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Dirk Nowitzki, Monta Ellis and Chandler Parsons form Run DMC, earn hip-hop group's respect with dope rhymesBen Rohrbach at Ball Don't Lie1 hr ago
If you thought Dirk Nowitzki's vocal skills were limited to David Hasselhoff covers, you're sorely mistaken.
This time, Dirk is joined by Dallas Mavericks teammates Monta Ellis and Chandler Parsons to form Run DMC (get it, their names start with D, M and C), and the trio rocked fedoras and gold chains in an ode to the trailblazing hip-hop group of the 1980s and '90s for a surefire platinum single, "Can't Be Stopped."
- Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie3 hrs ago
Larry Brown spent six years running the Philadelphia 76ers. Former Philadelphia general manager Billy King would take offense to us pointing out that Larry ran the Sixers, but at the end of the working day Larry Brown and Larry Brown’s ideas ran the 76ers from 1997 through 2003. He took those Sixers to the playoffs in 1999, which was a bit of a surprise, and led the team to the NBA Finals in 2001 – a piece of work that in the minds of most made up for just about everything else he did with that particular franchise.
Larry Brown acted as a coach and de facto GM along the way. He salted the squad’s crops prior to his Larry Brown-styled flight to Detroit in 2003, leaving it with a GM in King that made a series of Larry Brown-styled win-now moves over and over again in the wake of Larry Brown’s departure. Yes, Allen Iverson crossed over Tyronn Lue and the 76ers took Game 1 of the Finals in 2001, but by and large Brown’s whole time in Philadelphia was just a series of penny-(barely) wise and pound-foolish maneuvers.
(We’ll get into those later.)Fri, Oct 315:30 PM PDTPhiladelphia at MilwaukeePreview Game
- Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie4 hrs ago
For a while there, it appeared as if Russell Westbrook was going to have to carry the load. To use his own formidable gifts to put together an MVP-worthy month while Kevin Durant slowly and smartly worked his way back from a right foot fracture.
At this point, sadly, it looks as if the rest of the Oklahoma City Thunder will have to do the heavy lifting, as both Durant and Westbrook are likely out until the middle of December. Westbrook suffered a fracture in his right hand on Thursday night in OKC’s second game of the season, likely knocking him out for the next four to six weeks.
The early indication is that Russell Westbrook could miss four to six weeks after fracturing the second metacarpal in his right hand Thursday against the Los Angeles Clippers.
- Ben Rohrbach at Ball Don't Lie5 hrs ago
If you had Josh Smith and Kenneth Faried in your "Who will be the first big beef of 2014-15?" pool, it's time to collect your money, but you probably didn't. Two likable NBA characters, if for entirely different reasons, the Detroit Pistons and Denver Nuggets forwards traded barbs through the media.
Asked in a video for the team website about the keys to Denver's 89-79 victory against Detroit on opening night, Faried explained, "Josh Smith. We let him keep shooting, and he ended up with 25, but he still kept shooting. He shot them out of the game." Shots fired, quite literally.
Since his days on the Atlanta Hawks, Smith has been criticized for firing too many jumpers (he shot 31.7 percent outside 10 feet last season), especially when he's so adept at scoring around the basket (66.8 percent in the restricted area). Neither Faried nor his coach made any secret of their defensive game plan.
- Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie14 hrs ago
It’s not so much that the Oklahoma City Thunder are already without Kevin Durant. It’s that Durant’s sweet-shooting reserve, Anthony Morrow, is also injured. It’s that his potential perimeter complement, hybrid guard Reggie Jackson, is nursing an ankle injury. It’s that James Harden’s hoped-for replacement, Jeremy Lamb, is out with a bad back.
Now, another dagger. All-Star point man Russell Westbrook had to leave the Thunder's 93-90 loss to the Clippers on Thursday night because of a fractured second metacarpal in his right hand.
Thunder coach Scott Brooks, according to reporters at the game, did not reveal how much time Westbrook could miss.
Here’s how it happened:
It’s unclear if Westbrook hurt the hand while bashing it into Kendrick Perkins’ thigh, or if the hand was caught in Perkins’ uniform. He may have injured himself while driving on Clippers reserve guard Jordan Farmar, as well. Whatever the spark, Westbrook had to leave the game after just 8:43 of frustrating play – he dished four assists, but turned the ball over three times, picked up two fouls, and missed two of three shots from the field.
- Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie15 hrs ago
On second thought, maybe LeBron James should've just called it "a regular-sized sporting event."
With the eyes of the world on Quicken Loans Arena for the first regular-season game of James' second stint in Cleveland — not to mention the Cavs' debuts of All-Star power forward Kevin Love, new head coach David Blatt, respected veteran forward Shawn Marion and more — LeBron and his new 'mates sputtered out of the gate. After all the pregame festivities — the live-to-TNT concert, the 3D video projection, the faux-chalk-toss and all the rest of it — the Cavs came out sluggish, allowing a New York Knicks team playing on the road, on the second night of a back-to-back, after being destroyed on Wednesday by the Chicago Bulls, to not only hang around, but take a lead deep into the fourth quarter.Fri, Oct 315:00 PM PDTCleveland at ChicagoPreview Game
- Eric Freeman at Ball Don't Lie18 hrs ago
The return of LeBron James to the Cleveland Cavaliers is the biggest story in the NBA this fall. The four-time MVP didn't waste much time in showing basketball fans what they can expect from him during Thursday night's opener against the New York Knicks at Quicken Loans Arena.
With 6:30 remaining in the first quarter, James took a trademark outlet pass from fellow new Cav Kevin Love and powered through a foul from Carmelo Anthony to finish an and-one layup. Take a look below:
It was a classic play from James with a new wrinkle from Love, who joined the Cavs this summer via trade from the Minnesota Timberwolves. The play shows why the Cavaliers could be one of the best fast-break teams in NBA history in 2014-15. Few teams have ever had the transition talent of LeBron, Love and All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving.
- Eric Freeman at Ball Don't Lie19 hrs ago
The 2014-15 season does not figure to be a particularly good one for the Minnesota Timberwolves. After trading away Kevin Love this summer, the Wolves are left with a team of promising youngsters who figure to take a while to jell and become a playoff team. (This makes them not unlike the Love-led Wolves of a few seasons ago.) The results of the games don't matter much this year — it's all about more qualitative signs of progress.
It appears that some fans won't have the patience to wait through the rebuilding process. In fact, one couldn't even make it to the home opener. As this photo posted to Reddit shows (via SB Nation), a fed-up fan taped a ticket for Thursday night's home opener against the Detroit Pistons to a telephone poll:
- Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie21 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: USA TODAY. Questioning R.C. Buford, Gregg Popovich and the San Antonio Spurs has become borderline unthinkable at this stage, but Sam Amick isn't sure the title-winning braintrust is making the right choice by waiting to max out Kawhi Leonard.
PF: 48 Minutes of Hell. Then again, as Matthew Tynan details, waiting until next summer to match any restricted free agent offer sheet that Leonard might sign with a prospective suitor could give San Antonio more financial flexibility to be able to reload should Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili actually hang 'em up after their contracts expire this summer.Fri, Oct 317:00 PM PDTSan Antonio at PhoenixPreview Game
- Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie22 hrs ago
NBA commissioner Adam Silver is tinkering, at least so far.
The NBA in five or ten years might look almost entering identical to the NBA we’re watching right now, save for possibly the addition of a few more holograms. The league might still feature 30 teams, all in the current NBA cities. The games could last as long as they do now, the season could start and finish at around the same time, and the road toward the NBA lottery drawing might possibly still be forged by the same rules in hand now.
Or, Silver could attempt to blow things up.
For now, though, he’s still working around the fringes. A recent interview with Bleacher Report’s Howard Beck revealed as much. The commish didn’t outline any impending plans to make significant changes to how the league operates, and most importantly unlike his predecessor Silver didn’t deem imminent change necessary for the future well-being of the league via the media.
If you have time, take a look: