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- Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie2 hrs ago
The Sterling family continues to be the NBA’s great shame.
The league can argue away using Donald Sterling’s wife Shelly Sterling as a means to an end to oust the former Clippers owner that they should have ousted years ago, but it will never be able to step down from the fact that the league sold out in letting Shelly Sterling remain a technical member of the Los Angeles Clippers as its bogus “Number One Fan” – and by extension a member of the NBA family. The league failed in that regard.
Because Los Angeles is Los Angeles, and because the Sterlings are still the Sterlings, TMZ decided to stake out Donald and Shelly Sterling after a dinner date out on Wednesday night in order to ask how the “couple” is handling their half-estrangement from the NBA.LiveLA Clippers88 - 66MiamiFollow Game
- Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie4 hrs ago
When the NBA suspended Charlotte Hornets forward Jeff Taylor an unprecedented 24 games after he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor domestic abuse charges, it was quite obvious what new’ish NBA commissioner Adam Silver was doing. In the wake of the NFL’s shameful handling of its own domestic violence problems, a harsh penalty was needed in order to reinforce the message that We’re. Not. Putting. Up. With. This. Stuff. Anymore.
Even Silver himself admitted that the penalty, which will lapse after Taylor sits out 13 more games following the 11 he’s missed already, is unprecedented:
- Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie5 hrs ago
Dating back nearly one decade, when the Atlanta Hawks franchise wrapped its well-heeled arms around him, Joe Johnson’s isolation-heavy style of play has been an NBA staple. “Iso Joe” plays on the Brooklyn Nets now, and though he’s on his sixth coach in six seasons, the practice continues unabated.
One of those coaches, former Nets coach and current Milwaukee Bucks coach Jason Kidd, took great delight in both anticipating the Nets’ inevitable choice to go to an isolation set featuring Joe Johnson late in the second overtime on Wednesday evening, with the YES Network cameras catching Kidd not only calling out the play to his young defenders, but also informing Johnson himself that he knows exactly what was coming next.
With the game knotted at 112-112, via Deadspin, you’ll never guess what came next:
- Eric Freeman at Ball Don't Lie20 hrs ago
Milwaukee Bucks guard Brandon Knight is no stranger to embarrassment. He was most notably on the wrong end of DeAndre Jordan's Dunk of the Year in March 2013, but Knight also had his ankles broken by Kyrie Irving in the Rising Stars Challenge at All-Star Weekend a month earlier. Ask many fans about Knight's career and they might remember him as a punchline rather than a basketball player.
Yet it's also possible that these unfortunate moments in the spotlight have turned Knight into a pretty resilient young athlete. He proved that on Wednesday night in bouncing back from an embarrassing mistake that nearly cost his team a win.
With around four seconds remaining in overtime and the Bucks tied with the host Brooklyn Nets at 105-105, Knight jumped into a passing lane and picked off a pass from Joe Johnson. No one was impeding Knight's path to the hoop, which turned his breakaway into a race against time. He got to the rim and put up a simple lay-in with plenty of time to spare, but Knight's rush to the basket appeared to have put him off balance:
- Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie22 hrs ago
Before welcoming the defending NBA champion San Antonio Spurs to Quicken Loans Arena, LeBron James said the experience of leading the Cleveland Cavaliers' young stars, of teaching them about professionalism and how to win, is the greatest challenge he's faced in his Hall of Fame career. After Wednesday's contest, he'll be able to impart a particularly important lesson — how to accept responsibility for a pivotal late-game miscue.
- Eric Freeman at Ball Don't Lie23 hrs ago
Indiana Pacers wing Solomon Hill entered the 2014-15 season with a chance to make a name for himself following the season-ending leg injury suffered by superstar Paul George this summer. The 23-year-old out of Arizona remains a work in progress, but he has shown plenty of reason for optimism in averaging 12.6 points over 33.7 minutes per game. It's easy to see him carving out a role on this roster moving forward.
Hill added to his case with his first career NBA game-winner in Wednesday night's game against the visiting Charlotte Hornets. With 18 seconds on the clock and the score tied 86-86, Indiana held the ball with an opportunity to take the last shot. Guard Rodney Stuckey attempted to take Lance Stephenson off the dribble, but his stepback jumper fell well short in an airball. Luckily for the Pacers, Hill was there to clean it up with an athletic buzzer-beater:
- Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie23 hrs ago
There are no second acts in American life, but that may not be the same for the wonderful country of Canada.
Memphis Grizzlies reserve swingman Vince Carter returned to Toronto on Wednesday night in a game that pitted his Western Conference-leading squad against a just as game Toronto Raptors team. Carter, who played for the Raptors from 1999 until late 2004, has long been reviled by Raptors fans for more or less quitting on his team during his final season with the franchise, but that didn’t stop the team from launching a video tribute to the former All-Star prior to the game.
Because the tribute includes Vince Carter highlights, you have to watch:
Because Toronto is full of mensches, they stood up and applauded the man, and because Vince Carter does appropriate things, he broke down and cried as a result:
The Raptors went on to win a 96-92 contest, with Vince Carter coming off the bench to shoot 3-11 from the floor. Nobody will remember any of these numbers from Nov. 2014.
- Eric Freeman at Ball Don't Lie1 day ago
The NFL's recent incidents and controversies involving domestic violence have put every other major sports league on notice. NBA commissioner Adam Silver has responded by handing down the league's biggest punishment for a domestic violence crime.
Charlotte Hornets forward Jeff Taylor was charged with domestic assault, assault, and malicious destruction of property in East Lansing, Mich., in late September, just days before the team opened training camp. Taylor has been barred from team activities since that date. After pleading guilty to misdemeanor domestic assault and malicious destruction of property, Taylor has been awaiting further news from the NBA.
- Ben Rohrbach at Ball Don't Lie1 day ago
Every team in the league wanted LeBron James this summer, and the four-time NBA MVP chose Cleveland over Miami, because, in his words, "My relationship with Northeast Ohio is bigger than basketball." The Cavaliers also happened to have Kyrie Irving, enough assets to acquire Kevin Love and a few other young pieces that made the city an attractive destination from a basketball perspective.
Nine games into his homecoming season, James told ESPN's Chris Broussard this is the most trying experience of a career that has seen its share of trying experiences since he entered the league in 2003.
"This is more challenging than me trying to win my first championship," James told ESPN.com on Wednesday, hours before his Cavaliers hosted the San Antonio Spurs. "Because that was a personal goal of mine. Doing this was never a goal until I decided to come back to Cleveland."
- Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie1 day ago
After a stint with the Los Angeles Clippers' Summer League squad didn't result in a domestic job offer for the season ahead, former NBA guard Delonte West decided to return to China, signing a one-year deal with the Yao Ming-owned Shanghai Sharks in the hope of securing a solid payday while preparing to make another push for a return to the big show. That hoped-for comeback appears to have just gotten even farther away, though.
USA TODAY Sports' Sam Amick reports that the Sharks have waived the 31-year-old West just four games into his tenure with the club, putting the career of the former St. Joseph's standout — who last played in the NBA with the Dallas Mavericks during the 2011-12 season — in a "most precarious position."Fri, Nov 215:30 PM PSTLA Lakers at DallasPreview Game