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- Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie41 mins ago
Sure, Marc Gasol has become an all-world basketball player — one of the linchpins of the Spanish national team that won FIBA EuroBasket 2009 and earned silver at the 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympics, the 2008 MVP of Spain's top pro league, the NBA's 2012-13 Defensive Player of the Year, and a two-time All-Star who will start at center for the Western Conference this year. But like so many European players and athletes in his native Spain, the Barcelona-born-and-trained big man's first love was soccer.
- Eric Freeman at Ball Don't Lie1 hr ago
Oklahoma City Thunder head coach Scott Brooks has been a figure of some debate during his time with the team, having led a very young squad from the lottery to the NBA Finals and also suffering criticism for an often stagnant offense that doesn't amplify the strengths of a very talented core. With the Thunder currently in 10th in the Western Conference and Durant set to become a free agent in the summer of 2016, Brooks is under much more pressure than usual to succeed. His job could be in the balance.
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It's a bit interesting, then, that he's taking an atypical approach in the team's practices. On occasion, Brooks has players run through plays in the wrong positions. From Jared Zwerling of Bleacher Report:
- Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie4 hrs ago
Nestled deep in the broadcast of Friday evening’s Dallas Mavericks/Chicago Bulls game was a Jeff Van Gundy rant. The ABC/ESPN color analyst’s rants are nothing new, oftentimes he likes to deviate from calling the action on hand in order to take on the most notable sports talk radio riff of the day, and the presence of Tom Thibodeau’s Chicago Bulls on the schedule allowed for this:
In case you can’t listen to the clip, Mike McGraw at the Arlington Heights Daily Herald has some of the quotes:
“He has done such a good job here," Van Gundy said during the broadcast. "First two years had the best record in the league. Unfortunately, these last three playoffs have been disrupted by injury. But he came to the Bulls at a time where mediocrity reigned. They had struggled for a long time, they were basically a .500 team. Along with the emergence of some players, he's taken it to elite status.
- Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie4 hrs ago
As we've seen time and time again over the years, making a bobblehead doll to honor an athlete (or commissioner, or cable talk show host, or whomever) can be a tricky business. Sometimes the finished product more closely resembles someone else. Sometimes very important details are missing. Despite all the hard work that goes into recreating the honoree's likeness, it can be difficult to accurately and fully encapsulate the scope of an individual's influence and accomplishments in a small, inherently caricature-esque collectible statue.
- Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie6 hrs ago
Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers did indeed wait until Monday to make their final determination on how to respond to the torn right rotator cuff he suffered during last Wednesday's loss to the New Orleans Pelicans. As it turned out, though, the decision they came to is the one most of us expected; all that remains now is to learn whether his absence will be as long as we expect, too.
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- Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie7 hrs ago
The NBA and the forces of Mother Nature may have just banded together to help Sacramento’s NBA draft status.
As expected, the league postponed Monday night’s Brooklyn Nets/Portland Trail Blazers and New York Knicks/Sacramento Kings games due to the blizzard that is due to wreak havoc on the East Coast. The makeup dates will take place later in the season, but as Pro Basketball Talk’s Dan Feldman noticed, the night off for the Kings on Monday comes with a nasty early-March aftereffect.
- Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie9 hrs ago
When Michael Jordan’s two-year contract to play basketball for the Washington Wizards expired at the end of the 2002-03 season, it was assumed by many that Jordan would be asked to return to his role as the Wizards’ president of basketball operations and de facto general manager – a position he held for a season and a half prior to returning to the court. Instead, then-Wizards owner Abe Pollin informed Jordan that he would not be returning to that post with the franchise. Feeling used, Jordan literally sped away from the Wizards in his Corvette, never to return to the league as an active player.
- Ben Rohrbach at Ball Don't Lie9 hrs ago
During a recent Los Angeles Clippers game, Celtics play-by-play announcer Mike Gorman asked color commentator Brian Scalabrine how much he thought former Boston teammate Glen Davis weighed.
"At least 300 pounds," Scal said, and neither man behind the mic batted an eyelash at the thought.
The Clippers currently list Davis at a trim 289 pounds, the heftiest of any player on an NBA roster today — including those with as much as six inches of height on him. Any weigh you slice it, Davis is a big boy.
And while he's nicknamed Big Baby, Davis is the last player you'd want falling into your lap, particularly if you're a dimunitive female fan who ponied up big bucks to sit front row for Sunday's Phoenix Suns game. Yet, Davis did just that, settling his rather considerable backside directly on her ... well ... see for yourself.
As far as stadium snacks go, surely she would have preferred popcorn.
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- Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie10 hrs ago
The NBA All-Star Game is an exhibition contest. It has absolutely no relevance in the overall championship race. It is designed purely for entertainment purposes, a mid-February distraction pitched on basic cable television. It’s important to remember that.
All-Star appearances, however, are often used as negotiating tools when it comes time for players and teams to cobble together contracts. Even by those that understand that All-Star appearances shouldn’t count much as a way to tally up a player’s career accomplishments, the amount of All-Star nods are still treated like currency when it comes time to discuss a player’s Basketball Hall of Fame viability. On top of that, even the most even-keeled of NBA media types still like to hammer out arguments over who should start over whom. Even if they don’t deign to a write a haughty column over it, they’ll still think about it in passing while washing dishes or talk back to the radio or TV when others put their picks on the line.
For some reason, these things matter; and yet All-Star voting is left in the hands of fans that will typically turn the process into a popularity contest.
- Ben Rohrbach at Ball Don't Lie11 hrs ago
If you don't know, now you know: D-Leaguer turned Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside is a beast.
Of course, you would've already been hip to that fact had you read a piece earlier this month on Mr. Whiteside opening up the NBA's eager eyes, but the former second-round pick erased any doubt about his ability with a 14-point, 13-rebound, 12-block effort in Sunday's 96-84 win over the Chicago Bulls.