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Omari Prince

NBA Draft Recap posted by Omari Prince

This is a 3 part blog that I'll talk about regarding the 2011 NBA Draft

Last Thursday the annual NBA Draft took place in New Jersey and to nobody's surprise, the Cleveland Cavaliers took Kyrie Irving with the first pick. Coach Byron Scott played poker with the media but finally reveled his has when they drafted the former one & done freshmen from Duke. Why Irving was chosen first even though he only played eight games all year is simple: much like the quarterback in football, point guard is the most important position in basketball and they're an extension of the coach on the floor. Had Irving been healthy during the season, Duke easily defeats Arizona and most likely would have advanced to the Final 4 this past March. 

Derrick Rose and John Wall were the previous point guards selected first overall and are the leaders on their team. With the departure of LeBron James last summer, Kyrie Irving realizes he's no Lebron but he has to put the city of Cleveland and the Cavaliers on his back. That's the cost of being drafted 1st overall. The verdict is still out if his turf toe injury is completely healed but when healthy, Irving has lighting speed, low turnover ratio, and extremely athletic. With this new team, he should not have any problem taking over the leadership (this team lost 26 consecutive games) since he hails from a winning high school & college program. Most scout are comparing him to Chris Paul but I see a more athletic Kevin Johnson in Irving. Remember KJ was a scoring PG who also dished 10 assist per game. 

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Randolph Charlotin

Refreshed Bench posted by Randolph Charlotin

Focus on the last names:

 

Jeff GREEN.

 

Troy MURPHY.

 

They were meant to be Celtics.

 

If Danny Ainge stopped his trade deadline dealings at the two-for-two swap that sent C Kendrick Perkins and G Nate Robinson to Oklahoma City for Green and Nenad Kristic, then fan dread over Boston’s chances in the playoffs would be understandable.

 

But Trader Dan was far from done. Often with Ainge, he makes a deal with complementary moves in mind. The two trades that followed Perkins’ departure cleared room for productive veteran players on the bench and improved versatility.

 

Celtic fans have a tough time accepting change from a winning formula. Perkins was the anchor in the middle of the defense, an intimidator that protected the paint from intruders. The Celtics hung their hat on being a physical defense-first team and was the cornerstone.

 

Health permitting, Boston could had claimed their NBA-record 18th championship. But health hasn’t been on the Celtics’ side this season. Already down are the two O’Neals (Jermaine and Shaquille) and G/F Marquis Daniels. Ainge decided not to wait and hope for modern medicine.

 Upon arrival Kristic was in the starting lineup and Green came off the bench. Regardless of their performance (they helped the Celtics win against the Los Angeles Clippers), they were available to play, which is something Perkins and Daniels can’t do right now. Perkins is expected to miss his first two to three weeks while Daniels might not play another game this season.

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Joe Franciosa, Jr.

Dice-man rolls 7, C's just roll. posted by Joe Franciosa, Jr.

No walks.

 Matsuzaka, the pitcher who up until now had presumably preffered to pitch from the stretch, put no runners on base. He pounded the strike zone. He gave up only one run in the 6th. He pitched like the Dice-man that was advertised in '07. If he can do that consistently, the Sox will have the pitching staff that folks expected coming into this season.

Meanwhile, the Celtics essentially played by themselves in Cleveland. Lebron was all but absent from this game. 0-4 in the first half. Staring off into the crowd during team time-outs. Appearing winded on the court. Removing his "protective arm sleeve" and still throwing up LeBrick after LeBrick.

 Now, the rest of the Cavalier team was not doing much to help its MVP star. Delonte West was a non-factor. Mo Williams is a former All-star and he wasn't hitting shots. Shaq had 20 points, and almost took out Glenn Davis when he landed on Shaq's foot after coming down from a jump shot.

 Meanwhile, the big 3 scored 64 of the C's 120 points. Pierce finally warmed up and ended 3 assists shy of a triple double. Garnett hit key shots to stop a Cav's run. Ray Allen was just deadly from beyond the arc. Rondo didn't have a huge game, but he didn't have to. Indeed, he sat longer in this game than he did the entire rest of the series.

 So now that series comes back to Boston. The good news is that the C's are 31-1 when up 3-2 in a seven game series. The bad news is that one loss came just last year against the Orlando Magic. Of course, Garnett was out for that series, and Rondo did not have the experience he does now. Look for the Celtics to come out strong. And for you lucky fans who will be in the Garden Thursday night. You better be cheering and yelling as loudly as I will be at my television set.

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Joe Franciosa, Jr.

The Tri-fecta, the Trinity, TGIF for Boston Sports. posted by Joe Franciosa, Jr.

Red Sox vs. Yankees. Celtics vs. Cavaliers in game 3 of a 1-1 series. Bruins vs. Flyers in possible series sweep.

There are so many story lines for this Friday night in Boston Sports.

Red Sox: You just swept the Angels. The Angels have problems of their own, being staked to a 4-0 lead after the ist inning thanks to the Dice-man's proclivity to gamble on his pitches. I understand that the Japanese strike-zone is different than MLB...but Dice-dude, you've been here 3 years now. I know you can speak English. You have to at least understand it, or else what exactly is V-mart and his own heavy accent conveying to you when he goes to chat on the mound after you walk 3 straight? What does John Farrell say while the umpire walks all the way out to the mound to break the conversation up. That's always a great way to get on the Ump's good side. Throw a ton of balls, and then make the Ump actually walk the 60'6" to the pitchers mound. In any event, the Sox offense again came up huge. The Angels certainly helped, but at this point we'll take whatever help we can get. On a 4 game win-streak, Bring on the Yankees!

Celtics: You have the momentum. Keep it. Don't come out flat. Don't wait for the crowd to get you going. Get the crowd going and you'll get yourselves further into the play-offs. The Cav's think they have the experience and the talent to finally get Lebron a ring. If Lebron is at 80%, and the rest of his team can't pick up any of that other 20%, do they really deserve to advance? Celtic basketball is better than Cavalier basketball. Enough said.

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Joe Franciosa, Jr.

C's, B's, and Sox! Oh My! posted by Joe Franciosa, Jr.

After a nightmare weekend for all the Boston teams (except the Bruins, who barely managed an over-time win)...It was good to see the Red Sox remember that Fenway is a hitters ball park on Monday night. It was good to see the Celtics infuriate the Cleveland fans, instead of infuriating me by blowing a ten point fourth quarter lead.

 Ok, so they almost blew a 25 point lead instead, but the very fact that they had double digit leads in the fourth quarter of both home games against the Cavs should suggest who is the better team. However, as the Cavs haven't had a chance in the Garden yet, I'll just say that the Celtics Should beat the Cavs.

 Rondo is playing out of his mind, with 19 assists that led to 45 points in game 2. His energy is the engine of this Celtics team. Rasheed Wallace also remembered how to be a factor in a play-off game. If we continue to see that consistency of effort (and a 7-8 night) then the Celtics bench again becomes a factor, and it will be difficult for any team (with perhaps the exception of an extremely deep Magic team) to beat the Celtics.

 Beltre, congratulations on your first Red Sox home run. People are all over Ortiz because he's not hitting home runs, and Beltre waits until the month of May to hit his, and no one thinks twice about it. Go figure. Then again, Ortiz went 0-4. Ya. Apparently my Big Sloppy speech wasn't motivating after all. I still say he just needs more mango-salsa.

 So with the Angel's floundering, and the Cav's hanging on Lebron's elbow, I feel pretty good about Boston sports for the next few days. We'll see if that tone doesn't change once the Yankees come to town...but I really believe this is just the test the Sox needed to prove to themselves that they're back on track, and ready to become the team we've all come to expect.

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Joe Franciosa, Jr.

The Truth in Miami posted by Joe Franciosa, Jr.

The Miami Heat had a foul to give, and Paul Pierce still intimidated his defender enough to dribble within the arc and take a shot that was so clutch in this series it gave me the chance to shout, "Miami can't  handle The Truth!".

In reality, Miami would probably have lost if the game had gone to over-time. With Dwayne Wade on the Heat bench after landing awkwardly on Ray Allen's foot after taking an ill-advised 3, it was apparent that the Heat would eventually lose this game. That's despite the Heat's bench outscoring the C's bench 31 to 10. Of course, aside from Kendrick Perkins having a cold night, the other four Celtic's starters looked like they wanted to just get this Heat series over with.

 So now the C's are up 3-0 in the series, and they're actually one game away from not just sweeping the Heat in 4, but sweeping them in 7 if the regular season games are taken into account. That means that this aging team will have a few extra days off before the probable Cavalier's match up in the second round. The Cav's were foolish to let the Bulls win a game. After the grueling 7 game series the C's had against the Bulls last year, we're all too aware of how tenacious that Bulls team can be. They're young, but they don't quit, and I'm willing to bet they take the Cav's to at least game 6 now.

 So Garnett has already rested a game because of his suspension (that ended up being a blessing in disguise, as Garnett really played with his old intensity last night. The fall-away baseline jumper? Vintage Garnett, and its because his legs were fresh.) So, if Wade's injury is more serious than just a muscle cramp, and he is out for game 4, this series is over and done with. That will give the rest of the Celtics time to rest up, and come at the Cav's with the full fury of a Boston team that's sniffing another banner.

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Brad VanFossan

This could be Turner's Tourney posted by Brad VanFossan

Please disregard the website title as this is not Indians related, thanks.

This could be Turner’s Tourney

By Brad VanFossan

Work hard, play smart, play tough, keep your mouth shut, and let things fall into place. There aren’t too many young athletes who heed this advice, but that’s exactly what Ohio State’s Junior leader Evan Turner did. Amazingly, Turner arrived at Ohio State somewhat under the radar.

In 2007-08 Evan Turner came onto the scene in Columbus as a freshman in the shadows of fellow freshman and highly touted recruits Greg Oden, Mike Conley Jr., and Dequan Cook. Those three highly touted recruits ended up leaving after one season at Ohio State to become first round draft picks in the NBA, with Oden being the first pick overall.

The talented but less hyped Turner became the leader of a fairly inexperienced Buckeyes team as a sophomore and has not only taken the wheel, but has floored the gas in that role ever since.

Turner won the Big Ten Conference scoring title and Big Ten Player of the Year award in that 2008-09 sophomore season. Despite his personal success, the Buckeyes were upset by Sienna in last year’s NCAA Tournament, at the same time the Cleveland State Vikings shocked the world with their upset of Wake Forest. The first round loss having left a bad taste in Turner’s mouth, he passed up on the greener pastures of the NBA and returned to Columbus seeking redemption.

A funny thing happened on the path to redemption: another chance at redemption. On December 5, 2009, Turner fell and hit the ground hard after a dunk during a game vs. Eastern Michigan and suffered transverse process fractures of the second and third lumbar vertebra in his back. Turner was supposed to miss eight weeks and his and Ohio State’s season of promise turned into an almost Cleveland sports like curse. A bleak outlook was an understatement. As amazing as it is to think now that Evan Turner came to Ohio State as arguably the fourth best recruit, even more amazing was his recovery and return to play.

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Bryan Leinart

Pistons player has Seizure posted by Bryan Leinart

During the final moments of the 3rd quarter, Rodney Stuckey has a seizure during the game, fortunately for him that medical personel were standing by to catch him as he began to fall. in other news, Detroit held its own vs the cavs today, as a disillusioned Cavaliers team seemed to give up without too much of a fight. However since Lebron is in his last stages of his contract that could have a lot to do with it. Hey Orlando, Pick up LeBron and put him with Dwight Howard. Dynasty much?Continue reading "Pistons player has Seizure"


Colin Linneweber

Cleveland and Lebron will win its first championship since 1964 posted by Colin Linneweber

The Cleveland Cavaliers acquired two-time All-Star Antawn Jamison in a three-team trade Wednesday night. 

Cleveland, who has won 11 consecutive games and owns the best record in the league at 43-11, only squandered Zydrunas Ilgauskas and their first round pick to obtain Jamison. 

Jamison, 33, the fourth overall selection in the 1998 NBA Draft out of the University of North Carolina, is a skilled and rugged power forward who was averaging an impressive 20.5 points for the Washington Wizards prior to last night’s transaction. 

At this juncture, barring an injury to superstar Lebron James, the Cavaliers seem destined to easily waltz through the Eastern Conference and into the NBA Finals in June. 

James, 25, a three-time All-NBA First Team selection and the 2009 MVP, is indisputably the best player in the world today. 

Ever since he made his professional debut with Cleveland in 2003, James hasn’t been surrounded with enough talent to capture a title. 

However, with legendary center Shaquille O’Neal, 2009 All-Star point guard Mo Williams and Jamison, James now has the type of teammates that can win help him win the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy. 

Presently, the only squads that are even remotely capable of competing with Cleveland are the Boston Celtics (33-18), the Orlando Magic (37-18), the San Antonio Spurs (31-21) and the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers (42-13). 

The Celtics, Magic and Spurs are all very solid teams. 

Nevertheless, in actuality, not one of those three teams can genuinely topple the Cavs. 

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john howard

Cleveland set for title run posted by john howard

Cleveland just got a lot better.   They traded Zydranus Ilgauskas and his 11million dollar expiring contract to Washington for Antwain Jamison who has the same salary.      This adds a power scorer to the lineup while giving up nothing.  Anderson Varejo has been the backup at both power forward and center. This will continue.  Hickson's minutes may decrease, but he is still developing so that is ok.  The first pick won't matter if they win the title.       Also acquired is Sebastian Telfair an up and down career since joining the NBA.  They have point guard injuries so that is an added bonus.

Washington continues to dump salary by trading for Ilgauskas. His 11 mil is the same as Jamison's but expires this year.  They also unloaded Drew Gooden whom they acquired from Dallas last week.  Washington gets Al Thornton who is young and improving. 

The Clippers continue to confuse.  They gave up Telfair for Drew Gooden?  Whatever.

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Teens enter Ray Allen's Fla. home through unlocked door in middle of night while wife, children

It's perfectly reasonable to want to know whether Ray Allen has chosen to return to the Miami Heat for a 19th pro season or if, like fellow free-agent sharpshooters Mike Miller and James Jones before him, he's decided to follow LeBron James north to Ohio to join the Cleveland Cavaliers. Deciding you're going to search for the answer by sneaking into his house in the wee small hours of the night, though? That's not reasonable. Moreover, it's ... y'know ... a crime . A septet of line-stepping teenage attendees of a party next door to Allen's Coral Gables, Fla., home learned that on Thursday, according to Emma Court of the Miami Herald : It looked like no one was home about 2 a.m., so they walked in through an unlocked back door. Allen wasn’t home, but his wife, Shannon Walker Allen, and their kids were sleeping upstairs, according to Coral Gables police spokeswoman Kelly Denham. When the intruders began walking around and making noise, Shannon Allen woke up and screamed, “What are you doing in my home?” (Let the record show that Miami ABC affiliate Local 10 presents a more colorful and, to these ears, more believable version of the quote .) The intruders — six men and a woman, ages 18 to 19 — scattered after Allen screamed, according to NBCMiami.com : The teens [...] believed Allen and his family weren't home and said they thought it would be "cool" to go in the house [...] They told some parents what had happened and the parents drove them to the police department to report what happened, Denham said. "They stated that they did enter the home," said Denham. "They were there to see where Ray Allen had lived. They honestly thought that he had moved from the house." See, here's the thing: It's not cool to go into someone's house in the middle of the night if they're not home! Even if you honestly think they've moved! That is still super not cool, in fact! Police described the teen intruders as "crying" and "terrified" during their interviews, which is quite something, since they're not the ones whose homes were entered in the middle of the night by seven people they didn't know. As it stands, they haven't been charged with anything. Police didn't call it burglary due to the teens entering the Allen home through an unlocked door and because nothing had been taken from the home, and the Herald reported that "the crime does not qualify as trespassing — a misdemeanor —because the act was not witnessed by a police officer." The intruders are still subject to trespassing prosecution by the State Attorney's Office should Shannon Allen choose to press charges, though, and police spokeswoman Denham told the Herald that "she intends to do so." Allen is just the most recent in a string of NBA players to fall victim to such an invasion of privacy, although he thankfully fared better than others who lost property in the process. Allen's Heat teammate Chris Bosh had his home burglarized in April 2013, with an estimated $340,000 worth of items stolen while he was out celebrating his 29th birthday. Fellow Miami forward Udonis Haslem's South Florida home was also burglarized  just 10 days after Bosh's. In December, then-Heat guard Roger Mason Jr. and his family members were victims of an armed robbery at a Miami restaurant, with the thieves making off with his Rolex watch and his sister's purse. (The items were later recovered by Miami police.) In March, Los Angeles Lakers swingman Nick Young had more than $100,000 worth of belongings — jewelry, clothes, luggage and shoes, including his beloved Nike Air Yeezys — stolen while he was playing a game against the Orlando Magic. In April, Indiana Pacers star Paul George returned from a home game to find that more than $15,000 worth of shoes and jewelry — including a platinum-and-diamond NBA All-Star ring — has been taken from his home. For the record, Allen remains a free agent — one of the best still on the market, according to Our Fearless Leader — and says that not only has he not discussed a Cleveland team-up with LeBron , but that he hasn't yet decided if he wants to come back for a 19th professional season. - - - - - - - Dan Devine is an editor for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at devine@yahoo-inc.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YourManDevine Stay connected with Ball Don't Lie on Twitter @YahooBDL , "Like" BDL on Facebook and follow BDL's Tumblr for year-round NBA talk, jokes and more. [read full article]

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LeBron, Adam Silver, Becky Hammon, Dikembe Mutombo among NBA'ers to take ALS Ice Bucket Chal

The NBA's ongoing commitment to dumping cold water on itself to raise awareness of and money for research into amyotrophic lateralsclerosis , often referred to as Lou Gehrig's disease, continues apace. After a slew of players and coaches, including multiple members of Team USA , participated in the Ice Bucket Challenge last week, they were joined by several well-known stragglers over the weekend, including a certain four-time NBA Most Valuable Player with whom you might be familiar. (If you've somehow managed to avoid the videos to this point, the challenge is a viral video-based campaign dreamed up by the ALS Association to bolster fundraising efforts during the waning days of summer. The process is simple: start recording video, have someone pour a bucket of ice water over your head or pour one on yourself, and then ask a few people to do the same thing within the next 24 hours or to donate money to the charity. The campaign has been a monstrous success, with the ALS Association reporting Sunday that there have been "about 260,000 new donors" responsible for "$13.3 million in donations since July 29, compared with $1.7 million during the same period last year, according to the New York Times .) After being challenged to participate by reigning MVP Kevin Durant, LeBron James bit the bullett and faced the bucket this weekend: Like Team USA before him, the Cleveland Cavaliers forward nominated President Barack Obama to participate in the challenge. I once again regret to inform an NBA superstar that the president has already been challenged and declined to dump a bucket of ice water on his head , though he reportedly did donate to the ALSA. LeBron also nominated his two sons, which seems especially cold (WRITING) since he can tell them that he's not going to let them have a hundred bucks each to make a donation. Game's rigged, man. While I don't expect the president to get wet, another one of Team USA's targets accepted the challenge, as predicted in this very space . Take it away, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver: Silver paid the challenge forward to recently hired San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Becky Hammon, who accepted in an appropriately all-business fashion: ... and to legendary big man Dikembe Mutombo, who accepted wonderfully and on what appears to be a flip phone from 1998: Other noted cold water/charity enthusiasts include Heat president of basketball operations Pat Riley: ... and Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra: ... and Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook: ... and Sacramento Kings owner Vivek Ranadivéand Hall of Famer/team advisor Chris Mullin, joined by U.S. Soccer Federation President Sunil Gulati, with the bucket-dumping done by none other than Rudy Gay and, obviously, Rod Stewart: ... and, in a somewhat dismissive yet contextually appropriate way, Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant, who never stops wanting to remind us that he is always working: If you would like to donate to the ALS Association, you can do so here . - - - - - - - Dan Devine is an editor for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at devine@yahoo-inc.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YourManDevine Stay connected with Ball Don't Lie on Twitter @YahooBDL , "Like" BDL on Facebook and follow BDL's Tumblr for year-round NBA talk, jokes and more. Related Video: [read full article]

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BEAVERTON, Ore. (AP) LeBron James had some business to take care before rejoining the Cleveland Cavaliers for training camp. [read full article]

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Teens enter Ray Allen's Fla. home through unlocked door in middle of night while wife, children

It's perfectly reasonable to want to know whether Ray Allen has chosen to return to the Miami Heat for a 19th pro season or if, like fellow free-agent sharpshooters Mike Miller and James Jones before him, he's decided to follow LeBron James north to Ohio to join the Cleveland Cavaliers. Deciding you're going to search for the answer by sneaking into his house in the wee small hours of the night, though? That's not reasonable. Moreover, it's ... y'know ... a crime . A septet of line-stepping teenage attendees of a party next door to Allen's Coral Gables, Fla., home learned that on Thursday, according to Emma Court of the Miami Herald : It looked like no one was home about 2 a.m., so they walked in through an unlocked back door. Allen wasn’t home, but his wife, Shannon Walker Allen, and their kids were sleeping upstairs, according to Coral Gables police spokeswoman Kelly Denham. When the intruders began walking around and making noise, Shannon Allen woke up and screamed, “What are you doing in my home?” (Let the record show that Miami ABC affiliate Local 10 presents a more colorful and, to these ears, more believable version of the quote .) The intruders — six men and a woman, ages 18 to 19 — scattered after Allen screamed, according to NBCMiami.com : The teens [...] believed Allen and his family weren't home and said they thought it would be "cool" to go in the house [...] They told some parents what had happened and the parents drove them to the police department to report what happened, Denham said. "They stated that they did enter the home," said Denham. "They were there to see where Ray Allen had lived. They honestly thought that he had moved from the house." See, here's the thing: It's not cool to go into someone's house in the middle of the night if they're not home! Even if you honestly think they've moved! That is still super not cool, in fact! Police described the teen intruders as "crying" and "terrified" during their interviews, which is quite something, since they're not the ones whose homes were entered in the middle of the night by seven people they didn't know. As it stands, they haven't been charged with anything. Police didn't call it burglary due to the teens entering the Allen home through an unlocked door and because nothing had been taken from the home, and the Herald reported that "the crime does not qualify as trespassing — a misdemeanor —because the act was not witnessed by a police officer." The intruders are still subject to trespassing prosecution by the State Attorney's Office should Shannon Allen choose to press charges, though, and police spokeswoman Denham told the Herald that "she intends to do so." Allen is just the most recent in a string of NBA players to fall victim to such an invasion of privacy, although he thankfully fared better than others who lost property in the process. Allen's Heat teammate Chris Bosh had his home burglarized in April 2013, with an estimated $340,000 worth of items stolen while he was out celebrating his 29th birthday. Fellow Miami forward Udonis Haslem's South Florida home was also burglarized  just 10 days after Bosh's. In December, then-Heat guard Roger Mason Jr. and his family members were victims of an armed robbery at a Miami restaurant, with the thieves making off with his Rolex watch and his sister's purse. (The items were later recovered by Miami police.) In March, Los Angeles Lakers swingman Nick Young had more than $100,000 worth of belongings — jewelry, clothes, luggage and shoes, including his beloved Nike Air Yeezys — stolen while he was playing a game against the Orlando Magic. In April, Indiana Pacers star Paul George returned from a home game to find that more than $15,000 worth of shoes and jewelry — including a platinum-and-diamond NBA All-Star ring — has been taken from his home. For the record, Allen remains a free agent — one of the best still on the market, according to Our Fearless Leader — and says that not only has he not discussed a Cleveland team-up with LeBron , but that he hasn't yet decided if he wants to come back for a 19th professional season. - - - - - - - Dan Devine is an editor for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at devine@yahoo-inc.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YourManDevine Stay connected with Ball Don't Lie on Twitter @YahooBDL , "Like" BDL on Facebook and follow BDL's Tumblr for year-round NBA talk, jokes and more. [read full article]

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LeBron, Adam Silver, Becky Hammon, Dikembe Mutombo among NBA'ers to take ALS Ice Bucket Chal

The NBA's ongoing commitment to dumping cold water on itself to raise awareness of and money for research into amyotrophic lateral sclerosis , often referred to as Lou Gehrig's disease, continues apace. After a slew of players and coaches, including multiple members of Team USA , participated in the Ice Bucket Challenge last week, they were joined by several well-known stragglers over the weekend, including a certain four-time NBA Most Valuable Player with whom you might be familiar. (If you've somehow managed to avoid the videos to this point, the challenge is a viral video-based campaign dreamed up by the ALS Association to bolster fundraising efforts during the waning days of summer. The process is simple: start recording video, have someone pour a bucket of ice water over your head or pour one on yourself, and then ask a few people to do the same thing within the next 24 hours or to donate money to the charity. The campaign has been a monstrous success, with the ALS Association reporting Sunday that there have been "about 260,000 new donors" responsible for "$13.3 million in donations since July 29, compared with $1.7 million during the same period last year, according to the New York Times .) After being challenged to participate by reigning MVP Kevin Durant, LeBron James bit the bullett and faced the bucket this weekend: Like Team USA before him, the Cleveland Cavaliers forward nominated President Barack Obama to participate in the challenge. I once again regret to inform an NBA superstar that the president has already been challenged and declined to dump a bucket of ice water on his head , though he reportedly did donate to the ALSA. LeBron also nominated his two sons, which seems especially cold (WRITING) since he can tell them that he's not going to let them have a hundred bucks each to make a donation. Game's rigged, man. While I don't expect the president to get wet, another one of Team USA's targets accepted the challenge, as predicted in this very space . Take it away, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver: Silver paid the challenge forward to recently hired San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Becky Hammon, who accepted in an appropriately all-business fashion: ... and to legendary big man Dikembe Mutombo, who accepted wonderfully and on what appears to be a flip phone from 1998: Other noted cold water/charity enthusiasts include Heat president of basketball operations Pat Riley: ... and Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra: ... and Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook: ... and Sacramento Kings owner Vivek Ranadivéand Hall of Famer/team advisor Chris Mullin, joined by U.S. Soccer Federation President Sunil Gulati, with the bucket-dumping done by none other than Rudy Gay and, obviously, Rod Stewart: ... and, in a somewhat dismissive yet contextually appropriate way, Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant, who never stops wanting to remind us that he is always working: If you would like to donate to the ALS Association, you can do so here . - - - - - - - Dan Devine is an editor for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at devine@yahoo-inc.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YourManDevine Stay connected with Ball Don't Lie on Twitter @YahooBDL , "Like" BDL on Facebook and follow BDL's Tumblr for year-round NBA talk, jokes and more. Related Video: [read full article]

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