Ball Don't Lie
- Eric Freeman at Ball Don't Lie2 hrs ago
The NBA, like many employers, likes to stay up to date on its employees' habits and interests. The most obvious examples involve things like drug tests and, increasingly, sleep schedules. But the league sometimes likes to get a bit more personal instead of just private — figuring out what players like to do, not only what they ingest. For that, we have the NBA's annual Player Questionnaire.
Robin Lopez of the Portland Trail Blazers received this year's questionnaire and apparently considered it a little silly. Because he decided to answer every question as if the year were 1928, not 2014. From his Instagram (via Blazersedge):
- Eric Freeman at Ball Don't Lie13 hrs ago
The rebranding of the Charlotte Bobcats as the Charlotte Hornets has been a very positive experience, with a franchise in need of market traction and increased popularity grabbing hold of one of the most recognizable brands in the NBA's past 25 years. The teams' logos and mascot have been updated a bit, but the Hornets are back. Everyone get out your old Starter jackets and Skybox trading cards.
- Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie14 hrs ago
The Los Angeles Lakers’ prospects were never going to be all that swell in 2014-15. The team is thin, injury-prone, lacking defenders, and featuring a questionable mindset when it comes to attempting three-pointers. One saving grace that fans did have to look forward to was the potential, at last, for a pairing of a healthy Steve Nash and Kobe Bryant. Though the two would have been diminished by age and injury, the throwback backcourt would have been fun to take in.
The 10-man rotation, starring the potential return of Christopher Bosh's adventures in the MultiverseDan Devine at Ball Don't Lie18 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: Cultist. Borscht Corp., the people who brought us "The Adventures of Christopher Bosh in the Multiverse," have launched a Kickstarter to produce a second episode that "reveals why LeBron James really left the Miami Heat." Let's all do the right thing here, friends.
- Eric Freeman at Ball Don't Lie20 hrs ago
What are the Los Angeles Lakers even trying to do? With Kobe Bryant coming off a six-game season, the Lakers entered the offseason looking to assemble a roster and coaching staff able to carry the team to the postseason through their icon's massive two-year contract extension. The result is one of the most confusing, seemingly dysfunctional squads in the league. Somehow, they look worse than the outfit that finished a lost season with the worst winning percentage in franchise history.
- Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie20 hrs ago
Few NBA stars are as divisive as Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love, and that’s saying something as we work our way through “Should We All Hate Kobe Bryant Week.”
The former Minnesota Timberwolves All-Star was finally granted a reprieve from the team that denied him a max contract nearly three years ago and failed to surround him with enough talent to get over the enormous hump that it takes to make the Western Conference playoff bracket. Though the Wolves will rue missing those playoffs for the 11th straight season in 2014-15, the deal was a win-win of sorts, as the team was able to take on two fantastic prospects in Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett along the way.
During his time in Minnesota, Love put up fantastic statistics (save for his injury-plagued turn in 2012-13), as even his per-minute numbers were top shelf in his first few years, when he was weirdly kept from playing big minutes by coaches Kevin McHale and Kurt Rambis. In a self-penned feature entitled for The Players’ Tribune, Love looked back on his time with the struggling franchise:Wed, Oct 22Cleveland92 - 99MemphisGame Recap
Adam Silver isn't preparing for a labor stoppage, but he *would* prefer a harder salary cap, just FYIDan Devine at Ball Don't Lie21 hrs ago
When the NBA celebrated its new nine-year, $24 billion broadcast rights contract earlier this month, the sunniest, most hopeful takeaway centered on the possibility that the rising TV tide will lift owners' and players' boats so high that neither side would jeopardize the jackpot. With everyone benefiting from a monstrous infusion of new cash, why would either side dig in for a prolonged labor battle in the summer of 2017, the first opportunity for either side to opt out of the 2011 collective bargaining agreement (CBA)?
- Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie22 hrs ago
Let’s pretend, for a moment, that Kobe Bryant is some wonderful, cheerful, galoot of a man. That he is super swell to work with, and that his on-record tough guy musings spat out in an expletive-laden style that reminds of a 11-year-old who just realized he could use blue words is just a show for the media. Let’s pretend that, behind the scenes, Kobe Bryant is the ideal teammate, and that he’s promised many things to prospective Los Angeles Lakers teammates through the years.
Promised that the storied franchise will be theirs, all theirs, once Bryant retires and the salary cap shoots way up upon his retirement.
Assured that he’d willingly give up shots and the ball in order to develop a more harmonious partnership with a free agent partner. Or partners.
Pointed out that there are still grapes to be eaten in California, and that he’d sacrifice whatever it takes to win, even if that means abandoning the spotlight and ceding the reins of the offense.
Let’s just try to live in that world, for a moment. It may take a Brando-like sense of method acting to put yourself in that spot, but give it a try.
Eric Bledsoe's crossover makes Clippers' Jared Cunningham jog off the court, toward the stands (Video)Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie1 day ago
While the Phoenix Suns and Eric Bledsoe found themselves embroiled in a negotiating standoff this summer, the offseason drama had more to do with the vagaries of restricted free agency than any lack of interest on Phoenix's part in keeping the 24-year-old guard in Arizona. As their eventual five-year, $70 million offer made clear, the Suns have an awful lot of respect for the damage that the Kentucky product can do with his explosive athleticism ... and now, so does Jared Cunningham.
- Eric Freeman at Ball Don't Lie1 day ago
Los Angeles Clippers wing Matt Barnes has had a really, really bad preseason. As noted by Ben Bolch of the Los Angeles Times, Barnes is just 3-of-31 (9.7 percent) from the field and 1-of-18 (5.6 percent) from beyond the arc through five preseason appearances totaling 114 minutes. It could just be a slump, but Barnes will be looking to reverse his play as the team sets about challenging for a championship this season.