VIDEO: Blazers Damian Lillard puts Twitter antagonist in place


Portland Trail Blazers Point Guard Damian Liliard has, as we all do, his share of Twitter antagonists. Or as I call them “keyboard tough guys.” It’s easy for a lot of people to shoot their mouths off when they’re ensconced safely behind a computer; miles away from the person their antagonizing.

It’s comes with the territory in the social media age. Especially so if you’re a high profile person.

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Former Knicks star Tracy McGrady retires from pro baseball


Former NBA star Tracy McGrady took the mound. He struck out his first batter. In a minor league All-Star game. And then retired from professional baseball. That’s right, in case you missed it, the former Houston Rockets and New York Knicks All-Star has caught on with an independent league professional baseball team in Texas.

McGrady had a 6.75 ERA in 6.2 innings for the Sugar Land Skeeters, so his brief attempt at baseball was less than stellar, to say the least.

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NBA playoffs expansion: let in all 30 teams

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NBA commissioner Adam Silver held a press conference at the league’s Vegas Summer League, and one of his topics was how to create more revenue. He spoke of an in-season tournament like many of the European leagues have. He also spoke about how much all of the league’s executives love coming to Vegas.

If he wants to add revenue by adding a few more games in a tournament format, while allowing the league’s higher-ups to have another entertaining trip to Vegas, the solution is fairly simple.

Let all 30 teams participate in the NBA playoffs.

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L.A. Lakers legend Kareem Abdul Jabbar slams Lebron James

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Here’s some Laker news that doesn’t involve free agency or trades. It’s not future Laker news, but news surrounding Lakers legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Apparently, he’s rather skeptical about Lebron James and the way he returned home to the Cleveland Cavaliers, after leaving the Miami Heat.

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Rick Telander Tied Chicago Violence To NBA Free Agency For Some Reason


He did it.

It wasn’t easy.

It took a lot of pandering, false parallels, unfair doling out of responsibilities, and a pinch of dog whistle, but Rick Telander managed to connect this city’s position in NBA free agency to the plague of gun violence here. It’s brilliant in its absurdity, magnificent in how dually counterproductive it is to both the topic of sports contracts and to people being murdered en masse.

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Raptors re-signing Kyle Lowry headlines day two of NBA free agency

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Day two of the free agency saw Carmelo Anthony visiting both the Rockets and Mavericks, Pau Gasol getting serious interest from the Thunder, and the Cavs reportedly weighing a max offer to Jazz restricted free agent Gordon Hayward.  The biggest actual contract agreement came when Kyle Lowry decided to stay with the Toronto Raptors rather than sign elsewhere.  Here’s a recap of Wednesday’s signings. [Read more...]

Former Rockets star Dikembe Mutombo fighting the global energy crisis


Dikembe Mutombo was known through out his playing days as a defensive force and a stellar shot-blocker. You recall “Mt. Mutombo: 5,287 Feet” and “no, no, no.” Today, he’s known as a citizen of the world for his humanitarian efforts. he started the Dikembe Mutombo Foundation to improve living conditions in his native Democratic Republic of Congo in 1997. His efforts earned him the NBA’s Citizenship Award in 2001 and 2009.

He’s basically one of the “Good Guys in Sports.” And that’s saying something, because there are so few. 

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NBA Free Agency Recap (7/2/14): Irving, Gortat re-sign

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The calendar flipped to July and the NBA free agency period began.  All eyes are on the prized possessions like LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony, and seeing what happens with the Big 3 in Miami.  Teams cannot officially sign players until July 10th but contracts can be negotiated and agreed upon until then.  Here’s a recap of day one of the NBA free agency period with the headline deal being Kyrie Irving signing a max contract with the Cavs. [Read more...]

Javaris Crittenton: from L.A. Laker to Murder Suspect


Former NBA first-round draft pick Javaris Crittenton went from a quiet Bible-touting honor roll student to facing charges of murdering a 22-year-old woman. contributor Flinder Boyd takes a deep look at what allegedly led Crittenton to turn to gang activity.

The article is the latest edition in’s long-form journalism efforts, which also included a 3-part in-depth look at the history of WrestleMania.

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2015 NBA Mock Draft (6/30/14)

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Now that the 2014 NBA Draft is in the books, draft nets like myself can look ahead to next year’s class.  Here is The Sports Bank’s extremely premature 2015 NBA Mock Draft where team needs and outstanding trades have NOT been taken into account.  Click on the player’s name for an in-depth draft profile.  By the way, The Sports Bank had the most accurate NBA Mock Draft in both 2011 and 2012 along with the second most accurate mock in 2013.

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Miami Heat completely clear their roster, is Pat Riley worried?


Miami Heat forwards Chris Bosh and Udonis Haslem joined guard Dwyane Wade in opting out of their contracts, leaving Norris Cole as the only player the team has under contract heading into the 2014 free agency period.

Cole is scheduled to make $2,038,206 this season, and Shabazz Napier – who the Heat acquired in a draft-night trade from the Charlotte Hornets – will carry a $1,032,200 cap hit until he signs a contract later this summer.  [Read more...]

2014 NBA Draft Grades: Western Conference

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Eastern Conference teams had their first four picks in the 2014 NBA Draft and in my opinion, did a better job of drafting than the Western Conference teams.  The clearcut winner out of the west was the Los Angeles Lakers.  Here are my 2014 NBA Draft grades for the Western Conference.  Check out my Eastern Conference NBA Draft grades as well. [Read more...]