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Lakers work out Beasley a second time (The SportsXchange)
27 Aug 2014 at 8:36pm
Since being selected second overall in the 2008 NBA Draft by the Miami Heat, Michael Beasley has done very little in the league.
Guard Shannon Brown signs with Miami Heat (The Associated Press)
27 Aug 2014 at 5:39pm
Shannon Brown signed Wednesday with the Miami Heat, the ninth team the veteran guard has been part of in his career. Brown appeared in 29 games last season with New York and San Antonio. He has appeared in 403 games for seven different clubs, and was briefly with Washington last season though never appeared in a game. Brown played for the Los Angeles Lakers when they won NBA titles in 2009 and 2010.
U.S. and Spain on course for World Cup showdown (Reuters)
27 Aug 2014 at 9:35am
By Zoran Milosavljevic BELGRADE (Reuters) - A much-weakened United States should still be strong enough at least to reach the final of the 2014 basketball World Cup, which begins in Spain on Saturday. The holders, together with the hosts, will be strong favorites to reach the final of the marathon 24-nation event, while European champions France, a rejuvenated Croatia plus Brazil, Lithuania and Greece are likely to feature among the dark horses at the tournament, which runs from Aug. 30 to Sept. 14. The Americans completed their build-up with Tuesday's 101-71 rout of Slovenia, one of the teams they could meet en route to the final, after emphatic wins against Brazil, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.
One GM lists Kobe Bryant's trade value as 'zero,' which seems odd (Ball Don't...
26 Aug 2014 at 11:09am
Kobe Bryant will never be traded. Never be traded again , we mean, as our grandparents will tell us tale of the Charlotte Hornets dealing a 17-year old Kobester for something called a ?Vlade Divac? just hours after he was drafted in the summer of 1996, but Bryant will not be traded again. Not only does he have a no-trade clause that he?d have to waive in any such maneuver, but the Los Angeles Lakers kind of like their arena the way it is. Full of fans and not under constant threat of siege by Laker Nation. They also kind of like Kobe, and for good reason. He?s been an integral part of five championships, he?s been a proud Laker and compelling television watch, and despite some backhanded free agent visits in 2004 and 2007 trade demands, his relationship with the team?s front office and ownership has been relatively calm. He?ll be well compensated ? at $23.5 million this season and $25 million the next ? to finish his career as a Laker, even if the team is more or less out of playoff contention in the loaded Western conference. Still ? what if the team attempted to trade Bryant, and what if Kobe complied? It?s August, so we?re allowed to wonder about such things. Would any team deal for Bryant? ?Nah,? says the NBA. ?Nah.? From Chris Ballard?s fantastic Sports Illustrated profile on the legend : His confidence is as admirable as it is predictable. And yet on paper the Lakers look an awful lot like a lottery team that is overly reliant on one aging star. There is not much hope on the horizon, either. Seven months after he ruptured his left Achilles ­tendon?and three weeks before he fractured his left ­kneecap?Bryant­ signed a $48.5 million, two-year deal. The contract, widely derided as the worst in the game, makes Bryant nearly impossible to move, even were the Lakers to try. Asked about Kobe?s value on the market, one GM answers definitively: ?Zero. Look at that number. Who takes him?? This is by design, of course. It ensures that Bryant accomplishes something very few pro athletes have: playing an entire career with one team. Bryant?s plan is to retire in two years, though he says he reserves the right to change his mind. Thus one of the game?s greatest players and one of its two fiercest ­competitors?Michael­ Jordan being the ­other?will likely exit the league laboring for an undermanned squad in a stacked conference. It seems wrong. Never the type for farewell tours, Bryant bristles at the idea of parading from arena to arena, receiving parting gifts and teary-eyed salutes. ?No, no, no, no, I?m good,? he says, waving his hands. ?If you booed me for 18, 19 years, boo me for the 20th. That?s the game, man.? That?s the borderline psychotic [stuff] that has kept Kobe Bryant going for years. Nobody, outside of Sacramento, Portland, Utah and (rightfully) Denver outright boos Kobe. There are bandwagon Laker freaks in every city, though the numbers on that bandwagon have dimmed a bit since the Lakers? last championship in 2010 ? I wonder which version of Cavalier jersey they bought this summer? If anything, Kobe doesn?t want the free motorcycle or specialized plaque before a road game because he wants to glare at whatever half-baked free agent Mitch Kupchak is able to sign in the summer of 2015 during the pregame huddle. The idea of a Jordan comparison? The undermanned squad? The undignified entrance? Yeah, it?s all there. Jordan was playing for a million a year in his final two seasons with Washington, with all of that money going to charity , so the financials don?t exactly line up. What does (sadly) align well is the idea that Bryant and Jordan?s winter years ? with all the locker room bluster, in-practice shoutfests, and pump-faking attempts at ending it right ? will end in a blaze of mediocrity. Mitch Kupchak and the Lakers, in something that seemed like the right idea at the time, pushed all of their chips into the table during the summer of 2012 as it dealt draft picks and cap space away for Dwight Howard and Steve Nash. Then, in realizing that no real 20-something free agent star was probably going to pair with Kobe (after all, Howard just left millions on the table to play with James freakin? Harden), the team decided that the next few seasons were going to act as one highly paid farewell tour. Even if Kobe doesn?t want the halftime ceremony, and prefers the boos to anything else. Los Angeles, if this were 2005, has some assets in place. In the form of Jordan Hill, Steve Nash, and Jeremy Lin, the team has over $21.2 million expiring contracts to work with in trades during this upcoming season. Hill is technically a team option for 2015-16, and as such he?d have to agree to a trade, but why wouldn?t he agree to a deal that would send him to a contending team that could use his services beyond this wasted season? On top of that, while Hill has his faults, if he blossoms in a Mike D?Antoni-less system, he may very well be worth the $9 million (in that team option) he can make in 2015-16. Lin?s technical (non-salary cap) $15 million payout will be mostly picked up by the Lakers by February, which could make him more attractive. A deal involving Nash would be borderline cruel, but that?s how this business works sometimes. The Lakers could (kinda, maybe) put something together for 2015-16 or beyond. They probably won?t be able to, though. Expiring contracts aren?t worth nearly as much anymore, and with Kevin Love (wink wink, under the table under the table) likely already sticking with Cleveland beyond 2015 , the pickings aren?t great. The Lakers may have received a first-rounder from Houston in the Lin deal, but if certain won/loss record aspects build up against them they may not be able to trade their own first-round pick until 2020. There?s not a lot here. Outside of Bryant. And nobody wants Kobe, at least at that price. Kobe Bryant should be fine, in his final two seasons. The leg fracture from last year is a worry, there isn?t much NBA precedent for incurring or returning from that injury, but even if the Achilles tear mixes with age to render him 80 percent of what he was in the spring of 2013 (a reasonable expectation), he?ll still be pretty darn good. His team can?t expect to be, that roster is just too miserable defensively (Nash, Boozer, Kobe, no center, Nick Young) to rely on anything consistent to come to fruition. No, what the Lakers have signed up for is the Kobe Bryant Farewell Show. With options, of course, in the form of those expiring deals and cap room next summer. By and large, though, this is an entertainment division with a general manager that realized that his back was up against it, paying Kobe money from 2014 through 2016 to augment what he should have made years ago in the NBA?s private and collectively bargained league. Bryant understands as much, regarding the supposed ?maximum? salaries of superstars : Bryant believes that players like himself and LeBron James are underpaid, compared to what they would be worth on the free market (he told friends he thinks James would be worth roughly $75 million on an open market). With his last contract, he felt it was important to demonstrate to younger players that you should never take less than you?re worth. When I asked if he was taking a stand of sorts, this was his response: ?If you?re talking just from a business perspective, yeah,? Bryant said. ?Because the NBA is a obviously a big business and teams generate a lot of revenue, and even more because of the new contracts they have in place since the last lockout.? Similarly, Bryant bristles at the idea that NBA players should accept less than fair value in order to have a better chance of winning. ?As athletes, especially as public figures, you get the pressure of playing for the love of the game, they always throw that around all the time,? said Bryant. ?Of course you play for the love of the game! But do owners buy teams for the love of the game?? Bryant is correct. The Lakers? current local television deal is based mostly around the fact that Kobe Bryant will have played for the Los Angeles Lakers between 1996 and 2016. He was never ? and even, in his final two relatively ?eh, pretty good?-seasons ? paid what he has been worth to the Buss family after all other accounts are settled. With that in place, don?t tell me how you?re all about winning when you decide to take $25 million in 2015-16 just to top Joe Johnson?s salary . Just come clean with things, because we genuinely understand why you would agree to a deal like that. The NBA is not a completely free and open market, though. It is a collectively bargained private league that limits salaries in an attempt to distribute revenue somewhat equally to teams that may have made terrible mistakes in all realms ? whether those realms include personnel hiring, revenue development, or just about endless other factors. As a result, you have Kobe Bryant ? one of the greatest players of all time ? not making anywhere near what he?s worth for the duration of his career. And, as a result, you have Kobe Bryant ? one of the greatest players of all time ? as an absolute non-starter in any trade discussions. What a weird league. - - - - - - - Kelly Dwyer is an editor for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter! Follow @KDonhoops
Dunk History: The night Randy Brown saved Chicago (Ball Don't Lie)
26 Aug 2014 at 7:44am
As the summer wears on, with training camps and preseason play still off in (what feels like) the distant future, we turn our attention to the past. Join us as we while away a few late-summer moments recalling some of the most scintillating slams of yesteryear, the most thunderous throwdowns ever to sear themselves into our memories. This is Dunk History .  Today, Kelly Dwyer takes a look at Randy Brown's throwdown over the Los Angeles Lakers. There was a time, young cats and kittens, when you had to work for this. I understand this will come off as a ?walk-two-miles-in-the-snow-to-go-to-school? story, but I?m actually of a generation that did leave me (in the vaunted winter of 1988) left to walk two miles to school just to learn how to write in cursive ? so I?m allowed to write with this furrowed brow. I?m also of a generation that left me, in the days before DVRs and League Pass, to tape every NBA game you could come across. With actual tapes. Oxide be damned, "Late Night with Conan O?Brien" episodes be saved, Marc Maron appearances on actual television shows (instead of tiny podcast downloads) to be respected. On one night, I nearly missed it. It was my mom?s night. My father is a chef, and six nights out of seven he prepped a fantastically brilliant dinner for us all. One night out of seven, though, he left the cooking to mom, no matter how late she came home from her work at a corporate gig with responsibilities that I still don?t fully grasp to this day. That back and forth between big business and misunderstood genius will never make sense to me, but what I did get out of it was solid-enough ground beef tacos from mom?s handiwork, spicy-enough chicken enchiladas, or, in this case, fantastic baked mostaccioli. Mostaccioli that I almost missed. It was 1996, DVRs did not exist and this 16-year-old was out of VHS tapes. It wasn?t so much that I needed to see Nick Van Exel, Eddie Jones, Shaquille O?Neal and this cat named ?Kobe Bryant? play, it was that I need to tape every basketball game available to me because I don?t know why but let?s just tape every game to re-watch over and over during the summer and not ask questions because it might pay off later. My thoughts were almost entirely composed of run-on sentences back then. So, yeah, I should have had a license by then, but some things came up. I did manage to run down a few blocks to Osco to buy my usual brand of three-deep VHS tapes, and rush back to plop this brand of analog goodness into the machine. The machine produced a rough night out, initially. That Tuesday featured the NBA?s best defensive team giving up 72 damn halftime points to the damned Lakers, distracting me from junior-year homework that has absolutely no impact on my current profession (don?t do drugs or homework, kids) and wondering if I should renounce my profound love for one Nick Van Exel. Toni Kukoc started to get warm after that, though: He started to bring the Bulls back from 22, from 15, from whatever. Dude didn?t even start, didn?t matter ? Shaq, NVE, Eddie Jones and Jerome Kersey were the future of the NBA, and I was just some hopeless cat with a Robert Gordon haircut that was a few months removed from writing about basketball on the Internet (what a stupid endeavor!). Every loping lefty toss-in seemed to fly in the face of a Lakers team that expected differently by the first quarter. It was Michael Jordan who was supposed to lead a comeback. It was Dennis Rodman who was supposed to bury his face in Shaq?s left arm. It was Scottie Pippen who was supposed to get lucky. It was anyone but Toni Kukoc, that goofball that shouldn?t matter. Then it was Randy Brown, the only member of my hometown team who was actually from my hometown, that ? (You?ll have to excuse me.) (I miss my hometown, and I miss players like Randy Brown. Guys who can?t shoot to save their lives, but will never, ever, allow you to get past them on the other end.) (This is what Chicago is all about. Watch.) It?s a last-second spring, when nobody is expecting it. It?s a last push toward 21 by two, when the sun is going down and we don?t know if the lights are going to turn on. It?s a plunk right at the rim, because you can?t trust this backboard. It?s a left hand, when everyone expects a right hand and for Jane Byrne to clear the streets of snow and Harold Washington to make it past his second term. Michael Jordan dunked on Patrick Ewing a few times, Scottie Pippen did the same , Joakim Noah made me yell louder than I?ve ever yelled watching a sporting event while taking down Paul Pierce. I?m lucky. I?ve been able to grow up rooting for players that I love, teams I adore, and outfits that make me proud of my hometown. I also have the greatest job in the world, my world at least, and I?ll never forget that. Part of that job means watching basketball on a Tuesday in December, when the rest of the sporting world doesn?t care as much, and when the stakes seem to be low. Sometimes, though, there are people who care quite a bit. These people encourage followers who run down to a drugstore to buy VHS tapes, fans who turn an obsession into a living. And in a game with 252 combined points , one dunk will remind you of the two points that keep you coming back. - - - - - - - Kelly Dwyer is an editor for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter! 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Lakers sign G Clarkson (The SportsXchange)
25 Aug 2014 at 6:53pm
Guard Jordan Clarkson, a second-round pick in this year's draft, signed a contract with the Los Angeles Lakers, the team announced Monday. The Lakers acquired him from the Washington Wizards on draft night in a cash move. Washington selected Clarkson with the 46th overall pick. As a junior at the University of Missouri last season, Clarkson made second-team All-Southeastern Conference after averaging 17.5 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.4 assists.
The 10-man rotation, starring Kobe Bryant and what comes next (Ball Don't Lie)
22 Aug 2014 at 3:39pm
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 : Sports Illustrated Longform . Chris Ballard's full feature on Kobe Bryant transitioning into the end stages of his career went live today, so enjoy spending your weekend poring over it. PF : Bucksketball . Giannis Antetokounmpo's two-dribble dunk for Greece earned headlines on Thursday, but as K.L. Chouinard notes, this isn't exactly a new trick for the Milwaukee Bucks' rising sophomore; in fact, Giannis does this sort of thing pretty frequently. SF : Canis Hoopus . Good stuff from Key Dae on the state of Andrew Wiggins' game as he enters the NBA, where he figures to be able to make an impact early and where he's got to do an awful lot of work if he's to become the sort of franchise-leading superstar that the Minnesota Timberwolves hope he will be. SG : Bright Side of the Sun . A very thorough tape breakdown by Kellan Olson of just how good Eric Bledsoe looked when slotted in alongside Goran Dragic for the Phoenix Suns last season. PG : Chicago Tribune . David Haugh on the relative calm with which the Chicago Bulls, USA Basketball and the NBA ? everyone but Bulls fans, really ? took Derrick Rose's soreness-induced rest earlier this week. (Rose is expected to be in the lineup with Team USA takes on Puerto Rico in an exhibition at Madison Square Garden on Friday.) 6th : Hang Time . And yet, while coach Mike Krzyzewski made clear after Wednesday's exhibition win over the Dominican Republic that he's not worried about Rose, John Schuhmann wonders whether the U.S. can afford not to take an extra point guard given the uncertainty surrounding him, and what that might mean for the rest of Team USA's roster configuration. 7th : Silver Screen and Roll . James Lamar on what Julius Randle should be looking to take from Carlos Boozer as the rookie and veteran share reps in the Los Angeles Lakers' frontcourt. 8th : Liberty Ballers . Jake Fischer bids farewell to the soon-to-be newest member of the Minnesota Timberwolves, and one of the few bright spots in a dim era of Philadelphia 76ers basketball: "? throughout that constant drab, Thaddeus Young was the perennial glimmer of hope, the workhorse that refused to give in to the status quo." 9th : SB Nation . James Dator chats with Roger Huang, the sculptor who gave us "Achilles," or, as it's been referred to colloquially, "That Sculpture of a Naked Kobe Fighting A Snake." 10th : Statitudes . A fun thought experiment from Justin Kubatko: If pros had been allowed to represent their countries in the Olympics before 1992, who would have made up the 1964 U.S. "Dream Team?" - - - - - - - Dan Devine is an editor for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at 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.
Dunk History: Michael Jordan embarrasses, like, all of the Knicks (Ball Don't...
22 Aug 2014 at 8:00am
As the summer wears on, with training camps and preseason play still off in (what feels like) the distant future, we turn our attention to the past. Join us as we while away a few late-summer moments recalling some of the most scintillating slams of yesteryear, the most thunderous throwdowns ever to sear themselves into our memories. This is Dunk History .  Today, Kelly Dwyer revels in Michael Jordan doing terrible things to John Starks, then Charles Oakley, and then Patrick Ewing during Game 3 of the first round of the 1991 Eastern Conference playoffs. The New York Knicks weren?t the enemy yet. The Detroit Pistons? They were the enemy. The Cleveland Cavaliers remained a hated foe, and out West, it seemed as if the Portland Trail Blazers would become the enemy. In the end, it turned out that the Los Angeles Lakers would be the enemy, as well. The Knicks? There had been some fearsome regular-season back-and-forths in the five years prior, and there was always going to be intrigue present after Chicago dealt an admittedly better and younger player (power forward Charles Oakley) to New York for a player they badly needed (center Bill Cartwright) in 1988. A deal that resulted in this 8-year-old throwing a pillow at a lamp in his parents? den, knocking it over and breaking it. The 39-win, pre-Pat Riley Knicks, though, were not the Bulls' enemy in 1991. They were a fitful team still struggling to find an identity in the post-Rick Pitino era, perpetually featuring a starting point guard battle and doing all the Knicksian stuff that you?ve come to know and that New Yorkers have come to fear over the years, like dealing a first-round pick to Portland for Kiki Vandeweghe?s last legs. No, the Knicks weren?t the frightening outfit that would win 51 games and take the Bulls to seven games in 1992 under Riley, or post more regular-season wins than Chicago the year after. They weren?t the same team that downed the Jordan-less Bulls in 1994, or gave Chicago perhaps its toughest consistent postseason challenge in the 72-win season of 1996. They were coached by an interim lifer named John MacLeod, they had lost the first two games of a best-of-five first-round series by a combined 51 points, and all signs pointed to Game 3 of the first-round pairing as a bit of a mercy killing on the Knicks? home floor. One last poor showing before Riley came aboard and ended clowntime. Before that happened, though, Michael Jordan clowned all over Patrick Ewing?s face: The complete and utter fooling of Oakley and John Starks ? two of the more intelligent and active defenders of the era ? is enough. To then rise over the conference?s best big man after expending quite a bit of energy in putting Oakley and Starks in the blender is almost unfair. Jordan likely knew Ewing was around, but Ewing had every right to believe that he?d be able to wipe Jordan?s shot out at the rim after watching him feint and twirl and cross over some 17 feet from the basket. It should have been his. Nothing, for Ewing and for the Knicks, ever was. That isn?t to say that the Knicks didn?t go on to scare the ever-lovin? wits out of Bulls fans like me. By the time Chicago moved past the Knicks in 1992 and 1993, or even in 1996 as Chicago went on to play an ill-prepared Orlando Magic squad after slugging it out with the Knicks, the ensuing opponents felt like pushovers by comparison. My father noted as much at the time, pointing out that it felt like the Bulls were up at the plate swinging freely after spending a series against the Knicks in the on-deck circle, warming up for an at-bat with three bats loaded with heavy bat doughnuts. Baseball analogies abounded in the Dwyer household, and we said the word ?bat? a lot. It was a real home run. Jordan scored 33 points with seven assists and six steals in this Game 3, as Chicago went on to win the game by nine, the series in a sweep, and eventually the franchise?s first title. The Knicks went on to get their act together, and promise themselves that this would never happen again. Even in defeat, it didn?t. Nothing came easy in New York after this. More from BDL's Dunk History series: ? John Starks, the Chicago Bulls and 'The Dunk' ? Tom Chambers rising like a Phoenix and taking orbit as a Sun ? Taj Gibson starts the break, then breaks Dwyane Wade ? Joakim Noah makes Paul Pierce a memory ? Baron Davis unloads on Andrei Kirilenko, moves beyond belief ? The joy of hearing Scottie Pippen posterize Patrick Ewing More NBA coverage: - - - - - - - Kelly Dwyer is an editor for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter! Follow @KDonhoops
Jeremy Lin gets Madame Tussauds wax figure, which is nice, and shoves cake in...
21 Aug 2014 at 12:27pm
The San Francisco branch of renowned international wax museum Madame Tussauds unveiled its newest addition on Thursday ? newly minted Los Angeles Lakers point guard Jeremy Lin, who played his high school ball about 45 minutes outside the city in Palo Alto, Calif., and began his NBA career with a brief stint on the Golden State Warriors' bench during the 2010-11 season. Let's join Lin in taking a look at Jeremy on wax, which is word to Stone Gossard : Jeremy Lin... Meet Jeremy Lin. The unveiling of his wax figure at #MadameTussauds in #SanFrancisco @Lakers ? Jaime Maggio (@jaimemaggio) August 21, 2014 It looks ... well, an awful lot like the Lin figure that previously appeared at the Madame Tussauds location in Beijing , with the Houston Rockets' red uniform swapped out for L.A.'s familiar purple and gold and without the ball Lin's supposed to be dunking going through the basket. (This feels like a bad omen for the offensive potency of the 2014-15 Lakers.) Lin had to meet with Madame Tussauds' artists "for detailed measurements to ensure that the final product would be a realistic likeness of the 25-year-old point guard," according to Eric Pincus of the Los Angeles Times . I bet if you ask him, though, he'll say that the figure should probably be a little more muscular; this is the offseason, after all, and everybody's putting on 15 pounds of muscle. (Shouts to Lang .) Lin joins such luminaries as Hall of Fame San Francisco 49ers quarterback Joe Montana, tennis superstar Serena Williams, boxing legend Muhammad Ali and noted golf enthusiast Tiger Woods in the ranks of sports figures on display at Madame Tussauds' Fisherman's Wharf museum , which is neat. He should savor the flavor of the celebratory unveiling, though; if the introduction of his former New York Knicks teammate Carmelo Anthony's wax figure is any indication, folks are about to start cracking on Lin's defensive shortcomings pretty darn quick. (Then again, maybe folks will direct any like-he-was-standing-still goofs toward another Lakers point guard .) As Pincus notes in his report, Lin's just two days shy of his 26th birthday, which makes the Madame Tussauds honor a decent little pre-birthday present. It also, however, means that he's two days closer to potential retribution for his recent unkindness to his mom, whose birthday celebration included an uncalled-for trip to Dessertinthefaceburgh: Hey, Jeremy Lin? Can you be cool to your mom for like a second ? Come on, dog. If you don't start shaping up, you're going to have to answer to Grandpa , and I know you don't want that. Apparently, young Mr. Lin made amends at Madame Tussauds: "Thanks to the SF Madame Tussauds Wax Museum for helping me patch things up with my mom hahah," Lin wrote in the caption to his Instagram post . "Fyi she wasnt actually upset when she got pied," he added, before wrapping up with the hashtag #itsfamilytradition. A likely story, Jeremy. We'll let it slide this time, we suppose. (Glad they put the ball in there, too.) - - - - - - - Dan Devine is an editor for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at 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.
National Basketball Association roundup (Reuters)
18 Aug 2014 at 8:44pm
(The Sports Xchange) - The New York Knicks will add Jim Cleamons to new coach Derek Fisher's staff, the Los Angeles Times reported Monday. Cleamons, a longtime NBA assistant, served on former Milwaukee Bucks coach Larry Drew's staff last season. Knicks president Phil Jackson and Cleamons have a long history of working together - first with the Chicago Bulls and then with the Los Angeles Lakers. Cleamons was on Jackson's coaching staff for numerous NBA titles. ...

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