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Only two NBA teams EVER were sub-.500 in final 25 games & won it all: '58 Hawks & '95 Rockets. 2014 Heat/Pacers both sub-.500 over final 25
Two reasons Clippers-Warriors has been chipy has been Bazemore's antics on the bench and Bogut's on the court. Bazemore's gone, Bogut's out.
I don't want to guess how many Dodgers fans hope League just broke his hand. BK
Friendly reminder that I once calls myself the Statue of Liberty of Twitter....give me your tired poor huddled masses yearning to tweet
Juan Uribe's ascent from the depths of epic horribleness is one of the best LA sports stories of the last couple years. BK
Here's how I voted for the Sixth Man Award. 1. Jamal Crawford 2. Vince Carter 3. Andray Blatche
A grown man shouldn't walk around being called "Tuffy" by other grown men. BK
Since the Lakers were eliminated from the playoffs in March, much of the discussion has been about the lottery pick.
New Salary cap is 63.2 in 14-15. Jazz have 27 under salary + Hayward hold at 8.6 totally + 2 draft picks (abt 5 mil) =20 + mil cap room
New luxury tax 77 mil for next year and 81 projected for 15-16. Impacts Hayward RFA. More likely to get offer, more likely to get matched
New cap # is $63 million. Thought. Miami has 8 million on books for next year. If all 3 opt and take 12 mil could take another star at 12
Avalanche fans- please gimme Qs for our pregame show tomorrow, best ones will be answered on air
Giants keep making things happen in 9th innings. It's really kind of intriguing with this team so far this season.
So what's the deal with Goligoski? http://t.co/YbH50sA90x
The NBA Playoffs begin in 12 hours.
We're 12 hours from the start of the Playoffs. Y'all are still awake, right?
Btw w how tonight's game is going, it puts extra emphasis on how important Anthony Bass' performance was last nite to preserve bullpen arms.
People, help me, help the world (aka my sanity). There's no university entitled Miami of Ohio. It is Miami University - period ...not hard
Coco Crisp 2-run shot. 10-3 A's in the 5th. That's it for Clemens. Overall, solid work by Clemens battling in a tough situation.
It’s amazing how much respect players have for Kobe, but outsiders are always trying to find ways to discredit what he’s done for the NBA.
Meanwhile, two intriguing pitching matchups on the West Coast outside of Oakland. Check Giants-Padres & DBacks-Dodgers.
Earlier this afternoon, I picked the Grizzlies to go to the Western Conference finals. For publication! Sticking with it.
I'm not typically a fan of tabloid headlines. But Toronto Sun's head -- "Raptors vs. Dinosaurs" -- is brilliant.
From Kevin Durant calling him the greatest player of all-time to Blake Griffin praising his work ethic, Kobe has been an inspiration.
Kind of did a poor job springing the Sager news on Popovich today at practice. Consensus was that he was genuinely taken aback.
Nick CaLOLthes. I mean...right?
Wow. Nick Calathes suspended 20 games for violating anti-drug agreement for testing positive for tamoxifen. Starts suspension with Game 1.
Over the past couple of months, the new generation of players who grew up watching Kobe Bryant have spoken up about the five-time champion.
NBA just announced Calathes suspension for violation of drug policy - 20 games starting Saturday with Griz 1st round game at OKC Thunder
What? Nick Calathes? Seriously? Like, for real? You're kidding, right?
Udrih signing obviously becomes huge now for MEM, but Calathes had really settled into the job. Big blow for Grizz.
Metta's backing the Raptors. No love from Queens for Brooklyn. BDP was right
NBA announces the 20-game susepension for Nick Calathes.
NBA officially announces 20-game drug suspension for Grizzlies' Nick Calathes.
SportsCenter just had a crawl item "D'Antoni Done?" Personally, I'd have punched it up and gone with "D'onetoni?" AK
The Sun cover is a gem: http://t.co/6QKtWq8sdO"
I have to admit, the fact that the Knicks call a section of their Game Notes "Knicks Knotations" makes me laugh every time.
If I'm reading Larry Coon correctly, Bulls could use a room mid-level of $2.7 mil
Got a quarter tank of gas, in my new E class
Cespedes HR. A's up 8-0.
That story has some really good quotes from Dennis Lindsey, Ty Corbin, his agent and Frank Layden in it.
Pabst is officially marketing to hipsters. Also, I'm at a bowling alley in Davie. http://t.co/gMCOeyLi7I
Clemens regroups to get two outs and get out of the inning. A's up 7-0.
Also, I'm pretty sure I went on a 5 minute rant about dipping pizza in ranch dressing on the appetizer podcast.
If you like to eat healthy that is great, but if you order pizza and worry about "health" you're doing pizza and being healthy wrong.
And Clemens starts his game off with a walk. 5th of the 1st inning for the A's.
Underrated cool thing about the playoffs: No more standard definition.
I would pay to watch a "Shag Fly Balls" contest between Brennan Boesch. Raj Davis, and Shin Soo-Choo.
Samson Usilo was just on the 4-train signing autographs for kids. Good stuff
Fourth walk of the inning for Cosart.
Kupchak did say today that Nick Young has a "savvy representative" & Nick's going to have a lot of offers elsewhere… =(
Callaspo goes gone. 3-run shot. 5-0 in the 1st. Ouch.
Cosart walks the bases loaded, Cespedes drives two of them home with a single. 2-0 A's in the 1st.
Looks like keeping both 1st rounders would drop the cap room by about $1.7 mil to about $14.3
Markel Starks looks like a different (way more athletic/creative) player outside of the confines of G-town's system.Great on the pick & roll
Strange that you'd have a 6-10 sharpshooter on your roster and not use his best skill at all. Any Western Michigan fans out there w/insight?
Think Bulls will make a pitch for Carmelo, but they'll be very reluctant to give up Taj.
If the cap ends up at $63.2 mil, Bulls could get about $16 mil in cap space by dumping Booz, Dunleavy & Snell.
Steve Johnson also balked at going to MIN, leveraged trade to SEA for 7-0 Brad Sellers, whom no one thought to call or use as "stretch 4."
They say you learn something everyday. I learned today NHL players meet w the media after a game a whole lot quicker than NBA players.
"Bad Boys" doc sidebar: Miffed when expansion-drafted, Mahorn boycotted MIN, got traded for pick (Gerald Glass) who got Musselman fired.
High fastball is a gutsy 3-2, 2 outs, bottom of the ninth call.
I still think Melo ultimately stays in NY but this makes things interesting. I also was convinced Dwight would stay in LA until he didn’t.
The Bulls could clip Snell and/or one of those picks and get very close to full max money.
Of the soon-to-be Lakers free agents, who would you most want to see the Lakers retain?
Chara did not have a single hit in the 3rd period.
If this cap projection holds up, Bulls would sit around $14 million under the cap, give or take, after Boozer amnesty and 16th+19th picks.
Great wrister by Chara before. Nearly got clear to net.
Been writing all along that Bulls will exhaust the Carmelo situation to its conclusion before moving to Plan B. If cap jumps, can only help.
David Wright. Click.
On Wednesday night's Coast to Coast, I reported how Chicago is quietly feeling more and more optimistic about its Melo chances. Now this
Another incredible series of saves by Howard. He is being pushed to his limit this period.
Harang with a no-hitter through seven for Braves.
Corresponding $5M jump in luxury tax threshold would be huge for several teams but none more than Heat, who face repeater tax
BOOOOOOOOOOOOOO we pulled Harang for that?
BARVES should bring in Wohlers and Pena to finish this one.
No timeline for clarity on Mike D'Antoni's Lakers future, I'm told, but there is a push from his side to resolve sooner rather than later
Turning up like it's 2007 http://t.co/xKyBXB5haj
Incredible save by Rask, but Caron looked a bit hurt after the play.
My first-round winners: East -- MIA, IND, CHI, BKN. West -- SAS, OKC, HOU, LAC
(To Kansas, obviously. Embiid was at the Jordan game today, sitting in the front row.)
"All I've got to know is we play Sunday at 12 o’clock. Y'all going to be there? Sounds good to me.'' -- Shawn Marion to the media today
Cliff Alexander just said Joel Embiid talked to Myles Turner today, trying to get him to commit.
"In all honesty when I decided to go to Duke, I didn't expect Jabari to be there -- or Rodney." -- Jahlil Okafor
Let Harang throw 160 for the no-no. Give him the Livan pitch count.
Jahlil Okafor says he chose Duke under the assumption that Jabari Parker and Rodney Hood would be gone
Carmelo Anthony gave out the MVPs, then took a lot of photos. Looked like he would rather be elsewhere.
I know I’m used to a faster game covering the NBA, but this game has been incredibly slow. Only 16 shots through 2 periods?
In a game that featured nothing resembling defense, West beats the East, 158-147. Duke commit Jahlil Okafor with 29 and 9 for the West.
Smush Parker. Starting point guard for your 2005-2007 Los Angeles Lakers. Yup.
This is who I voted for in the Defensive Player of the Year category: 1. DeAndre Jordan 2. Serge Ibaka 3. Dwight Howard.
Of all the great people who cover the NBA, Craig Sager is one of the greatest. A true pro and always generous with his time. Get well soon.
My god, Kansas' Cliff / Ellis frontcourt is going to be good. Prob even more productive than Ellis / Embiid. http://t.co/B6YjpBh75K
I have seen the Other Side, friends, and it is Chorizo Fries.
I love, love, love the Bad Boys 30 for 30. It reminds me how much I hated those Detroit Pistons & how much I enjoy remembering those days.
ECHL pregame music > the NBA. Can't beat Springsteen/Dancing in the Dark?
Really like Arizona-bound Stanley Johnson. Has athleticism of a great wing, combined with the ass of Jared Sullinger
My favorite Jordan Brand Classic scene: Team up 15 spends TO diagramming sets, team down 15 spends TO ogling dance squad
1 of those 2 potential draft picks is Marquette's Jamil Wilson. Said scout: "He's helped himself here. He's been much more aggressive."
Masterful skate handling by Lucic in front of net to control puck.
Knicks forward Amar'e Stoudemire is in the building here at Barclays Center for the Jordan Brand Classic All-American Game.
God bless Craig Sager
Craig Sager statement III: "40 veins and 40 electrolytes. Too bad, I had some probing questions for Pop.”
Sager statement II: "A dramatic turn has matched me with acute myeloid leukemia. From the sidelines to being sidelined,"
Craig Sager Statement I: “My favorite time of year – city to city, round by round, 40 games in 40 nights."
There's more to Craig Sager statement on his battle with leukemia. It's a classic, so will put it all in couple of posts