aftermath:
- Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie16 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: SB Nation. Kevin Zimmerman on the things that went wrong for the New Orleans Pelicans in their opening-night win over the Orlando Magic — namely, just about everything that wasn't specifically related to emerging monster Anthony Davis. Is Davis good enough to paper over the Pelicans' problems over the course of a full season?Thu, Oct 304:00 PM PDTWashington at OrlandoPreview Game
Report: Steve Ballmer could recoup as much as $1 billion spent on Clippers purchase in tax deductionsDan Devine at Ball Don't Lie18 hrs ago
When Steve Ballmer agreed to pay $2 billion to buy the Los Angeles Clippers, just about everybody agreed that a club located in the L.A. media market with signature stars like Chris Paul and Blake Griffin represented an attractive investment. Many observers wondered, though, whether the former Microsoft CEO had drastically overvalued the franchise that Donald and Shelly Sterling had owned since 1981; he had, after all, paid nearly four times as much for the Clippers as anyone had ever paid for any NBA franchise.Thu, Oct 307:30 PM PDTOklahoma City at LA ClippersPreview Game
- Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie19 hrs ago
Nobody really expected the Brooklyn Nets to contend for a championship last season, but the team’s goofball mix of aging veterans, All-Star-level players in prime and the addition of a wild card in rookie head coach Jason Kidd at least added some intrigue to things. With the right matchups and a little luck, the Nets could have possibly upended a top-tier team like Miami, Indiana, or Chicago (thought of as top-tier, prior to Derrick Rose’s season-ending injury) in the second round and made things interesting in the East.
Instead, the squad worked its way through a wildly inconsistent season, with Kidd nearly fired midway through, Brook Lopez breaking his foot yet again, and Deron Williams limping his way through another diminished year. D-Will only missed 18 games during the season while dealing with ankle woes, but he spent training camp in a walking boot, and contributed his worst box score numbers since his rookie season in 2005-06.
- Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie20 hrs ago
Welcome to the 2014-15 NBA season, Portland Trail Blazers. Please report to your lockers, inspect your uniforms to ensure that your last name is spelled properly, and pick up your complimentary personalized big ol' hammer.
Each Blazers player was given one of these today from the organization. pic.twitter.com/e1kTQppNwY
Now, I know what you're thinking, and the answer is no. The NBA didn't decide to implement Marcin Gortat's idea of allowing fighting during games and go one step further by encouraging players to have weapons at the ready should the beef get to sizzling. (I know what else you're thinking, and yes, I too immediately thought that Robin Lopez probably named his hammer Mjolnir.)
- Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie21 hrs ago
Heading into the 2014-15 NBA season, we all emphasized the importance of health for a Chicago Bulls roster that looked loaded for bear after bulking up their frontcourt this summer, but has seen its last two seasons scuttled by critical injuries. Well, hours before their nationally televised Wednesday night season opener against the New York Knicks, the Bulls have already been bitten by the injury bug. The thing is, nobody seems to know just how bad the bite really is.