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- Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie2 hrs ago
Awful news for the Brooklyn Nets and their fans this Saturday: All-Star center and leading scorer Brook Lopez has broken his right foot and will likely miss the rest of the 2013-14 NBA season. The news was first reported Saturday by Gary Tanguay of Comcast SportsNet New England and subsequently confirmed by multiple sources.
The Nets confirmed the initial report late Saturday morning:
Brook Lopez has been diagnosed with a fractured fifth metatarsal of the right foot, #Nets GM Billy King announced today.
— Brooklyn Nets (@BrooklynNets) December 21, 2013
They stopped short of declaring Lopez out for the remainder of the season, though:
- Eric Freeman at Ball Don't Lie16 hrs ago
Miami Heat overlord LeBron James has only strengthened his credentials so far in the 2013-14 season, posting the sort of stats that would look like video-game numbers if not for the fact that those games have actually gotten pretty difficult. Through his first 25 games of the season, James has averaged 25.2 points on 59.7 percent shooting from the field and 41.1 percent from long-range, 6.8 rebounds, and 6.5 assists. While LeBron's game has not been without flaws throughout his career, he's rapidly getting rid of those, too.
Yet stats can only tell so much of the story, and there's still no match for the sheer spectacle and terror of a top-level LeBron James highlight. In the first quarter of Friday night's Heat home game against the Sacramento Kings, LeBron dribbled to his left around Kings point guard Isaiah Thomas and saw rookie Ben McLemore set up in the hope of taking a charge on the cusp of the restricted area. James issued McLemore a rude welcome to competition against the sport's best player, soaring for a forceful, brutal one-handed dunk that sent him to the floor.
- Eric Freeman at Ball Don't Lie17 hrs ago
American sports fans have been conditioned to think of "pro basketball player" as a glamor profession, but at non-NBA levels it can be anything but. Those who ply their trade in the D-League, foreign leagues, and elsewhere must contend with regular periods of uncertainty related to their employment and city of residence, decidedly less-than-opulent living, and various disappointments related to their dreams of playing in the NBA.
Orien Greene is one of those athletes. A second-round draft pick of the Boston Celtics in 2005, Greene has played 131 NBA games over stints with the Celtics (80 games), Indiana Pacers (41), Sacramento Kings (7), and New Jersey Nets (3). A quick glance at his Wikipedia page shows tours in places like New Zealand, Libya, and Reno, as well. He's a journeyman, someone willing to go all over the world in order to earn a decent paycheck playing basketball.
The Knicks are staying in an N.Y. hotel under ‘somewhat of a curfew’ before an early Saturday home gameDan Devine at Ball Don't Lie19 hrs ago
The New York Knicks have played two early-afternoon weekend home games thus far this season — a 12 p.m. ET tipoff against the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday, Nov. 10, and another noon Sunday start on Dec. 8 against the Boston Celtics. The matinees were the worst losses of the Knicks' very disappointing season to date; they lost the two games by a combined 72 points. Not to get all Statrick Ewing on you, but that's a lot of points.LiveMemphis85 - 73New YorkFollow Game
Hey, look, the Adam Silver-signed basketball that the NBA will use after David Stern steps down (Photo)Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie21 hrs ago
For nearly 30 years, NBA basketballs have borne the signature of Commissioner David Stern. But with Stern set to step down on Feb. 1, 2014, we're nearing the dawn of a new day when it comes to orange roundie-related writing ... and as Brooklyn Nets beat writer Tim Bontemps of the New York Post noted Thursday, that day appears to have already arrived:
Bontemps came across several balls with "Silver’s name signed above 'Commissioner' [...] already in use" at the Nets' practice facility. You don't want to be caught off-guard when the changeover comes; smart thinking, Coach Kidd, especially now that we know the switch is coming sooner than initially anticipated.
- Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie22 hrs ago
Most NBA players have nicknames, and most NBA rosters feature at least a few guys with recognizable handles, but the Detroit Pistons have a lot of guys with nicknames. Smoove. Big Penguin. Mr. Big Shot. Moose. Gigi. Bynumite. KCP. Pey-pey. And, of course, Jorts. (My suggestions for the guys who don't have well-established nicknames include Kyle "Singlet" Singler, Brandon "Drake-O" Jennings and Big Penguin0 Mitchell.)Sat, Dec 214:30 PM PSTHouston at DetroitPreview Game
Richard Jefferson: ‘If I get an opportunity to play for a championship team, I’m going to go hunting … I have no loyalty’Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie23 hrs ago
As Our Fearless Leader reminds me, the practice of NBA veteran stars bouncing from also-rans to contenders late in their careers to pursue the championship that eluded them in their heydays goes back a bit. We saw the likes of Bob McAdoo (with the Los Angeles Lakers) do it in the early 1980s, Bill Walton (with the Boston Celtics) do it in the mid-'80s, Mychal Thompson (Lakers) do it in the late '80s, Charles Barkley and Clyde Drexler (Houston Rockets) do it in the mid-'90s, and so on. It feels like we didn't really start regarding "ring-chasing" as a distasteful, wholly unseemly thing, though, until Gary Payton and Karl Malone inked one-year deals to join the Shaquille O'Neal-and-Kobe Bryant-led Lakers before the 2003-04 season.
- Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie1 day ago
The Indiana Pacers are about to add a former All-Star, one that is still on the fringes of his physical prime, to their rotation for absolutely no cost. Danny Granger may be coming off of a 19-month layoff ( save for a five-game stint in 2012-13) to return to the team on Friday night, but that shouldn’t worry Indiana Pacer fans in the slightest. Any little bit helps, and Danny Granger should act as far more than a “little bit.”
One can’t overstate this, even if we run the risk of overrating someone like Danny Granger – as many people tended to do during his time as a go-to guy for the Pacers a few years back. Granger was a solid enough scorer and efficient enough worker, and he did top out at nearly 26 points per game in 2008-09, but if he was your lead dog, your sled needed some help. Granger always seemed to be in the same position that San Antonio Spur Sean Elliott worked from years ago, a third option miscast closer to the top of the bill.
A few things about that comparison cling, though. Elliott had David Robinson to work alongside during much of that time, and in his peak Robinson was likely the third-best player in the NBA behind Michael Jordan. Granger had no such help.
- Eric Freeman at Ball Don't Lie1 day ago
When the San Antonio Spurs announced that they would sit Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, and the injured Tony Parker for Thursday night's game against the Golden State Warriors in Oakland, knowledgable parties warned observers not to count out Gregg Popovich and his players. The Spurs have a history of playing well in games without their big-name players, including the infamous, fine-worthy November 2012 game against the Miami Heat.Sat, Dec 217:30 PM PSTLA Lakers at Golden StatePreview Game
- Eric Freeman at Ball Don't Lie1 day ago
Basketball fans brought up on the intense rivalries of the '80s and earlier commonly complain that today's NBA players just get along too well. While I and others would posit that people getting along is not really a bad thing, the observation itself is mostly accurate. Many of these athletes have been peers and competitors since their days in grade school, and rampant player movement means that many were teammates in past seasons. It's the new way of things.
Nevertheless, proponents of the old ways will be happy to know that certain barriers to inter-team camaraderie still exist. On Thursday night, after his Chicago Bulls fell to the Oklahoma City Thunder 107-95 at Chesapeake Energy Arena, center Joakim Noah decided to visit the OKC locker room to see former Bulls teammate Thabo Sefolosha, with whom he played from Noah's rookie season of 2007-08 to the day Sefolosha was traded to the Thunder in February 2009.