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- Eric Freeman at Ball Don't Lie11 hrs ago
When the Oklahoma City Thunder selected forward Josh Huestis with the 29th overall pick in June's draft, the selection struck most analysts as a bit of a reach. The Stanford senior had projected as a mid-second-rounder, if drafted and all, and figured to have to adjust to playing on the wing in the NBA. He was a player with promise, though not necessarily an ideal choice for a title contender with a need to improve a relatively thin bench.
The 10-man rotation, starring the Dallas Mavericks, who could be making a move after a strong summerDan Devine at Ball Don't Lie17 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: Sports on Earth. Michael Pina on the "minor miracle" of the Dallas Mavericks' offseason work, and how Mark Cuban, Rick Carlisle and the staggeringly selfless Dirk Nowitzki might have another contender on their hands.
PF: numberFire. One area where the Mavs still look a little shaky, though, is at the point — who should start there?
You can bid on Michael Jordan's NBA-record-setting $33 million 1997-98 contract with the Chicago BullsDan Devine at Ball Don't Lie18 hrs ago
There never seems to be any shortage of Michael Jordan-related memorabilia on the collectibles circuit. From baseball cleats to "Flu Game" kicks, golf bags to love letters, plastic to glass and all the way up to expansive compounds, if you're an M.J. aficionado of means, there's just about always something cool and His Airness-specific on which you can bid hard-earned greenbacks.
- Ben Rohrbach at Ball Don't Lie18 hrs ago
Seeking justice for his aunt Tanganyika Williams' murder in Sacramento earlier this month, Clippers forward Matt Barnes is hoping his vast social media following will help track down the alleged killer.
"This dude stabbed my auntie in the neck last week & left her for dead on the sidewalk, she ended up dying on the way to the hospital in the ambulance," Barnes wrote on his various accounts. "If you hv any info on his where abouts contact the #SacPD # SacramentoWeNeedYourHelp #RIPTang"
- Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie19 hrs ago
On Feb. 23, the Brooklyn Nets signed center Jason Collins to a 10-day contract. Collins was lucky to be in the league even the season before, but with the relatively wispy and aging Kevin Garnett forced into duty at center and Brook Lopez out for the season, Brooklyn badly needed a defensive stalwart up front.
The transaction resulted in a large news conference in the Staples Center media area, as the Nets were playing the Los Angeles Lakers later that night. Collins would be the first openly gay player in NBA history, and he dutifully and intelligently discussed that significant moment in the face of media contingents from the two largest media markets in the NBA. It meant a lot to millions, and it will mean a lot to millions more who will badly need role models as they come to terms with being born a certain way. When I wrote my column discussing the transaction, I cried. When I watched a clip of Jason Collins entering that night’s game later that evening, I cried.
- Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie21 hrs ago
It’s an open secret the Cleveland Cavaliers and Minnesota Timberwolves are currently discussing a deal that would send some Kevin Love to Cleveland and some combination of the last two top overall NBA draft picks to Minnesota.
There are many issues to consider as the negotiations prattle on. Love is a fantastic player, but he might not fit the Cavaliers’ most desperate needs at this point. Minnesota isn’t exactly a free-agent destination, so the team wants to make sure that it deals an all-world superstar for the right amount of contributors in return. A third team will probably have to be involved to make the transaction NBA-legal. The last two No. 1 NBA draft picks are to be admired, as Anthony Bennett and (especially) Andrew Wiggins have All-Star potential, and Cleveland is likely wary of setting itself for the sort of Ted Stepien-sort of ignominy that can haunt a franchise even if it employs LeBron James until his retiring day.
Anthony Bennett is breathing free, literally, after tonsil surgery he hopes will help raise his gameDan Devine at Ball Don't Lie22 hrs ago
Anthony Bennett's rookie season could have gone worse. The Cleveland Cavaliers forward could have been framed for a murder he didn't commit, for one thing, or forced to play a deadly yearlong game of cat-and-mouse with a deranged genius bent on world domination; either of those things would have been way worse than just struggling to perform up to the expectations that come with being the No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 NBA draft.
Hey dads, here's Frank Caliendo reading LeBron James' 'I'm coming home' essay as Morgan Freeman (Video)Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie1 day ago
If you're anything like me, when you finished reading the Sports Illustrated essay in which LeBron James explained why he'd decided to leave the Miami Heat in free agency and rejoin the Cleveland Cavaliers, the first thing you thought was, "This was great and all, but it's suffering from a serious lack of Frank Caliendo." Luckily, the folks at ESPN Radio's "Mike and Mike" were thinking the exact same thing as I was — this happens all the time — and they invited the comedian on their radio show to read LeBron's essay in a celebrity's voice.
He chose Morgan Freeman because, I'm guessing, everybody involved really loved "Last Vegas."
That did sound like Morgan Freeman! Also, that essay is longer than you remember it being!
- Ben Rohrbach at Ball Don't Lie1 day ago
The Houston Rockets, thus far, whiffed on what once seemed a promising summer, and naturally the team's two flawed All-Stars have managed to sandwich a pair of unfortunate comments around the public relations pickle that has befallen general manager Daryl Morey upon failing to land a third star in free agency.
While the on-court skills of Dwight Howard and James Harden complement each other well — a defensive stalwart with finite offensive weapons and an offensive virtuoso with limited defensive skills — neither has proven too complimentary of any Houston teammate not named Howard or Harden.
In an interview with The Philippine Star, Harden is the latest to make news with an unfortunate statement.
“Dwight (Howard) and I are the cornerstones of the Rockets,” said Harden. “The rest of the guys are role players or pieces that complete our team. We’ve lost some pieces and added some pieces. I think we’ll be fine next season.”
- Eric Freeman at Ball Don't Lie1 day ago
The fate of the Los Angeles Clippers depends on the result of Donald Sterling's various legal maneuvers, but there's no doubt that prospective owner Steve Ballmer's bid of $2 billion is very real. The former Microsoft CEO, who at one point looked set to bring the NBA back to Seattle, has committed nearly three times the amount of the league's previous record sale to lead the Clippers into a new era. It's a serious figure for a franchise that was once derided as the worst-run organization in American sports.