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BDL 25: The Rockets try to regain a sense of decency (Ball Don't Lie)
(Wed, 28 Sep 2016 20:38:43 PDT)
James Harden waits out the final Rockets game of last season. It’s difficult to justify the 2015-16 Houston Rockets. A Western Conference finalist the previous season, Houston entered the campaign with hopes of challenging for a title.

Ryan Anderson openly takes shots at his former team about open shots (Ball Don't Lie)
(Wed, 28 Sep 2016 11:51:23 PDT)
Ryan Anderson has not been shy about voicing his disdain for the New Orleans Pelicans’ offense. In his first two major media sessions upon signing a four-year, $80 million deal with the Houston Rockets, the stretch forward threw quite a bit of shade on how the Pelicans used him from 2012-16. “I haven’t had a lot of wide open looks over the years,” Anderson, who led the league in 3-point tries on the Orlando Magic in 2011-12, told reporters at his introductory press conference this past July.

Vertical Pod with Woj: Patrick Beverley (Yahoo Sports)
(Wed, 28 Sep 2016 08:14:54 PDT)
The Rockets guard discusses his tough upbringing in Chicago and intimidating opponents.

Ty Lawson hoping to rebuild image, career in Sacramento (The Associated Press)
(Mon, 26 Sep 2016 18:47:44 PDT)
Ty Lawson is trying to rebuild his image - along with his NBA career. Following a tumultuous year in which he was arrested twice for DUI and entered alcohol rehab, lost his starting job with the Houston Rockets and spent the final 13 games of the season mostly coming off the bench in Indiana, the veteran point guard is in Sacramento on a one-year prove-it contract. ''Sometimes, an experience, you have to grow from it,'' Lawson said Monday at the Kings' media day.

Bucks' busy week: Middleton out, Beasley in and camp begins (The Associated Press)
(Mon, 26 Sep 2016 15:08:07 PDT)
The Milwaukee Bucks are coming off a very busy week, and they haven't even started training camp. It is up to coach Jason Kidd to start figuring out how to put the pieces together. 'Out of position' is something we don't look at,'' Kidd said Monday.

Around NBA, teams already discussing need for social change (The Associated Press)
(Fri, 23 Sep 2016 16:10:59 PDT)
Whatever the Detroit Pistons decide to do when it comes to protests that call for societal change this season, they'll have the support of coach Stan Van Gundy. As NBA teams began gathering Friday to start training camps - three teams hold their first practices Saturday, while 27 others get going in the coming days - an issue each is addressing is how players and coaches can help create substantive change in cities across the country. The NBA and the players' union urged teams this week to develop ideas in a memo this week.

Harden focused on helping Rockets improve after tough season (The Associated Press)
(Fri, 23 Sep 2016 14:59:25 PDT)
HOUSTON (AP) -- James Harden was second in the NBA with 29 points per game last season and his 7.5 rebounds were a career high.

NBA-National Basketball Association roundup
(Thu, 22 Sep 2016 15:53:59 PDT)
The Milwaukee Bucks are reeling after receiving word that their leading scorer Khris Middleton will miss approximately six months due to a hamstring injury. Middleton tore his hamstring in a workout earlier this week and is slated to undergo surgery next week. Middleton, 25, averaged a career-best 18.2 points, 4.2 assists and 1.7 steals last season.

Bucks acquire Michael Beasley from Rockets for Tyler Ennis (The Associated Press)
(Thu, 22 Sep 2016 15:03:30 PDT)
The Bucks have acquired forward Michael Beasley from the Houston Rockets for backup point guard Tyler Ennis in a deal that beefs up Milwaukee's frontcourt depth. The 6-foot-9 Beasley averaged 12.8 points and 4.9 rebounds in 20 games last season for Houston. ''We're excited to add a player with Michael's skill set to our team,'' general manager John Hammond said.

Lakers ready to give World Peace a chance, again
(Wed, 21 Sep 2016 14:53:14 PDT)
Metta World Peace has signed a one-year deal with the Los Angeles Lakers, extending his second stint at the club following his return to the franchise last season, the veteran forward said Wednesday. The 36-year-old, who played 35 games for the Lakers in 2015-2016 after returning from spells in China and Italy, told ESPN he hoped to help mentor younger team-mates in the upcoming season. To play, everything," World Peace told the network.

Stephen Curry on his Finals near-miss: 'I still haven’t gotten over Game 7' (Ball Don't Lie)
(Wed, 21 Sep 2016 11:13:57 PDT)
A lot of things could have stuck in the back of the Golden State Warriors’ minds during their expectedly giddy July 4th party. [Follow Dunks Don’t Lie on Tumblr: The best slams from all of basketball]

James Harden admits the Rockets' 2015-16 season 'wasn't great at all' (Ball Don't Lie)
(Tue, 20 Sep 2016 13:46:46 PDT)
The Houston Rockets were a hot mess last season. Actually, no. The Houston Rockets were a boring mess. By and large, they weren’t that entertaining as they Martyr Ball’d their way through two head coaches and 41 wins in 82 tries prior to what should have been an embarrassing first round defeat at the hands of the mostly Stephen Curry-less Golden State Warriors.

Expert NBA Draft Partial Recap (Rotoworld)
(Mon, 19 Sep 2016 22:16:00 PDT)
The cream of the crop in the fantasy hoops industry had a draft on Monday, Sep. 19. Pick up the Rotoworld NBA Draft Guide for the entire breakdown!

Number 11 strikes a cord with both Yi and Yao
(Fri, 16 Sep 2016 17:33:39 PDT)
Yi Jianlian may not like being compared to Yao Ming but he isn't shy about wearing his number 11 jersey this season with the Los Angeles Lakers. Speaking during the Lakers' practice on Friday in suburban El Segundo, the 28-year-old forward-center said the two agreed that Yi would wear Yao's former number with his new NBA team. "Yao asked me.

Ranking Rosters: Measuring depth and continuity on all 30 NBA rosters (Ball Don't Lie)
(Fri, 16 Sep 2016 08:52:40 PDT)
In the 1980s, teams climbed for years to reach the NBA mountaintop. Isiah’s Pistons built from within, developed together and added pieces to the puzzle, ascending a playoff round each season, until they eclipsed Bird’s Celtics atop the East in 1998 and unseated Magic’s Lakers for the title a year later.

BDL 25: How will the Warriors recover from a historic Finals collapse? (Ball Don't Lie)
(Fri, 16 Sep 2016 08:28:31 PDT)
The NBA offseason has brought many changes to rosters, coaching staffs, and the list of championship contenders. As we draw closer to opening night, it’s time to move our focus from the potential impact of each offseason event and onto the broader issues that figure to define this season. The BDL 25 takes stock of, uh, 25 key storylines to get you up to speed on where the most fascinating teams, players, and people stand on the brink of 2016-17.

BDL 25: It's time for Anthony Davis to resume blowing our minds (Ball Don't Lie)
(Thu, 15 Sep 2016 06:00:04 PDT)
It’s been too long since we’ve seen Anthony Davis throw down with fury in a game that mattered. The NBA offseason has brought many changes to rosters, coaching staffs, and the list of championship contenders. Anthony Davis should have been the song of the summer.

BDL's Ranking Rosters: Measuring depth in the Southwest Division (Ball Don't Lie)
(Wed, 14 Sep 2016 13:28:56 PDT)
Stars guide the NBA. Set your watch by LeBron James contending in June. Kevin Durant joined Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green in Golden State, and we all know how that will turn out. (Hint: Pretty good.) Fill out the rest of that roster with 11 Mark Madsens, and they’ll still vie for a title.

Ex-NBA center Dalembert arrested after allegedly hitting girlfriend (Ball Don't Lie)
(Tue, 13 Sep 2016 08:24:00 PDT)
Former NBA center Samuel Dalembert was arrested Sunday on battery charges after allegedly hitting his girlfriend and her cousin. A Boca Raton police report says police responded to Dalembert’s home Sunday evening after a 911 hang-up. The woman and her cousin initially told officers nothing was wrong but eventually said the 7-foot, 270-pound Dalembert became upset after finding out that his girlfriend was leaving for Orlando with their two children.

BDL 25: Introducing the (maybe) thoroughly modern Grizzlies (Ball Don't Lie)
(Mon, 12 Sep 2016 14:41:39 PDT)
The NBA offseason has brought many changes to rosters, coaching staffs, and the list of championship contenders. This time last year, I wrote what amounted to a love letter to the Memphis Grizzlies, whose commitment to flouting NBA futurism in favor of doubling down on suffocating defense and brutalizing interior offense had transformed an island of misfit toys into “something like a paragon of consistency and reliability.” There’s a lot to be said for knowing who you are and who you’re not, and for insisting on playing to your strengths even if everybody else seems to be heading in another direction. No team in NBA history has ever used more players than the 2015-16 Grizzlies, who spent much of the season — and especially the second half — engaged in near-constant triage.

Former NBA player Samuel Dalembert charged with battery (The Associated Press)
(Mon, 12 Sep 2016 13:24:27 PDT)
Former NBA player Samuel Dalembert is facing battery charges after authorities say he hit his girlfriend and her cousin. A Boca Raton police report says police responded to Dalembert's home Sunday evening after a 911 hang-up. The woman and her cousin initially told officers nothing was wrong but eventually said the 7-foot, 270-pound Dalembert became upset after finding out that his girlfriend was leaving for Orlando with their two children.

Dwight Howard treated for dehydration, released from hospital after China trip (Ball Don't Lie)
(Mon, 12 Sep 2016 08:01:32 PDT)
Dwight Howard is looking to rebound with the Hawks. Howard, 30, has recently been in China on a 10-day promotional tour with shoe manufacturer Peak. Last week, the Chinese company and Howard unveiled his DH2 shoe which features the colors of the Hawks.

Yao takes friendly shot at Shaq at Hall of Fame induction
(Fri, 09 Sep 2016 21:45:30 PDT)
(Reuters) - Yao Ming, who inspired a generation of NBA fans in his native China, wistfully acknowledged a career that "ended too soon" as he was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame on Friday. The towering seven foot, six inch (229 cm) center was joined in the class of 2016 by the likes of center Shaquille O'Neal and guard Allen Iverson. "My parents were basketball players back to the 1970s," Yao, the first overall pick in the 2002 NBA draft, said at the ceremony in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Basketball-Yao takes friendly shot at Shaq at Hall of Fame induction
(Fri, 09 Sep 2016 21:42:03 PDT)
Yao Ming, who inspired a generation of NBA fans in his native China, wistfully acknowledged a career that "ended too soon" as he was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame on Friday. The towering seven foot, six inch (229 cm) center was joined in the class of 2016 by the likes of center Shaquille O'Neal and guard Allen Iverson. "My parents were basketball players back to the 1970s," Yao, the first overall pick in the 2002 NBA draft, said at the ceremony in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Yao, Shaq, Iverson among 10 inducted into Hall of Fame
(Fri, 09 Sep 2016 21:23:54 PDT)
NBA legends Shaquille O'Neal, Yao Ming and Allen Iverson were among 10 people inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in ceremonies at Springfield, Massachusetts. Joining the elite NBA trio were four-time Women's NBA champion Sheryl Swoopes, 27-year NBA referee Darrell Garretson, Michigan State University coach Tom Izzo, racial barrier-breaking coach John McLendon, Chicago Bulls owner Jerry Reinsdorf as a contributor, and pioneer era stars Zelmo Beaty and Cumberland Posey.

Iverson, Shaq headline emotional Hall of Fame ceremony (The Associated Press)
(Fri, 09 Sep 2016 21:15:39 PDT)
When Shaquille O'Neal was 10 years old, his father made a prediction. Friday night when his son became a Hall of Famer, it was realized. Shaq and Allen Iverson headlined the 10-member Class of 2016 enshrined into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

BDL 25: The Trail Blazers, and the promise and peril of 'pretty good' (Ball Don't Lie)
(Fri, 09 Sep 2016 12:52:16 PDT)
For the Portland Trail Blazers, everything revolves around Damian Lillard (center) and C.J. McCollum. The NBA offseason has brought many changes to rosters, coaching staffs, and the list of championship contenders. Two seasons back, we clanged away on the Atlanta Hawks, whom we expected to finish at .500, but wound up producing the most successful season in franchise history.

Shaq, Iverson, Yao headline 'extraordinary' Hall class (The Associated Press)
(Thu, 08 Sep 2016 20:28:40 PDT)
Shaquille O'Neal and Allen Iverson headline the Class of 2016 which will be enshrined Friday night. Joining them in the 10-member class will be NBA and international star Yao Ming, longtime Michigan State coach Tom Izzo, WNBA star Sheryl Swoopes, NAIA coaching legend John McLendon (posthumous), former referee Darell Garretson (posthumous), executive Jerry Reinsdorf, ABA star Zelmo Beaty (posthumous) and early African-American pioneer Cumberland Posey (posthumous). Hall of Fame chairman Jerry Colangelo, a 2004 inductee, said it might be one of the top five classes he has seen.

Yao, Shaq, Iverson set for Basketball Hall of Fame enshrinement
(Thu, 08 Sep 2016 18:50:49 PDT)
Chinese star Yao Ming and fellow former NBA icons Shaquille O'Neal and Allen Iverson will be among 10 people enshrined Friday into the Basketball Hall of Fame. Joining the elite trio will be four-time Women's NBA champion Sheryl Swoopes, 27-year NBA referee Darrell Garretson, Michigan State University coach Tom Izzo, racial barrier-breaking coach John McLendon, Chicago Bulls owner Jerry Reinsdorf as a contributor and pioneer stars Zelmo Beaty and Cumberland Posey. The complete lineup chosen by the selection committee to be inducted at the sport shrine in Springfield, Massachusetts, was announced in April with Yao, who retired in 2011, becoming the tallest Hall of Famer at 7-foot-6 (2.29m).

Yao Ming is a Hall of Famer (Ball Don't Lie)
(Wed, 07 Sep 2016 15:12:11 PDT)
For the goodly chunk of this Basketball Hall of Fame week, and deservedly so, you’re going to hear endless paeans to Yao Ming’s impact off the court. How he used his celebrity and riches to make his world a more suitable and humane place, in ways that dwarf his relatively brief professional basketball stint. How Yao changed the world for so, so many.

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