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4 Aug 2015 at 2:59pm
You?re in your second semester of AP Basketball History, you love really good teams, and you love lists. With precious little drama left in the NBA?s 2015 offseason, why don?t we hit the barroom and/or barbershop, pour ourselves a frosty mug of Barbicide, and get to arguin? over each franchise?s most formidable starting five-man lineup. [ Follow Dunks Don't Lie on Tumblr: The best slams from all of basketball ] Because we don?t like making tough decisions, the lineups will reflect the All-NBA line of thinking. There will be no differentiation between separate forward and guard positions, and the squads will be chosen after careful consideration of individual merits only ? we don?t really care if your team?s top shooting guard and point guard don?t get along. These rankings will roll out based on when each franchise began its NBA life. We continue with the Chicago Bulls, who most assuredly will have a pretty good backcourt. C: Joakim Noah . Joakim Noah may have just given his basketball career to the Chicago Bulls. Despite the minutes restriction placed on him during the 2014-15 season and despite the fact that he came off the bench for half of his first two seasons, Noah basically ran himself ragged as the team?s heart and soul on both sides of the ball for years following his starting turn. That run culminated in him winning the Defensive Player of the Year award in 2014, the same season he placed fourth in MVP voting, but it also culminated in a ?minor? (as reported by the team) knee surgery that knocked Noah out for three months and obviously addled his entire 2014-15 campaign. With Derrick Rose effectively out for two seasons in 2013 and 2014, Noah ran the Chicago offense from the center position while acting as the lead man on two killer defenses. F: Scottie Pippen . About as gorgeous a mold for an NBA player that you could ask for, Pippen?s long arms, massive hands, and ungodly athleticism made him the perfect partner to Michael Jordan. Expertly mixing cerebral play with out and out basketball savagery, Pippen led Chicago?s offense from the point forward position while still barking out the orders defensively on the other end. Derided by some for supposedly riding on Jordan?s coattails, endless Bulls in two difference championship generations routinely call him the best teammate they?ve ever had. F: Luol Deng . The acquisition of Deng in 2004 signaled Chicago?s turnaround after six years in the wilderness. Six times in his ten-year Chicago career Deng played over 37 minutes a game despite concerns about his willowy frame and injury woes, he twice led the NBA in minutes per contest and twice made the All-Star team. Though he never averaged more than 18.8 points per game as a Bull, his defense was invaluable. G: Derrick Rose . Rose missed all of 2012-13 with a knee injury, all but 10 (very poor) games in 2013-14 with a knee injury, and he turned in an inconsistent and ultimately pedestrian 2014-15. Prior to that, however, he was a league MVP, a Rookie of the Year, and an astonishingly fast scoring guard that dragged two lacking Bulls teams to the playoffs and two other Bulls teams to the best record in the NBA. Other Bulls guards have enjoyed longer stints in the lineup, but this former star?s peak managed to outshine them all. G: Michael Jordan . The greatest player of all time. The NBA?s all-time leader in points per game. Driving force behind six NBA championships. Dominated the NBA for over a decade despite playing at the sport?s least-essential position. Won the Defensive Player of the Year in 1988 while playing at shooting guard. Led the league in total points in every full season that he played. The Michael Jordan of being Michael Jordan. Fans of the desultory and barely-watched Chicago Bulls teams from the late 1970s and early 1980s will no doubt take issue with Joakim Noah being taken over Artis Gilmore. Gilmore made four All-Star teams with the Bulls after coming over from the ABA (the Bulls owners at the time refused to vote in favor of a merger between the two leagues unless they were guaranteed Gilmore?s contract rights) and averaged over 19 points and 11 rebounds with the team alongside 2.1 blocks per game with Chicago. His teams disappointed in ways that weren?t often Gilmore?s fault, but Noah?s versatile play gives him the edge here. Derrick Rose?s inclusion, after just four great years (and three disappointing ones) will turn off those that remember both Jerry Sloan and Norm Van Lier patrolling the backcourt for several great Bulls teams from the mid-1970s. Working out of a loaded Western Conference, Sloan and Van Lier dominated defensively at a time when work on that side of the floor was not at a premium. Sloan was the first Bull to have his number retired, and Van Lier?s No. 2 should have been up in the rafters decades ago. You can?t knock an MVP out of the starting lineup, though. Sloan and Van Lier?s teammates, Chet Walker and especially Bob Love, should have a bone to pick with Deng?s position here, but Luol?s two-way game made this an easier choice despite Walker and Love?s scoring exploits. Horace Grant?s work on either side of the court also made him a deserving starting candidate, and the franchise is littered with other championship or playoff contributors (Tom Boerwinkle, Toni Kukoc, Bill Cartwright) that were considered. Dennis Rodman, Clifford Ray, and Charles Oakley all provided excellent play in short stints with the team. Reggie Theus had a mustache. Previous entries : Golden State . Boston . New York . Detroit . Sacramento . Los Angeles Lakers . Atlanta . Philadelphia . Washington . - - - - - - - Kelly Dwyer is an editor for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at KDonhoops@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @KDonhoops

3 Aug 2015 at 8:05pm
Mike Gallagher takes a look at some changes coming to the Bulls and Raptors.

3 Aug 2015 at 3:10pm

2 Aug 2015 at 4:48pm
It?s August, and in the days before school starts it?s also time for basketball camps. To sit cross-legged n a hardwood floor while hoping that everyone else notices the shoes that you mortgaged way, way too much of your allowance to buy while watching a shooting drill as presented by an assistant coach you?ve never heard of. [ Follow Dunks Don't Lie on Tumblr: The best slams from all of basketball ] Or, if you?re lucky, a fringe NBA player. Or, if you?re really, really lucky, the NBA?s Most Improved Player and the greatest basketball player of all time. Watch Chicago?s Jimmy Butler and Bulls legend Michael Jordan wow the kids at Jordan?s camp, with You Know Who winning things as always: Unless you have a real soft spot for Ben Gordon?s work off the bench on the 2004-05 Bulls (and, hey, we kind of do), Butler is the best shooting guard the Bulls have had since Jordan retired following the 1997-98 season. We?d say that this served as some extra motivation for the current Charlotte Hornets owner to take down Butler in a shooting display with two young campers, but with Jordan you get the feeling he?d try to beat his own Aunt Pearl in a game of Knockout and then Around the World before demanding that she come back to the court for a game of 21. ( Thanks to Matt Moore at CBS Sports for the heads-up .) - - - - - - - Kelly Dwyer is an editor for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at KDonhoops@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @KDonhoops

31 Jul 2015 at 12:41pm
Basketball stars including Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers and Luol Deng of Miami Heat warmed up Friday for the NBA's first game in Africa, as the sport looks to expand into the continent. The sold-out exhibition game at the Ellis Park arena in Johannesburg on Saturday will pit a team with African links captained by Deng against a "world team" captained by Paul.

31 Jul 2015 at 12:33pm
Chris Paul keeps waking up in his hotel at 3 a.m. because of jet-lag and is wiped, though it hasn't stopped him getting out and visiting the house where Nelson Mandela lived. Luol Deng couldn't wait to talk to Pau Gasol about a trip he recommended the Spaniard take to one of South Africa's most beautiful cities. Gregg Popovich is planning a safari and a tour of the country's wine region.

30 Jul 2015 at 11:33am

27 Jul 2015 at 1:04pm

23 Jul 2015 at 9:38am
Several NBA teams have unveiled new uniforms for the upcoming season in recent months, with some ? like the Los Angeles Clippers , Milwaukee Bucks , Philadelphia 76ers and Atlanta Hawks ? undergoing full-fledged revamps and others ? like the Charlotte Hornets and Indiana Pacers ? adding spicy new alternate kits to their existing collection of threads. Evidently, though, we'll be seeing even more new unis during the next NBA campaign ... provided, of course, that this collection of 2015-16 Season Identity Updates that began to make its way around the Internet late Wednesday night via Reddit's NBA community and Andrew Lind of The Tidewater News is the real deal: [ Follow Dunks Don't Lie on Tumblr: The best slams from all of basketball]

22 Jul 2015 at 5:09pm
Almost everything about the Philadelphia 76ers has been embarrassing over the past two seasons, so why shouldn?t the TV ratings fall under that umbrella, too? According to a recent Inquirer report , the Sixers averaged only 23,000 viewers during their miserable 18-win season in 2014-15. Keep in mind Philadelphia is the nation?s fourth-largest market with roughly 2.96 million homes featuring TV sets. ?Those numbers are embarrassing,? former CBS Sports president turned media consultant Neal Pilson told the Inquirer?s Bob Fernandez, ?no question about it.?  As 76ers blog Liberty Ballers noted , the team could barely fill Wells Fargo Stadium?s 21,600-seat capacity with its TV viewership, which would explain why Philadelphia ranked dead last in NBA attendance with an average of 13,940 tickets sold per game. And the team?s new uniforms came across as a veiled attempt to boost jersey sales. At the height of their powers this century, when the 76ers reached the 2001 NBA Finals during Allen Iverson?s MVP campaign, the team averaged a 3.6 rating ? meaning 3.6 percent of televisions in Philadelphia were tuned to the Sixers. That rating dipped to 0.68 in 2014-15, down 72 percent from just four years ago, despite a league-wide 4 percent increase in regional sports network viewership this year. Only the Brooklyn Nets posted lower TV ratings this past season (0.55), but since they play in a bigger market, their viewership remained twice as large. The Chicago Bulls led the NBA with an average of 163,000 viewers. A handful of teams drew fewer viewers than the 76ers ? a group led by the New Orleans Pelicans (11,000) ? but those franchises play in smaller markets and less basketball-crazed cities.  Search Ball Don?t Lie?s archives, and you can learn all about the Sixers? tanking efforts these past couple seasons. GM Sam Hinkie has all but admitted as much, trading almost every NBA-caliber player on his roster in hopes of landing high draft picks, and then using said picks on injured prospects and players stashed overseas. The ratings reflect an embarrassing product on the court, and while Nerlens Noel, Joel Embiid or Jahlil Okafor may blossom into the kind of franchise cornerstone that turns the ship around, even the most famous of 76ers, Julius ?Dr. J? Erving, admitted the team is ?seven years? from being ?formidable.? It?s a wonder the Minnesota Timberwolves and New York Knicks finished with a worse record in 2014-15. The Sixers believe television ratings will rebound once the franchise does, as CEO Scott O?Neil told the Inquirer, ?You can go look at the Iverson years or the (Charles) Barkley years. The market comes back. We just have to do our job.? But for the time being the 76ers have little reason to increase viewership. No longer owned by Comcast, whose CSN Philadelphia station has the rights to Sixers games, the ownership group is locked into a relatively cheap TV deal that brings in only an estimated $12 million annually through 2029. By comparison, the Lakers now earn a league-high $122 million annually for the rights to broadcast their games regionally. What the Sixers lose in ticket and merchandise sales and local TV ratings ? the only avenues fans really have to voice their frustration with the team?s approach ? the franchise will attempt to offset with a league-minimum salary and the NBA?s $24 billion national TV broadcast partnership , which begins with the 2016-17 campaign.  So, as the 76ers enter Year 3 of their unprecedented tanking plan, the city?s diehard basketball fans suffer the most in this scenario, which is decidedly frustrating.  (h/t Liberty Ballers ) - - - - - - - Ben Rohrbach is a contributor for Ball Don't Lie and Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at rohrbach_ben@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @brohrbach

22 Jul 2015 at 1:21pm
It took way too long for this to happen. [ Follow Dunks Don't Lie on Tumblr: The best slams from all of basketball ] The NBA is all about expanding its brand, or whatever. Creating exposure. Mining different markets. Exploring new revenue streams. Also, sometimes, basketball. Why it took so long to offer a la carte, single-game League Pass options is beyond our level of comprehension, but here we are. Starting in 2015-16, the league will allow fans to buy either the full League Pass package as usual, but also a single-team package or one game at a time as the season moves along. The league announced plans for the move in June, and on Wednesday the NBA announced the pricing. The full package will cost you $199, same as it did last season for new customers. A single-team pass goes for $120, and the single-game feature will set you back $6.99 every time out. That sounds like ? that sounds like a lot. It?s a tricky balance, because one runs the risk of sounding like an insufferable kvetch-monster when discussing these sorts of things. Especially when comparing that seven bucks to other things that make you happy. If you want to buy the cheapest hot dog available in an NBA stadium, you better have a $10 bill ready, and too often you better have a Jackson out. If you?re a Chicago Bulls fan that lives in Montana, however, you can stream a single game in high-definition all the way to your living room for just seven bucks, as the NBA navigates all manner of local and national rights fees in order to bring you a game. It takes dozens of people to put a telecast on, and local advertisers aren?t swayed by the extended exposure: Binny?s Beverage Depot doesn?t really care that some dude from Montana is now aware of their wine specials. The guy from Montana can find his own Hyundai in his own state so there's no need to shout, Bob Rohrman . It costs a lot of money to broadcast an NBA game, and in an era where you can go on YouTube in an instant to listen to an album it used to take you five fanzine reads and six dubbed copies of a tape for you to get, we are spoiled. Yes, I did have to walk to school in the snow as a kid. Why do you ask? Still, is this the best pricing plan the NBA can give its fans? Or, more importantly, its potential fans? For years, NBAniks have been singing the praises of League Pass. Whether we?re talking the 2000-01 Clippers, the 2013-14 Phoenix Suns, or watching weirdly playoff-foreboding local games while everyone else is over at CBS watching Adam Morrison cry, it?s an obsession. For a couple of years there, broke and in my early 20s, League Pass and a pair of rabbit ears were the only ?package? I had. My dish provider probably thought it was really weird that, between April and November, this dude only had NBA TV to watch. The point here is to not only entertain, but to bring in new fans. Not just the fans that would eagerly snap up that borderline-storied Hawks/Warriors matchup from last winter (which wasn?t even the best League Pass game of the night; same as was the case on the night Kobe dropped 81 on League Pass-only), but fans that might get bored with options after putting the kids to bed, and decide that they want to see what a ?Dante Exum? looks like. Especially in the years since the 1998-99 lockout, when the NBA stopped mandating that each NBA team get at least one national TV appearance per year. Seven bucks for a game and, especially, $120 for a team?s season might seem like reasonable prices once you explain away all that needs to go into bringing the content into your house, but it?s still going to be a tough sell for the ?Ramen + Sriracha, three meals a day?-crew of early 20-somethings that will make up the NBA?s next great fan base. That?s an entire generation that has never paid for a newspaper, a generation that was downloading songs off of Napster in fourth grade before hitting up YouTube in junior high. They know how to get stuff for free and, especially considering League Pass? rather iffy broadband setup, they?ll need persuasion that goes further than, ?man, Emmanuel Mudiay looked amazing in Summer League.? With the $6.99 single game pricing, it almost feels as if the league is guaranteeing that fans will only buy two or three games a year. That?s only $21 bucks all season, just the cost of fried dumplings and a half-order entrée pre-tip, but this is often how consumers think when comparing package rates. Especially watchers that aren?t fans of a specific team, and aren?t big enough fans to shell out $199 so that they can see Anthony Davis but also Jodie Meeks. (The next step, by the way, is a nightly option. So viewers can spend a flat figure to get each of that night?s games. You?re going to have to stretch and hydrate full before taking in Wednesday night, sports fans.) This is still a move in the right direction, though. If the NBA can work up a more pliable starter pricing plan and work out the online kinks ? either for fans trying to watch live without interruption, or us hacks re-watching something for a column the next morning ? this can work out. Why it took the forward-thinking NBA ? who offered a la carte game selection for a small fee for audio-only feeds on RealPlayer all the way back in 1997 (again, I am a giant dork) ? this long to offer this service is beyond me. Still, the NBA is the first major American pro sports league to offer this, and if you are an old fogey like me and still own a cable or dish package that features NBA TV, you can see a nationally televised contest on either ESPN, ABC, TNT or NBA TV just about every night from January to April, and nearly as many during the season?s first two months. To say nothing of the two week-long free League Pass runs they give fans every year. Exposure is key, sports fans and televised talent show-watchers are the only ones left out there that still have to sit through commercials, and the game itself is the best advertisement the NBA can produce. It?s nice to know that some fans, even if it?s just once or twice per month or even season, will get a reasonable chance to see what we?re watching every night. Sound move, NBA. - - - - - - - Kelly Dwyer is an editor for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at KDonhoops@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @KDonhoops

21 Jul 2015 at 1:51pm
It?s kind of hard to remember the last time a sitting chief of a pro basketball team basically came out and told the press that a potential free agent signee was bunko. [ Follow Dunks Don't Lie on Tumblr: The best slams from all of basketball ] It has happened this summer, though, and of course it was Phil Jackson that decided to make the call. In a very Phil Jackson-y way. The New York Knicks president has allowed author and good buddy Charley Rosen to print his on-record musings from the 2014-15 season at ESPN , and in the latest installment Phil didn?t really hold much back in discussing J.R. Smith?s half-season impact on what turned into the Worst Knicks Team of All Time. Smith, whom Jackson traded to Cleveland midway through 2014-15, was discussed in less than glowing terms by the 13-time champion. Via Rosen : "J.R. had been exhibiting some delinquent behavior and had gotten into the habit of coming late to team meetings, or missing them altogether," Jackson says. "Also, [Iman Shumpert] and Tim [Hardaway Jr.] were regressing, so I decided to meet with them separately and try to find out what, if anything, was bothering them." Smith was first on the list. "We talked about his statement to the press that our shooting guard depth was going to be the team's asset, but so far it hadn't worked out that way," Jackson says. "He was supposed to carry the scoring load for the second unit and he wasn't doing the job. I also said that because of his unacceptable behavior, he had two strikes against him with this team. He didn't really respond. He's a very sensitive guy, with his big doe eyes. He looked like he was going to tear up. But he finally responded that he was going through some issues with his gal." None of this is inaccurate , but you rarely see a guy in charge of an NBA team go on record like this. What?s even crazier is that this is from a discussion pitched during the winter, as Jackson had half a year to tell his pal Charley Rosen that, ?nah, just leave the J.R. stuff out of it, he?s gonna be a free agent during the summer.? Smith, after an up and down half-season with Cleveland, remains unsigned. This might not be due to basketball reasons ? We are going to see the harsh reality of the luxury tax in the next few days. Even if JR is back for 5m, it will cost CLE 18m. Total=$23m ? Bobby Marks (@BobbyMarks42) July 21, 2015 ? or ongoing ?delinquent behavior,? but at this point in his career it?s hard to come up with a setting for Smith that he?d seem to thrive in happily and healthily. This is the same guy that had to play in China during the NBA lockout in order to keep up on payments, this is the same man that admitted that living in Cleveland was a boon to his game because of the (relative, in comparison to New York) paucity of nightlife options, and he?s the same guy that dinged the 17-win Knicks after his team moved on to the expected Eastern Conference finals setting that most predicted for them prior to the season. He?s also, refreshingly, honest. He and Phil have that in common. Smith copped to playing like excrement on both ends during Cleveland?s Finals loss, thanking his teammates mid-series after they helped him overcome some bonehead plays as the Cavs stole home court advantage following a Game 2 win. J.R. shot just 24-77 in the Finals (31 percent), failing to be the sort of potent offensive weapon with Cleveland that Jackson hoped he would be in New York. This isn?t the first time Smith has let his team down in the playoffs (that would be two suspensions in three postseasons for Smith, on top of the poor shooting), but facing a seller?s market in free agency, he still opted out of his $6.4 million player option for 2015-16. That seemed to be the right move at the time, as money was flowing freely and teams were bound to overcompensate as the stars settled into their expected homes, but Smith remains unsigned. The issue here is that it is hard to come up with a sound setting for J.R. Smith at this point. What team, outside of Cleveland, would he be a good fit with? It?s possible that Smith would thrive under the peer pressure that systems in San Antonio or Golden State would provide, but those teams are set (thank you very much) and his isolation-heavy offensive game would not mesh well. Smith was a big part of what turned into a dominant Cavalier club down the stretch of the regular season, with LeBron James staring him down after every misstep, and yet the team isn?t bending over backward in order to retain him. And then Phil Jackson has to step in. Jackson, as you know, does not really give a rat?s tail about what goes on record. He inherited J.R. Smith, but he also expected him to play a professional strand of basketball and in that regard Smith failed him. Smith then acted like a prat in rubbing it in during May and even earlier in the season . This is still a free agent looking for work, though. Even if the comments weren?t made on July 19, even if Phil was correct in his re-telling of things, this is just some atypical stuff. Phil Jackson, with Charley Rosen, wrote a book entitled ?Maverick? that came out in 1975. In the book, Jackson relayed that an LSD trip enjoyed in Malibu during the 1973 playoffs not only helped enhance his spiritual understanding of the game, but pushed Jackson into acting as the needed interior bench force that pushed the Knicks into the franchise?s second (and last) NBA title. The admission seems benign some 40 years later, but it was the singular reason why Jackson was left in the basketball wilderness for a heavy chunk of the 1980s before Jerry Krause and the Chicago Bulls brought him in as an assistant coach. The then-New Jersey Nets paid a hefty price (in the NBA?s territorial signing days, cash and picks that turned into Michael Ray Richardson and Vinnie Johnson) to sign Jackson as a free agent in 1978 and even made him an assistant coach, and yet it took seven years of Jackson wandering around the CBA and Puerto Rican leagues for the Bulls to hire the man on his second job interview in two years. Reportedly against then-coach Doug Collins? wishes. J.R. Smith?s basketball quest isn?t as noble. He was a sore winner in New York?s face two different times this year, and it was his decision to opt-out of a fair deal after shooting 31 percent in the Finals. There is absolutely no guarantee that Phil Jackson's comments, confirming what most already knew, will have a measurable influence on his free agent turn. We?re just not sure what to think of this. As it is with most things Phil Jackson does, this is unprecedented. - - - - - - - Kelly Dwyer is an editor for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at KDonhoops@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @KDonhoops

21 Jul 2015 at 12:10pm
Just about every summer, when the draft's done, free agency's all but over and Summer League's wrapped up, basketball folks seem to try to kill some time by engaging in theoretical debates about whether Team Or Player A could beat Team Or Player B. The chats never really go anywhere, but they can be great fun ? I'm reminded of the relentless back-and-forth over who would win in a game between the 1992 Dream Team and the 2012 version of Team USA , and the annual kerfuffle surrounding the prospects of one-on-one games between and among Michael Jordan, LeBron James and Kobe Bryant ? and they help while away the hours until balls start bouncing again. [ Follow Dunks Don't Lie on Tumblr: The best slams from all of basketball] Our latest installment in just such an empty-calories exercise comes courtesy of one current Hall of Famer and one future enshrinee, beginning Monday when Shaquille O'Neal decided to put some bees in folks' bonnets by claiming that a team made up of all-time Los Angeles Lakers greats (himself, Kobe, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Elgin Baylor and Magic Johnson) would beat a team of all-time Chicago Bulls greats (Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Derrick Rose, Horace Grant and Dennis Rodman) "by fifty." Pippen, who's proven quite willing to make brash statements this summer, responded by ? you guessed it! ? counting the ringzzzz: "Sorry @shaq but I don't get caught up in hypotheticals," Pippen wrote in his caption. "All I know is we won 6 titles, twice the amount you claimed while in LA." Shaq responded by questioning the "we" in that statement, with the help of some real top-notch Photoshop work: This is where things get a little less than friendly, as Shaq followed his deployment of the sarcastic hashtag #youwereok with claims that Steve Kerr and Ron Harper deserved more credit for the Bulls' titles than Pippen did. "remember I WAS BATMAN YOU WAS ROBIN , I was PUFFY YOU WAS MASE," Shaq wrote. ( [sic]s all around, obviously.) Shortly thereafter, Shaq came with more bad memes and Photoshops, complete with a reference to a barrel-aged mobile device: "Anybody need a T MOBILE SIDEKICK," Shaq asked. "I GOTTa PRETTY GOOD ONE #BESTSIDEKICKEVER" Evidently, Pip didn't much appreciate the backhanded compliment of being called the best sidekick ever, invoking both Shaq's bricklaying past and his own career-long partnerships with elite players: "Easy big fella," Pippen wrote. "If only you were as good at free throws as you are talking smack!" "Speaking of being a sidekick... if I recall correctly you know a thing or two about that as well," Pippen joked. Noted comedian O'Neal responded with a pair of real winners involving references to "he's a bum.com" and Pippen being a woman ? which, y'know, LOL! ? before hitting Scottie where it hurts: going to the videotape of the 2000 Western Conference Finals. "See what happens @scottiepippen when Michael Jordan ain't protecting you," Shaq wrote. "You lose a 17 pt lead in the fourth quarter. And this happens." It was a 16-point lead , but hey, close counts in horseshoes and social-media hand grenades. Whatever your point of view on which players should appear on all-time Bulls and Lakers squads ? former Bulls scout and current New York Knicks front-office man Clarence Gaines Jr. offered his surprising thoughts on the Chicago side of things , and I think you can make a pretty good case for taking Jerry West over Shaq if you've already got Kareem in the middle ? or which side would win a theoretical game, or which zings landed hardest and hurt most, I think we can all agree on one thing: It must be nice to be retired, exceedingly rich and able to spend your free time insulting one another. - - - - - - - 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 Dunks Don't Lie on Tumblr for year-round NBA talk, jokes and more.

21 Jul 2015 at 9:11am
Few athletes have ever been as good at winding up foes like Shaquille O'Neal. His latest troll job comes via Instagram, where he posted an all-time Los Angeles Lakers top five including himself , Kobe Bryant, Magic Johnson, Elgin Baylor and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and said that team could beat an all-time Chicago Bulls lineup of Derrick Rose, Scottie Pippen, Michael Jordan, Dennis Rodman and Horace Grant by 50 points. Yes, he said 50. As you can imagine, the post got plenty of people debating, and that was before Pippen himself joined the fray, calling scoreboard on his Bulls' six titles to the three Shaq won with the Lakers. Then both players called each other overrated sidekicks before Shaq went totally crass and below the belt . We're not declaring a winner here. We're all worse for having watched this spiral out of control. But for the record, we're going with that Lakers lineup, just not by 50. Sorry, Scottie.  Corey Feldman apparently has a band called "Corey Feldman and the Angels," and that band played Sunday night at a Single-A State College Spikes game. There's video that exists if you dare to watch, but what isn't clear from the video is why the Spikes felt the need to apologize to fans afterward for the performance . The concert seems fine, relatively entertaining, and harmless. But we'll also acknowledge it's not the entire set. Whatever happened, neither side seems very happy with the outcome.  - - - - - - - The Yahoo Sports Mad Dash is a roundup of the morning's trending stories from across the sports landscape. Check it out every day to see what's buzzing.

19 Jul 2015 at 10:36pm
It's a mantra that's been uttered over and over in Las Vegas over the last week while the league's highest profile exhibition has been played. Many stars of summers past have been unable to parlay that success into meaningful NBA careers, but the level of competition and the desperation of some players who are trying to get a foot in the door has made for some compelling basketball in Vegas this week. Steph Curry's kid brother is lighting it up for New Orleans.

17 Jul 2015 at 3:06pm
Professional athletes look for any advantage they can take, even when it's not clear exactly how it will help. At the highest levels of a sport, every inch matters ? such ideas are ingrained in the culture. [ Follow Dunks Don't Lie on Tumblr:   The best slams from all of basketball] Nevertheless, I really do not know why guard Diante Garrett, now playing for the Chicago Bulls at Las Vegas Summer League, decided to pump-fake a free-throw attempt. With 21 seconds left in Thursday's game against the Toronto Raptors, Garrett decided to cause this mass lane violation: What happened here? Was Garrett playing psychological games with the Raptors? Was he so uncomfortable that he needed another attempt? What did he hope to gain? As noted by Dan Feldman at ProBasketballTalk, Garrett should have received nothing . NBA rules dictate that the shooter "shall not purposely fake a free throw" and should be tagged with a violation in all instances. Given that the fake caused the lane violation, Garrett should have been sent back to the other end to play defense. On the other hand, this play is way more interesting than a made free throw. Maybe that was the true advantage all along. - - - - - - - Eric Freeman is a writer for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at efreeman_ysports@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @FreemanEric

17 Jul 2015 at 12:49am
Dr. A is back with a team-by-team trip around half the league. Paul George is going to play some PF, whether he likes it or not.

16 Jul 2015 at 7:40pm
Are you a Michael Jordan fan with tens of thousands of dollars in disposal income? Do you need a basketball hoop for your private indoor court and/or backyard? Are you willing to tell anyone who will listen why your basket is special and not like the others? Then we have the auction item for you! [ Follow Dunks Don't Lie on Tumblr:   The best slams from all of basketball] Heritage Auctions is currently auctioning off the basket, backboard, and stanchion used at the east end of EnergySolutions Arena (then the Delta Center) during Game 6 of the 1998 NBA Finals. If that information doesn't ring a bell, then perhaps this shot will do the trick: Yes, this is the basket on which Michael Jordan converted the game-winner to lift the Chicago Bulls over the Utah Jazz for their sixth championship. It was also the final shot of Jordan's with the Bulls and would have been the final shot of his career if not for his return to the Washington Wizards in 2001.

16 Jul 2015 at 12:46pm
NEW YORK (AP) -- Gregg Popovich will coach Team Africa with captain Luol Deng, while brothers Pau and Marc Gasol will play for Team World in the NBA's first game in Africa.

16 Jul 2015 at 12:19pm

14 Jul 2015 at 11:40pm
The Chicago Bulls and WNBA player Tamika Catchings have been honored at the first Sports Humanitarian of the Year awards. The Bulls won in the team category and received a $75,000 grant to a charity related to their humanitarian efforts. Catchings, who plays for the Indiana Fever, won the individual category.

14 Jul 2015 at 11:32pm

14 Jul 2015 at 6:55pm
Denver Nuggets point guard Ty Lawson was cited for DUI for the second time since January in an early Tuesday morning arrest in Los Angeles. Lawson was arrested at 2:29 a.m. and driving at a high rate of speed on Highway 101, according to California Highway Patrol. Lawson also was arrested for DUI on Jan. 23 in Denver and was scheduled to appear in court Friday.

14 Jul 2015 at 6:01pm
CHICAGO (AP) -- The Chicago Bulls say they have signed forward Mike Dunleavy Jr. and backup guard Aaron Brooks.

14 Jul 2015 at 5:24pm
  A 35-year-old veteran who spent parts of his 11 NBA season in eight different cities, Keith Bogans is garnering plenty attention as by far the eldest statesman on Portland's Las Vegas Summer League roster. In his only appearance for the summer Blazers so far, Bogans missed both his shots and committed four fouls in 15 minutes of action on Sunday. It's an understandable stat line considering he last played in the NBA as a member of the Celtics on Jan. 7, 2014 ? shortly after he publicly expressed frustration to the always great Jessica Camerato over his limited minutes in Boston's lottery-bound youth movement. ?It?s tough. Game days are my toughest days. At least I?ll get in at practice. I can run up and down the court, play a little bit at practice. But, come on, you?ve been playing basketball for 10 years and just this year they just tell you you?re not playing? I?ve never not played in this league before. This is the first time ever. And it?s not like I?ve wandered into not playing. I?ve just not had the opportunity from day one. ? I don?t mind cheering for my teammates. I love those guys, a great group of young guys. I love supporting them and cheering for them, but the fact that I?m not going to get in the game is tough.? As our own Kelly Dwyer noted at the time, Bogans' decline in minutes should have come as no surprise, since he was cut from the Chicago Bulls in 2011 over a measly $1.73 million cap hit, played just five games the following season for the New Jersey Nets and saw increased playing time as a 32-year-old swingman in 2012-13 because of injuries to then Brooklyn teammates Joe Johnson and Gerald Wallace. Despite all that, Bogans received a partially guaranteed three-year, $16 million sign-and-trade contract simply to make the money match in Brooklyn's trade for Boston's Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry. In essence, he was making twice his previous high in salary because he was in the right place at the right time. However, being paid $5.1 million in 2013-14 and being worth it are two different things. Arriving in Boston with a reputation as a hardnosed 3-and-D swingman, Bogans initially took the same professional approach to playing for a rebuilding Celtics squad as Wallace and Kris Humphries, embracing leadership roles during training camp. But once the season began, the losses piled up and Bogans watched as Jordan Crawford started 35 games for those C's, he let his frustrations known. A week later, on Jan. 14, 2014, the Celtics issued a statement . The Boston Celtics announced today that guard Keith Bogans has been excused from the team indefinitely for personal reasons. Bogans remains under contract with the Celtics during this time. And just like that a man who started every game for a 62-win Bulls team in 2011 had been transformed into the butt of a thousand "I wish someone would be pay me $5 million to go home" jokes. Adding insult to injury, longtime Celtics play-by-play man Mike Gorman shared this on a Boston radio station in 2014. "My understanding of it was that there was a real dissatisfaction on Keith Bogans' part on the lack of playing time and who was playing and who wasn't playing, and there was what was described to me as an incident on the bus. Now, there's a team bus and a media bus; I ride on the media bus, so that's the only time I'm really separated from the group when I'm on the road, and that's the only understanding I have. There was an incident on the bus, and the Celtics took quick action to again I think support the fact that there's one guy in charge here, and it's Brad Stevens. It's not a democracy." Celtics president Danny Ainge denied there was any one incident that led to Bogans' banishment, and the aging veteran remained mum from his Florida home. Either way, it was coach Brad Stevens' first season on an NBA bench, and the C's were already struggling to keep a young locker room in check. So, the jokes never stopped, at least until September, when Boston sent Bogans' non-guaranteed deal to the Cavaliers, who in turn forwarded him onto the 76ers, creating trade exceptions along the way. Ultimately, Philadelphia waived Bogans, and he sat out the entire 2014-15 season. Now attempting his comeback, Bogans once again found himself on the other end of Camerato's microphone . "In this process, once I got traded to Cleveland, then I got traded to Philly, Philly doesn't tell me what's going on, so I basically sat at home for two weeks under contract with Philly, and then I get waived without knowing. So, I was kind of over it at that point." And Bogans is seizing this opportunity in an attempt to clear the air, even taking a shot at Gorman.  "I'm known as a glue guy, and throughout my whole career ? whatever team I went to ? I was known to stick, and I've always had a great attitude. I've always been a team player. That's not what happened when I left Boston. I was told that I was angry, disgruntled, I mean the media came up with all types of stories, and that kind of put a damper on it, because that's not how I wanted my career to end. I mean, I hear that there was a quote from a radio guy in Boston who travels with the team. He said that I got into an altercation on the bus. That was a total lie. I never got into an altercation on the bus, and I just want to clear up that I don't feel like I did anything wrong. It was made like Boston sent me home and I was made to look like the bad guy, and that's not how I wanted my career to end." Keep in mind Gorman forms the league's longest-tenured broadcast duo alongside Tommy Heinsohn and isn't known for speaking out of school on Celtics matters. In fact, Gorman's eyes are so green he picked Boston over Cleveland in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs this April ? in six games. The Boston Herald also reported the disputed bus incident of 2014, and there's seems to be some confusion to this day about what exactly led to Bogans' ban. We'll let the Herald's Mark Murphy explain. Bogans? claim of not knowing a reason, however, runs counter to the team?s understanding. He also denies a reported incident during a team bus ride in which he loudly challenged Stevens. ?That was totally made up. I read that story,? he said of the bus incident, reported in the Herald. ?Everything I read in the paper was a lie. It was left for ya?ll to speculate, say I blew up on the bus. That was all a lie, and it made me look bad in the rest of the NBA community. That?s not what happened.? A team source, couching words, claimed that if such an incident occurred, it was not reported to management. But there appears to be little doubt that Bogans understood the reason for his exile. ?At least part of the idea was his,? said the source. Regardless, Bogans is putting that chapter to bed and hoping to pen a new denouement to his NBA career, so we'll give him the last word from his most recent chat with Camerato in Las Vegas. "One of the worst feelings in the world was playing in this league for 11 years straight and being sent home. I mean, I can't even explain the feeling of it. It was mind-boggling, because that's all I know is to wake up, go to practice. I mean, you saw me there. I'd be there early ? the first one there, the last one to leave. I mean, that's just part of my lifestyle, and then to wake up and just have a free schedule, and everybody around you is talking about, 'Well, you got paid.' Well, the pay is good, but that's not what makes me happy. Playing this sport and being around this sport is what makes me happy." If getting $5 million to sit at home is the worst feeling in the world, I'm looking forward to some bad times. Sorry, no more jokes. Best of luck to Keith Bogans in his search for NBA closure, whatever that may be. - - - - - - - Ben Rohrbach is a contributor for Ball Don't Lie and Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at rohrbach_ben@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @brohrbach

13 Jul 2015 at 2:27pm

12 Jul 2015 at 6:31pm
We?re officially in the Andrea Bargnani-portion of the NBA summer. And, because this is the NBA (and also because Bargs is Bargs), there is intrigue involved. [ Follow Dunks Don't Lie on Tumblr: The best slams from all of basketball ] ESPN reported on Saturday that Bargnani was set to take some of that salary cap space that the Sacramento Kings furiously worked to deal away for during the summer, acting as the team?s sad consolation prize: ESPN sources say that Sacramento Kings, as promised yesterday, are indeed finalizing the signing of Andrea Bargnani this afternoon ? Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 12, 2015 Then, in even sadder news, Bargnani reportedly decided to turn down the Kings? offer in order to take the veteran?s minimum (!) with the Brooklyn Nets. #Nets have reached an agreement in principle with free agent F/C Andrea Bargnani, GM Billy King announced today. ? Brooklyn Nets (@BrooklynNets) July 12, 2015 The Nets, a tire fire of a franchise that has burned through hundreds of millions of dollars over the last three seasons with just one one-sided second round loss (in the East!) to show for it, still seemed like a better option at the veteran?s minimum than the NBA?s worst franchise. Bargnani the player has unfortunately turned into one of the NBA?s great punchlines: Don't forget: He?s missed 160 games over the last three seasons, one with Toronto and two with New York. The Knicks traded for the former No. 1 overall pick in 2013 much to the immediate dismay of the team?s smarter fans , sending its 2016 first round pick (or Denver?s, if the Knicks unexpectedly pass the Nuggets in the standings) and two second round picks to a gleeful Toronto Raptors club that was more than willing to part with the player that the team?s former general manager selected above all others in 2006. Once thought to be a versatile scorer whose ability to put points on the board would more than make up for any defensive issues, the hoped-for next Dirk Nowitzki has struggled in nine NBA seasons thus far. The defense and rebounding issues (as a power forward, he?s a poor rebounding small forward) came as advertised, but Bargnani has failed to turn into a consistent threat on the other end. Last season, after three down years, his three-point shooting did rise to the league average of 37 percent, but that was only after three seasons of shooting 29 percent on average from long range. His marks of 19.7 points and 5.8 rebounds (again, playing mostly at power forward and center) per 36 minutes last year might seem passable, but he also took inexplicable shots , barely played defense, and missed 93 out of 164 games for the Knicks in two seasons. For this, the team paid him $22.3 million over two years, while giving up what will most assuredly be a 2016 lottery pick and two second rounders. Somehow, Sacramento?s shame seems even worse. The team unloaded serviceable players like Jason Thompson, Nik Stauskas (if he turns it around) and Carl Landry (if healthy) on the Philadelphia 76ers to clear cap space, and as a result might be dropping an unprotected 2019 first round pick on the Sixers if the Kings stay Kangs . Picking up Marco Bellineli, Kosta Koufos and Omri Casspi (all presumably on the cheap) are fine moves, but they?re not the sort of moves you take risks on. Signing Rajon Rondo to a free agent deal, no matter the cost or length, is a risk ? this is a guy that could submarine your season. The Kings want to win now, which is understandable given DeMarcus Cousins? deserved impatience, but if the team falls out of the top ten in the 2016 lottery (it finished sixth this year in a massive mess of a season) it will have to send its first round pick to the Chicago Bulls. Meanwhile, Andrea Bargnani is taking less money to play in Brooklyn for a team that is absolutely going nowhere. For Brooklyn, for once, this isn?t a risky move. Bargnani can and probably will tilt the entire floor in bad ways defensively with the Nets, but if he can be a bit player and still hit the league average on three-pointers while at center or big forward, he could help in brief spurts. At the veteran?s minimum for two years, he?s not a bad change of scenery to have in the rotation. Still, the Nets managed to Billy King it up, somehow: Because it was a 2 year deal BKN does not get the league reimbursement for minimum players. ? Bobby Marks (@BobbyMarks42) July 12, 2015 (The NBA reimburses teams for one-year, veteran minimum deals.) The Nets are still in basketball purgatory, good enough to compete for a mediocre record in the terrible East, albeit at a much-reduced rate for 2015-16. The franchise did re-sign Brook Lopez and Thaddeus Young to large yearly contracts, but it just bought out Deron Williams and the squad is reportedly looking to deal Joe Johnson final year (at nearly $25 million, holy lord) for pure financial relief. It?s hard to get all of the NBA?s most massive mistakes into one Sunday summer evening, but here we are. - - - - - - - Kelly Dwyer is an editor for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at KDonhoops@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @KDonhoops

12 Jul 2015 at 5:32pm
CHICAGO (AP) -- The Chicago Bulls have signed forward/center Cristiano Felicio.

10 Jul 2015 at 4:30pm

9 Jul 2015 at 9:13pm
LeBron James has ended speculation about his future after agreeing a two-year deal which will see him remain with the Cleveland Cavaliers next season, multiple reports said Thursday. The NBA superstar has reportedly agreed a contract worth nearly $50 million after opting out of a two-year deal on June 29 to reach free agency. The Cleveland Plain Dealer reported on its website that the deal comprised a $23 million contract for next season followed by a $24.7 million option for the 2016-2017 season.

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