Jimmy Butler Comments on Departures of Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah

July 29th, 2016 by Mike Chiari No comments »
The Chicago Bulls are ostensibly Jimmy Butler's team following the offseason departures of Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah, but despite assumptions to the contrary, Butler insisted Thursday he had nothing to do with the roster shake-up. According to ESPN.com, the two-time All-Star hasn't allowed whispers suggesting that he ran Rose and Noah from the Windy City to the New York Knicks to impact him: "That has nothing to do with me. I don't move guys. It's like I always say: People are going to think what they want to think. That doesn't bother me. I know where I stand. I know who I am." The three-time NBA All-Defensive Second Team selection also made it clear he has no negative feelings regarding his former teammates: I'm happy for [Rose]. He's happy for me. I'm glad we get to go against each other whatever day that may be when the season rolls around. I talked to ...

Derrick Rose Loses Summary Judgment Regarding Sexual Assault Civil Suit

July 29th, 2016 by Adam Wells No comments »
The sexual assault case against New York Knicks guard Derrick Rose will go to trial after his request to throw out the lawsuit was denied, per Dan Werly. Per the official U.S. District Court of California record (via Werly), Rose's motion to throw out the case was denied because there is "a genuine dispute of material fact as to the central issue in this action: whether plaintiff consented to sexual intercourse with defendants in early morning of August 27, 2013." Werly added that Rose did win a motion "to break up the punitive damages aspect of trial and to exclude/limit plaintiff's expert witnesses." In August 2015, TMZ reported that Rose was being sued by a woman who said she dated him from 2011 to 2013 and was "drugged and gang raped" by the former NBA MVP and two of his friends, identified as Ryan Allen and Randall Hampton.  The woman, per TMZ's report, said she was able to escape ...

1 Player on Each NHL Team in Need of a Bounce-Back Season in 2016-17

July 28th, 2016 by Jonathan Willis No comments »
A year ago, we looked at every NHL team and picked a player off each roster in need of a rebound campaign. Some of them delivered splendidly. Loui Eriksson scored 30 goals, his best total since 2009. Mike Smith added 12 points to his save percentage, won an additional game and lost 32 fewer contests. Jeff Skinner scored 28 times one year after he recorded 31 points over the course of an entire season. Several others on our list managed to come back in a big way and revitalize faltering careers. Others continued to slide. Cody Hodgson didn't do much with the one-year lifeline the Nashville Predators threw him, meaning his future is uncertain. Vincent Lecavalier is off to retirement. The Minnesota Wild bought out Thomas Vanek. Goaltenders such as Jimmy Howard and Kari Lehtonen failed to re-establish themselves as starters. Those varying career paths indicate how a spot on this list should be ...

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Says He’s Michael Jordan in Donald Trump Joke at DNC

July 28th, 2016 by Matt Fitzgerald No comments »
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the NBA's all-time leading scorer, still knows how to get buckets in the political arena. Speaking at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Thursday night, Abdul-Jabbar had a message for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump (via CNN): "I'm Michael Jordan, and I'm here with Hillary [Clinton]. I said that because I know that Donald Trump couldn't tell the difference," Abdul-Jabbar said. Abdul-Jabbar, 69, wrote a column in the Hollywood Reporter on June 1 in which he likened Trump to a reality TV star. Incorporating another NBA legend into his Trump joke at the DNC was some next-level material.Read more NBA news on BleacherReport.com

Carmelo Anthony Comments on Dwyane Wade Leaving Heat to Sign with Bulls

July 28th, 2016 by Matt Fitzgerald No comments »
New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony was among those who had trouble processing Dwyane Wade's free-agent departure from the Miami Heat to the Chicago Bulls this offseason. Anthony spoke about Wade's decision to head to his hometown team after 13 seasons with the Heat during Thursday's Team USA practice at the United Center, per ESPN.com's Nick Friedell: I was shocked. I was shocked more from a standpoint it was just hard to see. It's hard to see some players in different uniforms and he's one of those guys who I never thought I would see in a different uniform other than Miami. But it happened, and I got a chance to talk to him and sit down with him and really dig deep about his feelings and what happened. He's at peace now. And when he's at peace, I'm at peace with it. Wade and Anthony are close friends, comprising half of a ...

David Lee to Spurs: Latest Contract Details, Comments and Reaction

July 28th, 2016 by Tyler Conway No comments »
A midseason move to the Dallas Mavericks revitalized David Lee's career, as he again resembled the high-efficiency offensive force who was once a building block for the Golden State Warriors. The San Antonio Spurs rewarded Lee's play Thursday by signing him to a two-year contract. Lee's agency, Priority Sports, announced the signing on Twitter. ESPN's Marc Stein added the deal is worth $3.2 million over two years, with a player option for the second year.  Lee, 33, split last season between the Mavericks and Boston Celtics. After Golden State traded him to Boston in the offseason, Lee struggled to find playing time on the Celtics' youth-laden roster. Boston reached a buyout with the disillusioned forward in February, allowing him to sign with Dallas for the stretch run. Lee responded by turning into one of the best per-minute reserves in basketball, averaging 8.5 points and 7.0 rebounds in 17.3 minutes per game with the Mavericks. A foot ...

Craig Sager to Miss 2016 Rio Olympics to Continue Leukemia Treatment

July 28th, 2016 by Matt Fitzgerald No comments »
NBC Sports announced Thursday that veteran sports reporter Craig Sager will miss the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro due to ongoing treatment for leukemia. The announcement said Sager will receive a third bone marrow transplant at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. Sager, 65, won the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance at this year's ESPYs in honor of his courage in the face of leukemia and how he's continued to work whenever possible in spite of the illness. Initially diagnosed in April 2014, Sager's most recent high-profile job entailed working for ESPN at Game 6 of this year's NBA Finals. He covered the Western Conference Finals as well, and the TNT crew wore "Sager Strong" socks in his honor for Game 4 of that series. Sager has covered basketball for Turner Sports for more than 20 years. His Olympics coverage for NBC Sports began in 2000 at the Sydney ...

Why Michael Jordan Missed the Mark in 1st Attempt at Social Consciousness

July 28th, 2016 by Khalid Salaam No comments »
Michael Jordan's recent statement to The Undefeated on police brutality is a quick read. The sparse number of words isn't the problem, though; it's what he says. The Gettysburg Address came to a grand total of 272 words, so we know size isn't the fulcrum on which greatness turns. Greatness is impacted by spirit, and his comments are devoid of it.  He unexpectedly addressed the issue of black people and police brutality, energizing fans who had long given up on Jordan's potential as a social crusader. He mentioned that he "can no longer stay silent” and that he is “saddened and frustrated by the divisive rhetoric and racial tensions that seem to be getting worse as of late.” The shock of his comments was followed by a barrage of keyboard slow claps, many lauding him for finally acknowledging a serious social issue. Many consider this a win, a big deal in and of itself. Ronda ...

NBA Announces Pacers vs. Nuggets Regular-Season Game to Be Played in London

July 28th, 2016 by Scott Polacek No comments »
The Indiana Pacers and Denver Nuggets will take a trip to London during the middle of the 2016-17 season in an effort to expand the NBA beyond its typical North American borders. The NBA and Anschutz Entertainment Group made the joint announcement on Thursday, per NBA.com, and noted that the regular-season contest will take place on Jan. 12, 2017 at The O2. It will be a home game for the Nuggets, and the team shared a hype video following the release of the news: The showdown will mark the first time either team has traveled to the United Kingdom for a game. According to NBA.com, Thursday’s announcement was made from the league’s European headquarters in London with some help from Nuggets guard Gary Harris. NBA UK passed along a look at the Michigan State product taking in some of the sights: NBA Commissioner Adam Silver commented on the decision to play the game in ...

Doc Rivers Comments on Clippers’ Pursuit of Kevin Durant in Free Agency

July 28th, 2016 by Adam Wells No comments »
The Los Angeles Clippers were one of the many teams to miss out on signing Kevin Durant, though not for lack of trying. In a podcast interview with Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical (via RealGM), Clippers head coach Doc Rivers described the team's process in pursuit of Durant this summer: We were willing to take the gamble if we felt we were in it. And we were in it. We were in the top-3 at the very end. But we had to make a couple calls to (Durant's camp). We got two players to delay an hour (before making their decisions). We had two players on our team who could sign for more money but they were going to wait another hour to stay with us. The second thing is we had to get this right. If we're going to go after Durant, if we can get him, let's stay in it. It's worth ...