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National Basketball Association roundup (Reuters)
18 Aug 2014 at 8:44pm
(The Sports Xchange) - The New York Knicks will add Jim Cleamons to new coach Derek Fisher's staff, the Los Angeles Times reported Monday. Cleamons, a longtime NBA assistant, served on former Milwaukee Bucks coach Larry Drew's staff last season. Knicks president Phil Jackson and Cleamons have a long history of working together - first with the Chicago Bulls and then with the Los Angeles Lakers. Cleamons was on Jackson's coaching staff for numerous NBA titles. ...
Who would buy a Dwight Howard Lakers jersey for $100 at LAX? (Ball Don't Lie)
18 Aug 2014 at 7:35pm
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 If someone is selling an outdated Dwight Howard jersey for $100, then surely someone must be willing to pay for it.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 efreeman_ysports@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @FreemanEric
NBA roundup: Cleamons expected to join Knicks' staff (The SportsXchange)
18 Aug 2014 at 4:43pm
The New York Knicks will add Jim Cleamons to new coach Derek Fisher's staff, the Los Angeles Times reported Monday.
Ousted ex-Clippers owner Donald Sterling: 'I'm finished, I'm over' (Video) (B...
18 Aug 2014 at 1:55pm
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 devine@yahoo-inc.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.
There's a sculpture of a nude Kobe Bryant wrestling a giant black mamba, beca...
18 Aug 2014 at 12:41pm
I think we all probably thought the same thing when we learned last June that there is a huge sculpture of Kobe Bryant at a museum in the Chinese province of Guangzhou ? "OK, cool, but how come he's standing still in a Los Angeles Lakers uniform rather than naked and wrestling a giant snake?" Even some 14 months later, it still galls me; I mean, what is this, Amateur Hour? Luckily, there are still some real honest-to-goodness artists in this world, and the gang at Lakers Nation has captured the work of one such artisan in Taiwan. Behold: "Achilles," by Roger Huang.
Report: Cleamons to join Knicks' staff (The SportsXchange)
18 Aug 2014 at 9:21am
The New York Knicks will add Jim Cleamons to new coach Derek Fisher's staff, the Los Angeles Times reported Monday.
LeBron, Adam Silver, Becky Hammon, Dikembe Mutombo among NBA'ers to take ALS ...
18 Aug 2014 at 7:51am
The NBA's ongoing commitment to dumping cold water on itself to raise awareness of and money for research into amyotrophic lateral sclerosis , often referred to as Lou Gehrig's disease, continues apace. After a slew of players and coaches, including multiple members of Team USA , participated in the Ice Bucket Challenge last week, they were joined by several well-known stragglers over the weekend, including a certain four-time NBA Most Valuable Player with whom you might be familiar. (If you've somehow managed to avoid the videos to this point, the challenge is a viral video-based campaign dreamed up by the ALS Association to bolster fundraising efforts during the waning days of summer. The process is simple: start recording video, have someone pour a bucket of ice water over your head or pour one on yourself, and then ask a few people to do the same thing within the next 24 hours or to donate money to the charity. The campaign has been a monstrous success, with the ALS Association reporting Sunday that there have been "about 260,000 new donors" responsible for "$13.3 million in donations since July 29, compared with $1.7 million during the same period last year, according to the New York Times .) After being challenged to participate by reigning MVP Kevin Durant, LeBron James bit the bullett and faced the bucket this weekend: Like Team USA before him, the Cleveland Cavaliers forward nominated President Barack Obama to participate in the challenge. I once again regret to inform an NBA superstar that the president has already been challenged and declined to dump a bucket of ice water on his head , though he reportedly did donate to the ALSA. LeBron also nominated his two sons, which seems especially cold (WRITING) since he can tell them that he's not going to let them have a hundred bucks each to make a donation. Game's rigged, man. While I don't expect the president to get wet, another one of Team USA's targets accepted the challenge, as predicted in this very space . Take it away, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver: Silver paid the challenge forward to recently hired San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Becky Hammon, who accepted in an appropriately all-business fashion: ... and to legendary big man Dikembe Mutombo, who accepted wonderfully and on what appears to be a flip phone from 1998: Other noted cold water/charity enthusiasts include Heat president of basketball operations Pat Riley: ... and Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra: ... and Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook: ... and Sacramento Kings owner Vivek Ranadivé and Hall of Famer/team advisor Chris Mullin, joined by U.S. Soccer Federation President Sunil Gulati, with the bucket-dumping done by none other than Rudy Gay and, obviously, Rod Stewart: ... and, in a somewhat dismissive yet contextually appropriate way, Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant, who never stops wanting to remind us that he is always working: If you would like to donate to the ALS Association, you can do so here . - - - - - - - Dan Devine is an editor for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at devine@yahoo-inc.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. Related Video:
Team USA takes #IceBucketChallenge, calls out President Obama, Commissioner A...
15 Aug 2014 at 2:28pm
You are awake and on the Internet, which means you're probably aware of the Ice Bucket Challenge , a viral video-based campaign aimed at raising both awareness of and money for research on amyotrophic lateral sclerosis , often referred to as Lou Gehrig's disease. The process is simple: break out a camera, have someone pour a bucket of ice water over your head, and then ask a few people to do the same thing within the next 24 hours or to donate money to the ALS Association . The videos have spread far and wide throughout seemingly every community, and they appear to be working ? the association said it had added "more than 70,000 new donors" between July 29 and Aug. 12, and "received $5.5 million" between July 29 and Aug. 14, "compared to $32,000 in the same period last year," according to TIME . In Chicago on Friday, it came time for the members of the U.S. men's national basketball team to accept the challenge during a break in their training for the upcoming 2014 FIBA World Cup. When Stephen Curry ? and James Harden, DeMar DeRozan, Rudy Gay, Kenneth Faried and DeMarcus Cousins ? prepared to face the dreaded cold water, they decided to set their sights pretty high when it came to passing the challenge on to the next group: (Check out Kyrie Irving, fully dressed and not getting drenched. C'mon, Uncle Drew, where's your team spirit?) "Team USA #alsicebucketchallenge... We all were challenged by somebody so we did it together," Curry wrote in his Instagram post . "We nominate Barack Obama, Adam Silver, and Chicago's own @Oprah." I'm guessing Steph's out of luck on POTUS, who declined the challenge but reportedly did donate to the ALSA. And Oprah ... well, I'm sorry to tell you this, Steph, but Tyler Perry got there first . Silver, though? I feel like there's a really, really good chance that we'll see the commish get soaked before too long. (Cue up those "Sexy Silver" chants .) If you would like to donate to the ALS Association, you can do so here . If you would like to watch more NBA-related people take the Ice Bucket Challenge, you can do so below. Here's New York Knicks shooting guard J.R. Smith: ... and Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul: ... and Los Angeles Lakers point guard Steve Nash (along with NHL winger George Parros): ... and Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant: ... and Sacramento Kings guard Ben McLemore: ... and Portland Trail Blazers swingman Wesley Matthews: ... and his teammate, Damian Lillard: ... and Orlando Magic forward Moe Harkless: ... and his teammate, Victor Oladipo: ... and Washington Wizards shooting guard Bradley Beal: ... and his teammate, John Wall: ... and Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens: Hat-tips to All Ball , FTW and Sportando . More Team USA coverage: - - - - - - - Dan Devine is an editor for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at devine@yahoo-inc.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.
Check out the 10 can't-miss games of the upcoming NBA season (NBC on Yahoo Sp...
15 Aug 2014 at 7:08am
The NBA regular season schedule came out Wednesday, all 1,230 games. Even with live streaming and an empty DVR ready to be filled up, I?m not going to watch all of them. Nobody will watch all of them. That said, there are some great games coming up. Homecomings and rivalries, plus just matchups of great basketball teams. You can?t watch them all but there are some you can?t miss. Here are my 10 can?t miss games of the NBA season. Houston Rockets at Los Angeles Lakers, Oct. 28 There are sub-plots to watch here, Jeremy Lin playing against his old team and Dwight Howard getting booed again by Lakers fans? but that?s not why any of us will be watching. Kobe Bryant will be back on the court for the Los Angeles Lakers and any time he steps on the court we watch. Right now we will be watching because we?re not sure what Kobe we will see, how much he has left in the tank, but we will watch. He is one of the all-time greats. Cleveland Cavaliers at Chicago Bulls, Oct. 31 You could argue that the first games for these teams are bigger ? LeBron James ? first game at home in Cleveland, Derrick Rose ?s return to the NBA comes in Madison Square Garden ? but this is the first of four meetings between the two best teams in the Eastern Conference (on paper) and that is worth seeing. Cleveland has more talent but the Bulls have an identity and players that fit it. To be fair, this game will not mean much if/when these two teams meet in the Eastern Conference Finals, but it?s our first glimpse into what could be one of the best rivalries of the next five years in the NBA. Cleveland Cavaliers at San Antonio Spurs, Nov. 19 LeBron?s last team got smoked by Tim Duncan , Tony Parker , Kawhi Leonard and the gang in San Antonio, so LeBron went out and got some new teammates like Kyrie Irving and soon Kevin Love . This should be interesting, although the Spurs will play their same system and know exactly how to execute it while it?s going to take the Cavaliers some time to figure it out. Milwaukee Bucks at Minnesota Timberwolves, Nov. 26 Once the Kevin Love trade goes down (and it will), this game becomes the first between No. 1 pick Andrew Wiggins and No. 2 pick Jabari Parker . Both rookies are in situations where they should get a lot of minutes and plenty of touches. Both are going to get the chance to grow in the spotlight Cavaliers at Thunder at Oklahoma City, Dec. 11 LeBron James vs. Kevin Durant . The two best players on the planet go head-to-head and the best part about these match ups is they often guard each other. It is a true head-to-head matchup. Cleveland Cavaliers at Miami Heat, Dec. 25 LeBron returns to Miami for the first time in a Cavs uniform (this time around, anyway). You can expect he will get a warmer reception than the vitriol thrown at him four years ago when LeBron in a Heat uniform came to play the Cavaliers. Now all of that is forgotten. Miami is going to be a pretty good team and one that wants to keep playing the space and pace offense. We?ll see how LeBron does against it. Golden State Warriors at Los Angeles Clippers, December 25 This is the game to watch on your new 60-inch smart TV you just got for Christmas. This if the final of five games on the Christmas Day slate and it should be a very entertaining one. There will be lobs, dunks and rainbow threes. Stephen Curry vs Chris Paul . David Lee vs. Blake Griffin . Klay Thompson vs. J.J. Redick . This is the game Santa is bringing die hard NBA fans. Cleveland Cavaliers at Minnesota Timberwolves, Jan. 31 Kevin Love returns home to Minnesota. It will be interesting to see how he is received ? it won?t be exactly with open arms and a dozen roses, but I doubt the booing will last all game, either. Also in this game, Andrew Wiggins gets a shot at LeBron. Oklahoma City Thunder at San Antonio Spurs, March 25 Well done by the schedule makers putting these two teams against each other a couple times late in the season (they also face off April 7). These might be your two favorites to win the NBA title (not what the bookmakers say, the actual favorites), they were the two best teams in basketball at the end of last season. The interesting question is who Gregg Popovich sits for both of these games. Los Angeles Lakers at Toronto Raptors, March 27 I just hope Steve Nash can play one last game in Canada. Nash is one of the great point guards of all time and the best Canadian player ever, I hope his body lets him play one last game in his home country. -- Kurt Helin, ProBasketballTalk.com
Teens enter Ray Allen's Fla. home through unlocked door in middle of night wh...
15 Aug 2014 at 6:58am
It's perfectly reasonable to want to know whether Ray Allen has chosen to return to the Miami Heat for a 19th pro season or if, like fellow free-agent sharpshooters Mike Miller and James Jones before him, he's decided to follow LeBron James north to Ohio to join the Cleveland Cavaliers. Deciding you're going to search for the answer by sneaking into his house in the wee small hours of the night, though? That's not reasonable. Moreover, it's ... y'know ... a crime . A septet of line-stepping teenage attendees of a party next door to Allen's Coral Gables, Fla., home learned that on Thursday, according to Emma Court of the Miami Herald : It looked like no one was home about 2 a.m., so they walked in through an unlocked back door. Allen wasn?t home, but his wife, Shannon Walker Allen, and their kids were sleeping upstairs, according to Coral Gables police spokeswoman Kelly Denham. When the intruders began walking around and making noise, Shannon Allen woke up and screamed, ?What are you doing in my home?? (Let the record show that Miami ABC affiliate Local 10 presents a more colorful and, to these ears, more believable version of the quote .) The intruders ? six men and a woman, ages 18 to 19 ? scattered after Allen screamed, according to NBCMiami.com : The teens [...] believed Allen and his family weren't home and said they thought it would be "cool" to go in the house [...] They told some parents what had happened and the parents drove them to the police department to report what happened, Denham said. "They stated that they did enter the home," said Denham. "They were there to see where Ray Allen had lived. They honestly thought that he had moved from the house." See, here's the thing: It's not cool to go into someone's house in the middle of the night if they're not home! Even if you honestly think they've moved! That is still super not cool, in fact! Police described the teen intruders as "crying" and "terrified" during their interviews, which is quite something, since they're not the ones whose homes were entered in the middle of the night by seven people they didn't know. As it stands, they haven't been charged with anything. Police didn't call it burglary due to the teens entering the Allen home through an unlocked door and because nothing had been taken from the home, and the Herald reported that "the crime does not qualify as trespassing ? a misdemeanor ?because the act was not witnessed by a police officer." The intruders are still subject to trespassing prosecution by the State Attorney's Office should Shannon Allen choose to press charges, though, and police spokeswoman Denham told the Herald that "she intends to do so." Allen is just the most recent in a string of NBA players to fall victim to such an invasion of privacy, although he thankfully fared better than others who lost property in the process. Allen's Heat teammate Chris Bosh had his home burglarized in April 2013, with an estimated $340,000 worth of items stolen while he was out celebrating his 29th birthday. Fellow Miami forward Udonis Haslem's South Florida home was also burglarized  just 10 days after Bosh's. In December, then-Heat guard Roger Mason Jr. and his family members were victims of an armed robbery at a Miami restaurant, with the thieves making off with his Rolex watch and his sister's purse. (The items were later recovered by Miami police.) In March, Los Angeles Lakers swingman Nick Young had more than $100,000 worth of belongings ? jewelry, clothes, luggage and shoes, including his beloved Nike Air Yeezys ? stolen while he was playing a game against the Orlando Magic. In April, Indiana Pacers star Paul George returned from a home game to find that more than $15,000 worth of shoes and jewelry ? including a platinum-and-diamond NBA All-Star ring ? has been taken from his home. For the record, Allen remains a free agent ? one of the best still on the market, according to Our Fearless Leader ? and says that not only has he not discussed a Cleveland team-up with LeBron , but that he hasn't yet decided if he wants to come back for a 19th professional season. - - - - - - - Dan Devine is an editor for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at devine@yahoo-inc.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.

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