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- Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie2 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: Sports Illustrated. Chris Ballard, routinely one of the best who does this, goes long on Andre Iguodala, a player who "cares about defense so much that he's still pissed about a single play from three weeks ago, in a game the Warriors won."
- Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie3 hrs ago
Dear Mr. Jackson:
To start, I suppose it’s best to note that we understand why you’re making this move. Even at the team’s lowest of lows, accepting a position to run the front office of the New York Knicks is rife with potential. Both personal and professional potential, to say nothing of the chance to do great things for the long-suffering Knicks fan base that has, in recent decades, been surpassed in number by the fan base you helped resuscitate in Los Angeles nearly 15 years ago.Sat, Mar 159:00 AM PDTMilwaukee at New YorkPreview Game
- Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie4 hrs ago
Before the start of the 2013-14 NBA season, a springtime Thursday night matchup between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Los Angeles Lakers seemed like a pretty attractive primetime affair, with visions of league-leading scorer Kevin Durant leading another title-contending Thunder squad into a contest with a Lakers team perhaps scrapping for a playoff spot behind a version of Kobe Bryant rounding into form after knocking off nearly eight months of Achilles-rehab rust. That, of course, wasn't to be.LiveLA Lakers34 - 61San AntonioFollow Game
- Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie4 hrs ago
Spencer Haywood is a basketball innovator. The former Olympian gold medalist and ABA and NBA star big man helped break the league’s reserve clause by jumping from the ABA’s Denver Rockets to the Seattle SuperSonics in 1970, at just 21 years of age, breaking NBA law at the time. This move allowed for an influx of worthy (and, sometimes, unworthy) underclassmen to accept employment from NBA teams that wanted to hire them, while Haywood went on to make four All-Star teams while working with Seattle, New York, New Orleans, and by 1979-80, the Los Angeles Lakers.
Those Lakers were led by a rookie named Magic Johnson, structured around center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and (after former head coach Jack McKinney injured himself in a bike accident 14 games into the season), helmed by coach Paul Westhead. By now working at age 30, Haywood did not start for the emerging title contender, but he did do solid enough work as a scoring forward off the bench, averaging 9.7 points and 4.6 rebounds in 20 minutes a night as the Lakers made their way to the NBA Finals.
- Ball Don't Lie6 hrs ago
In two games against the similarly awful Sacramento Kings and Utah Jazz in early March, Milwaukee Bucks off guard O.J. Mayo combined to miss 10 of 14 shots over 44 minutes of play, contests the Bucks split. In the next outing, Mayo decided to punch New Orleans Pelicans big man Greg Steimsma, more than earning a one game suspension along the way.
In the three games since, despite Milwaukee’s offensive woes, Mayo has played just four combined minutes, including two benchings due to a coach’s decision. This is hardly the outlook that oft-criticized Bucks general manager John Hammond had planned for when he signed Mayo to a three-year, $24 million contract last summer.
Bucks coach Larry Drew explained Mayo’s absence from the rotation, in favor of a three-guard triptych featuring new addition Ramon Sessions, rookie Nate Wolters, and first-year Buck Brandon Knight, prior to sitting Mayo out of Milwaukee’s loss to the Atlanta Hawks on Thursday. From the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel:
- Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie6 hrs ago
The open enrollment period through which uninsured Americans can purchase private health insurance for 2014 through healthcare.gov, the federal marketplace established through the Affordable Care Act closes on March 31. More than 4.2 million people have enrolled in what's often colloquially referred to as "Obamacare," a number that could increase to 6 million by the deadline date; while President Barack Obama said Friday that he's confident the current subscriber base is large enough to ensure that the "program will be stable," he's continuing his recent push to promote the marketplace to reach younger consumers and "break through" to the kind of audience that's less likely to watch an in-depth Sunday morning political talk-show interview on health care policy than, say, watch an episode of "Between Two Ferns."
- Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie8 hrs ago
You’d be forgiven if you watched this commercial for Gunn Chevrolet, featuring future Basketball Hall of Famer Tim Duncan, and came away thinking that their giveaway featuring a Tim Duncan-customized truck was merely “customized” with Tim’s hidden autograph, stuck behind the driver’s side visor. After all, no other modifications were mentioned in the commercial announcing the giveaway.
- Ball Don't Lie8 hrs ago
On Thursday night, Chicago Bulls forward Carlos Boozer routinely connected on a series of perimeter jumpers in a blowout Bulls win over the Houston Rockets. The 11-year pro was left open by the Houston defense all night, resulting in an 18-point evening that he paired with seven rebounds and three assists. It was his highest scoring output in nearly a month, coming on the heels of a five-game stretch that saw him average just nine points per game.Sat, Mar 155:00 PM PDTSacramento at ChicagoPreview Game
- Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie8 hrs ago
There are a pair of moments in "Summer Dreams," a documentary premiering Saturday on CBS that follows six people looking to make NBA names for themselves during the annual Summer League showcase, that offer a bit of insight into the margins of "making it."
We see 6-foot-5 shooting guard Dwayne Davis — a 23-year-old Philadelphia-born prospect who was homeless as a teenager and bounced around before shining in a lone season of Division I ball at Southern Miss — immediately slough off word that he hadn't been selected in the 2013 NBA draft and begin beaming at the no-promises news that the Golden State Warriors want to take a look at him in Vegas:
- Eric Freeman at Ball Don't Lie17 hrs ago
It is a generally agreed upon fact that many people want to take money from professional athletes. This group can include legitimate entrepreneurs, but when we speak of them, it's usually about people with no interest in the athletes' well-being. They just want to make a buck off those who have the salaries to support it.
Historically, one subset has included young women looking for relationships in which they can receive gifts (both large and small), child support, and virtually anything else that allows them to provide for themselves. In the classic example, this "groupie" culture involves dozens of women simply hanging around team hotels and arenas in the hopes of catching a player's eye. It's believed to be widespread enough that events such as the league's rookie transition program teach players how to stay mindful of when people are taking advantage of their wealth.