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 : Upside and Motor . Bidding farewell to Anthony Randolph, a collection of athleticism and skills enticed the early positional revolutionaries and whose inability to put it all together consistently on the grand stage confounded the Internet and NBA lifers alike. He belongs to Russia now. Vaya con dios , Anthony. PF : Regressing . Missed this late last week, but a good strength-of-schedule analysis based on a variety of rest-related factors turned in by the great Ed Kupfer . SF : The Podium Game . A neat, easily accessible, video-based infographic scouting report on Detroit Pistons big man Greg Monroe's offensive game by Tom Westerholm. SG : Salt City Hoops . Speaking of scouting reports, here's Dakota Schmidt with a video-heavy look at how Trey Burke stacked on both ends of the floor during his rookie season for the Utah Jazz and what the 2013 first-rounder needs to work on as he enters Year 2, which could see him pressed for time at the point by 2014 lottery selection Dante Exum. PG : The Sporting News . Sean Deveney talks with former NBA guard Derek Anderson about his difficult journey, which saw him abandoned by his parents before he even hit high school, his efforts to try to find and help them later in life, and his decision to write about it all. 6th : Sportsnet . Dave Zarum and Matt Bonner talk about comedy — Andy Kaufman , improve , Internet videos , you name it — and why having a sense of humor is a really important part of being a member o the San Antonio Spurs. 7th : Eye on Basketball . Matt Moore goes in-depth on how the Phoenix Suns were able to completely surpass expectations last year and turn in a top-10 offense despite entering the season without a singular dominant scoring option and relatively few reliable expected contributors. 8th : Raptors Republic . Alex Wong and Blake Murphy chat about pressing issues facing the 2014-15 Toronto Raptors, like potential punchlines Drake might use to reference his KD tampering fine and the fallout from it ("“KD loves Toronto, he needs no reminding / I talked to Silver, I’m all about the linings.") 9th : HoopsHabit . Breaking down the Boston Celtics' options with Rajon Rondo, the prospective motivations behind their future course of action, and the likelihood that noted wheeler/dealer/ negotiating nutcracker Danny Ainge just lets his All-Star point guard stay put. 10th : Hardwood Paroxysm . Steve McPherson wonders whether next season's Cleveland Cavaliers team will look more like the 2010-11 Miami Heat that struggled to find rhythm and ultimately fell to the Dallas Mavericks than the versions of Miami that hoisted the O'Brien the next two seasons. - - - - - - - Dan Devine is an editor for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at email@example.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YourManDevine Stay connected with Ball Don't Lie on Twitter @YahooBDL , "Like" BDL on Facebook and follow BDL's Tumblr for year-round NBA talk, jokes and more.
The NBA and its associated retail partners sell a lot of merchandise, from the most coveted retro jerseys to those toasters that burn team logos into bread . While many of these items are sold at considerable markup, they rarely reach prices so high as to seem absurd. Plus, when players change teams, the team-specific apparel bearing their names is always put on sale. It was a little bizarre, then, to discover that one store at Los Angeles International Airport is still selling Dwight Howard jerseys from his sole season with the Los Angeles Lakers at a premium price. According to sportswriter Jeff Pearlman, who wrote a book on the franchise's Showtime era published earlier this year, the jerseys are going for close to $100. Here's his tweet: Dwight Howard Laker jersey selling for $100 at LAX. Probably $3 at Marshall's pic.twitter.com/RO23vnHKrs — jeffpearlman (@jeffpearlman) August 17, 2014 Trusted source Kurt Helin of ProBasketballTalk has said that no one in L.A. walks around in a Dwight Howard Lakers jersey these days, and that makes sense given that Howard was a disappointment with the team and opted to bolt for the Houston Rockets as a free agent last summer. But I think he's ignoring some potential customers for this item. As all Americans know, the free market is a frictionless wonder with absolutely no inefficiencies whatsoever. If someone is selling an outdated Dwight Howard jersey for $100, then surely someone must be willing to pay for it. Who would do such a thing? Here are some suggestions: 1. Tom Hanks in "Cast Away" if he couldn't get through airport customs like Tom Hanks in "The Terminal." 2. A traveler who had all his shirts confiscated by TSA agents. 3. Someone who spent way too much time at the Chili's Too bar during a five-hour layover. 4. A delayed passenger who forgot to use a $100 voucher until right before boarding. 5. An anthropomorphic Skittle. The system works! - - - - - - - Eric Freeman is a writer for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter! Follow @FreemanEric
Donald Sterling, the ousted former owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, told a TMZ cameraman this weekend that he is "finished." "I'm finished, I'm over," the 80-year-old real estate developer said when TMZ approached him outside his car in Beverly Hills this weekend. "Please." Sterling officially lost control over the Clippers last week, after the closing of the $2 billion sale of the team from the Sterling Family Trust, overseen by Donald's wife Shelly Sterling, to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. The sale's completion came two weeks after a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge ruled that Shelly Sterling had acted in accordance with the terms of the family trust in working to sell the team without her husband's consent after neurologists had declared him "mentally incapacitated." Donald Sterling had fought the sale agreement in hopes of keeping the franchise he purchased for $12.5 million in 1981, but an appellate court rejected his petition to overturn the Superior Court's ruling and stop the transaction. A lawyer for Donald Sterling said last Friday that "no final decision" had yet been made on a potential appeal of the sale to the California Supreme Court, according to Nathan Fenno of the Los Angeles Times , but Sterling's representatives "appeared to concede the sale in a statement released [...] following the appellate court’s rejection, saying they were confident their client would be 'completely vindicated' in a federal antitrust lawsuit against the NBA." The sale concluded a tumultuous four-month period sparked by the publication of audio recordings in which Donald Sterling — whose history of problematic racial attitudes and actions had long since been established — made racist remarks to V. Stiviano , whom he upbraided for “associating” with minorities, posting pictures she'd taken with black people on Instagram, and potentially bringing African-Americans — most notably former Los Angeles Lakers great and Los Angeles Dodgers part-owner Magic Johnson — to Clippers games. The remarks led NBA Commissioner Adam Silver to ban Sterling for life , fine him $2.5 million and begin the process of terminating his ownership of the Clippers under the league's constitution and bylaws. Donald Sterling fought his ouster vigorously, publicly and absurdly in the months leading up to the Superior Court's evidently final determination; now, he says, he's "finished" and "over." What began with TMZ, it seems, ends with TMZ ... although you'll forgive us if we don't necessarily believe that we're completely rid of Donald Sterling just yet. More NBA coverage: - - - - - - - Dan Devine is an editor for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at email@example.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YourManDevine Stay connected with Ball Don't Lie on Twitter @YahooBDL , "Like" BDL on Facebook and follow BDL's Tumblr for year-round NBA talk, jokes and more.
|Adrian Wojnarowski||Los Angelesin 6||The Lakers' most troublesome matchup could be behind them. The Jazz just aren't constructed to overtake L.A.|
|Marc J. Spears||Los Angelesin 5||If you thought Oklahoma City point guard Russell Westbrook gave the Lakers some problems, wait until you see what Utah's Deron Williams does. With Mehmet Okur sidelined, the Lakers dwarf the Jazz and will make it tough on Carlos Boozer.|
|Johnny Ludden||Los Angelesin 6||The Jazz will give the Lakers a fight, particularly when the series shifts to Utah. But they just don't have enough length to dethrone the champs.|
|Kenny Smith||Los Angelesin 5||Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum will be tough matchups for Carlos Boozer and Paul Millsap. Kobe Bryant will also be a more efficient scorer in this series than against OKC.|