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Golden State Warriors Preseason Report 2014 posted by Warriors Fan

Golden State Warriors improved their score by winning 51 games in 2013-14, which is four more wins compared to the last season. During the playoffs, they were seeded sixth, but Los Angeles Clippers stopped them from reaching the finals. The Warriors faced many coaching and management issues, which proved quite chaotic for the team. Even with these problems, the team performed quite well and they were able to extend seven games to the Clippers in the playoffs opening round.

2014-2015 looks promising for Golden State Warriors with the hiring of new coach Steve Herr. However, Kerr is still not tested, and the big change could all be hype. Secondly, the best player of the team, Stephen Curry liked the former coach Mark Jackson, and the question remains whether Curry will be able to accept Kerr.

In the offseason, the Warriors tried to bring in Kevin Love, but the trade did not go through, as the management was not willing to trade Klay Thompson. The team had not picks during the draft, and hence the team remains almost the same as last season. However, certain depth was added for guard by acquiring Brandon Rush and Sean Livingston. Since the Timberwolves have a better chance of acquiring Love, the Warriors will have to settle with David Lee in PF. At center, there will be Andrew Bogut and Lee, who are tough and can provide rebounds. At the backcourt, there will be Andre Iguodala who is a defensive specialist, Curry, and Thompson.

Golden State Warriors are in a good position to do much better this season, and experts expect to see them in the playoffs second round. However, reaching the finals would be a stretch, even if they somehow manage to acquire Love. Since, Steve Kerr, the head coach is a rookie, who has not had any experience in NBA finals; the warriors can maximum reach the semis.

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Brad Hurt

Close call: Grizzlies rally for sweep posted by Brad Hurt

It was anything but easy, but the Memphis Grizzlies outlasted the Golden State Warriors, 88-81 in overtime on Wednesday night to complete a perfect West Coast road trip.

The comeback happened largely thanks to the team's Grit N Grind mentality.  After spotting the home team a double-digit lead in the opening quarter, the Grizzlies (7-5) relied on strong defense to get back into the game.  They had to overcome a 12-point deficit in the second half to escape with their 11th consecutive head-to-head win over the 8-4 Warriors.  They won the third quarter 25-13 behind a 17-2 run led by Zach Randolph's eight points in the period.  Randolph finished with another double-double of a team-high 21 points and 12 rebounds.

Ball control played a huge part in the win as the Grizzlies turned the ball over only seven times.

The Grizzlies shot only 38 percent for the game, led by Marc Gasol's 6-of-14 effort.  Gasol added 11 rebounds to his 18 points to join Randolph with a double-double.  His pair of free throws with 2:02 left in the fourth quarter forced the game into overtime.  Mike Conley also finished in double figures scoring for the Grizzlies, scoring 19 points and draining the go-ahead 3-pointer in overtime.  The Grizzlies' bench came up large, outscoring the Warriors' reserves 16-7.  Kosta Koufos led the Grizzlies subs with seven points and grabbed eight rebounds.

Andrew Bogut led the Warriors with 12 points and 14 rebounds.

This trip proved the Grizzlies can compete with some of the top teams in the West.  It is never easy to win away from home, and putting together a streak like this shows the character and fight this team has.

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Brad Hurt

Grizzlies seek first road sweep since '04 posted by Brad Hurt

The Grizzlies have reeled off three straight wins on the road since falling at home to Toronto last Wednesday.  West Coast trips are usually daunting, but the Grizzlies have found ways to win to this point.  Their current trip reaches its conclusion tonight in Oakland as the Grizzlies (6-5) take on the Pacific-leading Golden State Warriors (8-3), winners of four straight.  So someone will see a streak end.  If the Grizz get the win, they will have their first road sweep of at least four games since March 2004.  The Warriors are 5-0 at home this season, a mark the Clippers also had before falling to the Grizzlies on Monday.

The Warriors boast five players averaging double figures in scoring at this point in the season, led by Klay Thompson's 20.5 points per game.  Sensational guard Stephen Curry is a close second with 19.9 points per game.  Curry, who usually gets top billing as the team's superstar leader, will miss Wednesday's game with a concussion.

The Grizzlies have seen good balance offensively.  Mike Conley is off to a good start, scoring 18.7 points and dishing out around six assists per game.  As he has gone over the past few years, so have gone the Grizzlies.  He seems to be over the confidence issues and inconsistency that plagued him a couple of years ago, when trade rumors surrounded him.  Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph have been key for the Grizzlies, continuing to comprise one of the biggest post tandem threats in the league.  Gasol is putting up 17 points and seven rebounds per game on the season.  However, on this trip he is scoring over 20 points per game with 8+ rebounds and 8+ assists.  Randolph is leading the team with 9.2 rebounds per game while scoring 16.1 points per contest on a career-high 55 percent shooting clip.

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Charles Bisbee

NBA Anarchy posted by Charles Bisbee

The NBA is completely bonkers right now. With less than two weeks until season’s tip-off, players are being flipped faster than flapjacks at IHOP. Chris Paul has been perfecting his start-and-stop from the comfort of his living room. Dwight Howard can't seem to decipher his own feelings about the Magic. Lamar Odom, as collateral from the Paul fall-out, whined his way to the Mavs, who were spurned earlier in the week by Tyson Chandler (Knicks). Chauncey Billups took his frequent flier miles to the Clips (though he could be dealt again by the time I finish this sentence) and Big Baby was swapped for Brandon Bass.

Wait, there's more! The Celtics thought they had Baby's replacement in David West (Paul’s former right-hand man) but the Pacers swooped in and snagged him for a cool $20 mil. Consequently, the Hornets are trying to fill out a roster with Quincy Pondexter and a collection of ball boys. Vinsanity joined Odom in Dallas, which lost Caron Butler to the Clippers, which matched Golden State’s absurd, $43 million qualifying offer to DeAndre Jordan (he with the career 5.9 ppg). T-Mac, Rip Hamilton, Chris Wilcox, Mike Bibby and Dunleavy are on the move as well, though these names seem like afterthoughts compared to the seismic activity higher up. 

And all this happened in slightly over a week. It’s certainly enough to make the casual fan's head spin. The ramifications of this unforseen, pre-season turbulence on the regular season, though, is what really boggles the mind. With little time to mesh, little time to prepare, and a season packed tighter than Delta coach, teams should be in for a wild ride. We're staring down the barrel of the most slapdash, unforseen and chemistry-bungled season since, dare I say, 1998! Should be a wild ride. 

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Bucks trade Gadzuric, Bell for Maggette posted by john howard

The Milwaukee Bucks traded Charlie Bell and Dan Gadzurik to the Golden State Warrios for Corey Magette.

 This is a good move for both teams and potentially a great move for Milwuakee.

Golden State is changing ownership and wants to get a younger nucleus to build around.  The Trade of Magette rids the team of $31 million for the next  3 years. 

As far as the Bucks go, this was a good move for a couple of reasons. One, if John Salmons leaves, then they have his replacement.  But, if they can resign Salmons, there is a lot more firepower for this team.  The Bucks made the playoffs and had a good showing without their top inside threat in Andrew Bogut. 

Small news, but could be a big deal.

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Amari Harris

Humpday Huddle posted by Amari Harris

I’ve been extremely busy lately so I haven’t had as much time to write, but I have wanted to weigh in on a few topics before the week is over and hopefully I can come through with a column for tomorrow.  Let’s be random…

 

Did I hear that correctly?  Appartently the Golden State Warriors turned down a trade that would have netted them O.J. Mayo and Nasheen Thabeet for Monta Ellis…craziness

 

There are a lot of interesting rumblings coming out of the 2010 Draft/Combine.  Tim Tebow is working on changing his throwing motion.  This is one of the more intriguing stories of the draft.  It is easy to root for Tebow because of his faith and his character but I just don’t see him being an effective NFL quarterback.  NFL defenses are too fast, too smart and too powerful for a guy who dominated the college ranks with those same traits.  His passing ability is very suspect because of that long wind-up release.  The transformation that he’s attempting will be very difficult as he has thrown with the same motion for the last 20 years.  Some people try to compare Tebow to Vince Young, but VY has demonstrated the tools and ability to excel on the NFL level.  Young does everything Tebow does, but way better.  This should be an interesting development and I’m sure there are GMs and teams out there that can make this marriage work, but I would stay away from this guy for the most part.

 

Free Agency is upon us and there are some pretty sexy story lines surfacing as the off-season progresses.  Julius Peppers will be the hottest free agent on the market despite being 30 years old and having questionable work ethic.  Peppers seems to be a bit selfish as he is looking for the biggest pay day and he doesn’t play the run very well.  Under the right conditions, Peppers could be a defensive MVP. I’m not sure those conditions exist right now however.  Many people are speculating that Peppers would go to the Patriots, but I don’t see the economics being there, and the Patriots have a lack of leadership on the defensive side of the ball…Peppers won’t help.  I’d be more inclined to see Peppers as a Jet or Charger.  These teams have shown promise for years to come and Peppers could be the missing piece for each team.  I also wouldn’t write off the New Orleans Saints.  This is a team that thrived off of turnovers this past season and Peppers is a turnover specialist.  I think he would be a good fit in their hybrid defensive packages that Greg Williams’ deploys.

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Sabrina

Welcome Back Rip! posted by Sabrina

For starters, welcome back Rip Hamilton! With an impressive 18 points this game against the Golden State Warriors, Rip made sure his return was not overseen. Although Rip was the talk of the game, Rodney Stuckey was the point leader with an impressive 29 points this game.

Rodney Stuckey has proven that he is not a rookie anymore. He is much more consistent in his shot and now has found a place as a leader of the team. This team has definitely changed since winning the 2004 Finals, but it's a great way to start over. Stuckey has found his place and so have Charlie Villanueva and Ben Gordon. The three rookies all had playing time this game and showed that they have potential. Jonas Jerebko had a few amazing plays, shots and assists, and Austin Daye showed his confidence as he took a chance when he scored tonight. Jerebko and Daye are shining, but Dajuan Summers seems to be left behind. It's a question whether his lack of playing time is due to his lack of skill or adjustment to the NBA, but Jerebko and Daye are taking the spotlight.

A big question in mind was if the chemisty of the team would be broken when Rip and Tayshaun come back, but Rip has shown anyone with doubt that the Pistons can adjust and work together as a team. With Ben Gordon and Tayshaun Prince still out, the Pistons were able to extend their winning streak to a 5 game streak. The expected date for Ben Gordon and Tayshaun's return have not been confirmed, but it seems like they will be playing soon. Tayshaun, please come back soon. I've been saving you on my fantasy basketball team haha. The Pistons may see a positive change with all their injured players back in the line up, bringing the Pistons back to their full potential.

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Scott Shepherd

That Guy Scored 50?? posted by Scott Shepherd

A few days ago I posted a blog listing the best scorers in the NBA today that have yet to have a 50-point scoring game.

While researching that post, I had an even more interesting idea for a post.

It’s a list of guys who, unbelievably, had a 50-point game in their career.

Since I was using www.basketball-reference.com to research the list, we’re only going back to the 1986-87 season. It’s far enough back in time to make some of the guys on the list obscure, but not far enough back to where you won’t remember them.

In no order, here are some of the more random players to score 50 points in an NBA game over the past 24 seasons.

Vernon Maxwell

Before Ron Artest and the “Malice at the Palace”, there was Vernon Maxwell running into the stands and punching a fan. While “Mad Max” will be remembered most for that, he also finds himself in elite company as one of only 60 players to score 50 or more points in a game since the start of the 1986-87 season.

Maxwell may be most remembered for his volatility, but at one point he was very dangerous on the court as well. He dropped for 30 points in the fourth quarter on January 26th, 1991 against the Cavs en route to a career-high 51 points.

Charles Smith

The former number three overall pick had a solid first few seasons with the Clippers, but a series of knee injuries cut his career short after a few other stops. For his career, he averaged 14.4 points per game.

Though he never developed into a big time NBA player, Smith dropped 52 on the Nuggets in December of 1990. It was the only time in his nine year career the Smith scored more than 40 points in a game.
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Scott Shepherd

Fun With Box Scores posted by Scott Shepherd

Every Monday, with the assistance of the good people over at www.basketball-reference.com, I like to take a look deep into the statistics of teams and players from around the league in a little post I like to call “Fun with Box Scores”.

Some of the gems I came across this week:

-Quinten Richardson has gone 9 games, 275 minutes played, without taking a single free throw this season.

-Even more remarkably, Jason Kidd has taken just 2 free throws in 347 minutes this season.

 

-73% of Daniel Gibson’s shots this season have been from beyond the three point line, by far the highest percentage of any player in the league with at least 50 shots taken.

 

-Since 1986, the record for most 40+ point games before December 1st is 14. Brandon Jennings’ 55 point outburst on Saturday was the 14th time that someone has scored at least 40 this season, tying the record, and we’ve still got 15 days left in the month.

 

-Speaking of Jennings, since 1986, no player has had a better three point field goal percentage during a 50-point game than he did on Saturday (minimum 3 attempts).

 

-In that same time span, Jennings is the youngest player ever to shoot at least 34 shots in a game.

 

-Nazr Mohammed led the Bobcats in scoring on Wednesday with a whopping 13 points. In nine games this season, the Cat’s have failed to have a player reach 20 points in five of them, by far the most in the league.

 

-Golden State has given up at least 100 points in every game this season. They are the only team in the league to do so this season.

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Brad Hurt

Warriors 113, Grizzlies 105 posted by Brad Hurt

In order to be successful in basketball, a team has to protect the ball, play solid defense and make free throws, among other things.  The Grizzlies did none of those on Wednesday as they fell to Golden State.  Specifically, the Grizzlies need to figure out how to play from ahead.  They know plenty about playing from behind, but they can't seem to hold on to their lead.  This season they are getting off to good starts but allowing their opponents to chip away at their lead, and it happened again against the Warriors.

The Grizzlies led by as many as 13 points in the first quarter, but the lead shrank steadily from there.  Anthony Morrow tied the game with a 3-pointer at the 5-minute mark of the second quarter, and the lead went back and forth into the third.  The Warriors then pulled away with an 11-2 run late in the third.  Until that point, the Grizzlies had played a good third quarter by their standards.

This was Rudy Gay's night.  Allen Iverson got the Grizzlies started, but Rudy took over hitting clutch jumpers to save countless possessions.  He finished with 29 points on 11-of-18 shooting.  It's a shame that he most likely will not be in a Memphis uniform next season unless negotiations pick up.  I don't think the Grizzlies are going to give him the money he wants, which is typical of this organization.  Plus, I'm sure Rudy wants to play for a playoff contender, and the Grizzlies are still not at that point.  He is streaky, but when he is hot, as he was in this game, he can take over.

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Lakers' Ronnie Price lost his shoe and threw it at Andre Iguodala to try to stop a fast break (V

Listen, sometimes you try to do something cool, and you screw it up, and you get flustered, and you don't really know quite how to make it better, so you do something that actually makes it worse. This is part of being a human person with flaws and sweat glands and inappropriate responses to stress and anxiety, and it's something we all experience. For most of us, though, those inappropriate responses don't unfold on a basketball court, in front of thousands of people, and in front of millions more watching via television. In this respect, then, we are all Ronnie Price losing possession of the ball and his sneaker and then trying to stop a fast break by throwing his shoe at Andre Iguodala, and we are in no way Ronnie Price losing possession of the ball and his sneaker and then trying to stop a fast break by throwing his shoe at Andre Iguodala. And these two statements are both true, all the time. [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Basketball: Sign up and join a league today! ] This play occurred with the Los Angeles Lakers trailing the Golden State Warriors by 25 points after just 15 minutes of preseason play on Sunday, so things were already out of hand when Price momentarily lost touch with what's reasonable. So how does a 31-year-old guard with nine years of NBA experience under his belt get here? We'll let Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News explain : Price may have said facetiously he was “just trying to get it out of bounds.”But he then became pretty honest on why he would throw his shoe after it slipped off during an unsuccessful drive to the basket. “I was just trying to stop the ball as fast as possible,”Price said. “The shoe was in my hand so I thought that would stop the play.”Well, consider it mission accomplished. Officials blew their whistle with 8:50 left in the second quarter to give Price a technical foul. “He shouldn’t have thrown it. It cost us a technical,”Lakers coach Byron Scott said. “I don’t even know how it came off. I saw him slipping and the shoe was off and he picks it up. He was trailing on defense so I guess he figured, ‘Let me see if I can hit the ball out of his hands with his shoe.’" Yeah, I guess he did. The Warriors, of course, instantly turned the ludicrous play into a meme: . @Lakers ' Ronnie Price throws his shoe at @andre , receives a T. pic.twitter.com/5w4CqBao6q —Golden St. Warriors (@warriors) October 13, 2014 Sadly, Price was too far away from Iguodala to pull off a full Marc Gasol: But he did , kind of, accomplish his goal. “It did stop the fastbreak, so we only gave up one point instead of two or three,”Lakers coach Byron Scott said, according to Bill Oram of the Orange County Register . That might make it the best defensive play the Lakers made in their 116-75 defeat . Video via @cjzero . - - - - - - - Dan Devine is an editor for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at devine@yahoo-inc.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YourManDevine Stay connected with Ball Don't Lie on Twitter @YahooBDL , "Like" BDL on Facebook and follow BDL's Tumblr for year-round NBA talk, jokes and more. [read full article]

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BDL's 2014-15 NBA Season Previews: Golden State Warriors (Ball Don't Lie)

The Golden State Warriors cannot be criticized for lacking ambition. Mark Jackson led the franchise to the playoffs in two consecutive seasons (out of his three total), a feat that made him their most successful head coach since the first Don Nelson era. His reward was a speedy dismissal. For whatever tensions existed between Jackson and his bosses — and there were many , to the point where a disaster may have loomed — it is fairly apparent that the people in charge of the Warriors expect to challenge for titles, not to lose out on homecourt advantage in the first round and take one playoff series every couple years. Owners Joe Lacob and Peter Guber want one of the league's preeminent franchises. The question isn't only if they have the roster to get them there, but whether they have hired the right man for the job. Former Phoenix Suns general manager, TNT commentator, and golfing buddy Steve Kerr has no coaching experience of any kind, just like Jackson when he was hired in 2011. Yet there's no guarantee that the Warriors will get lucky twice, even if Kerr has a sterling reputation and has said all the right things so far. The Warriors have taken a gamble, again, and Kerr may not connect with his players as well as Jackson did in his three seasons with the club. [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Basketball: Sign up and join a league today! ] However, Kerr and his staff (which includes Alvin Gentry, his coach in Phoenix) can improve the team in other ways. It will take some work to match last season's third-ranked defense (by points allowed per possession), but there is a clear opportunity to best a No. 12 offense that belied Golden State's reputation as an especially potent group. While Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson strengthened their status as the best outside-shooting duo in the NBA, the offense as a whole often became stagnant and went away from its strengths, especially when eschewing the pick-and-roll. With versatile players like Andre Iguodala, David Lee, Draymond Green, and Andrew Bogut in the lineup, there's no glaring reason why Golden State can't become a better offensive team. Failure to do so would be the clearest sign that Kerr did not have a particularly impressive first season in Oakland. Then again, it's not entirely clear how Kerr and the franchise will define success. Is it enough for him to set the team on a course toward achieving the results that Jackson didn't, or will he need to exceed them now? It's not necessarily prudent to set such rigid standards before the team even plays a regular-season game. Nevertheless, controversial coaching changes require fairly exacting analysis. The outcome of such gambles reflect upon the franchise well beyond win-loss record. 2013-14 season in 140 characters or less: A coach pit himself and his team against the world, winning a few battles and losing the war. Did the summer help at all? The answer to this question depends largely on your belief in Kerr and his abilities relative to those of Jackson. As previously noted, those opinions will vary and can't be discussed with any certainty for at least a few months. If we stick to the roster, then the Warriors should be a little better. For one thing, they lost only Jermaine O'Neal, a quality reserve big man who missed several months and may be of limited use at 36 years old. They added Shaun Livingston as a much-needed backup point guard who can defend bigger guards when teamed with Curry; Brandon Rush, who performed well with Golden State as a reserve wing in 2011-12; and Leandro Barbosa, unlikely to match his years in Phoenix but still a speedy guard with explosive tendencies. Plus, reserve center Festus Ezeli returns after missing all of last season with a knee injury. Go-to offseason acquisition: Livingston is still iffy for opening night , but when he's in the lineup he will give the Warriors options that they lacked last season. Though not the world's most adept floor leader, Livingston can contribute in many areas (8.3 points, 3.2 rebounds, 3.2 assists, and 1.2 steals in 26 minutes per game for the Brooklyn Nets in 2013-14) while freeing up other members of the team to excel. The Warriors lacked playmakers other than Curry and Iguodala, and they figure to be heavily dependent on those two for the same qualities this year. But Livingston provides some cover for a team that can use the help. [read full article]

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Lakers' Ronnie Price lost his shoe and threw it at Andre Iguodala to try to stop a fast break (V

Listen, sometimes you try to do something cool, and you screw it up, and you get flustered, and you don't really know quite how to make it better, so you do something that actually makes it worse. This is part of being a human person with flaws and sweat glands and inappropriate responses to stress and anxiety, and it's something we all experience. For most of us, though, those inappropriate responses don't unfold on a basketball court, in front of thousands of people, and in front of millions more watching via television. In this respect, then, we are all Ronnie Price losing possession of the ball and his sneaker and then trying to stop a fast break by throwing his shoe at Andre Iguodala, and we are in no way Ronnie Price losing possession of the ball and his sneaker and then trying to stop a fast break by throwing his shoe at Andre Iguodala. And these two statements are both true, all the time. [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Basketball: Sign up and join a league today! ] This play occurred with the Los Angeles Lakers trailing the Golden State Warriors by 25 points after just 15 minutes of preseason play on Sunday, so things were already out of hand when Price momentarily lost touch with what's reasonable. So how does a 31-year-old guard with nine years of NBA experience under his belt get here? We'll let Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News explain : Price may have said facetiously he was “just trying to get it out of bounds.”But he then became pretty honest on why he would throw his shoe after it slipped off during an unsuccessful drive to the basket. “I was just trying to stop the ball as fast as possible,”Price said. “The shoe was in my hand so I thought that would stop the play.”Well, consider it mission accomplished. Officials blew their whistle with 8:50 left in the second quarter to give Price a technical foul. “He shouldn’t have thrown it. It cost us a technical,”Lakers coach Byron Scott said. “I don’t even know how it came off. I saw him slipping and the shoe was off and he picks it up. He was trailing on defense so I guess he figured, ‘Let me see if I can hit the ball out of his hands with his shoe.’" Yeah, I guess he did. The Warriors, of course, instantly turned the ludicrous play into a meme: . @Lakers ' Ronnie Price throwshis shoe at @andre , receives a T. pic.twitter.com/5w4CqBao6q —Golden St. Warriors (@warriors) October 13, 2014 Sadly, Price was too far away from Iguodala to pull off a full Marc Gasol: But he did , kind of, accomplish his goal. “It did stop the fastbreak, so we only gave up one point instead of two or three,”Lakers coach Byron Scott said, according to Bill Oram of the Orange County Register . That might make it the best defensive play the Lakers made in their 116-75 defeat . Video via @cjzero . - - - - - - - Dan Devine is an editor for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at devine@yahoo-inc.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YourManDevine Stay connected with Ball Don't Lie on Twitter @YahooBDL , "Like" BDL on Facebook and follow BDL's Tumblr for year-round NBA talk, jokes and more. [read full article]

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Lakers' Ronnie Price lost his shoe and threw it at Andre Iguodala to try to stop a fast break (V

Listen, sometimes you try to do something cool, and you screw it up, and you get flustered, and you don't really know quite how to make it better, so you do something that actually makes it worse. This is part of being a human person with flaws and sweat glands and inappropriate responses to stress and anxiety, and it's something we all experience. For most of us, though, those inappropriate responses don't unfold on a basketball court, in front of thousands of people, and in front of millions more watching via television. In this respect, then, we are all Ronnie Price losing possession of the ball and his sneaker and then trying to stop a fast break by throwing his shoe at Andre Iguodala, and we are in no way Ronnie Price losing possession of the ball and his sneaker and then trying to stop a fast break by throwing his shoe at Andre Iguodala. And these two statements are both true, all the time. [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Basketball: Sign up and join a league today! ] This play occurred with the Los Angeles Lakers trailing the Golden State Warriors by 25 points after just 15 minutes of preseason play on Sunday, so things were already out of hand when Price momentarily lost touch with what's reasonable. So how does a 31-year-old guard with nine years of NBA experience under his belt get here? We'll let Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News explain : Price may have said facetiously he was “just trying to get it out of bounds.”But he then became pretty honest on why he would throw his shoe after it slipped off during an unsuccessful drive to the basket. “I was just trying to stop the ball as fast as possible,”Price said. “The shoe was in my hand so I thought that would stop the play.”Well, consider it mission accomplished. Officials blew their whistle with 8:50 left in the second quarter to give Price a technical foul. “He shouldn’t have thrown it. It cost us a technical,”Lakers coach Byron Scott said. “I don’t even know how it came off. I saw him slipping and the shoe was off and he picks it up. He was trailing on defense so I guess he figured, ‘Let me see if I can hit the ball out of his hands with his shoe.’" Yeah, I guess he did. The Warriors, of course, instantly turned the ludicrous play into a meme: . @Lakers ' Ronnie Price throws his shoe at @andre , receives a T. pic.twitter.com/5w4CqBao6q —Golden St. Warriors (@warriors) October 13, 2014 Sadly, Price was too far away from Iguodala to pull off a full Marc Gasol: But he did , kind of, accomplish his goal. “It did stop the fastbreak, so we only gave up one point instead of two or three,”Lakers coach Byron Scott said, according to Bill Oram of the Orange County Register . That might make it the best defensive play the Lakers made in their 116-75 defeat . Video via @cjzero . - - - - - - - Dan Devine is an editor for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at devine@yahoo-inc.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YourManDevine Stay connected with Ball Don't Lie on Twitter @YahooBDL , "Like" BDL on Facebook and follow BDL's Tumblr for year-round NBA talk, jokes and more. [read full article]

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The 10-man rotation, starring the case against Kobe Bryant (Ball Don't Lie)

A look around the league and the Web that covers it. It's also important to note that the rotation order and starting nods aren't always listed in order of importance. That's for you, dear reader, to figure out. C : ESPN the Magazine . Henry Abbott presents the argument that Kobe Bryant —his contract, his demeanor, his relationship to other top stars, etc. —is the primary reason the Los Angeles Lakers have become awful, are likely to be awful again this season and might continue to be awful until after he's retired. My general, broad-strokes takeaways: •The efficiency/effectiveness/demeanor claims aren't necessarily anything new, and we're certainly no closer to folks on either side of those debates capitulating today than we were yesterday; •There are other points that can be raised as, if not mitigating factors, then at least factors worth considering in the Lakers' decline; •There sure seem to be a lot of Lakers-related folks and agents willing to slam Kobe under cover of anonymity! PF : NBA.com . In addition to the standard dynamite grab-bag of news and notes, David Aldridge's Monday Morning Tip features something I thought about quite a bit last week —what Scott Brooks might do with his starting lineup now that Kevin Durant won't be available at the three for the Oklahoma City Thunder for a little while. SF : Hang Time . With multiple teams preaching the gospel of ball and player movement after watching the San Antonio Spurs slice and dice the opposition en route to a championship, John Schuhmann digs into the NBA's SportVU optical tracking data to find out whether there's any correlation between all that motion and having a great, highly efficient offense. (Spoiler alert: There isn't!) SG : The Brooklyn Game . Schuhmann's research led Devin Kharpertian to wonder what does correlate with offensive efficiency, so he, too, got to digging. PG : Fast Break and The Hook . Adam Lauridsen expects a monster win total from this year's Golden State Warriors, and Tom Ziller thinks they might just be weird enough to get there. 6th : TrueHoop . For Golden State to reach those great heights, as Ethan Sherwood Strauss sees it, they're going to need Klay Thompson to become the All-Star his new head coach thinks he can be. 7th : 8 Points, 9 Seconds . On Roy Hibbert, the Indiana Pacers' great and giant X-factor, and the question —will he "believe his outward confidence about being one of the league’s best or will he let doubt overcome him after a few ugly box scores?" —that "might reveal his long-term future in Indiana." 8th : Ballislife . A fun documentary-style look at Jamal Crawford's come-up in, and ongoing relationship with, Seattle. 9th : Boston Globe . Gary Washburn leads off his Sunday notes column with a good one-on-one about finding an NBA role with James Johnson, who went from first-round pick to out of the league to a multi-year deal , and is trying to do whatever he can to avoid sliding back down to that middle step: "I’m just trying to help the youngsters so they don’t make the same mistakes I made.”10th : Hardwood Paroxysm . Seth Partnow talks to former New York Knicks shooting coach Dave Hopla about the ins and outs of trying to improve NBA players' jumpers —what works, what doesn't, and more. - - - - - - - Dan Devine is an editor for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at devine@yahoo-inc.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YourManDevine Stay connected with Ball Don't Lie on Twitter @YahooBDL , "Like" BDL on Facebook and follow BDL's Tumblr for year-round NBA talk, jokes and more. [read full article]

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