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“I don't know why it's so hard for you guys to understand that. No, I really don't,” he said. “Like, it's fascinating to me. When [teammates] are open, they make shots, it's easy. I sit back. “When they don't and we're down 15 or something points, I try to get it going. Sometimes I make them. Sometimes I don't. When I don't, you think it's because I'm not passing the ball. It's really that simple. You guys have a very hard time understanding that for some reason.” Then he turned to the reporter who asked the question. “Not you,” he said. “I follow who's slow and who's not.” Los Angeles Times

December 27, 2014 Updates
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Kenny Smith shoved his Inside the NBA co-host Shaquille O’Neal into a Christmas tree during halftime of Thursday night’s holiday broadcast. My only observation or “insight” here is that it’s incredible the tree stayed upright. Shaq is a big guy and the tree appeared to be on wheels, yet it still didn’t topple all the way over. Clark Griswold would be proud. The Big Lead

ABC's blockbuster NBA Christmas Day doubleheader delivered strong overnight ratings across the board on Thursday, Dec. 25, leading to a 12 percent ratings increase versus last year. In ABC's late-afternoon window, the Miami Heat's 101-91 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers generated a 5.5 overnight rating, up 12 percent from last year, according to Nielsen. Cavaliers-Heat also posted a massive 17.2 rating in Miami, making it the highest-rated NBA regular-season game ever in the market. Broadway World

December 24, 2014 Updates
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Last January, after an Oklahoma City Thunder game, you asked Kevin Durant about his big night, and he said it was all because of God. And you kind of smiled and said 'Didn't you have something to do with it, too?' That response elicited a pretty strong reaction from people who felt you were dismissing Durant a bit. What feedback did you receive? Doris Burke: That game I covered for Heather Cox, who has two young kids and had something that night and basically asked if I could replace her. It was a hectic day. To preface it, the year before in the NBA finals, I'd interviewed Danny Green after his big game, and he kept thanking God and then would answer the question. And that summer I got 10 photocopies from an anonymous man with anti-God, anti-religion sentiment. It was kind of a weird thing, but whatever. Louisville Courier-Journal

Burke: Durant's sort of caught me off guard, because usually when someone acknowledges God they then move on to the question I asked. Looking back, I regret being sort of caught off-guard, because I didn't mean to in any way belittle his beliefs as a Christian. But I was unaware of the furor until the next day when I got off a plane in Louisville and there were messages from my bosses and ESPN PR saying we may need to think about addressing this. Was it addressed? Burke: There was an Oklahoma City columnist who basically ripped me pretty good. I basically said, 'Listen, I'm a Christian. I'm in no way, shape or form trying to belittle Kevin Durant's beliefs. He surprised me a little bit with his humility, frankly, and for not taking any credit for his play.' Louisville Courier-Journal

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich is notorious for giving short, terse in-game interviews that border between funny and rude. How do you approach these interviews? Burke: I am absolutely scared to death every single time. You laugh, but I'm serious. [ESPN announcer] Mike Breen has asked me if he could say on air how much Pop actually likes me and respects me. I said he can do what he would like, but it doesn't make those interviews easier. I don't want to be made a fool of on TV. That's an awful experience. And I'm not joking; I'm absolutely terrified. My heart is pounding and I'm trying to make it look like I'm not sweating. The key with Gregg is he does not want to be led in any way. So I offer no opinion. I ask the most open-ended question so Pop can give me his explanation. Louisville Courier-Journal

There was one time where he answered both of your questions by just saying 'turnovers,' right? Burke: Yes. We tape those during the breaks so the coaches can get back to their huddles as quickly as possible. So I asked him what I believed were two very good questions and he says 'Turnovers. Turnovers.' So I'm walking back to my seat and blinking back tears and my producer is in my ear, 'You've got to tell me when he's that funny.' But I didn't think it was funny. To the rest of America it's entertaining and must-watch TV, but not to the person going through it. And I'm not the only one who's scared. Louisville Courier-Journal

December 21, 2014 Updates

Doris Burke is one of the best basketball players in Providence history, so yeah, of course she's got dribbles, but note that she's doing this *in high heels* SB Nation

December 20, 2014 Updates

Rajon Rondo joined the Dallas Mavericks this week after he was traded away from the Boston Celtics. Saturday, the point guard had his introductory press conference in Dallas where he talked about being “fired up” and excited to play for a title contender. He was also asked an awkward question, to which he, coach Rick Carlisle and owner Mark Cuban all had perfect reactions. For The Win

December 18, 2014 Updates

Turning the world upside down, Draper makes mighty ESPN the victim of a malicious Woj, who uses his column to browbeat sources. Almost everyone quoted is or once was at ESPN. Draper notes piously that he tried to get people to talk on the record. Of course, when they wouldn’t–bombs away!–he notes, “In private, NBA reporters complain endlessly about Wojnarowski’s methods.” Forbes.com

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