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- Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie5 hrs ago
Kobe Bryant's still working his way back into form, shape and rhythm after nearly eight months on the shelf following surgery to repair a ruptured left Achilles tendon. But while the 35-year-old Mamba very clearly has a long way to go before he resembles the All-Star offensive performer he was before his injury, he showed during the first quarter of the Los Angeles Lakers' Tuesday matchup with the Phoenix Suns that he's still capable of taking you baseline off the bounce if you crowd him too much.
Head's up, P.J. Tucker:
Bryant bodies Tucker up, gives him a little shoulder shove to create separation, then makes his move, seals Tucker off, gets up and shows us that throwing down isn't just reserved for practice. Sure, it's only two points, but Kobe stuffing one is still a sight for sore eyes ... and after all that time away, you'd have to imagine that it felt pretty good.
- Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie5 hrs ago
INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Pacers weren’t the only ones with this game circled on the calendar.
The defending champion Miami Heat had to hear all summer about the Pacers’ improved depth, their internal growth, and their budding rivalry with a Miami team that knocked them out of the playoffs in 2012 and 2013. The Heat roared out of the gate in their first meeting with the Pacers since downing Indiana in Game 7 of the 2013 Eastern Conference finals, grabbing a 30-19 first-quarter lead before Indiana used its height and defensive smarts to slowly chip away and eventually down the two-time defending champs, 90-84.
- Eric Freeman at Ball Don't Lie7 hrs ago
On November 18, young Oklahoma City Thunder fan Cameron Rodriguez lived out every NBA attendee's dream when he hit a halfcourt shot for a $20,000 prize during the team's game against the Denver Nuggets at Chesapeake Energy Arena. A college student, Rodriguez came into a considerable amount of money to help him pay for his schooling and got to experience the joy of having an entire professional arena cheer his accomplishment. It's harder to imagine a young man having more fun.
The 10-man rotation, starring Spencer Hawes becoming ‘one of the top perimeter threats in basketball’Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie10 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: Hoop76. This is not a drill, people: "Spencer Hawes is attempting more 3-pointers per game than Ray Allen, and he’s hitting them at a higher rate." Tom Sunnergren explores how the Philadelphia 76ers center has become an honest-to-goodness offensive weapon, whether Sixers general manager Sam Hinkie should flip Hawes while his value is (or at least figures to be) at an all-time high or hang onto a surprisingly intriguing modern-NBA player, and more.
- Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie11 hrs ago
I'm still not sold on that cucumber, but I definitely see the Air Jordan Jumpman logo shaved into this young man's beard:
The word "BULLS," too, for that matter. (Or, more accurately, "BULL," followed by a lowercase "s" that looks a little like a "oh, crud" jammed-in afterthought.)
So, how does one come by such unique facial hair? Bleacher Report's Jake Silver has a brief description:
Students at the University of Toledo medical school grew their facial hair like many others in the month of November, but they saw an opportunity to do more. During the course of the month, people could bid on the rights to shave a beard however they so chose. All proceeds would go to their community clinic.
Fortunately for Ali, pictured above, the winning bidder knew he was a fan of Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls.
- Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie12 hrs ago
Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment CEO Tim Leiweke initially decided to put together a strange arrangement last spring, replacing longtime Toronto Raptors general manager Bryan Colangelo with the man who used to work as his second in command, reigning NBA Executive of the Year and former Denver Nuggets top man Masai Ujiri. The plan was for Colangelo, who is as connected as they come within NBA executive circles, to stick around to help grease the wheels as Ujiri dotted through the league’s ever-expanding Rolodex. The problem with the arrangement was obvious, though, because it would involve Colangelo reporting to a man who used to report to him, all while that new boss broke apart the middling and expensive team Colangelo put together.
Chris Paul’s son, a.k.a. Little Chris/CP4, co-stars in Blake Griffin/CP3 Kids Foot Locker ad (Video)Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie12 hrs ago
Thanks to advertising agency BBDO, Foot Locker's made a habit of dropping consistently amusing and engaging commercials to promote their sales, with spots featuring the likes of Kyrie Irving and Dennis Rodman, Stephen Curry and James Harden, Kevin Durant and Kris Humphries, and the Los Angeles Clippers duo of Blake Griffin and Chris Paul all generating laughs and brand awareness in recent memory.
- Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie13 hrs ago
Longtime sports executive Pete Babcock is best known for running the Atlanta Hawks during the tail end of Dominique Wilkins’ time with the team, developing the squad into a playoff fixture throughout the 1990s. A drought hit the squad following a second round sweep at the hands of the underdog New York Knicks in the 1999 Eastern Conference semifinals, though, as the Hawks would not go on to make the playoffs for another nine years – five years after Babcock was shown the door.
In a recent interview with Jeff Pearlman from The Score’s Quazcast podcast, Babcock in part blamed those late lean years on the infamous Time Warner/AOL merger. Time Warner had owned the Hawks for years prior to that merger in 2000, and Babcock points to cost-cutting and micromanaging new staff as a source for the team’s swoon following the fin de siècle. As transcribed by The Score, here’s Babcock’s take:
- Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie14 hrs ago
After a slow start to the season, the Denver Nuggets have righted the ship underneath rookie head coach Brian Shaw. Though the team lost its best player and award-winning coach and top player personnel executive over the offseason, the Nugs are currently locked in at 13-8, on pace for a 51-win season that would far exceed the win total most predicted before 2013-14.
What the team still hasn’t figured out, though, is why Denver plays so poorly at the outset of games. The Nuggets are far and away the worst first quarter team in the NBA, and most League Pass watchers that witness those sorts of slow starts are shocked to see the team in top form in the fourth quarter, on their way toward yet another win.
New details emerge on Nets’ Jason Kidd-Lawrence Frank rift, highlighted by expletive-laden Kidd rantDan Devine at Ball Don't Lie15 hrs ago
Yahoo Sports NBA columnist Adrian Wojnarowski reported last Tuesday that a "heated" Nov. 4 staff meeting in which Brooklyn Nets head coach Jason Kidd "blistered top assistant Lawrence Frank" precipitated the disintegration of their relationship, leading to Frank's eventual "reassignment" from on-the-bench defensive coordinator to tucked-away preparer of parody-inviting "daily reports." But what exactly did Kidd say to blow things up? According to David Aldridge's Morning Tip at NBA.com, something not-very-nice at all.