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- Eric Freeman at Ball Don't Lie6 hrs ago
Los Angeles Lakers icon Kobe Bryant is very close to returning to the NBA. However, it looks like we'll have to wait a few more days to see one of the league's most important players back in action.
Kobe Bryant has ruled himself out for the Los Angeles Lakers' game at the Sacramento Kings on Friday night, the 18-year veteran told ESPNLosAngeles.com on Wednesday.
But after two consecutive days of practices, Bryant did say he is moving into game-to-game territory when considering his long-awaited comeback from Achilles surgery. That means playing in the Lakers' home game against the Toronto Raptors on Sunday is still a possibility.
Minnesota and San Antonio’s game in Mexico City postponed due to generator malfunction, smoke in the arena (Photos)Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie7 hrs ago
Everyone seems to be fine, and the incident happened well before fans were allowed into the Mexico City Arena, but the scheduled pairing between the San Antonio Spurs and Minnesota Timberwolves in Mexico City was canceled after an electrical short to a generator powering one of the arena’s escalators.
As soon as smoke started billowing throughout the arena and its corridors away from the court, arena and NBA personnel immediately asked the players, team employees and scores of media to evacuate the building. By all accounts nobody appeared to be in danger, but the combination of the massive amounts of smoke and the high Mexico City altitude made this a dangerous “home” game for the Timberwolves and their San Antonio counterparts to play.
Via CJZero and NBA TV, here’s a shot of the arena around 9 p.m. ET, a half-hour before tip-off:
Here are some various pertinent tweets from Spurs and Wolves beat writers and broadcasters, detailing the (thankfully) orderly evacuation:
Wolves CEO chris wright says earliest arena could be readied is 1015 pm. Other option tomorrow nite, neither seems likely
Ex-NBA veteran Keon Clark sentenced to eight years in prison for gun charge, vows to turn life aroundEric Freeman at Ball Don't Lie8 hrs ago
In the grand scheme of things, big man Keon Clark had a moderately successful NBA career, playing six seasons with a PER of 15.4, or just above average. However, he's arguably become more notable for what he's done since he last played a game in 2004. In 2007, Clark earned headlines for stating that he never played a game sober, and things have only gotten worse since then.
On Wednesday, Clark was sentenced to eight years in prison. However, he is also taking responsibility for his actions and vowing to get his life on the right track. From the Associated Press:
Former NBA player Keon Clark, who has said he is trying to turn his life around, was sentenced to eight years in prison Wednesday in a plea agreement with prosecutors on weapons and driving under the influence charges.
- Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie11 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: Cavs: The Blog. Robert Attenweiler asks big questions about franchise culture, team identity and locker-room atmosphere as they relate to the Cleveland Cavaliers, who have disappointed in a variety of ways thus far this season, and Andrew Bynum, the free-agent acquisition who's been healthier than anyone expected but has still seemed burdened: "What happens when the player all of your other young guys seem to be looking to and, in ways, patterning themselves after is himself a young guy who happens to be going through some stuff?"
The Portland Trail Blazers Twitter account wonders if the team can join the awful Eastern ConferenceKelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie13 hrs ago
There are seven teams currently slated to head toward the lottery in the Western Conference, per usual, and five of those teams have records good enough to make the Eastern playoff bracket. The 12th-best record in the Western Conference – currently held by both the Phoenix Suns and Los Angeles Lakers at 9-9 – is tied with the winning percentage of the team with the third-best record in the East. That would be your Washington Wizards. Tied. For third in the East.
The East is terrible this season, and though teams like the Knicks, Bulls, Nets, Hawks and Pistons may eventually get their acts together, the drop-off between standout Indiana and Miami clubs and the rest of the dreck is significant. Worse, the eventual winner of the piss-poor Atlantic Division (the Boston Celtics hold that honor right now, at 8-12) will be rewarded with the ostensible fourth seed in the East this spring due to NBA bylaws.
That’s pretty awful. And it’s especially awful if you’re battling amongst the trees in Pacific Time out West, wondering how this is even fair in the slightest. The Portland Trail Blazers Twitter account struck out first, indirectly looking to inspire a move:
James Worthy and Byron Scott impersonating Nick ‘Swaggy P’ Young is worth a minute of your time (Video)Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie14 hrs ago
Despite a fairly one-dimensional game that's kept him from being a very reliable full-time contributor during his seven-year NBA career, Nick Young has become something of a cult hero and fan favorite among basketball lovers of a certain stripe due to his, shall we say, unique personal style. The young fella who entered the NBA calling himself "Jordan-like" and now calls himself "Swaggy P" is an unrepentant gunner who has averaged more than 15 shots per 36 minutes for his career and has never met a wild shot he wouldn't take (and sometimes make), a hyper-athletic dude with a personal0 for the absurd, and someone whose driving, both on personal1 and on the personal2, sometimes leave something to be desired.
- Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie15 hrs ago
Reggie Jackson sees your crazy Wednesday night shot-making, Avery Bradley, and he raises you this shot-clock-beating bit of nonsense:
I didn't realize Jackson's shorts were large enough to pull shots like that out of his rear end. Must be XXLs.
- Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie16 hrs ago
Everyone here is well aware of the Chicago Bulls medical and training staff, right? The ones that cleared former center Omer Asik to play with a broken fibula during the 2011 playoffs? The one that listed Luol Deng as “day to day” after a spinal tap, before then selling him out to the media and fans before reportedly ignoring him during the summer months that followed? The ones that thought it was just fine to push Joakim Noah’s feet for 40 minutes a game last season in spite of his history with plantar fasciitis? Before he had to sit for most of the second half of the season after developing, you guessed it, plantar fasciitis? The team that put both Noah and guard Jimmy Butler back into games with what should have been obvious, debilitating injuries?
Nate Robinson shoots free throws lefty after injuring right wrist during Nuggets’ win over Nets (Video)Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie16 hrs ago
Near the midway point of the fourth quarter of a Tuesday night contest that was all over but the shoutin' (and, of course, booin'), Denver Nuggets guard Nate Robinson sliced through the Brooklyn Nets' lackadaisical defense toward the hoop in search of more padding for his team's 24-point lead. In pursuit of said hoop, however, he received some harm ... and, true to the 5-foot-9 dynamo's career-long approach, he just kept on pushing:
- Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie17 hrs ago
Kenyon Martin and Metta World Peace are two pretty bad dudes. Despite the perpetual smirk the two tend to walk around with, the New York Knick veterans dole out hard fouls and tough love on the court, while barely concealing their hard guy status on the defensive end.
The Knicks, meanwhile, have lost nine straight. This is part of the reason why it seemed quite believable that both World Peace and Martin would engage in some combination of a shouting match, fight, or heated back and forth at practice, as ESPN reported last weekend. Combining the typical reaction to a losing streak, an embattled coach in Mike Woodson who has been on the hot seat for weeks, and both Metta and Kenyon’s irascible (to say the least) past, and you have a tussle straight out of central casting.