Ball Don't Lie
- Eric Freeman at Ball Don't Lie7 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.Fri, Mar 144:00 PM PDTMemphis at TorontoPreview Game
- Eric Freeman at Ball Don't Lie7 hrs ago
It is no deep secret that the National Basketball Player's Association is in bad shape. After voting out questionably effective and ethical leader Billy Hunter in February 2013, the union has been on the hunt for a new executive director. It would figure that, with the search already having taken 13 months and another collective bargaining fight likely to start soon, the NBPA would rush to appoint that new leader soon.
- Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie15 hrs ago
Chicago Bulls forward Mike Dunleavy exited Thursday's nationally televised primetime matchup with the Houston Rockets after taking an elbow to the face from Rockets swingman Chandler Parsons:
The contact came during a second-quarter fast break, with Dunleavy retreating to protect the rim and Chicago's five-point lead, and Parsons pushing the pace to get a layup. In the process, he rocked Dunleavy just above the right eye, sending Dunleavy to the deck and opening up a gash almost instantly.
The 33-year-old Duke product popped up and immediately ran off the court, and it's easy to understand why; TNT's cameras soon showed that the 12th-year pro was bleeding like a wrestler aggressively selling a chairshot.
- Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie18 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.Fri, Mar 144:30 PM PDTPhoenix at BostonPreview Game
Rockets coach Kevin McHale lauds Joakim Noah, and not Dwight Howard, for Defensive Player of the Year honorsKelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie18 hrs ago
There’s an ancient stock in trade in professional sports that often sees glib head coaches triumphing the merits of an opposing player as a way to light a fire under the saddle of their own team, or showcased star. With Derrick Rose out for the season and Luol Deng traded to Cleveland, Joakim Noah has emerged as Chicago’s requisite star, and Dwight Howard is unquestionably the Houston Rockets’ MVP and franchise player in spite of James Harden’s looming presence.
Howard hasn’t exactly disappointed the Rockets this season with his play, he’s not working at the peak levels that we saw from a few years ago in Orlando, but he has improved significantly from his injury and attitude-hindered lone year in Los Angeles. The Rockets are one of the NBA’s hottest teams, ramping up significantly on both ends of the ball over the last month, currently working with the fourth seed in the cutthroat Western Conference. And on both ends of the ball, Dwight Howard (averaging 18.7 points, 12.4 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks per game) is the biggest reason why. Again, no matter how many lovely 40-point nights James Harden wants to toss around.
- Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie19 hrs ago
The NBA announced Thursday afternoon that John Wall has been fined $15,000 for "directing inappropriate comments towards the officials" after the Washington Wizards' 98-85 loss to the Charlotte Bobcats.
The "inappropriate comments" came after the game, when the All-Star point guard was asked about a foul called against him with 4:34 remaining in the fourth quarter that sent Charlotte point guard Kemba Walker to the foul line for three free throws:
Neither Wall nor Wizards head coach Randy Wittman agreed with the call. Wittman's complaints earned him a technical foul, giving the Bobcats another try from the stripe, helping Walker extend Charlotte's lead from three points to a much more commanding seven. From Joseph White of The Associated Press:Fri, Mar 144:00 PM PDTMinnesota at CharlottePreview Game
- Ball Don't Lie19 hrs ago
It’s quite possible that the Los Angeles Clippers don’t need J.J. Redick to help push the team over the top to contend for a championship. The team’s offense has been absolutely brilliant throughout the 2013-14 season under the leadership of first year head coach Doc Rivers and emergence of Blake Griffin. The squad was able to weather the absence of Chris Paul earlier in the season, and with a currently-injured Jamal Crawford eventually coming back into the fold, things seem to be looking up on that particular end of Los Angeles’ court.
Of course, Redick’s numbers were through the roof in the 30 games he has played with the Clippers so far, which is why the team wouldn’t mind bringing the sharpshooter back into the fold. A bulging disc, diagnosed in early February, may get in the way of that. From the Orange County Register:
The Clippers are nearing a decision on J.J. Redick’s future this season.Fri, Mar 146:00 PM PDTLA Clippers at UtahPreview Game
- Ball Don't Lie22 hrs ago
A day after the Los Angeles Lakers announced that Kobe Bryant would miss the remainder of the 2013-14 season with his left leg fracture, sparking off a mass airing of front office grievances from the Laker legend, the team’s beleaguered coach has announced that Steve Nash will also miss the rest of this woeful campaign. Laker head man Mike D’Antoni told the media on Thursday that Nash, who won two NBA Most Valuable Player awards under D’Antoni’s watch in Phoenix, will sit out the remainder of the season while dealing with leg, back, and nerve woes.Fri, Mar 145:30 PM PDTLA Lakers at San AntonioPreview Game
- Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie23 hrs ago
If you want to pile on the Portland Trail Blazers, to call them out as a defense-less band of prissy jump shooters, now is the time. The team has lost four straight games for the first time all season, with the latest coming in a borderline-embarrassing nationally televised turn against the West-leading San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday night. It’s safe to assume that the team will not have home court advantage in the first round of next month’s opening round of the playoffs, as the fifth-seeded squad is currently two and a half games behind the ascending Houston Rockets for the fourth spot, and injuries to both LaMarcus Aldridge (back) and Mo Williams (hip) could linger well into spring.Fri, Mar 145:00 PM PDTPortland at New OrleansPreview Game
- Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie23 hrs ago
There's been bad blood brewing between the Los Angeles Clippers and Golden State Warriors all season long, beginning with a shoving match between centers Andrew Bogut and DeAndre Jordan and a weird sideline incident between Blake Griffin and Warriors coach Mark Jackson on opening night, the curious choice not to share pregame chapel services and some Christmas squabbling that resulted in a Griffin ejection that the NBA later deemed unjust. It seemed a good bet, then, that sparks might fly when the two physical Western Conference contenders renewed their unpleasantries on Wednesday, and while nothing particularly explosive popped off, there were a couple of moments when something might have; in what will probably come as unsurprising news, both involved Griffin.Fri, Mar 147:30 PM PDTCleveland at Golden StatePreview Game