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Saturday, May 18
If Shawn Marion opts out of his final year at $9.3 mil - Mavericks get a sizable chunk more space
Of course teams can make trades, buy-outs, amnesty, etc. - if they can, to open up more cap room, etc.
Gary Miller & I coming up on SportsCentral at 10:30. Want to know what really happened when the Lakers didn't hire Phil Jackson? Then watch!
Saturday night in Chicago is rocking. Contingencies from NBA teams all over downtown. Lots of chatter going on.
Saw Great Gatsby tonight. Had no idea Jay-Z was big back then.
Remember when Jermaine O'Neal did something similar in Indianapolis a few years back...
For what its worth. Woodson said preparing for Hill to play. Woodson's coaching advisor Bill Smith coached Hill at Broad Ripple. Might know.
Memphis-San Antonio looks to be an awesome series! Can't wait til Sunday to get it going. Big fan of TA and Z-bo
Friday, May 17
I have a big column (maybe split into two) coming on the value of the NBA Combine and what we saw and learned the past few days in Chicago.
Question for the ladies... and I suppose guys too. Do you like the wedge sneaker look on women?
Kanye is just the best. Everything is great.
I'm not going to listen to the new Kanye single through Vine, I'm sorry.
Done with the MJ versus Kobe debate. Time to respect greatness of both. Time to walk and chew your bubble gum at same time.
Sometimes I read things about Kevin Durant and I'm reminded that he's only 10 months older than me.
I haven’t followed baseball for years, do teams now get extra runs based on how far a home run is estimated to have traveled?
I'm pretty sure Kanye West caused Twitter to melt tonight.
So many great scenes in Kingpin, but Bill Murray's PSA for single mothers might be my favorite.
FAIRFIELD, Conn. (AP) _ Gov. Malloy: Extensive damage to tracks by Conn. train crash; big impact on Northeast travel
Oh, Paco... BK
Ducks get 2 runs in 1st with 1 ball -- Ryon Healy's RBI single to left -- hit out of infield. OSU starter Matt Boyd extended to 20 pitches
When it came to gauging MJ + Kobe, Tex said 1 of the hardest things was trying to pair MJ with Shaq. That woulda been a monsters' ball.
Phil + MJ shared a harsh competitiveness. They brought this attitude from very different places. But they both were into total domination.
Lotta leather in this inning for the Dodgers. BK
Barnes is a beast.
A goal, assist and fight is the Gordie Howe Hat Trick. Three goals and a dive is known as the Sidney Crosby Hat Trick.
I quite like Johnson and all, but he'll be 28 come summer league, and thoroughly replaceable with [insert name of ten other D-Leaguers].
"B/C I like to think anyway, you know I guess we all do, but I like to think that in my career I’ve handled myself with integrity...(cont)
As ever, the data is accurate. Any mistake is the fault of the compiler (me) rather than the inaccuracy of the information.
Aside from Mike Malone, another GSW guy that could wind up traveling east on I-80 w/ Vivek? Warriors assistant GM Travis Schlenk.
How do I sort current NBA players who are taller than 6'10" and have played at least 400 games? HoopData? Basketball Reference? Other sites?
May not seem like huge differences, but the idea is that Smith, a rhythm player, is far more engaged if he hits a basket or two early on.
Did some research: JR Smith records 2 more rebounds and 1 more assist per gm when he hits 2 or more of his first 4 shots to open a game.
Also watched some Anthony Bennett today. Impressions: supremely talented, but doesn't compete every possession on both ends.
Gathering all of the legal pads and notes compiled during three years of the Kings saga: http://t.co/WWBOWigKtR
That's it for now, time to watch Nikita.
Can't wait for the local news spin on the Rob Ford story: "Two prominent mayors have smoked crack since 1990. Could yours be next?"
Glad Game 5 was last night. Hope all is well in CT.
If you live in Plantation, the Barnes & Noble just got in a bunch of copies of "Raising Your Game" http://t.co/ShgNviYQ4B
Ducks' Ryon Healy, who has missed the last three games with a bad back, is in the lineup tonight for 6 p.m. showdown with Beavers
There is a real story behind Ricky Ledo, @alexkennedyNBA has the scoop coming soon... Teams really impressed with him. Could go First round
Just when you thought it was safe to let Kobe Bryant be his own man and have his own legacy ... Phil reignites the MJ thing
my cutting edge psychological pre-draft evaluation: calculate selfie % of prospect's instagram acct. >60 raises ?s about fit in team concept
Adonis Thomas really helped his case... Dropped 6% body fat, shot the ball well and reminded teams why he was a top high school talent
A name to watch is Jackie Carmichael... teams really intrigued by him. super nice guy that's living the dream.
Trey Burke clearly understands he's a top pick. oozes confidence and a ton of swagger.
Steven Adams is having a lot of fun. It was refreshing to see a kid so thrilled to be here. He is a blast to be around.
Franklin has a mature approach to all of this and really comes across like a pro. I'd spent time with him & said WOW after sitting with him
Add Jamaal Franklin the "just gets it" group, understands who and what he is. Really understand his value and role at the next level.
Kevin Garnett will not need surgery on his foot/ankle. Medical staff thinks rest will solve the problem.
Myck Kabongo just has that "it" about him, good sense of who and what he is. Very poised and mature.
Larkin measured in small, but jumps out of the gym, is super quick and arguably the strongest point in the class. impressive.
Larkin measured is some of the most impressive athletic test results of the Combine... highest max vert, lane agility, and 14 bench reps.
Some post-combine thoughts.... Really impressed with both Shane Larkin and Myck Kabongo
Staining-room only tickets left for civil war baseball at PK Park tonight
One notable prop: over/under on Ginobili's average WCF ppg is 12.5. I know which way I'd go on that one.
Some odds from Bovada: Spurs tiny (10/13) favorites to win WCF, 5/1 to win title. Heat are huge (1/3) title faves.
In flight to Seattle, I see what everyone was talking about now regarding those steep takeoffs out of Orange County Airport
According to Bovada.lv, Heat are 1-to-3 favorites to win title, 1-to-9 favorites to win East. Spurs next at 5-to-1 to win title.
At halftime, 2-seed East lucky to be tied 0-0 with Region 8 No. 4 Timpanogos. Two huge saves from GK Phillip Padilla.
All signs point to Bryan Colangelo being in his final days with the Raptors. Story should be up soon.
A decision on a landing spot for the Rutgers transfer is likely coming after Michigan visit. She will have seen UM, FSU, La Salle, Memphis
A new contender: "Everything we're doing we're complicating by being stupid."
LeBron James' career playoff records per round: first (32-7), second (28-18), ECF (14-10), Finals (6-9).
Coach quote of the day: "They've got to know that I'm pissed off."
If this White Birch Brewing Berliner Weisse was in cans, I'd take it everywhere this summer. So refreshing: http://t.co/BoM3tReuQC
How do NFL players get busted for PEDs? If you're going to cheat, why not just take HGH?
Way to go, Lee Purdy. First chance to win a world title and you blow it by not making weight.
Sad to hear Ken Venturi, SF native who won 1964 U.S. Open, turned CBS golf analyst has passed away at the age of 82. Was a great man R.I.P.
I'm not opposed to spending a few bucks on Powerball, but if you're walking into 7-11 with a wad of $20s, you really need to re-evaluate.
Tim Leiweke says "no comment" on Colangelo situation.
It's weird to be from Chicago, SF or NY. Because everywhere, its dirt cheap to buy things, man.
Just heard a dude having an animated phone conversation about Pacers' playoff tickets for $60. He was complaining, tho O_o
This ended up being the best segment we had this week...by accident of course http://t.co/Y40Y60vr03
Like four people with me at baggage check. Connecticut, you're adorable.
Worst massage ever? http://t.co/EDQOgUB1Ni
Phil was able to spend his coaching career playing the good cop. Just one of Tex Winter's many gifts to him. Tex embraced the bad cop role.
Tex always said folks around the NBA disliked Phil because of his tendency to rub it in. He called his book 11 rings to rub it in once more
Indiana & DeMatha alum Victor Oladipo on his relentless workouts: “I’m just abnormal. I’m a weird dude. I’m not gonna lie to you.”
Exclusive interviews with Bulls Pres Michael Reinsdorf and GM Gar Forman are up on BullsTV on Bulls com
Miami's Shane Larkin finishes with the highest vertical leap of any on the NBA combine participants at an impressive 44 inches
Asked what part of his game needs improvement, Curry said his tee shots are wild. Putting remains a strength. We were kidding/sort of.
How committed to GSWs is Steph Curry? When I asked if he has an opt-out, he happily said nope & added: "But we can do an extension after 3."
Based on the Sacramento portion of my timeline, everything is concerts, happy hours, rallies and jubilation.
AJC reports Hawks coach Larry Drew will interview with Bucks on Monday. Drew under contract but allowed to pursue other teams.
And if indeed MLSE is again going the search committee route, I hope they have better luck than they did under Peddie.
Sun can confirm Monday Colangelo deadline. Earlier in day some in organization weren't aware of it.
For 1st time in my life at John Wayne Airport in Orange County, taking the scenic route to Seattle for FC Dallas broadcast tomorrow
Got an invite to visit Indy speedway Saturday afternoon. If I can't take the sound effect at the Pacers game that sounds like too much.
Attended NBA combine today. Spoke to a ton of NBA teams etc. in a nutshell. They loved Bulls heart character and spirit No negatives. None
Gotta up the difficult on those Seinfeld trivia questions, @truehoop.
For once, Matt Harvey Day may not turn into No-Decision Day
Heat won't practice tomorrow. Makes sense. Won't have an opponent yet. Expect team to work Sunday-Tuesday in anticipation of Wednesday game.
This just in: Tracy McGrady is four wins from the NBA Finals.
In NHL, it's called sticking up for a teammate.
NBA instituted a new concussion policy in 2011. Time missed depends on the player. Hill could miss a few wks…or no time, like Kobe recently.
When there is a fight in NBA, which is rare, we get sociologists talking about gangsta rap & education system.
Perk in the regular season averaged 25.1 minutes per game. Only 1.6 of those came without Westbrook on the floor with him.
Relevant factor to consider in Perk's postseason: He was a +10.1/100 possessions in the regular season with Russell Westbrook on the floor.
If this were the NHL, there could be a retroactive suspension. Of course, fighting is also allowed in the NHL.
Dwyane Wade on LeBron’s free-throw form: “It’s been documented LeBron changes his technique every three games.’’
If Jerry Sloan ever coaches again will be oldest coach in NBA history Is older than Bill Bertka (71 6mo 17day in 99) when next season starts
Curry said it can't be understated the team's need to get to the free throw line more
Kevin Johnson is the undisputed champ.
Curry on needed improvements: "Consistency in defensive effort. Ability to manufacture offense."
Stephen Curry on Jack and Landry: "I want them back. ... Their strengths really helped us."