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- Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie1 hr ago
On Feb. 23, the Brooklyn Nets signed center Jason Collins to a 10-day contract. Collins was lucky to be in the league even the season before, but with the relatively wispy and aging Kevin Garnett forced into duty at center and Brook Lopez out for the season, Brooklyn badly needed a defensive stalwart up front.
The transaction resulted in a large news conference in the Staples Center media area, as the Nets were playing the Los Angeles Lakers later that night. Collins would be the first openly gay player in NBA history, and he dutifully and intelligently discussed that significant moment in the face of media contingents from the two largest media markets in the NBA. It meant a lot to millions, and it will mean a lot to millions more that will badly need role models as they come to terms with being born a certain way. When I wrote my column discussing the transaction, I cried. When I watched a clip of Jason Collins entering that night’s game later that evening, I cried.
- Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie2 hrs ago
It’s an open secret that the Cleveland Cavaliers and Minnesota Timberwolves are currently discussing a format that would send some combination of Kevin Love to Cleveland and the last two top overall NBA draft picks to Minnesota in a deal.
There are many issues to consider as the negotiations prattle on. Love is a fantastic player, but he may not fit the Cavaliers’ most desperate needs at this point. Minnesota isn’t exactly a free agent destination, so the team wants to make sure that it deals an all-world superstar for the right amount of contributors in return. A third team will probably have to be involved to make the transaction NBA-legal. The last two No. 1 NBA draft picks are to be admired, as Anthony Bennett and (especially) Andrew Wiggins have All-Star potential, and Cleveland is likely wary of setting itself for the sort of Ted Stepien-sort of ignominy that can haunt a franchise even if it employs LeBron James until his retiring day.
Anthony Bennett is breathing free, literally, after tonsil surgery he hopes will help raise his gameDan Devine at Ball Don't Lie3 hrs ago
Anthony Bennett's rookie season could have gone worse. The Cleveland Cavaliers forward could have been framed for a murder he didn't commit, for one thing, or forced to play a deadly yearlong game of cat-and-mouse with a deranged genius bent on world domination; either of those things would have been way worse than just struggling to perform up to the expectations that come with being the No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 NBA draft.
Hey dads, here's Frank Caliendo reading LeBron James' 'I'm coming home' essay as Morgan Freeman (Video)Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie5 hrs ago
If you're anything like me, when you finished reading the Sports Illustrated essay in which LeBron James explained why he'd decided to leave the Miami Heat in free agency and rejoin the Cleveland Cavaliers, the first thing you thought was, "This was great and all, but it's suffering from a serious lack of Frank Caliendo." Luckily, the folks at ESPN Radio's "Mike and Mike" were thinking the exact same thing as I was — this happens all the time — and they invited the comedian on their radio show to read LeBron's essay in a celebrity's voice.
He chose Morgan Freeman because, I'm guessing, everybody involved really loved "Last Vegas."
That did sound like Morgan Freeman! Also, that essay is longer than you remember it being!
- Ben Rohrbach at Ball Don't Lie5 hrs ago
The Houston Rockets, thus far, whiffed on what once seemed a promising summer, and naturally the team's two flawed All-Stars have managed to sandwich a pair of unfortunate comments around the public relations pickle that has befallen general manager Daryl Morey upon failing to land a third star in free agency.
While the on-court skills of Dwight Howard and James Harden complement each other well — a defensive stalwart with finite offensive weapons and an offensive virtuoso with limited defensive skills — neither has proven too complimentary of any Houston teammate not named Howard or Harden.
In an interview with The Philippine Star, Harden is the latest to make news with an unfortunate statement.
“Dwight (Howard) and I are the cornerstones of the Rockets,” said Harden. “The rest of the guys are role players or pieces that complete our team. We’ve lost some pieces and added some pieces. I think we’ll be fine next season.”
- Eric Freeman at Ball Don't Lie14 hrs ago
The fate of the Los Angeles Clippers depends on the result of Donald Sterling's various legal maneuvers, but there's no doubt that prospective owner Steve Ballmer's bid of $2 billion is very real. The former Microsoft CEO, who at one point looked set to bring the NBA back to Seattle, has committed nearly three times the amount of the league's previous record sale to lead the Clippers into a new era. It's a serious figure for a franchise that was once derided as the worst-run organization in American sports.
- Eric Freeman at Ball Don't Lie19 hrs ago
The NBA instituted penalties for flopping for the 2012-13 season, but acts of embellished or fabricated contact persist in the league to this day. While the regulations have at least created a climate in which flopping carries some punishment, players have mostly decided that a warning or unlikely fine is worth the risk when the benefit of drawing a foul can be so great. It's here to stay.
In theory, the pervasive presence of flopping would mean that the younger generation would accept it as perfectly normal, as we saw in the case of this kid. Yet, as Miami Heat All-Star Dwyane Wade recently learned, that's not the case. In his hometown of Chicago for the sports and cheerleading camp he co-hosts with Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall, Wade related a question from a young camper when speaking to the press. Simply put, the camper wanted to know why he flops so much (via The Big Lead):
- Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie22 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.
- Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie23 hrs ago
Basketball Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar shot to national prominence some fifty years ago as a standout center at Power Memorial high school, before moving on to be a championship-earning legend at UCLA, with the Milwaukee Bucks, and most famously with the Los Angeles Lakers. He still stands as the NBA’s leading scorer, but he also retired nearly a quarter-century ago, and no NBA team has seen fit to sit him on the sidelines as an assistant coach for more than a year at a time.
With the game moving farther and farther away from the pivot, valuing perimeter play and shots directly at the goal as opposed to low post play, it might be debatable as to what role Kareem could play in teaching what he knows best to a current player that needs it the most.
Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert, however, truly needs it the most. He is the last of the NBA’s true giants, an old school center that mixes fits of domination with instances of acting as the worst player on the court, a man out of time in a league that has already dashed past half-court.
- Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie1 day ago
Gifted cupcakes are an excellent apology vessel. Even those with the smallest of sweet-teeth or most diligent of diets can’t help but sample one; and because of the confection’s size and ability to hold toppings, both amateur and professional bakers can’t help but get creative with the tasty little things.
This is probably the line of thinking that influenced LeBron James’ family to call up Baker Boulevard Decadent Desserts on Tuesday and ask them to deliver a box of cupcakes to James’ neighbors in Bath Township, Ohio. The neighborhood has been besieged by media of late as James worked on making his career-altering free agent decision, and LBJ and family wanted to thank his neighbors for their patience in dealing with the media and rabid fans that came out to take pictures of houses that didn’t have LeBron James in them.
Here is a picture of the note that James and Baker Boulevard Decadent Desserts sent along: