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- Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie40 mins ago
Los Angeles Lakers fans will have until now and March 9th, the team’s last home match against the Oklahoma City Thunder, to figure out how to properly fete longtime ex-Laker point guard Derek Fisher. The 39-year old Thunder reserve is retiring after this season, and because Fisher probably doesn’t check off all the boxes needed to have his jersey retired by the team, the 2013-14 regular season might be the best time to show the five-time champion off in dignified style.
Fisher copped to looking ahead to spring as a backup-to-the-backup with the Thunder, hoping to hit the postseason fully healthy after a frustrating 2013 turn that saw the team bounced in the second round with Russell Westbrook watching injured from the sidelines – possibly taking in his sixth ring along the way, one more than Kobe Bryant owns.Fri, Dec 135:00 PM PSTLA Lakers at Oklahoma CityPreview Game
- Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie1 hr ago
There have been plenty of surprises in the Eastern Conference through the first six weeks of the 2013-14 NBA season, but you wouldn't characterize very many of them as "pleasant." Amid near-daily news of New York chaos and expanding Chicago injury reports, though, there has been one heartwarming ray of sunshine — the Boston Celtics, who entered the season with a freshman head coach, an injured All-Star, hardly any players you've ever heard of and an expectation of being just about the worst NBA team money could buy. Instead, they find themselves sitting atop the Atlantic Division after 24 games.Fri, Dec 134:30 PM PSTNew York at BostonPreview Game
- Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie3 hrs ago
By now, over a year into their working partnership together, you’d think that Pau Gasol and Los Angeles Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni would have pat answers on the ready when any member of the media asks them why Gasol has struggled so much since D’Antoni took over. That they would give each other faint praise from afar, chalk up the ongoing issues as just part of the learning process, make some reference to Gasol’s lingering injuries and the hectic NBA schedule, and try to pour some baking soda on that potential oil fire.
Both player and coach didn’t exactly hurl a gas can at the situation on Thursday, but they did leave anyone reading Bill Plaschke’s discussion with the two in the Los Angeles Times wondering if this relationship will ever improve, and if the Lakers are best served attempting to find trade suitors for the big man.
- Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie4 hrs ago
Former NBA All-Star Gilbert Arenas turns 32 years old next month. He’s has undergone several knee surgeries, including a microfracture procedure on his left knee, and he has not played in the NBA since the lockout-shortened 2011-12 term. In his final five seasons in the NBA, totaling 134 games due to injury and suspension, he shot just 38.7 percent from the field. He has not been on anyone’s radar as a potential injury replacement during either of the last two NBA training camps.
That doesn’t mean Arenas has ruled out an NBA return, or that he thinks his time on stage is over. Once he’s done developing some sweet-ass apps, though.
Bleacher Report: Is there anything else you see yourself pursuing down the line, in or outside the game of basketball?
Gilbert Arenas: Yeah, right now I'm just developing apps. Next summer, I'm going to train really hard and then try to make a team. I'm going to try to come back.
OK, so next summer he’ll try to come back. Can’t do it this year, too many apps to develop.
- Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie4 hrs ago
Thursday's matchup between the Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Clippers — and, by extension, the game-within-the-game duel between forever-tethered Class of '05 point guards Deron Williams and Chris Paul — didn't start out so hot for D-Will. Not only did CP3 score eight points during the game's opening quarter to Williams' one as the visiting Clippers jumped out to an early lead, but he did so while eliciting oohs and ahhs from Williams' own home crowd:
While that particular drop to the deck wasn't really all that big a deal — Williams stepped on teammate Brook Lopez's foot to precipitate his fall (though D-Will did joke after the game, correctly, that he'd still probably wind up on lowlight reels anyway) — the gap between the two guards' early-game performance sparked a pretty common question from many viewers:
Hey, remember when "Chris Paul or Deron Williams?" was a thing?
— Robert Silverman (@BobSaietta) December 13, 2013
- Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie6 hrs ago
Yesterday, news from various sources detailed the New York Knicks’ dogged pursuit of journeyman point guard Kyle Lowry, currently playing for the Toronto Raptors. The Knicks have had issues with the point guard position since Jason Kidd’s descent late in the 2012-13 season, and they just recently learned that a strained hamstring will keep out of shape lead man Raymond Felton out for up to three weeks. Acquiring Lowry, a dogged defender and solid floor general, would seem like the perfect fit for a team full of excuses.
The problem is that the Knicks are both capped out, basically asset-less, and bereft of draft picks after tossing them to both Denver and Toronto in previous deals. Those deals, for Carmelo Anthony and Andrea Bargnani, were both cobbled together by onetime Nuggets general manager and current Raptors GM Masai Ujiri.
- Eric Freeman at Ball Don't Lie18 hrs ago
Despite out-performing expectations with an entertaining team so far this season, the Los Angeles Lakers are currently in the midst of a down moment relative to the franchise's typically high form. However, that rich tradition remains a part of the team's public image. So, when two championship rings (and other items) were stolen from Lakers headquarters in El Segundo, it qualified as a notable occurrence for reasons other than the money involved.
On Thursday, local police announced an arrest in the case, and a former security guard at the facility is now in custody. From Larry Altman for The Breeze:
A security guard who patrolled after hours in the Los Angeles Lakers headquarters in El Segundo was charged Thursday with stealing two NBA championship rings and $20,000 in gift cards that were to be handed out at holiday events.
Eddie J. Monterroso, 23, of Inglewood allegedly spent $15,000 worth of the gift cards, buying televisions and iPads, El Segundo police Lt. Jaime Bermudez said.
- Eric Freeman at Ball Don't Lie21 hrs ago
Some professional athletes have a general sense of when they might get traded, due to the perpetual churn of the rumor mill and the fact that many such players request their trades in the first place. For most inclusions in trades, however, a deal can serve as a major surprise. These so-called throw-ins and make-weights don't have the luxury of anticipating being moved. It's always a possibility, but it can be made reality with little warning.Fri, Dec 134:00 PM PSTPhiladelphia at TorontoPreview Game
- Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie23 hrs ago
Not content to sit on the sidelines when it came to taking a swing at other business ventures, Oklahoma City Thunder All-Star Kevin Durant has decided to open his own restaurant. “Kd’s Southern Cuisine” opened in Oklahoma City this month, though only time will tell if KD has thrown a gutter ball in his first toss into the ring, or if his restaurant will turn out to be a real “home run.”
Unlike the menus at most other athlete-themed vanity restaurants, Kd’s Southern Cuisine doesn’t read as if it was attempting to secure a high-end sports bar clientele. There’s nary a chicken finger or tortilla wrap to be found, with fried green tomatoes, fried okra, grits and collard greens dotting entrees that include proteins like trout and catfish. Heartier types can go for the southern style meatloaf or smothered pork chop, alongside a selection of steaks. A lip-smackin’ touchdown!
Thankfully, though the menu and website is dotted with Oklahoma City Thunder colors, there’s not a lot of “Slam Dunk Salads!” or “Three-Point Dipping Sauces” to be found.
Until you get to the “Baller Menu.” Yeah, son.
- Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie1 day ago
The Los Angeles Lakers announced Thursday that point guard Steve Blake has been "diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow," and is "expected to be out a minimum of six weeks," dealing a major blow to a Lakers team already struggling with backcourt injuries and working to reintegrate recently returned shooting guard Kobe Bryant.
While there's some discrepancy in reports of when exactly Blake sustained his injury — the team statement says that it happened "in the second half of the Lakers vs. [the Sacramento Kings] game on November 24," but Blake himself said Thursday it took place "on the road against [the Washington Wizards," according to ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin — we've known that Blake's not 100 percent for nearly two weeks now. Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times reported on Dec. 2 that the point guard had been dealing with a hyperextended right elbow.