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- Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie1 hr ago
Legalization of marijuana for medical or personal use has failed to gain a major foothold in most Midwestern states. Illinois, Michigan and Minnesota all allow medical marijuana use, but no other Midwestern state and certainly no southern state have dug in to allow for legalization of pot under any circumstances, despite changing attitudes regarding the drug.
For decades, the state of Ohio has been seen as the America’s bellwether of sorts, a massive state that shares equal amounts of rural burghs, urban districts, and college towns. This split down the middle of typical left/right thinking and voting habits is why Presidential candidates focus so intently on the state during the latter days of their drive toward the election.
It’s also why this unlikely scenario is so interesting. Basketball Hall of Famer and longtime Cincinnati legend Oscar Robertson has tossed his support behind the group known as ResponsibleOhio, calling for the legalization of medical marijuana, and supporting the group’s bid to create legal and taxable outlets for citizens to buy marijuana for personal use.
- Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie2 hrs ago
The Los Angeles Lakers visit New York on Sunday afternoon to participate in the saddest of all bowls, with an injured and dispirited 13-34 Laker team ta(n)king on a just-as-dispirited and just-as-intent-on-tanking 9-38 Knicks team. The visiting Lakers are on pace for 23 wins, while the hometown Knicks are defending their famed turf with a winning percentage that would leak out to 18 wins over the course of a full season. That mark would serve as an all-time franchise low for New York, which has worked in pro ball since 1946, and the lowest-ever mark for the “Los Angeles” version of the Lakers, spanning some 55 years.Sun, Feb 1LA Lakers80 - 94New YorkGame Recap
- Eric Freeman at Ball Don't Lie1 day ago
Basketball players have unfortunate moments in games all the time, if only because it's bound to happen when a bunch of super athletic guys trying really hard battle for 48 minutes in a high-pressure scenario. The good news is that the sport moves fast enough to allow these athletes to make up for their sins soon after their transgressions occur. For most of them, things balance out.
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Based on that logic, Boston Celtics guard Evan Turner was karmically in line for a four-point play after one especially awful possession in the second quarter of his team's game against the Houston Rockets on Friday night. After grabbing a rebound at the other end, Turner stormed up the court hoping to score in transition. He ended up with three misses and a foul:
- Eric Freeman at Ball Don't Lie1 day ago
The Atlanta Hawks had a pretty good Thursday, with three of the team's starters — point guard Jeff Teague, forward Paul Millsap, and big man Al Horford — being announced as participants in February 15's NBA All-Star Game at Madison Square Garden. Along with head coach Mike Budenholzer, that trio will give the Hawks the biggest presence of any team at the event. It's a deserved honor for a franchise that has vastly exceeded expectations to look like the favorite in the East.
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- Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie1 day 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: Gothic Ginobili. Tony Parker hasn't looked very much like himself this season. What gives, and is this a "give it a minute, it'll be fine" kind of thing, or a "maybe TP's on the decline" kind of thing? Aaron McGuire investigates.
PF: Nylon Calculus. An exhaustive, statistical-context-heavy and very good review of Kevin Garnett's career as he nears its end.
SF: NBA.com/Stats. How much are this year's Atlanta Hawks like last year's San Antonio Spurs?Sat, Jan 31LA Clippers105 - 85San AntonioGame Recap
- Ben Rohrbach at Ball Don't Lie2 days ago
When the league tallied coaches' votes and revealed the 2015 NBA All-Star Game reserves, Yahoo's own Marc J. Spears dubbed Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard the most notable snub, and it's hard to argue a guy who deserved his spot with slightly inferior numbers last year doesn't belong again.
Given a night to sleep on the snub, Lillard didn't pull any punches when asked about it by The Oregonian and other media gathered for a morning shootaround at Philips Arena, where his Northwest Division-leading Blazers are scheduled to face the Eastern Conference's top-seeded Atlanta Hawks on Friday.
- Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie2 days ago
Nobody’s winning, here.
The Chicago Bulls lost again on Thursday, two nights after they’d won again. This is the Jekyll and Hyde nature of a team caught in the midst of both a crisis of conscience and a crisis of confidence. The team fell to the lowly and tanking Los Angeles Lakers, working without Kobe Bryant, 48 hours after downing the mighty Golden State Warriors on GSW’s home floor. That win was far from encouraging, though, and it came on the heels of a loss to Miami that followed two impressive wins over San Antonio and Dallas.Fri, Jan 30Chicago93 - 99PhoenixGame Recap
- Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie2 days ago
You'd forgive DeMarcus Cousins if he woke up Friday feeling a little salty. The Sacramento Kings center once again found himself on the outside looking in when the roster of coach-selected reserves for the 2014-15 NBA All-Star Game were announced Thursday, joining Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard as the most notable omissions from the midseason exhibition — notable even among NBA stars — despite ranking sixth in the NBA in scoring (23.8 points per game), third in rebounding (12.3 rebounds per game) and sixth in Player Efficiency Rating (25.2, miles above the league average of 15) to go with markedly improved defensive work and standing as pretty much the sole bulwark against the Kings once again being one of the very worst teams in the NBA. (Cousins' snub was erased later Friday, when NBA Commissioner Adam Silver named him as the injury replacement for Kobe Bryant on the Western Conference All-Star team.)
- Jay Busbee at Ball Don't Lie2 days ago
ATLANTA — What the Atlanta Hawks are doing right now is unbelievable.
When I say “unbelievable,” I’m not talking about the typical sporting usage, like where some scrub from the deep end of the bench throws in a three-quarter-court shot at the buzzer to upend Big State U. No, I’m talking the literal usage, which is that, given the Hawks’ history, fan support and expectations, the fact that they have won 17 straight games, sit atop the Eastern Conference, and are selling out Philips Arena while doing so, quite literally defies any kind of rational belief. I have lived in Atlanta most of my life, and I kid you not when I say I expected to see puppies running pick-and-roll drills down Peachtree Street before I’d see the Hawks playing sustained elite-level basketball ... and fans fighting for tickets to watch.