Ball Don't Lie
- Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie1 hr ago
NBA players are pampered. They earn millions of dollars to play a sport, but they also get free transportation to road games, free five-star accommodations on the road, and even meal money. They get summers off, a halftime to rest, free Gatorade at time outs, and all the free bubblegum they can chew. It’s a pretty sweet gig.
It’s also a pretty tough gig, especially for the sort of star that is expected to prop up exhibition game attendance in October, cable TV ratings at the All-Star break in February, and play deep into June. And then, possibly, represent your country during the NBA-governed (if we’re honest here) Olympic and international tournaments.
- 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: The Brooklyn Game, twice. Ryan Carbain looks at how Lionel Hollins' offensive and defensive systems line up with the personnel he inherits with the Brooklyn Nets, and how things might need to change as Hollins gets comfortable in Barclays Center.
PF: Nylon Calculus. Jacob Rosen makes the statistical argument for Kevin Garnett being one of the more transformative offensive players in recent NBA history.
- Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie3 hrs ago
It’s hard to consider, in an era where the Milwaukee Bucks can be sold for half a billion dollars and the Los Angeles Clippers can fetch a $2 billion asking price even with absolutely no leverage on their side, but we’re not that far removed from NBA teams doing everything they can to pinch every penny. The lackluster world economy in 2003 had quite a bit to do with it, but even a Finals-contending New Jersey Nets team wasn’t above selling draft picks over a decade ago just to pay for a Summer League inclusion and soon-to-be-outmoded office equipment.
Former Nets general manager Rod Thorn relayed as much in a Grantland feature fixated on Atlanta Hawks sharpshooter Kyle Korver, who was selected by the Nets just 11 years ago and dealt to Philadelphia so that the Nets’ front office could tidy up their finances. From Zach Lowe’s report:
- Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie3 hrs ago
Nobody knows how Steve Nash’s body will respond to the 2014-15 NBA season. We’re not even sure if Steve Nash will be around for the 2014-15 NBA season, because though the move would be unlikely, the Los Angeles Lakers could waive Nash by using the stretch provision, and in reaction he may choose to retire rather than move onto another team.
Nash has hinted at as much in the past, and on Monday he also dropped hints that the 2014-15 NBA season could be his last in the league. That’s a bit of an open secret, but it’s still a little strange and sad to hear. Mark Medina of Inside SoCal reported this aside captured by Sport TV:
In case you can’t play the video at work, here’s the pull quote:
- Ben Rohrbach at Ball Don't Lie4 hrs ago
When LeBron James announced his return to Cleveland earlier this month, the NBA world saw a stripped-down version of the four-time MVP — an NBA superstar humbled by one horrible Decision. LeBron also treated his Taiwanese fans to a new stripped-down side of himself, only this time he took it quite literally.
In a video taken during his recent publicity tour across Asia — uncovered by Pro Basketball Talk — a shirtless James can be seen removing his hat, shoes and shorts as a man screams "everybody witness" in front of a large crowd. We finally have our answer to the age-old boxers or briefs question: boxer briefs.
Perhaps this is a precursor to a new Be Like Magic Mike advertising campaign. And scene.
Charles Barkley offers to pay for funerals of three children killed in alleged Philadelphia carjackingDan Devine at Ball Don't Lie6 hrs ago
Former Philadelphia 76ers great and TNT NBA commentator Charles Barkley has offered to pay for the funerals of three children killed in an automobile accident following an alleged sexual assault and carjacking in North Philadelphia last week.
The children — Keiearra Williams, 15; Thomas Joseph Reed, 10; and Terrence Moore, 7 — were struck and killed on the morning of July 25 by a Toyota 4Runner that "lurched out of control and into a family selling fruit at Allegheny and Germantown Avenues," according to Aubrey Whelan and Mike Newall of the Philadelphia Inquirer. Their mother, Keisha Williams, 34, was also injured, and remained hospitalized in critical condition as of Monday night.
- Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie8 hrs ago
Three weeks after finishing the 2013-14 NBA regular season, and two months before he got a new three-year, $16.5 million contract, Phoenix Suns forward P.J. Tucker was arrested by Scottsdale, Ariz., police for "super extreme DUI," according to Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic.
- Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie9 hrs ago
Blake Griffin chalked up his decision to bow out of competition for a spot on the U.S. men's national basketball team that will compete in the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup in Spain next month to a desire "to focus and dedicate 100 percent of my energy on improving and preparing for the upcoming season with the [Los Angeles] Clippers." As it turns out, though, there's another reason why the All-NBA Second Team forward pulled out.
A California judge rules in Shelly Sterling's favor, clearing the way for the sale of the Los Angeles ClippersKelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie1 day ago
Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling’s wife acted in good faith when she encouraged him to meet with two neurologists to determine if he was suffering from dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, judge Michael Levanas ruled on Monday, and her proposed sale of the franchise in the wake of Sterling’s racist taped comments was not hatched as a result of a conspiratorial plot. Donald Sterling, who is suing the Sterling family trust (and, by slim extension, himself) lost a court ruling that should encourage the agreed-upon sale of the Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer for $2 billion.
One of the attorneys for Shelly Sterling told reporters he hopes the sale to Ballmer closes before Aug. 15. The NBA released a statement saying the league looks forward to the sale "closing as soon as possible."
- Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie1 day ago
When I interviewed Filip Peraić, the Croatian artist behind James Harden Illustrated, about four months ago, he explained that what he found so enriching about pursuing artistic freedom within the confines of the Houston Rockets All-Star's side profile was finding wholly new ways to recreate a familiar motif.
"Creativity is best noticed when there are constraints," he told me. "[...] I’m trying to create unexpected connections and that’s why people find this project interesting. Obvious is what I want to avoid."
Well, Filip, I think you've done a pretty good job of avoiding obvious with the most recent installment of James Harden Illustrated: