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- Eric Freeman at Ball Don't Lie11 hrs ago
Despite out-performing expectations with an entertaining team so far this season, the Los Angeles Lakers are currently in the midst of a down moment relative to the franchise's typically high form. However, that rich tradition remains a part of the team's public image. So, when two championship rings (and other items) were stolen from Lakers headquarters in El Segundo, it qualified as a notable occurrence for reasons other than the money involved.
On Thursday, local police announced an arrest in the case, and a former security guard at the facility is now in custody. From Larry Altman for The Breeze:
A security guard who patrolled after hours in the Los Angeles Lakers headquarters in El Segundo was charged Thursday with stealing two NBA championship rings and $20,000 in gift cards that were to be handed out at holiday events.
Eddie J. Monterroso, 23, of Inglewood allegedly spent $15,000 worth of the gift cards, buying televisions and iPads, El Segundo police Lt. Jaime Bermudez said.Fri, Dec 135:00 PM PSTLA Lakers at Oklahoma CityPreview Game
- Eric Freeman at Ball Don't Lie14 hrs ago
Some professional athletes have a general sense of when they might get traded, due to the perpetual churn of the rumor mill and the fact that many such players request their trades in the first place. For most inclusions in trades, however, a deal can serve as a major surprise. These so-called throw-ins and make-weights don't have the luxury of anticipating being moved. It's always a possibility, but it can be made reality with little warning.Fri, Dec 134:00 PM PSTPhiladelphia at TorontoPreview Game
- Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie16 hrs ago
Not content to sit on the sidelines when it came to taking a swing at other business ventures, Oklahoma City Thunder All-Star Kevin Durant has decided to open his own restaurant. “Kd’s Southern Cuisine” opened in Oklahoma City this month, though only time will tell if KD has thrown a gutter ball in his first toss into the ring, or if his restaurant will turn out to be a real “home run.”
Unlike the menus at most other athlete-themed vanity restaurants, Kd’s Southern Cuisine doesn’t read as if it was attempting to secure a high-end sports bar clientele. There’s nary a chicken finger or tortilla wrap to be found, with fried green tomatoes, fried okra, grits and collard greens dotting entrees that include proteins like trout and catfish. Heartier types can go for the southern style meatloaf or smothered pork chop, alongside a selection of steaks. A lip-smackin’ touchdown!
Thankfully, though the menu and website is dotted with Oklahoma City Thunder colors, there’s not a lot of “Slam Dunk Salads!” or “Three-Point Dipping Sauces” to be found.
Until you get to the “Baller Menu.” Yeah, son.
- Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie17 hrs ago
The Los Angeles Lakers announced Thursday that point guard Steve Blake has been "diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow," and is "expected to be out a minimum of six weeks," dealing a major blow to a Lakers team already struggling with backcourt injuries and working to reintegrate recently returned shooting guard Kobe Bryant.
While there's some discrepancy in reports of when exactly Blake sustained his injury — the team statement says that it happened "in the second half of the Lakers vs. [the Sacramento Kings] game on November 24," but Blake himself said Thursday it took place "on the road against [the Washington Wizards," according to ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin — we've known that Blake's not 100 percent for nearly two weeks now. Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times reported on Dec. 2 that the point guard had been dealing with a hyperextended right elbow.
- Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie18 hrs ago
The movement initially took hold in November, when even passing NBA fans noticed the massive disparity in win/loss records between the Western and Eastern Conference. It received a kick in the tail late last month, when Grantland’s Zach Lowe penned a typically thoughtful column calling for the abolishment of divisions. And now NBA deputy commissioner Adam Silver, set to take over for the retiring David Stern in February, is on record saying he’ll at least consider doing away with the damned things.
LeBron, Durant lead 1st round of 2014 All-Star Game vote; Kobe leads West guards despite 2 games playedDan Devine at Ball Don't Lie18 hrs ago
The NBA released the first returns in fan voting for the 2014 NBA All-Star Game on Thursday, with LeBron James of the Miami Heat and Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder leading the pack as the top vote-getters to represent their respective conferences in New Orleans.
James, the four-time NBA Most Valuable Player and two-time NBA Finals MVP, leads all vote-getters with 609,336 votes. Durant, the three-time NBA scoring champion (and if you go by overall points scored rather than points per game, he's been the game's top scorer four years straight) and its current leading scorer, is second with 607,407 votes.
Tony Snell dives for the loose ball, P. Diddy’s attorney saves his daughter from a collision (Video)Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie21 hrs ago
Chicago Bulls rookie swingman Tony Snell is starting for the beleaguered squad because of injuries to Derrick Rose, Jimmy Butler, and Luol Deng; but he was in the rotation prior to those injuries because he consistently comes through with the kind of defense, three-point shooting potential, and all out hustle that coach Tom Thibodeau prefers. Snell hasn’t been able to make up for the recent absence of all three pivotal Chicago perimeter players so far, few in this league could, but he is trying, and he is learning.
Stuck in a rough 1-7 shooting night in Chicago’s brutal (for both teams) loss to the New York Knicks on Wednesday night, the rookie decided to make up for his bricklaying on the offensive end by diving into the stands for a loose ball with the team down 20 points to the New York Knicks. That’s to be commended, though it tends to put fans on edge when a 6-7, 200-pound athlete comes flying into their cushy courtside seats.
Especially if you’re attending the game with a little kid right next to you. Take a look at what happened on Wednesday:Fri, Dec 134:30 PM PSTNew York at BostonPreview Game
- Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie22 hrs ago
We told you back in September that the Nikes worn by Michael Jordan during his legendary "Flu Game" — Game 5 of the 1997 NBA finals, in which an applesauce-fueled Jordan fought off a 103-degree fever en route to 38 points, seven rebounds, five assists and a game-clinching 3-pointer to push his Chicago Bulls past the Utah Jazz — were about to hit the auction block. Well, the bidding concluded early Thursday morning, and former Jazz ball boy Preston Truman — the applesauce-provider and post-game recipient of the autographed kicks, which he kept under lock and key all these years — finds himself quite a bit better-heeled this Thursday afternoon as a result.Fri, Dec 135:30 PM PSTChicago at MilwaukeePreview Game
- Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie22 hrs ago
Maybe you don't think the Utah Jazz welcoming Marvin Williams back to the lineup after he'd missed four games with right foot inflammation is quite as big a story as the Los Angeles Lakers activating Kobe Bryant after nearly eight months on the shelf due to a ruptured left Achilles tendon. Allow the crew at Jazz Game Night to change your mind with a brief video presentation:Fri, Dec 136:00 PM PSTUtah at DenverPreview Game
Zach Randolph gives lucky young fan the shirt off his back during Grizzlies’ loss to Thunder (Video)Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie23 hrs ago
There wasn't much for Memphis Grizzlies fans to cheer for on Wednesday night. They watched the hometown team get smoked like brisket by the visiting Oklahoma City Thunder, 116-100, behind a huge night from Russell Westbrook (27 points on 12 shots, nine assists, six rebounds, two steals in 27 1/2 minutes). They knew the boys in white and blue were just about powerless to stop it, thanks to injuries keeping the likes of Marc Gasol, Tony Allen, Quincy Pondexter and Ed Davis out of the lineup. All that OKC talent and all those missing Memphis pieces combined for what Marv Albert might call "extensive gar- bajj time" and the Grizzlies dipping back below .500.Fri, Dec 135:00 PM PSTMemphis at New OrleansPreview Game