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- Ball Don't Lie7 mins ago
Good news, everyone — Atlanta Hawks point guard Jeff Teague isn't partially deaf anymore because a Utah doctor cleaned out his ears, which were apparently so full of waxy buildup that he literally couldn't hear out of his left ear during Atlanta's weekend losses to the Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Clippers. Whew. Glad we got that all cleared up.
Now that we've successfully avoided burying the lede, like so much earwax being compressed by an unforgiving cotton swap, let's take a deep breath and ask, as Teague surely did on Friday, Saturday and Sunday: Wait, what ?
- Ball Don't Lie25 mins ago
When Kobe Bryant was diagnosed with a fractured left leg in mid-December, he was originally pegged to be out for six weeks of playing time. He’s actually missed twice as many weeks, and mostly as a result of this his Los Angeles Lakers have dived deep into the Western Conference’s basement, losing 29 of 39 games since the announcement, working with a record that has them on pace to earn both the West’s worst record in 2013-14, but also a top five pick in this June’s NBA draft.
This is part of the reason why many Laker fans wouldn’t mind if their favorite player sat out for the rest of the season, because with injuries decimating Lakers both famous and fringe, Bryant’s return would only serve to potential alter top lottery hopes, and possibly set the 35-year old’s recovery process back.
No worries, nervous Laker fans. It appears as if Bryant is no closer to a comeback from this fracture than he was back in December. From the Los Angeles Daily News:
- Ball Don't Lie1 hr ago
New York Knicks fans aren’t just working their way through another miserable season. The team has been working its way through a miserable near-decade-and-a-half, dating back to (take your choice) when the team decided to deal Patrick Ewing for several players in a desperate attempt to stay relevant during the late summer of 2000, when it decided to force Dave Checketts out of power in the early summer of 2001, or when an exasperated Jeff Van Gundy quit on his team in late autumn of 2001.
Whatever the starting point, the franchise has been miserable in the years since, in spite of owner James Dolan throwing hundreds upon hundreds of millions of dollars at players, coaches (seven, not counting the series of times Herb Williams has been trotted out to lead the squad on an interim basis), and general managers (six, counting Checketts but not counting Isiah Thomas’ various post-dismissal texts to Dolan encouraging more genius moves) along the way.
Heat's Chris 'Birdman' Andersen — excuse me, 'Birdzilla' — gives a natural, smooth interview (Video)Ball Don't Lie4 hrs ago
The Miami Heat snapped their three-game losing streak on Monday, earning a 99-90 win over the Washington Wizards thanks in large part to 20-plus-point performances from each member of their All-Star Big Three, a 13-point fourth quarter from Dwyane Wade, and a big sequence (Wade blocking Drew Gooden, the Heat crashing the offensive boards, Chris Bosh ending up with a 3-pointer) that gave Miami a three-possession lead with 4 1/2 minutes remaining. It was a solid home win over a playoff team, and while it might not have disabused Washington of the notion that they can run with the two-time-defending champs, it did get the Heat off the schneid, officially clinch a sixth-straight playoff berth, and bring Erik Spoelstra's team within one game of the reeling Indiana Pacers for the top spot in the Eastern Conference.Wed, Mar 124:00 PM PDTBrooklyn at MiamiPreview Game
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Back in January, during a luncheon prior to a ceremony honoring Jerry Sloan’s work with the Utah Jazz, Karl Malone’s daughter Kylee Malone was kind enough to share a photo of Malone and longtime Jazz teammate John Stockton proudly showing off their George W. Bush Administration-era flip phones:
They both have the flip phones... pic.twitter.com/DZ7yPe36RU
In attendance for a tough Jazz loss to the Atlanta Hawks on Monday night, Malone spoke with FOX Sports South sideline reporter Andre Aldridge, and defended his use of the technology:
You heard that right.
“This is a masterpiece.”
“Kind of like bell bottoms.”
- Ball Don't Lie5 hrs ago
Generally speaking, it's good to a dedicated enough professional that you don't dawdle when it's time to do your job; the world needs more people who prefer a proactive approach over procrastination. Sometimes, though, being Johnny on the Spot can prove hazardous to your health — like, for example, when you're a ball/towel boy busily wiping up some perspiration on the basketball court as the action heads down to the other end of the floor, only to find the run of play stampeding back your way thanks to a quick turnover.
In a situation like that — which, coincidentally, took place late in the fourth quarter of Monday's matchup between the Brooklyn Nets and Toronto Raptors at Barclays Center — you've got to think fast and move faster. Look alive, kid:
- Ball Don't Lie12 hrs ago
For whatever reason, Los Angeles Clippers star power forward Blake Griffin seems to rub opponents the wrong way. It could be his reputation for flopping, it could be that he earned widespread fame and endorsement opportunities pretty much immediately after his first regular season game, it could be something the general public doesn't even know about. What's clear, though, is that he finds himself at the center of various tussles and fights. Griffin has already been involved in one high-profile incident with the Golden State Warriors this season, but it's not an uncommon sight to see him in a minor shoving match with an opponent.Wed, Mar 127:00 PM PDTCleveland at PhoenixPreview Game
- Ball Don't Lie18 hrs ago
NBA fans love to chant "M-V-P" for hometown players. Yet what started as a perfectly understandable expression of fans' admiration for actual award-worthy stars like Kobe Bryant and LeBron James has turned into something much different. In past seasons, the chant has been aimed at everyone from ex-Golden State Warriors guard Monta Ellis (at the height of his high-usage, low-efficiency exploits) to Amar'e Stoudemire at a time in 2011 when the New York Knicks had already become Carmelo Anthony's team. The chant may exist, but it usually doesn't apply to actual MVP candidates. It often seems to be something more like shorthand for crediting a very important player for his contributions.
At the same time, as far as we know, none of these unlikely targets of the chant has ever asked fans to stop. Until now, because Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah has asked his team's crowd to cut it out.
"I don’t like it,” he said. “No, I don’t like it.”Tue, Mar 115:00 PM PDTSan Antonio at ChicagoPreview Game
- Ball Don't Lie21 hrs ago
The NBA as an organization takes many measures to stop on-court fighting, fromlevying considerable suspensions and fines for any related actions to ensuring fans (and potential fans) at every opportunity that it takes the supposed problem very seriously. While the league likely wouldn't say that fighting is an epidemic, it approaches the situation as something to be solved.
Nevertheless, players still fight, often enough that we could be forgiven for thinking the outpouring of emotion and physicality in the middle of competition might be a natural byproduct of the pressures of the game, not some moral deficiency on the part of the participants. In fact, one NBA player thinks that the league should understand these issues and allow short bursts of fighting in a manner similar to NHL hockey. From Kyle Weidie's interview with Washington Wizards center Marcin Gortat for TrueHoop:
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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.Tue, Mar 115:00 PM PDTHouston at Oklahoma CityPreview Game