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- Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie19 mins ago
The “why is this news” folks who don’t understand what it’s like to be young and in the closet and scared and desperate for this sort of news are just going to have to deal with another bit of news.
Jason Collins was named one of TIME Magazine’s 100 most influential people this week. It’s a constructed award, with no real scientific backing, discussed and detailed in print by celebrities with only a tangential relationship to the honoree. Collins, who came out of the closet one year ago and was signed by the Brooklyn Nets last winter, is the only openly gay male sports participant working in the four major North American pro sports. His go-to qualifier happily keeps adding words to it because more and more athletes – women, pro prospects, college players, those that run up and down a soccer pitch – are coming out. This is why someone like Jason Collins, the first to step forward amongst the ranks, is influential.
NBA fines Josh McRoberts $20K for forearm to LeBron James' throat, upgrades foul to flagrant-2 (Video)Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie58 mins ago
Charlotte Bobcats forward Josh McRoberts has been fined $20,000 for the foul he committed against the Miami Heat's LeBron James with 50 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter of Miami's 101-97 win over Charlotte in Wednesday's Game 2 of their best-of-seven Eastern Conference playoff series, the NBA announced Thursday. The league also announced that McRoberts' foul — called a common foul on the floor by the officials during the game — has been upgraded to a flagrant-2.
Here's the foul, if you missed it the first time around:
Pacers GM Kevin Pritchard cites pretty high-ranking source in tweet saying Frank Vogel's job is safeDan Devine at Ball Don't Lie1 hr ago
The Indiana Pacers relieved a little bit of the pressure they've been feeling on Tuesday night, riding a very good outing from Paul George and a good ol' third-quarter smackdown to a 101-85 win over the Atlanta Hawks that evened their best-of-seven first-round playoff series at one game apiece. The Pacers juggled their coverages, got vital aggressive play from point guard George Hill and created turnovers in bunches to turn the tide in the second half of Game 2, helping wipe away the sour taste of a Game 1 defeat.Thu, Apr 244:00 PM PDTIndiana at AtlantaPreview Game
- Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie2 hrs ago
If Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson found himself in Carmelo Anthony's position — staring down the prospect of a summertime decision whether to return to the New York Knicks or seek greener pastures in free agency — his choice would be simple: "I would leave today."
The legendary former Cincinnati Royals and Milwaukee Bucks guard, a 12-time All-Star who famously averaged a triple-double during the 1961-62 NBA season and won a title in Milwaukee in 1971, offered that advice to the Knicks forward during an interview with Robertson that will be broadcast on filmmaker/Knicks superfan Spike Lee's SiriusXM NBA radio show on Thursday. He went on to explain his reasoning:
A few thoughts:
• Technically, the earliest 'Melo could leave the Knicks would be July 1, after opting out of the final year of his existing contract and hitting the market following the opening of unrestricted free agency. But I get what Mr. Robertson's saying.
- Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie3 hrs ago
These are, to put it mildly, trying times for the Houston Rockets. They've found themselves utterly unable to stop, or even appreciably slow down, Portland Trail Blazers All-Star power forward LaMarcus Aldridge, who has stepped into the spotlight fresh-dipped in flames and become the breakout star of the opening round of the 2014 playoffs by averaging — averaging! — 44.5 points and 13 rebounds in 40.5 minutes per game in staking Rip City's finest to a commanding 2-0 lead with the series heading back to the Pacific Northwest for Friday's Game 3. It's been sensational to watch Aldridge repeatedly cook the likes of Dwight Howard, Terrence Jones and Omer Asik — although Asik was most successful against LMA in Game 2, according to SportVU one-on-one defensive matchup data — and make shot after shot from all over the court against all manner of coverages and tough closeouts ... provided, of course, you're not a Rockets fan.
- Eric Freeman at Ball Don't Lie17 hrs ago
Last summer, Portland Trail Blazers power forward LaMarcus Aldridge was the subject of trade rumors that would have moved him from the only NBA team he's ever known. Nearly a year later, he's clearly been the best player of the first few days of the 2014 postseason.
For the second consecutive game, Aldridge terrorized the Houston Rockets' defense. Coming three days after his 46-point, 18-rebound performance in Portland's Game 1 win, Aldridge scored 43 points on 18-of-28 shooting to lead his team to a 112-105 win and a 2-0 series lead, giving Portland a huge advantage as the series heads to their home court for Games 3 and 4.
- Eric Freeman at Ball Don't Lie19 hrs ago
In Game 1 of the first-round series between the Dallas Mavericks and heavily favored San Antonio Spurs, the No. 8-seed Mavs held a surprising 10-point lead in the fourth quarter. Unfortunately for them, that advantage didn't last — the Spurs held them to one field goal in the final seven minutes of regulation to grab a 90-85 win and 1-0 series advantage. Given the circumstances, the Mavericks could be forgiven for thinking they had squandered their best chance at stealing a road victory.
They would not let go of the same opportunity in Wednesday night's Game 2. On the strength of their typical offensive prowess and impressive defensive thievery, the Mavericks cruised to a 113-92 win to break a 10-game losing streak against San Antonio, even the series at 1-1, and gain homecourt advantage as the series heads to Dallas for Games 3 and 4.
Josh McRoberts floors LeBron James with forearm to throat late in Heat's Game 2 win over Bobcats (Video)Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie19 hrs ago
Charlotte Bobcats forward Josh McRoberts only received a common personal foul for this collision with LeBron James late in the fourth quarter of Game 2 against the Miami Heat, which is weird, because the whole "forearm to the throat" thing doesn't seem super common:
- Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie21 hrs ago
After suffering through a dismal 27-55 season that ranked as the worst since the move from Minneapolis made them the Los Angeles Lakers, Pau Gasol is now a man with options. This was the final season of the three-year, $57 million extension he signed in the winter of 2009, and after the nearly-34-year-old pivot showed he can still get it done on the offensive end this season, averaging just under 17.5 points, 10 rebounds, 3.5 assists and two combined blocks/steals in 31 1/2 minutes per game, Gasol figures to have some suitors in free agency this summer ... and after 6 1/2 seasons in purple and gold, Pau seems increasingly prepared for the prospect of plying his trade elsewhere next season.
- Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie23 hrs ago
The NBA announced the winner of its annual Most Improved Player Award on Wednesday, with Phoenix Suns guard Goran Dragic taking home the honors after posting career-best scoring and shooting-percentage numbers en route to leading a Suns team that nearly everybody expected to lose big while rebuilding to a stunning 48-win season that came in the brutal Western Conference. Dragic won in a landslide, receiving more than half of the first-place votes cast by the 126 sportswriters and broadcasters who voted and netting twice as many total points as second-place finisher Lance Stephenson of the Indiana Pacers. While the nature of MIP includes nearly endless quibbles over an individual's definition of "improvement," leading to a wide variety of potential choices for the award, Dragic's win was both richly deserved and, given the comfortable margin of his victory, largely without controversy.Thu, Apr 247:30 PM PDTLA Clippers at Golden StatePreview Game