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- Eric Freeman at Ball Don't Lie1 hr ago
Former NBA forward Lamar Odom was found unconscious at a Nevada brothel on Tuesday and rushed to the hospital, according to several reports. The news was first reported by TMZ and partially confirmed soon after by Claudia Koerner and Adolfo Flores of BuzzFeed.
Both reports say that Odom was found passed out in a room at the legal Love Ranch in Pahrump before being taken to a local hospital and then moved to another Nevada hospital. Let's quote from the BuzzFeed report, which features fewer details but confirms news also found in the TMZ report.
All available information is rather graphic, so please use discretion:
- Eric Freeman at Ball Don't Lie4 hrs ago
Every LeBron James team carries lofty expectations, but it's difficult to call the Cleveland Cavaliers' 2014-15 a disappointment despite early struggles, plenty of controversies involving LeBron James and his new friends Kevin Love and David Blatt, and a general feeling that the team did not fulfill its massive potential. As usual, postseason success answered a lot of questions. Outside of a brief challenge in the conference semifinals, the Cavs received little competition in the East over three rounds despite playing without Kevin Love vs. both Chicago Bulls and the Atlanta Hawks. While the NBA Finals Game 1 injury to Kyrie Irving robbed the team of its best chance to win a title, wins in Games 2 and 3 reminded everyone of the power of LeBron and exceeded anything most observers felt possible against a side as strong as the Golden State Warriors.
- Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie7 hrs ago
Those who watched Wisconsin's run to the 2015 NCAA national championship game were likely already well aware of just how fluid and flashy a dancer Badgers center Frank Kaminsky can be. For those of us who might've missed those undergraduate moves, though, the 7-foot power forward/center — whom the Charlotte Hornets chose with the ninth overall pick in June's 2015 NBA draft — offered a more expansive and, dare I say, professional performance during Charlotte's Fan Appreciation Night event in Shanghai on Tuesday as part of the NBA's Global Games trip to China:
- Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie9 hrs ago
ESPN on Monday postponed the premiere of "Down in the Valley," a documentary in its "30 for 30" series about the 2013 effort to prevent the Sacramento Kings from moving to another city. The decision came in response to the renewed focus on allegations that Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson — a former NBA All-Star, and a key figure in the fight to keep the Kings in Sacramento — sexually abused a teenager while a member of the Phoenix Suns in 1996.LiveSacramento67 - 51LA LakersFollow Game
- Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie11 hrs ago
Portland Trail Blazers guard C.J. McCollum was ejected from Monday night's preseason game against the Utah Jazz after committing a flagrant foul-2 on Jazz swingman Gordon Hayward.
The foul came with just under 2 1/2 minutes remaining in the fourth quarter and the Jazz trailing by four:
After picking off a pass by Blazers wing Allen Crabbe, Hayward raced out in transition, looking for an easy bucket that would cut Portland's lead to two. McCollum gave chase, catching Hayward from behind as he prepared to jump and trying to swipe at the ball to prevent a shot attempt. He wasn't able to get the strip or keep Hayward on the ground, though, and as the Butler product elevated, McCollum pulled him down with his left arm and Hayward landed hard on the baseline, much to the chagrin of the Utah faithful.Mon, Oct 12Portland88 - 81UtahGame Recap
- Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie12 hrs ago
After an injury-and-illness-plagued end to last season that saw him shoot a dismal 31.6 percent from the floor in a four-game sweep at the hands of the Washington Wizards, Toronto Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry entered the offseason intent on turning the page, rebooting and revitalizing himself for what he hopes will be a longer 2015-16 season by rebuilding his body — or, more to the point, by getting rid of a substantial amount of it.
"I was talking to my wife, and she said, 'You were always your best at your college weight,'" Lowry told CBSSports.com's James Herbert last month. "The saying is, the older you get, the lighter you've got to be [...] I want to be special. At the end of the day it's all about me and how I feel and what I can provide for my team and my family."
- Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie13 hrs ago
J.R. Smith was inactive on Monday night, sidelined for the second straight game by a sore left hamstring. But the Cleveland Cavaliers shooting guard still found a way to make his presence felt from the bench ... or, more accurately, by leaving it in search of fluffy pink sustenance in the middle of the game:
Yep — that's the ever-adventurous Smith nipping up into the stands during Cleveland's matchup with the Memphis Grizzlies at the Schottenstein Center in Columbus, Ohio, and coming away with a pair of cotton candies to enjoy as he watched his teammates work. Well, he didn't keep them both for himself:
Cavs guard J.R. Smith just bought two cotton candies on the bench and gave one to a fan. He kept the other. He’s the best.
- Ben Rohrbach at Ball Don't Lie1 day ago
The Timberwolves have a past-his-prime veteran battling a before-his-time fledgling for minutes at every position, which should make for an interesting basketball season in Minnesota.
There’s 24-year-old Ricky Rubio and Final Four MVP Tyus Jones sandwiched around old man Andre Miller at point guard; slam dunk champ Zach LaVine and seasoned Kevin Martin at off guard; Rookie of the Year Andrew Wiggins and recent top prep recruit Shabazz Muhammad squeezing 2004 NBA champ Tayshaun Prince at small forward; No. 1 overall pick Karl-Anthony Towns and living legend Kevin Garnett at big forward; and rapidly developing Gorgui Dieng alongside soon-to-be 30-year-old Nikola Pekovic at center.
That’s one weird depth chart.
- Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie1 day ago
In the end, everyone just wanted the end to hurry up and get here.
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The Chicago Bulls sulked through a purgatorial season in 2014-15, never quite catching fire or establishing themselves as a true contender. The hoped-for roadblock in the way of LeBron James’ narrative chasing in Cleveland never materialized, as Chicago plugged its way toward 50 wins but achieved little in the way of consistency or rhythm.
This mostly had to do with the inability of its mainstays — stars Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah, alongside former coach Tom Thibodeau — to find solid footing.
Thibodeau, in his mind, was cursed with needless minutes restrictions for both his former All-Stars, put in place by the team’s front office (to its discredit, two years too late), and he chirped about the handicap all season. Noah did not recover from the “minor” surgical procedure Chicago’s medical staff credited him for undergoing the previous May, and was an absolute liability offensively for most of the season.
- Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie1 day ago
Three years ago, the Denver Nuggets were one of the NBA's most invigorating teams, a young, 11-deep crew that came at opponents in waves, pushed the pace and poured in buckets. They had talent at every position, and nearly always proved a fulfilling watch. By midway through last season, though, the Nuggets had become both bad and boring, unable to contend and, even worse, unworthy of League Pass attention. An ignoble failure.LiveDenver41 - 48Golden StateFollow Game