Ball Don't Lie
Kyrie Irving loses Pablo Prigioni on the crossover-and-3, drops 37 + 11 in Cavs’ win over Knicks (Video)Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie1 hr ago
A great many New York Knicks fans (this one included) have spent at least some time over the past two seasons pleading with head coach Mike Woodson to give more playing time to Pablo Prigioni. The backup point guard is arguably the lone unselfish/pass-first player on the Knicks' roster and, when he has seen the floor, has seemed the team's sole tether to the two point guards/Carmelo Anthony at power forward/space the floor, share the ball and bomb 3-pointers identity that propelled the Knicks to 54 wins and the second round of the playoffs last season, but has been in very short supply through New York's miserable start to the 2013-14 campaign.
- Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie2 hrs ago
Back in March, Turner Sports analyst Chris Webber had a bit of fun during NBA TV's weekly "Fan Night" broadcast — they tend to get loose on Fan Night — by highlighting an Indiana Pacers fan who didn't seem too keen on sharing his ice cream with the young lady to his right. Lest we forget:
- Eric Freeman at Ball Don't Lie4 hrs ago
It's the second week of December, which means that the holiday music season has ramped up to absurd levels. It's impossible to go anywhere without hearing some sort of festive song, whether it's a Christmas tune like "Jingle Bells," a slightly more religious Christmas ditty like "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing," or a commercial monstrosity like Justin Bieber's "Drummer Boy." There is a popular song for everyone (not including those who celebrate Hannukah, Kwanzaa, or nothing at all)!
But what about the basketball fan looking for a little roundball cheer? Sure, there will be some song that serves as a tie-in for the NBA's slate of Christmas games. Yet that's really just a basketball-adjacent song, a poor substitute for the real thing. Where shall we turn?
Thankfully, "Tanking Time Is Here" is here:
- Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie13 hrs ago
Kobe Bryant's still working his way back into form, shape and rhythm after nearly eight months on the shelf following surgery to repair a ruptured left Achilles tendon. But while the 35-year-old Mamba very clearly has a long way to go before he resembles the All-Star offensive performer he was before his injury, he showed during the first quarter of the Los Angeles Lakers' Tuesday matchup with the Phoenix Suns that he's still capable of taking you baseline off the bounce if you crowd him too much.
Head's up, P.J. Tucker:
Bryant bodies Tucker up, gives him a little shoulder shove to create separation, then makes his move, seals Tucker off, gets up and shows us that throwing down isn't just reserved for practice. Sure, it's only two points, but Kobe stuffing one is still a sight for sore eyes ... and after all that time away, you'd have to imagine that it felt pretty good.
- Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie14 hrs ago
INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Pacers weren’t the only ones with this game circled on the calendar.
The defending champion Miami Heat had to hear all summer about the Pacers’ improved depth, their internal growth, and their budding rivalry with a Miami team that knocked them out of the playoffs in 2012 and 2013. The Heat roared out of the gate in their first meeting with the Pacers since downing Indiana in Game 7 of the 2013 Eastern Conference finals, grabbing a 30-19 first-quarter lead before Indiana used its height and defensive smarts to slowly chip away and eventually down the two-time defending champs, 90-84.
- Eric Freeman at Ball Don't Lie15 hrs ago
On November 18, young Oklahoma City Thunder fan Cameron Rodriguez lived out every NBA attendee's dream when he hit a halfcourt shot for a $20,000 prize during the team's game against the Denver Nuggets at Chesapeake Energy Arena. A college student, Rodriguez came into a considerable amount of money to help him pay for his schooling and got to experience the joy of having an entire professional arena cheer his accomplishment. It's harder to imagine a young man having more fun.
The 10-man rotation, starring Spencer Hawes becoming ‘one of the top perimeter threats in basketball’Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie18 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: Hoop76. This is not a drill, people: "Spencer Hawes is attempting more 3-pointers per game than Ray Allen, and he’s hitting them at a higher rate." Tom Sunnergren explores how the Philadelphia 76ers center has become an honest-to-goodness offensive weapon, whether Sixers general manager Sam Hinkie should flip Hawes while his value is (or at least figures to be) at an all-time high or hang onto a surprisingly intriguing modern-NBA player, and more.
- Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie19 hrs ago
I'm still not sold on that cucumber, but I definitely see the Air Jordan Jumpman logo shaved into this young man's beard:
The word "BULLS," too, for that matter. (Or, more accurately, "BULL," followed by a lowercase "s" that looks a little like a "oh, crud" jammed-in afterthought.)
So, how does one come by such unique facial hair? Bleacher Report's Jake Silver has a brief description:
Students at the University of Toledo medical school grew their facial hair like many others in the month of November, but they saw an opportunity to do more. During the course of the month, people could bid on the rights to shave a beard however they so chose. All proceeds would go to their community clinic.
Fortunately for Ali, pictured above, the winning bidder knew he was a fan of Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls.
- Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie21 hrs ago
Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment CEO Tim Leiweke initially decided to put together a strange arrangement last spring, replacing longtime Toronto Raptors general manager Bryan Colangelo with the man who used to work as his second in command, reigning NBA Executive of the Year and former Denver Nuggets top man Masai Ujiri. The plan was for Colangelo, who is as connected as they come within NBA executive circles, to stick around to help grease the wheels as Ujiri dotted through the league’s ever-expanding Rolodex. The problem with the arrangement was obvious, though, because it would involve Colangelo reporting to a man who used to report to him, all while that new boss broke apart the middling and expensive team Colangelo put together.
Chris Paul’s son, a.k.a. Little Chris/CP4, co-stars in Blake Griffin/CP3 Kids Foot Locker ad (Video)Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie21 hrs ago
Thanks to advertising agency BBDO, Foot Locker's made a habit of dropping consistently amusing and engaging commercials to promote their sales, with spots featuring the likes of Kyrie Irving and Dennis Rodman, Stephen Curry and James Harden, Kevin Durant and Kris Humphries, and the Los Angeles Clippers duo of Blake Griffin and Chris Paul all generating laughs and brand awareness in recent memory.