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@ 23.02NBA0 NBA suspends Festus Ezeli one game
NBA suspended one game without fine Golden State Warriors forward Festus Ezeli. Ezeli has been suspended for initiating an altercation with Raptors forward Tyler Hansbrough by grabbing his throat during the game on Feb. 27.
@ 21.01NBA0 Wesley Johnson says he hopes to re-sign with Lakers
Wesley Johnson hopes to remain with the Lakers after this season. Per LA Daily News, The Lakers lamented Johnson’s inconsistency last season when he played both at small forward and power forward in Mike D’Antoni’s small-ball system. But the Lakers still re-signed him to a one-year deal for around $1 million after he posted previous career-highs in points (9.1), shooting percentage (42.5) and rebounds (4.4) Johnson has appreciated Kobe Bryant’s mentorship and playing strictly at small forward under Scott. “I want to definitely stay here,” said Johnson about his pending free agency. “I like coach Scott and the whole coaching staff. I love it here. I definitely want to be a part of when they get back.” Source: LA Daily News
@ 15.24NBA0 Anthony Mason passed away at 48
Anthony Mason, a longtime NBA player who helped the New York Knicks reach the 1994 NBA Finals, has died at the age of 48. Mason won the Sixth Man of the Year Award in 1995 and was a fan favorite.
Rest in peace, Mace. You'll be missed. Source: ESPN
@ 11.43NBA0 Russell Westbrook Earns Third Straight Triple-Double: 40+13+11
Westbrook, who fell and was hit in the face by the knee of onrushing teammate Andre Roberson in the final seconds, had 40 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists. He became the first player to string together three triple-doubles since LeBron James in 2009.
@ 22.42NBA0 NBA will publish reports about referees calls in close games
The “Last Two Minutes” officiating report is the latest step in the league’s effort toward more transparency in its officiating program. Previous actions include this season’s launch of the NBA Replay Center, real-time postings on NBA.com and @NBAOfficial of the replays used by officials to make calls during replay reviews, and bi-weekly rule “points of emphasis” memos that are sent to teams, referees and the media. [...] The league will release assessments of officiated events in the last two minutes of games decided in regulation that were within five points at the two-minute mark. Also, the reports will include plays from the last two minutes and overtime of OT games. Each play will be reviewed by a senior referee manager or basketball operations manager who will provide the assessments. Every play on the report will include a video link to that specific play. The reports will be posted on NBA.com/official and Media Central, the NBA’s media website (mediacentral.nba.com), by 5 p.m. ET the day after each game.
@ 17.41NBA0 Bulls' Derrick Rose underwent surgery, out 4-6 weeks
The Chicago Bulls announced that Derrick Rose will be back in 4-6 weeks after meniscus surgery. Rose could return by the end of the NBA regular season.
Forman says Rose had damaged part of meniscus removed. He expects Rose to be back playing before the regular season ends.
— Nick Friedell (@NickFriedell) February 27, 2015
@ 17.04NBA0 Phil Jackson to be fined for his comments regarding D'Angelo Russell
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, Knicks' president Phil Jackson will likely face a fine from the NBA for his comments on Ohio State point-guard D'Angelo Russell.
After the game Phil Jackson said that D'Angelo Russell was a "great looking kid, a great prospect". The NBA forbids league officials from making public comments on draft-ineligible players. Source: Adrian Wojnarowski
@ 15.41NBA0 LeBron on the MVP talk: I have to be the MVP for these 14 guys in this locker room
LeBron James is averaging 26.0 points, 7.3 assists, 5.8 rebounds, 48 percent field goals, 33 percent three-pointers, 72 percent free throws, 1.5 steals, 4.3 turnovers this season. Last night he posted 42 points against the Warriors but he is not interested in the race for the MVP award. For LeBron the most important thing is to win with Cleveland. Per Cleveland.com, “That's not about me," James said. "For me, I have to be the MVP for these 14 guys in this locker room. When I'm out on the floor, I try to do everything to help us win - offensively, defensively, whatever the case may be. Wherever I end up at the end of the season, that's where it's at." Source: Cleveland.com
@ 14.37NBA0 Irving didn't travel to Indianapolis, will have MRI on his shoulder
Cavaliers Guard Kyrie Irving experienced a left shoulder injury during Thursday's game against the Golden State Warriors at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. He will not travel with the team tonight to Indianapolis and will receive additional examination, including an MRI, at Cleveland Clinic Sports Health Friday morning. He is listed as Doubtful for the Cavaliers game against the Pacers Friday night and his status will be updated as appropriate. Source: Cleveland Cavaliers Official Website
@ 14.12NCAA0 NCAA UNDERGROUND weekly: Dez Wells &.... YOU DON’T KNOW (OR MAYBE YOU KNOW….) HOW GOOD IS… G – Dez Wells (Maryland)
If we’re still at the “fear the turtles” big credit goes to Melo Trimble, revolutionary leader on both technical and emotional side of the Terrapins. When they need heavy two points though, they often go to their number 44, a consistent scorer with refined technical skills. Has got two great hands to treat the ball, and he knows how to serve his bigs down low. If he has to create for himself, he knows how to do it counting on his in-between game and relying on his 50% shooting from outside the arc. His big physical structure and frame is sometimes a limit for pure quickness but is also a big plus when going to the rim challenging opponents down the lane. He scored 26 on Coach Ryan defense, quite a good achievement itself, going often strong to the rim. It’s in his best shape of his career, not a bad idea considering it will end in few weeks…
SPORTANDO-U. TEAM OF THE WEEK (UNRANKED TEAM) G – Trevor Cooney (Syracuse)
Pure shooter, not allowing too much to the aesthetic of the game and with no apparent chance to physically compete in pro basketball. The Orange won a big fight at Notre Dame using their hearts, the 2-3 zone and accurate use of the ball in every offensive possessions. With Rakeem Christmas in the middle, that works better… with their big man fouled out, TC stepped up. After finishing 0/5 from the field vs Pittsburgh, in South Bend he scored 3 times in the last 4 minutes both from outside and going to the rim giving that boost of confidence meaning heavy W for thwm… G – Tyler Haws (BYU)
If we have to choose between him and Mr. Triple Double down in Provo. We Always go with Mr. Triple Double. But here’s the history calling Tyler name and we can’t ignore that. With his 21 points in the Win at Portland, he gets on top of BYU scorer list of all-time passing legend Jimmer Fredette. He’s got the purest mid-range pullup jumper of the entire NCAA. However, as Jimmer and the Sacramento Kings would explain, the NBA is a whole different thing.. F – Nino Williams (Kansas State)
He’s not particularly vertical, got no shooting range and he’s clearly undersized as a combo forward… but if you ask him to battle defensively he’ll always be there fighting for you. Win against Kansas has his signature, done by his amazing defense with heart and skills, and by the way he knocks down his 15footer freezing the most important game of the season. F – Jarell Martin (LSU)
Double-double is no more a news, also the 20-10 is becoming pretty regular. Had a complete dominance on both W’s in the last 7 days versus Florida and Auburn keeping his Tigers with a winning record in the SEC. He’s not a game scientist but makes up with heart, athleticism and physical desire to battle. At this level it’s enough, beyond that we honestly don’t know…. C – David Laury (Iona)
Playing in the MAAC doesn’t help you to stay on the big radar. But now it’s time for people to move and watch him play… you know about his offensive skillset and consistency at rebound. He just destroyed both Marist and Monmouth bringing the Gaels to a 16-2 record in conference. From april on, he’ll have a lot of more fans around…
SPORTANDO-U. TEAM OF THE WEEK (RANKED TEAM) G – Nic Moore (SMU)
While we’re busy elsewhere, he’s taking the American Conference into his own hands and will not give it back until mid-march… 14-2 the record, he’s got a perfect mix of individual and unselfish basketball decisions, knows how to keep his frontline always involved in the game and he’s shooting over 40% from the arc. On a 5-game winning streak, but that’s the obvious consequence… G – Devon Hall (Virginia)
He’s just a freshman scoring two points per game. Perfect symbol of the Cavs humiliating Wake Forest at home 70-34 with no starting guards Perrantes and Justin Anderson. Hall, Shayok and Wilkins, normally playing around 10 minutes per game, stepped up and finish the business. We’re now at Coach Bennett or Coach Few door for “who will stop the Lexington train…?” G – Terry Rozier (Louisville)
Chris Jones story is both sad and shocking. That sad and shocking to put at risk the whole season for the Cardinals. First answer is the one of a great team with a solid and proud identity. Rozier scores 22 to bring the W at home versus Georgia Tech. It’s also the best way to show evidence of the great job coach Pitino did in the last 13 years… F – Taurean Prince (Baylor)
Scoring in double figure in the last 12 games, he smashes 20 on Coach Hoiberg Cyclones, getting the W needed to get into the bracket from the main door. He’s got skills, shooting range and knows how to use his body to exploit the mismatch against smaller opponents. With Gathers and Motley patrolling the paint, him and O’Neale taking care of the business outside… there’s a long line of teams loving to avoid the Bears on their road into the NCAA tourney. F/C – Seth Tuttle (Northern Iowa)
We never thought it would have ended up this way when we picked his name on our first time out with this space. It’s getting something like a “cult” now… he brings his Panthers on the top10 of the Nation, on a 16-games winning streak with a final showdown versus Wichita State. He doesn’t need to score 20 to rule the game, as he’s constantly involved in any offensive possession of his team and currently measured at a crazy 63% from the field.
Written by Marco Ridolfi
@ 11.36NBA0 Arturas Gudaitis will likely enter NBA draft
Arturas Gudaitis, Zalgiris Kaunas' big-man, will likely enter NBA draft 2015, his agent told Lithuanian tv Sport1. Several NBA scouts are eyeing Gudaitis and have asked infos to Zalgiris.
According to DraftExpress, Gudaitis will likely be selected at 53rd pick in the next draft. The big-man is averaging 6.3 points and 4.1 rebounds in Euroleague this season. Source: Sport1
@ 11.10NBA0 Pacers, Knicks and Lakers eye Mantas Kalnietis
Tadas Bulotas, Mantas Kalnietis' agent, told Lithuanian television Sport1 that his client has received interest from 3 NBA teams. New York Knicks, Los Angeles Lakers and Indiana Pacers have already showed interest for Kalnietis and Pacers could be the most likely destination for him, his agent told.
Kalnietis is currently under contract with Lokomotiv Kuban in Russia. Source: Sport1
@ 10.24NBA0 Earl Lloyd, first black player in NBA history, dead at 86
Earl Lloyd, the first black player in NBA history, died Thursday. He was 86. Lloyd's alma mater, West Virginia State, confirmed the death. It did not provide details. Lloyd made his NBA debut in 1950 for the Washington Capitals, just before fellow black players Sweetwater Clifton and Chuck Cooper played their first games.
"The State family mourns the loss of a fellow Yellow Jacket and trailblazer who was a true champion both on and off of the basketball court," West Virginia State President Brian Hemphill said in a statement. "When Earl stepped out on the court on that fateful date in 1950, this remarkable man rightfully earned his place in the historic civil rights movement and, more important, he opened the door to equality in America." Lloyd helped the Syracuse Nationals win the 1955 NBA title, joining teammate Jim Tucker as the first black players to play on a championship team. The 6-foot-5 forward averaged 8.4 points and 6.4 rebounds in 560 regular-season games in nine seasons with Washington, Syracuse and Detroit. He missed the 1951-52 season while serving in the U.S. Army. Inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2003 as a contributor, Lloyd was 22-55 as Detroit's coach in 1971-72 and the first nine games in the 1972-73 season. Lloyd, a native of Alexandria, Virginia, lived in Crossville, Tennessee. Source: AP
@ 22.54NBA0 Derrick Rose will have meniscectomy Friday
The Chicago Bulls announced that Derrick Rose will have a meniscectomy Friday morning to repair a medial meniscus tear in his right knee. A timetable for his return will be announced after surgery.
@ 20.59NBA0 Pacers' Paul George went through full practice today
Paul George had his first full practice since the leg injury suffered last summer.
Paul George is practicing with the team today and will speak to the media after practice. pic.twitter.com/9VfLAKcz33
— Indiana Pacers (@Pacers) February 26, 2015
Vogel says Paul George is cleared to practice, not play. "He's just been doing a little more and more... Today was his first full practice."
— Indiana Pacers (@Pacers) February 26, 2015
Vogel: "No timetable for his return. He's got a long way to go before he gets cleared to play."
— Indiana Pacers (@Pacers) February 26, 2015
Vogel said PG in practice is "just taking a step. Nothing more... I'm hopeful [he plays this season] but a lot has to happen before then."
— Indiana Pacers (@Pacers) February 26, 2015
@ 18.48NBA0 Rip Hamilton announced his retirement
Richard Hamilton announced his retirement. Hamilton has played 921 games in the NBA averaging 17.1 points, 3.1 rebounds and 3.4 assists with Washington, Detroit and Chicago. Hamilton was selected with the 7th overall pick in the 1999 NBA Draft. He won an NBA title with the Pistons.
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@ 17.05NCAA0 Former Louisville Chris Jones charged with rape, sodomy
A warrant has been issued for the arrest of former University of Louisville basketball player Chris Jones on charges of raping one woman and sodomizing another. The warrant, obtained by University of Louisville police, was signed Wednesday by Jefferson District Judge Katie King. Former University of Louisville basketball player Chris Jones pleaded not guilty on charges of raping one woman and sodomizing another. Judge Sheila Collins released Jones on home incarceration in lieu of a $25,000 bond. Jones, who was dismissed from the team Sunday, is expected to surrender in court on Thursday morning. Source: USA Today
@ 15.38NBA0 Tony Parker on his struggles: I don't feel great. Everybody knows it
Tony Parker is averaging 13.8 points and 4.9 assists per game this season, his lowest marks since his 2001-2002 rookie season. Parker is posting 11.6 points per game in his last 22 games returning from a hamstring injury. Per San Antonio Express News, "I don't even want to use that as an excuse," Parker told reporters Wednesday when asked if the hamstring was an underlying cause for his struggles. "I don't feel great. Everybody knows it ... I just have to find a solution, even if I'm not feeling great." Source: The Score
@ 13.53NBA0 Jared Sullinger: I just have to get back to the grit and grind
Jared Sullinger will miss the remainder of the season with a foot injury. Per ESPN, "Freak accidents happen. I just have to come back better," Sullinger said. Pressed on what he hoped to get out of recovery, Sullinger added: "A little bit of everything -- change the physique, change the way I look. That’s the biggest thing, I think. I’m tired of looking on camera and just seeing how I look, seeing how I play during extended minutes. Conditioning is going to be a big factor. Conditioning is going to be hard because all I can do is ride the bike. We’re going to find ways, we’re going to find ways to get me in the best shape possible." Sullinger had pledged to get in better shape this summer and did report for camp looking trimmer, but appears to have added weight during the season. "I got in better shape, but there’s another level to it," Sullinger said. "There’s always another level to everything. I just have to take it to another level. This year I came back in a little bit better shape. Obviously, it wasn’t good enough. Now I just have to get back to the grit and grind, kind of break my body down just to build it back up. I think that’s what I’m going to do this summer." Source: ESPN
@ 12.19NCAA0 NBA draft daily scores
-Fr F Trey Lyles (Kentucky): 18 points (7-12 FG 4-4 FT), 6 rebounds and 2 assists in the 74-56 win over Mississipi State
-Soph F Troy Williams (Indiana): 21 points (9-16 FG 1-1 3P 2-5 FT), 14 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals in the 65-72 loss against Northwestern
-Fr C Jahlil Okafor (Duke): 30 points (13-18 FG 4-9 FT), 9 rebounds and 2 assists in the 91-86 OT win over Virginia Tech
-Soph F DeAndre Bembry (Saint Joseph's): 33 points (10-18 FG 3-4 3P 10-11 FT), 14 rebounds and 4 assists in the 82-71 win over Massachusetts
-Jr F Taurean Prince (Baylor): 20 points (7-16 FG 4-8 3P 2-5 FT), 6 rebounds and 2 blocks in the 79-70 win over Iowa State
-Fr G Xavier Rathan-Mayes (Florida State): 35 points (10-19 FG 6-11 3P 9-11 FT), 4 rebounds and 5 assists in the 77-81 loss against Miami-FL-
-Sr F Aaron White (Iowa): 29 points (8-13 FG 3-4 3P 10-12 FT), 9 rebounds and 2 steals in the 68-60 win over Illinois
-Sr G Norman Powell (UCLA): 24 points (11-17 FG 2-3 FT), 7 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals in the 88-66 win over Washington
-Soph G Jabari Bird (California):22 points (9-20 FG 4-9 3P), 6 rebounds and 2 assists in the 69-80 loss against Oregon
@ 12.07NCAA0 Kentucky beats Mississipi State 74-56
Kentucky beats Mississipi State 74-56.
Freshman forward Trey Lyles had 18 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists, while freshman big man Karl Towns added 12 points, 10 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 blocks.
@ 11.52NCAA0 Okafor scores 30 in Duke's 91-86 win over Virginia Tech
Duke beats Virginia Tech 91-86.
Freshman center Jahlil Okafor had 30 points, 9 boardsand 2 assists, while senior guard Quinn Cook added 26 points and 3 assists.
For the Hokies freshman guard Jalen Hudson ended with 23 points and 6 rebunds.
@ 11.10NBA0 Serge Ibaka's 'Son of the Congo' official trailer
Serge Ibaka managed to escape the war-torn streets of the Congo and play his way to the top of the NBA. In 'Son of the Congo,' he returns to his native country, revisiting the empty lots where he used to sleep, reconnecting with his daughter, and confronting the stark reality facing Congolese youth. The odds are long, but Ibaka imparts his unshakable belief that a better future is possible if you never stop trying. The full length documentary will be released for free on Grantland.com on March 23rd. Presented by Grantland Directed by Adam Hootnick Produced by Humble TV
@ 10.58NBA0 Kevin Garnett is already Andrew Wiggins' mentor
The Minnesota Timberwolves re-acquired Kevin Garnett this season and his first re-introduction with the team is a phenomenal moment.
During a timeout, Kevin Garnett showed why the Timberwolves wanted him back in a roster full of young guys.
@ 10.43NBA0 Bulls had exploratory talks with Nate Robinson
According to Shams Charania of Real GM, the Chicago Bulls have had exploratory talks with free-agent guard Nate Robinson. Chicago is looking for a backcourt help due to the injury of Derrick Rose.
Robinson already played in Chicago two seasons ago. Source: Shams Charania
@ 00.05D-League0 Scotty Hopson goes off for a Skyforce franchise-record 52 points
Scotty Hopson’s 52 points set a new single-game franchise record as the Sioux Falls Skyforce defeated the Reno Bighorns 141-128. The win snaps the Skyforce’s four-game home losing streak. On his way to scoring a single-game franchise record 52 points, Hopson shot 21-28 from the field. His 21 made field goals is also a single-game franchise record. In addition to his 52 points, Hopson recorded seven rebounds and four assists.
@ 23.35NBA0 Mavericks suspend Rajon Rondo one game
The Dallas Mavericks suspended Rajon Rondo one game. The point guard and Rick Carlisle exchanged some words during the game with the coach who decided to bench Rondo for almost the entire second half. The two had also another heated exchange in the locker room.
@ 21.21NBA0 Danny Green: Hard to play basketball when we’re not the happy fun team we were last year
After the loss to the Jazz, the Spurs ended the road trip with a 2-4 record. Danny Green talked with San Antonio Express about the period the Spurs are living. Per San Antonio Express News, After the Spurs lost 90-81 in Utah on Monday night to fall to 2-4 on their rodeo trip, coach Gregg Popovich kept the visitors locker room at Energy Solutions Arena closed for about 20 minutes so the team could have a players-only meeting. The Spurs can only hope that air clearing pays off tonight as they look to halt their slide in Portland. “I think we had some good things said, good things talked about,” guard Danny Green said after a high-spirited shootaround session this morning at the Moda Center. “We reflected on what’s going on, what we need to do, what we need to be. If we continue to do what we’re doing, we’re not going to be a playoff team.” “We have to stay positive, buy into it and encourage each other,” Green said. “That’s all we have to do. Right now, it’s a snowball effect where a couple things go wrong and guys are trying to do so much to make it up quickly, and end up making more mistakes on top of it. “We’re all getting on each other, Pop’s getting on us, and it’s hard to play basketball when we’re not the happy fun team we were last year.” “Last year was a totally different year,” Green said. “It’s hard to replicate that. It might not come back to us, the way we were playing last year. We’re trying to get as close to it as possible. Source: San Antonio Express News
@ 19.52NBA0 Mark Cuban open to extending the NBA season into July
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said he is open to extending the NBA season into July.
Per ESPN, Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said the NBA is seriously considering altering the schedule to go later into the summer as a means of reducing or potentially eliminating back-to-back games.
"I've been bringing it up for years," Cuban said before the Mavs' 99-92 win over the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday, one of three games in four nights for his team. "[Commissioner Adam Silver is] more open to it, and he's going to be considering it. Everybody's for it now."
Cuban said the owners and league officials have discussed the possibility of shortening the preseason and starting the season earlier. "I'd rather us go later in the season into July," said Cuban, who still is in favor of trimming the preseason schedule. "Used to be, we had to be concerned about baseball. Now we don't. Baseball, particularly from a media perspective, has become regional, so it doesn't negatively impact us from a national TV perspective to go late." Source: ESPN
@ 19.24NBA0 LeBron slams McDonald's, then he remembers they sponsor him As reported by Uproxx, Asked when he developed a greater commitment to fitness, James subconsciously disparaged a fast food giant for which he serves as pitchman. “Umm, 24. I ate McDonald’s my first couple years in the NBA,” told the the Northeast Ohio Media Group. “I didn’t stretch. It didn’t matter. I was 18 and I could do whatever I wanted to.” When a reporter later asked the four-time MVP just how often he dines with the Golden Arches now, a savvy and extremely aware LeBron corrected his initial gaffe. “Every day. Every day. Every day,” he said. “I had it this morning. Egg and sausage McMuffin. All day.”
@ 18.32NBA0 Nate Robinson interested in signing with the Bulls
With Derrick Rose out with another knee injury, the Bulls could hit the market looking for a point guard.
Nate Robinson would be interested in re-joining the Bulls.
Hardly a surprise, but I'm told Nate Robinson would have interest in signing with the Bulls as they look for help without Derrick Rose.
— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) 25 Febbraio 2015
@ 18.08NBA0 Steve Blake plans to exercise the $2.1M player option for next season
Steve Blake plans to play a couple of years more and to exercise the $2.1 million player option for next season. Blake’s goal is to win an NBA title. Per CSNNW, Blake signed a two-year deal with Portland, with a player option worth roughly $2.1 million next season. As of now, Blake said he plans to exercise that option and hoping to play another “year or two” after that. “I want a championship really bad,” Blake said, “and I’m hoping we can get to that level. I only have a few years left to try and get it.” Source: CSNNW
@ 17.54NBA0 LeBron James not happy LeBron jr. has already received college offers
LeBron James jr. is 10 but he already got some interest from colleges.
Per Detroit CBS Local, Shortly before the Cavs were about to take the floor and start practice, I decided to ask LeBron if his son has been drawing any college interest. LeBron said, “Yeah, he’s already got some offers from colleges, it’s pretty crazy. It should be a violation, you shouldn’t be recruiting 10-year-old kids.” He continued to talk about his son’s game, “It’s crazy, he plays just like I did. He has great awareness and he’d rather pass first and set guys up. Most kids nowadays just want to score.”
@ 17.40NBA0 Scott angry with how some of his players celebrated win over Celtics
Los Angeles Lakers head coach was angry and disappointed with Lakers' celebration after beating the Celtics.
Per ESPN, Scott said he wasn't aware how some Lakers -- largely guard Nick Young, forward Jordan Hill and forward Carlos Boozer -- acted on camera during on-court interviews after the win until he saw footage of it that aired Monday night on ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" Kimmel played a clip of those players' reactions for injured star Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, who was a guest on the show, and afterward Bryant sat there stone-faced and silent. Scott said he did the same when he saw the same footage. "Kobe's reaction was pretty much my reaction when I was watching it," Scott said after practice Tuesday at the Lakers' facility. "I was just shaking my head like, 'I can't believe this.' " Source: ESPN
@ 15.52NBA0 Former Bucks Larry Sanders explains why he walked away from the NBA
Former Bucks big man Larry Sanders explained on the Players Tribune his decision to walk away from the NBA.
“Everyone’s come up with their own theories about why I’ve been absent since leaving the Bucks. I knew people would speculate, but the crazy thing to me is that people are making it about the money. As a person who grew up with nothing, I know money is important. I’m incredibly grateful to have had the chance to play in the NBA. But at the same time, that’s not what fuels me. I’ve never chased money. It’s never been how I define success. Happiness isn’t behind a golden gate. Everyone has to make a living. I’m no different from the person whose 9-to-5 isn’t their dream job. It’s a scary thing to walk away from security but I’m more afraid of living with the “what if.” I love basketball, and if I get to a point where I feel I’m capable of playing basketball again, I will. I’ve had to make the difficult decision to follow my intuition, and allow myself the space and time to explore my true purpose in life.”Source: The Players Tribune
@ 14.12NBA0 Rondo did not return to the game after exchanging words with Carlisle
Toronto led 62-53 when Carlisle called out to Rondo, who was dribbling past midcourt. Carlisle then abruptly called time out. After the Dallas players in the game reached the bench area, Carlisle and Rondo had an animated conversation amid a crowd of players and coaches. Rondo didn't return to the game. Carlisle said he and Rondo had a "difference of opinion." Asked if Rondo's absence was a coaching decision or disciplinary, Carlisle said Rondo didn't play again "because I'm the coach and that's the decision that I made at the time." Asked if Rondo would be Dallas' point guard for Wednesday night's game at Atlanta, Carlisle said, "That's what we brought him here for." Rondo didn't speak to the media in the locker room after the game. He played 17:45 and finished with four points, four assists, three fouls and two turnovers. Source: NBA