Ball Don't Lie
- Eric Freeman at Ball Don't Lie8 hrs ago
The Chicago Bulls figure to be one of the most intriguing teams of the 2014-15 season, a talented squad that shouldn't be worse than a solid playoff team and could possibly contend for a championship, depending on a few factors. The biggest of those variables figures to be the health and related effectiveness of point guard Derrick Rose, currently healthy after returning from the second of two consecutive season-ending knee injuries. After playing in only 10 games last season and failing to star in the FIBA World Cup of Basketball, Rose needs to prove that he can return to his former status before the Bulls will be seen as members of the NBA's elite.
That process will take some time, because Rose needs to excel for a prolonger period of time to turn back into an MVP candidate. For now, though, Rose is serving notice that he can play at an elite level when needed. In Monday night's exhibition game against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Columbus, Rose looked like his old self with 30 points in (12-of-18 FG, 4-of-5 3FG) in just 24 minutes of play.Mon, Oct 20Chicago98 - 107ClevelandGame Recap
- Eric Freeman at Ball Don't Lie10 hrs ago
The gruesome leg injury suffered by Paul George in a USA Basketball exhibition was arguably the biggest non-acquisition moment of the NBA offseason. The Pacers immediately lost their already iffy status as East contenders and now look headed for a lottery appearance, if not full-scale rebuilding. Plus, the league as a whole will be without one of its brightest young stars. It's a shame all around.
Given this state of things, any progress in George's recovery looks pretty positive. So it was nice to find out on Tuesday that he's back on the court and taking jumpers after Pacers practice. Check out the video from VigilantSports.com:
- Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie13 hrs ago
LeBron James’ trail of delicious bread crumbs has helped reshape the entire Cleveland Cavaliers roster. Kevin Love forced a trade to the Cavs following James contract agreement with Cleveland, asking to go to a team that had an even worse record than his mediocre Minnesota Timberwolves club last season. Shawn Marion and former James teammates Mike Miller and James Jones soon followed suit. Suddenly, the Cavs are a destination team, and that doesn’t figure to change as the franchise continues to add free agents to surround James with over the next few years.
It’s not all about LeBron, though, apparently. Shawn Marion’s attempt secure another championship was pushed over the top by the acquisition of Love, who ironically plays the same position that Marion sees much of his time at. For once, LeBron James’ pied piping wasn’t tempting enough.
- Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie13 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: ESPN the Magazine. Henry Abbott presents the argument that Kobe Bryant — his contract, his demeanor, his relationship to other top stars, etc. — is the primary reason the Los Angeles Lakers have become awful, are likely to be awful again this season and might continue to be awful until after he's retired. My general, broad-strokes takeaways:
• The efficiency/effectiveness/demeanor claims aren't necessarily anything new, and we're certainly no closer to folks on either side of those debates capitulating today than we were yesterday;
- Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie13 hrs ago
Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah has always found a sound balance between the frantic and ferocious nature of his game and off-court tranquility, though many have jokingly chalked that up to Joakim’s particular strain of recreational activities. The same cannot be said for Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau, who reportedly has very little in terms of a personal life outside of basketball, in between putting in marathon shifts and sometimes sleeping at the team’s practice facility.
The secret to Noah’s success in keeping things outwardly chill? He won’t and shouldn’t give it the full credit, but apparently yoga helps quite a bit. And he’s convinced it would help with his volatile and single-minded coach. From an interview with Bill Schulz at the Daily Beast:
Coach Thibodeau always looks like he’s on the verge of an aneurism. What, if anything, could you do to calm him down?
He looks like that whether he’s happy or sad. But I’d have him do yoga with me. He could use that.
What’s the most pissed off he’s ever been at you?
- Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie15 hrs ago
There's a new name in the mix in the ongoing saga surrounding ownership of the Atlanta Hawks, according to Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. It's a pretty long name, one best spoken with a Cookie Monstrous timbre while chastising folks with your every gesture:
- Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie19 hrs ago
On Friday, the NBA will wrap up an exhibition schedule of games that it refers to as the “preseason,” which continues to be a laughable term. Even those of us that spend our mornings and afternoons staring at video clips of last season’s NBA games, the ones that sweat out the summer dying for NBA action, tend to pass on viewing these consistently sorts of affairs. There are highlights that can be culled, to be sure, but the idea of investing so much into one’s fandom into a sport and simultaneously watching a game that doesn’t count seems incongruous at best.
What also hurts, for that invested fan, is watching older players like Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili go through paces in mid-October when you know you’re going to want to watch them at their peak in mid-June. This is why it’s helpful to have coaches like Gregg Popovich pulling players out of exhibition action in the face of what will be an 82-game season topped off with a possible two-month playoff run. As you likely know, Popovich declined to travel to Phoenix for an exhibition game last Thursday, leaving Duncan and Ginobili behind while other Spurs rotation members sat with injury or illness.
- Ben Rohrbach at Ball Don't Lie19 hrs ago
Never quite reaching the NBA mountaintop, the Utah Jazz last season completed their long descent back down the Wasatch Range to the Salt Lake Valley, submitting their worst record since the franchise’s infancy.
The Stockton, Malone and Sloan salad days behind them, the Jazz skied the peaks and valleys of NBA mediocrity until plowing into the base lodge and warming their feet as last season went up in flames. Soon enough, Dante Exum’s athleticism and Rodney Hood’s efficiency had joined them après draft.
Sans last year’s lottery pick point guard, Trey Burke, who broke his finger in the preseason, Utah started 0-8 and lost 14 of their first 15 games with the immortal John Lucas III and Jamaal Tinsley at the helm. Upon Burke’s return, the Jazz played above .500 (25-22) for a lengthy stretch — no small feat in the Western Conference — before driving a tank to a 4-21 finish and the No. 5 overall pick this past June.
The winter cost coach Ty Corbin his job after 3 1/2 unproductive seasons succeeding Jerry Sloan, whose career casts a mythical monster-shaped shadow some still see in the Great Salt Lake.
- Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie21 hrs ago
He's not exactly a household name, but Utah Jazz guard Alec Burks established himself last season as one of the league's most potent reserve scorers, a 6-foot-6 wing with a knack for getting to the rim. During Sunday's preseason matchup with the Los Angeles Lakers, the 23-year-old Colorado product showed off his gift for making something happen with the ball in his hands — as a matter of fact, he made Kobe Bryant disappear:
Dang. Don't reach, Regenokine-treated-blood.
- Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie2 days ago
Tristan Thompson scored 17 points and added 11 rebounds with no turnovers in nearly 30 minutes of action on Friday night. The Cavaliers big man returned to the power forward position and was probably the team’s best player in its 108-102 exhibition loss to the Dallas Mavericks at home. Following the contest Prior to the contest, FOX Sports sideline reporter Allie Clifton attempted to discuss as much with Thompson, who responded by disgusting us as much as humanly possible:
Yeah, hey, Tristan Thompson, don’t do that.
Just because Allie Clifton remained calm and professional and kept a smile following the buss, it doesn’t mean Tristan Thompson wasn’t straight up sexually harassing her. She remained calm and professional because she is a professional – that is to say, she’s doing her [EXPLETIVE DELETED] job. Don’t kiss someone without their consent, ever, and don’t kiss someone without their consent while they’re doing their job.