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Jamal Crawford signs 2-year deal with Timberwolves over Cavs, Warriors
MINNEAPOLIS — After meeting in the NBA Finals for three straight seasons, the Warriors and Cavaliers were in another duel this summer when both came calling for Jamal Crawford. To the surprise of many, Crawford chose the Minnesota Timberwolves instead. The veteran guard says that playing time and fit both were things he looked at when choosing a team that has not made the playoffs in 13 seasons. But he also says he didn’t want to go ring chasing, even at 37 years old. Crawford says he is looking forward to building something in Minnesota rather than joining a ready-made team in Golden State or Cleveland. Crawford signed a two-year deal worth that will pay him more than $4.2 million this season. [...]
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Doug Overton, former Nuggets guard accused of exposing self, enters plea
NORRISTOWN, Pa. — A former NBA player and current college coach accused of exposing himself on a public walking trail near Philadelphia has pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct. Forty-seven-year-old Doug Overton, coach of Division II Lincoln University, entered the plea Wednesday in Montgomery County Court and was placed on probation. He must also undergo a psycho-sexual evaluation. Overton was arrested April 30 after several witnesses reported seeing him expose himself to both men and women on the Cynwyd Heritage Trail in Lower Merion Township, just outside the city. He said he was relieving himself while walking his dog. Overton played 11 seasons in the NBA for eight teams, including the Denver Nuggets, Philadelphia 76ers and Boston Celtics. He recently finished his first season as head coach at Lincoln, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) west of Philadelphia. [...]
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Paul Pierce signs with Boston to retire as member of Celtics
BOSTON — The Truth is retiring as a member of the Boston Celtics. The Celtics announced Monday that they have signed Paul Pierce to a contract so the 10-time All-Star can retire with the team he spent his best 15 seasons in the NBA with. Pierce helped bring a championship in 2008 as part the “Big Three” of Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen. Drafted by Boston as the 10th overall pick in 1998, Pierce started a 15-season run that is behind only John Havlicek’s 16 seasons for the most played in a Celtics uniform. The 39-year-old retires atop the franchise’s lists in 3-point field goals (1,823), free throws (6,434) and steals (1,583). He is also is Boston’s second all-time leading scorer with 24,021 career points, trailing only Havlicek. Pierce was traded to Brooklyn in 2013, spent the 2014-15 season in Washington and the past two seasons with the Los Angeles Clippers and former Celtics coach Doc Rivers. Paul Pierce will retire in green ☘️ 📝: https://t.co/GS43Xh4e8E pic.twitter.com/Xbry4V612Y — Boston Celtics (@celtics) July 17, 2017 [...]
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Lonzo Ball looks like ideal fit for Los Angeles Lakers
Lonzo Ball seems to be just what the Lakers needed. Yes, it’s only summer league, but Los Angeles is mired in a playoff drought and in much need of some excitement. Enter the No. 2 pick in the draft. Ball has created a buzz around the Los Angeles franchise — on and off the court. He has averaged 16.3 points, 9.3 assists and 7.7 rebounds in six summer league games in Las Vegas. The California native with Showtime-like flair has two triple-doubles and four double-digit assist games while leading the team to Monday night’s championship game. He will miss the final contest with a mild calf strain. His absence Monday is almost throwaway line in the final chapter of Ball’s summer league story. The 19-year-old made more headlines wearing different brands of sneakers each game. “All press is good press, technically,” Finish Line content manager and creative strategist Brandon Edler said. “Just the fact that we continue to talk about their every single move is amazing for their brand. … Maybe his dad is just on a completely different level and he’s sitting there thinking, maybe this isn’t a great way to sell the shoe, but we’ve got everybody talking about us and every time somebody’s talking about us, that’s great for Big Baller Brand.” After wearing his own ZO2 shoes in his first two games , which sell for $495, Ball wore the Nike Kobe AD and a James Harden signature Adidas in the following games. It was Under Armour’s turn Saturday when Ball played in a pair from Stephen Curry‘s signature line. Jordan Brand got in the mix Sunday when Ball wore the Jordan 31 low. Ball and his boisterous father, LaVar, just might be marketing geniuses with how they’ve kept his sneaker choice as headline news despite turning down lucrative offers from the major brands. The sneaker rotation is clearly a deliberate plan and LaVar continues to tell people he’s asking for a $3 billion deal with one of the major companies. Many have criticized the hype machine and multiple summer league players have said they wouldn’t wear the ZO2. But those same players were supportive, even envious, of the concept of having their own independent fashion and sneaker line. The Ball method is certainly unconventional. Rarely does someone promote their own brand by featuring products from other companies. But Lonzo said that’s part of the Big Baller Brand — having the independence to do what one wants. “I don’t think it makes a much sense from a marketing perspective to speculate on the reasons,” emailed Dana Alden, department of marketing chair at the University of Hawaii’s Shidler College of Business. “From a brand equity building point of view, one would not expect the owner of a given brand to promote competing brands. Thus, I don’t see a clear marketing explanation.” The circus atmosphere off the court somewhat overshadows what Ball has done on the court. Ball has impressed with is play-making skills. It all makes the 6-foot-6 Ball seem like an ideal for La La Land. He grew up in the suburb of Chino Hills and the City of Angels is used to big point guards with next level passing ability. Fellow rookie Kyle Kuzma has averaged 20.5 points per game in large part due to Ball’s pinpoint passes. Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson immediately laid out his expectations after drafting Ball — for the rookie’s number to hang from the Staples Center rafters. And the former UCLA star is making the architect of Showtime and owner of five championship rings look like a soothsayer. Related ArticlesJuly 17, 2017 Paul Pierce signs with Boston to retire as member of Celtics July 17, 2017 Houston Rockets owner Leslie Alexander is selling team July 17, 2017 New Knicks regime open to moving on with or without Carmelo Anthony July 17, 2017 Torrey Craig agrees to two-way deal with Nuggets July 16, 2017 Lakers overcome Lonzo Ball’s injury to beat Mavs in title game “Passing translates, I don’t care what level you’re on,” Johnson told Lakers.com. “Lakers fans are thirsty. … This team will be exciting and it starts with that point guard position. ” Lakers fans in Vegas are all on board for the Ball era. “I like the idea the Balls are taking control of their own lives and trying to start their own brand and do things their way,” said Mark Appelbaum, 51, who sat courtside in a Kobe Bryant high school jersey. “It’s brought life and excitement back to the Lakers because Lonzo brings life and excitement with the way he plays. “I don’t look at it as being brash I look at it as being confident. … I think it’s funny that people are making a big deal about it, heR [...]
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Allen Iverson doesn’t play in Philadelphia Big3 homecoming
PHILADELPHIA — Allen Iverson walked onto a familiar court to a rousing ovation and then took an unfamiliar spot on the sideline. The Answer was Coach AI in his Big3 homecoming. Iverson said a few hours before his team played against Dr. J’s squad that his doctor advised him not to play Sunday night for unspecified reasons. So, he assumed his role as coach of 3’s Company in Ice Cube’s 3-on-3 league. That didn’t stop fans from chanting: “We want AI!” Related ArticlesJuly 11, 2017 Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor set for T-Mobile after deal with Big3 July 6, 2017 Ice Cube: Big3 open to moving venue for Mayweather-McGregor fight June 28, 2017 Ice Cube, Cleveland Cavaliers still waiting on Chauncey Billups’ decision June 28, 2017 Jason Williams out 6-8 months after injury in Big3 debut June 26, 2017 Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf on Colin Kaepernick: “The same thing happened to me” “I’m glad I had a chance to come back home,” Iverson told the crowd after introductions. “Ain’t nothing like this relationship we have. I love you for supporting me throughout my career and still today you’re still supporting me.” After he walked on the floor, Iverson cupped his ear the way he used to during his days leading the Philadelphia 76ers and implored the crowd to cheer even louder. They made it sound like 2001 at the Wells Fargo Center. Iverson hugged everyone in sight, smiled, waved, blew kisses and went to work as a coach. He stood in front of the bench, arms folded, interacted with officials and did his best Larry Brown impression. The Hall of Famer hasn’t played much so far. He had six points on 3-for-13 shooting in the first three games before sitting out this one. Julius Erving, coach of the Tri-State team, embraced Iverson and whispered in his ear before addressing the crowd first. “Big3 is a new concept but it’s an old story,” Erving said. “It’s about playing ball the way we all learned how to play ball out in the playground, like the playgrounds all around Philadelphia.” Erving’s team, led by Jermaine O’Neal and Bonzi Wells, won the game. Iverson didn’t speak to reporters afterward. [...]
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Lakers overcome Lonzo Ball’s injury to beat Mavs in title game
LAS VEGAS — Lonzo Ball’s bid for a third straight triple-double was short-circuited by a calf injury. The lead he helped the Los Angeles Lakers build while he was in the game proved to be just enough to top Dennis Smith Jr. and the Dallas Mavericks. Ball had 16 points and 10 assists in 21 minutes before leaving with a strained right calf and the Lakers held on for a 108-98 victory in the Las Vegas Summer League semifinals on Sunday night. Kyle Kuzma scored 24 points, Matt Thomas had 20 and Vander Blue added 17 to help the Lakers reach the championship game. They will face the Portland Trail Blazers, who beat Memphis 87-82 in the other semifinal, on Monday night. Smith scored 21 points on 7-for-13 shooting for the Mavericks, who trailed by as many as 26 points in the second half before mounting a huge comeback in the fourth quarter. Yogi Ferrell added 15 points and Dorian Finney-Smith and Brandon Ashley each had 13. Wearing Jordans on his feet instead of the family’s Big Baller Brand ZO2s, Ball made 5 of 7 shots and had a beautiful punch-ahead pass to Alex Caruso for a dunk that had thousands of Lakers fans out of their seats in the first half. He also had four rebounds, putting him well on his way to this third triple-double of summer league play before his right calf tightened up. Ball tried to jog it off in a back hallway in the third quarter, but he was hobbling a little bit and was shut down for the remainder of the game. There was no immediate word on his availability for the championship game on Monday night. The injury took a little of the edge away from an anticipated matchup of two rookie point guards who have excelled in Vegas. Ball was drafted second overall and Dennis Smith was taken ninth. Both have been cast as the future faces of their respective franchises, and both have made strong first impressions in summer league play. The two went right at each other from the jump, combining to hit their first seven field goals in a back-and-forth affair. The Lakers led by as many as 26 points before the Mavericks mounted a comeback, trimming the deficit to two with 2 minutes to play. Smith went right to the rim, using a little Euro-step to draw a foul. But Thomas, who went 6 of 7 from 3-point range, hit a 3 on the other end and the Lakers were able to hold off the charge. In the other game on Sunday night: TRAIL BLAZERS 87, GRIZZLIES 82 Jarnell Stokes had 22 points and 15 rebounds to lead Portland over Memphis in the first semifinal on Sunday night. Related ArticlesJuly 16, 2017 Bob Wolff, versatile and longtime sportscaster, dies at 96 July 16, 2017 Allen Iverson doesn’t play in Philadelphia Big3 homecoming July 14, 2017 Lakers’ Lonzo Ball posts triple-double, this time in Adidas July 13, 2017 Nuggets fall to 1-4 in summer league with loss to Nets July 13, 2017 Wizards match Nets’ $106 million offer sheet to keep Otto Porter Caleb Swanigan continued his strong summer league with 15 points and 11 rebounds for the Blazers, who trailed by 16 points in the first half before rallying to overtake the Grizzlies in the second half. Stokes got his NBA start with the Grizzlies, playing 19 games for Memphis in 2014-15 after he was acquired in a draft-night trade with Utah. The Grizzlies traded Stokes to Miami the following season in the deal that brought Mario Chalmers to Memphis. He played two games with the Nuggets last season. Wayne Selden led the Grizzlies with 13 points in 22 minutes. Jorge Gutierrez added 16 points and eight assists, including a pair of nifty, behind-the-back passes for easy layups, for the Grizzlies. [...]
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Analysis: How Paul Millsap Helps the Nuggets on the Court
Let’s start with the raw numbers. Last season, Millsap averaged 18.7 points, 7.7 rebounds and 3.7 assists. He shot 44 percent from the field and 31.1 percent from the 3-point line. He had 19 double-doubles. Defensively, he was just under a block per game and averaged 1.3 steals per game. [...]
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Paul Millsap's Return to Denver Celebrated in Festive Press Conference
The Return was fit for a king. [...]
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Kiszla: The Nuggets are young pups in need of an alpha dog. That’s why Paul Millsap is here.
More than fierce rebounding or tenacious defense, what Paul Millsap can give the Nuggets is an alpha dog. Gather ’round, young pups. Here’s your leader. Follow him. “An alpha male gives you a lead personality on the court and in the locker room. With that, comes a pecking order,” Nuggets coach Michael Malone said. “Without an alpha male, you have a bunch of wolves competing. You have players saying: ‘That guy’s not better than me. I’m better than him.’ ” On their way to a 40-42 record that fell two victories short of a berth in the Western Conference playoffs, the Nuggets wasted way too much energy yelping about roles. If Kenneth Faried wasn’t moping about being disrespected, then Wilson Chandler was grousing because the Nuggets didn’t trade him. There was Will Barton unhappy with the inconsistency of his touches, and Jusuf Nurkic bolting the arena at halftime in a childish tantrum. This discontent did not necessarily make any of them bad actors. The tension was the natural byproduct of confused people, working out their issues in full view of 12,000 witnesses in the arena. There was way too much drama and not enough winning. It’s fair to place part of the blame on Malone’s failure to establish a consistent playing rotation. But the Nuggets haven’t had a true alpha male since Chauncey Billups left town. The way Millsap can become invaluable to the Nuggets goes far beyond 17 points and nine rebounds per game. It will be incumbent on Millsap to establish himself as the lead dog. Related ArticlesJuly 13, 2017 Kiszla: Meet the Montbello teacher that foretold Paul Millsap’s $90 million dream come true with Denver July 12, 2017 Kiszla: What’s it going to take for the Broncos to get John Elway signed to a new contract? July 11, 2017 Kiszla: Baseball has a problem as big as the monster home runs by Yankees slugger Aaron Judge July 8, 2017 Kiszla: The Rockies’ MVP? It might be general manager Jeff Bridich (except for that Ian Desmond deal) July 6, 2017 Kiszla: Hitting .217, Rockies star CarGo is so far gone he curses his slump as a nightmare “My job as coach isn’t to make everybody happy,” Malone said. “But when guys understand their roles, it makes the locker room a lot better place to be.” If Millsap succeeds as a respected leader, almost everybody else in the locker room will fall in line. In one respect, athletes are no different than Dilbert in his office cubicle or Fred Flintstone on his crane down at the rock quarry. In any workplace, there’s usually a whole lot less bickering with clearly defined expectations and well-established roles. Given time, the Nuggets will be Nikola Jokic’s team in every sense of the word. He will be the star on the court and set the tone in the locker room. Yes, Jokic is already the most talented player on the roster, but as a teammate, he would rather get along than get in your face. Remember last season, when the Nuggets were painfully slow to embrace Malone’s experiment with two centers in the starting lineup? Jokic’s way of alleviating the conflict was by volunteering to come off the bench. His nickname is “Big Honey” for a reason. Jokic is 22 years old, as is shooting guard Gary Harris. Jamal Murray, expected to be the starting point guard, is only 20. Millsap is here to be a mentor that will allow their talent to grow while he sweats the big stuff. “One of the biggest reasons (Denver) brought me in was definitely to help these younger guys and show these guys how to win. I feel like I can do that. I feel like I can lead these guys,” said Millsap, a veteran of 11 NBA seasons. “The old saying is: You catch ’em while they’re young.” When Millsap returned to his childhood stomping grounds in Montbello to be formally introduced as the team’s new star, a drum line that banged out a happy hello was impossible to miss, and dozens of kids screaming Millsap’s name brought a smile to every face. But maybe the coolest aspect of the scene came hobbling into the recreation center on a cane. Ralph Simpson is 67 years old, and recovering nicely from hip-replacement surgery, thank you very much. But 45 years ago, Simpson was a young shooting guard who averaged 27 points per game for the Denver Rockets. He came to town for a job in the 1970s and never left. Simpson lives in Montbello. Know one of the things Simpson likes best about the addition of Millsap? If he can be the alpha male for a young Nuggets team trying to learn how to be a contender, then Millsap can earn every penny of his $30 million annual salary. “The value of leadership is immeasurable,” Simpson said. “I once had a conversation with (Los Angeles Clippers coach) Doc R [...]
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Paul Millsap Joins Altitude Sports Radio
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Nuggets fall to 1-4 in summer league with loss to Nets
The Nuggets dropped their fourth game in five tries in the NBA Summer League, as they fell Thursday to the Brooklyn Nets 85-74 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. Shooting guard Malik Beasley led the charge for the Nuggets in the loss with 20 points and seven rebounds. The Nets had control of the game from the tip. They led the entire way and were up by as many as 20 points with just under eight minutes left to play. Brooklyn shot 45.3 percent from the field and held Denver to 32.1 shooting for the game. Isaiah Whitehead paced Brooklyn with 14 points, four assists and three rebounds. Beasley has led Denver in scoring in all but one game in Las Vegas so far — Torrey Craig had 27 points and 11 rebounds in Denver’s lone victory, over Houston. The Nuggets will have at least one more game Friday. The schedule is to be determined. Related ArticlesJuly 13, 2017 Kiszla: Meet the Montbello teacher that foretold Paul Millsap’s $90 million dream come true with Denver July 13, 2017 For new Nuggets forward Paul Millsap, Denver once again feels like home July 13, 2017 Paul Millsap officially signs multi-year deal with Denver Nuggets July 13, 2017 2 Nuggets to play in NBA Africa Game next month July 11, 2017 Nuggets waive veteran guard Mike Miller [...]
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Nuggets Sign Free Agent Paul Millsap
The Denver Nuggets have signed free agent forward Paul Millsap to a multi-year contract, President of Basketball Operations Tim Connelly announced today. [...]
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Nuggets Ready to Get Started with New Acquisition, Paul Millsap
Paul Millsap was free, so why not fly to Las Vegas, hang out at summer league games and take in one being played by his new team, the Den [...]
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