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 Posted: Wed Nov 16th, 2016 09:51 pm
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The Cleveland Cavaliers are going to play it safe with their four-time league Most Valuable Player on Wednesday night.

LeBron James will sit out the second game of a back-to-back and his first of the season when the Cavs take on the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, according to ESPN's Chris Haynes.

Cleveland is coming off an impressive 121-117 victory over the visiting Toronto Raptors on Tuesday in a rematch of last season's Eastern Conference finals. James barely missed out on his second triple-double of the year, playing 38 minutes and scoring 28 points on 10-of-15 shooting, along with nine rebounds and 14 assists.

The reigning NBA champions sit atop the East with a 9-1 record and are riding a three-game winning streak after suffering their first defeat against the Atlanta Hawks last Tuesday night.

Their second loss could very well come against the Pacers: The Cavs were just 1-5 during the 2015-16 campaign when James didn't suit up.

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San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich continued his public criticism of president-elect Donald Trump Wednesday, referring specifically to the controversial appointment of former Breitbart News chairman Steve Bannon as future White House chief strategist.

"I think that's very troublesome to many of us," Popovich said, according to the Washington Post's Tim Bontemps. "It would be great if (Trump) made some statements to all of the groups he disparaged, to bring us all together, and to allay fears, because there are a lot of fearful people, and for good reason. But rather than doing that, he inflamed it even more with that appointment. It’s kind of ironic."

Under Bannon's leadership, Breitbart News shifted its focus to a more "alt-right" approach, a philosophy that has traditionally been tolerant of racist, anti-semitic, and homophobic viewpoints.

Popovich - a former U.S. Air Force officer who once considered a career in the CIA - again lambasted Trump for using racially divisive politics during his bitter election campaign against Hillary Clinton.

"I wonder sometimes if he made all those statements, he certainly whipped up the fear mongering and emotion in that base ... he's pretty good at that," Popovich said. "You can't believe anything that comes out of his mouth. It changes day to day, depending on the situation, and what he needs at the moment."

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The memory of the Greatest of All Time will live on for generations to come thanks in part to the generosity of LeBron James.

James will pledge $2.5 million to support a Muhammad Ali exhibition at the Smithsonian National Museum of African-American History and Culture.

The exhibit will be called "Muhammad Ali: A Force for Change."

"Muhammad Ali is such a cornerstone of me as an athlete because of what he represented not only in the ring as a champion but more outside the ring — what he stood for, what he spoke for, his demeanor," James told Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today Sports.

"I think of him every day. Without his passion and goals and morals, I don’t know if I’d be sitting here today talking to you about it."

Ali died at the age of 74 this summer following a 32-year battle with Parkinson's disease.

James remembers Ali not just for his unrivaled importance within the boxing ring, but also for Ali's impact on the African-American community.

"The reason why he's the GOAT is not because of what he did in the ring, which was unbelievable," James said in June.

"It's what he did outside of the ring, what he believed in, what he stood for, along with Jim Brown and Oscar Robertson, Lew Alcindor - obviously, who became Kareem (Abdul-Jabbar) - Bill Russell, Jackie Robinson. Those guys stood for something. He's part of the reason why African-Americans today can do what we do in the sports world. We're free. They allow us to have access to anything we want. It's because of what they stood for, and Muhammad Ali was definitely the pioneer for that."

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Given how dominant he's been early in the 2016-17 season, it's hard to blame Jimmy Butler for thinking highly of himself.

The 6-foot-7 shooting guard has made it clear where he thinks he ranks among the game's elite, repeatedly telling teammates that he's "the best (bleeping) player in the world," according to Vincent Goodwill of CSN Chicago.

"I'm not gonna tell you exactly what I say but I think you know what I'm talking about," Butler said. "I don't talk about it in public. But between these guys, they know how I feel, they know the way I go about the game and how I love it and how I love being better. I place myself where I place it and I hope my game continues to speak."

After earning All-Star appearances in back-to-back seasons, Butler has been even better in 2016-17, posting career highs in points per game (24.5), rebounds per game (6.1), field-goal percentage (48.8), and 3-point percentage (44.7). The 27-year-old's advanced metrics have been even more impressive, as he ranks third in the NBA in win shares, and fourth in both value over replacement player (VORP) and offensive rating.

"Yeah, if I go at the game with the same mentality, like Dwyane (Wade) told me, every time you step on the floor, you gotta have the mentality that you're the best player out there," Butler said. "You gotta be out there to prove that point every single night, every single day in practice. That's what I'm working to be. I want to be the first guy in the gym, the last guy to leave, studying film and having a killer mentality."

Butler's hot play has been the main reason for the Bulls' strong start. Chicago ranks fifth in the East with a 7-4 record.

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The NBA world has finally seen the end of bumbling ex-Clippers owner and documented racist Donald Sterling.

The deposed owner of the Los Angeles franchise reached an agreement to settle his lawsuit against the NBA on Friday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

"Donald is pleased with the outcome and is looking forward to focusing on future endeavors," Sterling's lawyer wrote to Nathan Fenno of the Los Angeles Times.

Sterling's lawsuit alleged that the NBA engaged in a conspiracy that forced him to sell the club. That motion was dismissed by a federal judge in March, and while Sterling wanted to appeal that decision, his firm missed a deadline to file an opening brief in October.

Current owner Steve Ballmer purchased the Clippers for $2 billion after an audiotape emerged in 2014 of Sterling making overtly racist remarks. The NBA subsequently banned Sterling for life.

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Count Toronto Raptors power forward Patrick Patterson among the scores of NBA personalities that were displeased with the election results.
Patterson sported a "I hate Donald Trump" sweater in a Snapchat released Thursday.




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With Friday's victory over the Los Angeles Lakers, Gregg Popovich of the San Antonio Spurs has moved into seventh place on the NBA's all-time regular season coaching wins list with 1,099 victories, surpassing Larry Brown.

Popovich now sits 56 wins behind Phil Jackson for sixth place, something he could conceivably reach this season, but more likely next. Jackson is 20 victories behind fifth-place George Karl.

Unlike all the names in the top six, Popovich has logged each victory of his career with one franchise. The former Spurs' general manager took over the coaching reins of the team on Dec. 10, 1996, and has been there ever since.



In addition to the regular-season wins, Popovich ranks third all-time in playoff victories with 158 - behind Riley and Jackson.






COACH               REGULAR-SEASON WINS


Don Nelson                       1335


Lenny Wilkens                   1332


Jerry Sloan                       1221


Pat Riley                          1210


George Karl                      1175


Phil Jackson                     1155


Gregg Popovich                1099

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lobo316 wrote: Count Toronto Raptors power forward Patrick Patterson among the scores of NBA personalities that were displeased with the election results.
Patterson sported a "I hate Donald Trump" sweater in a Snapchat released Thursday.

 

Some people need to grow outta this bullshit. He ran a fare election and won. He has yet to take office and he's already the worst president in history with no track record. They should be blaming Hillary and the DNC for fucking over Bernie Sanders instead.

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Mysterious wrote: lobo316 wrote: Count Toronto Raptors power forward Patrick Patterson among the scores of NBA personalities that were displeased with the election results.
Patterson sported a "I hate Donald Trump" sweater in a Snapchat released Thursday.

 

Some people need to grow outta this bullshit. He ran a fare election and won. He has yet to take office and he's already the worst president in history with no track record. They should be blaming Hillary and the DNC for fucking over Bernie Sanders instead.


A number of players hate Trump, but the thing that gets me is the number of coaches who are anti-Trump. These are old white guys. What's their problem ?

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lobo316 wrote: Mysterious wrote: lobo316 wrote: Count Toronto Raptors power forward Patrick Patterson among the scores of NBA personalities that were displeased with the election results.
Patterson sported a "I hate Donald Trump" sweater in a Snapchat released Thursday.

 

Some people need to grow outta this bullshit. He ran a fare election and won. He has yet to take office and he's already the worst president in history with no track record. They should be blaming Hillary and the DNC for fucking over Bernie Sanders instead.


A number of players hate Trump, but the thing that gets me is the number of coaches who are anti-Trump. These are old white guys. What's their problem ?

It's so their players don't turn against them .

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The Miami Heat announced plans to retire Shaquille O'Neal's No. 32 on Dec. 22 when the Los Angeles Lakers visit American Airlines Arena.

The Hall of Fame center will become the 12th player in NBA history to have his jersey retired by multiple franchises. The No. 34 that O'Neal wore with the Lakers was retired in 2013.

O'Neal helped power the Heat to their first-ever championship in 2006, but he only spent parts of four seasons - spanning 205 games - during his uneven spell in South Beach.

Nevertheless, despite his short stay, Heat president and former coach Pat Riley explained in September that bringing on O'Neal - more than uniting the Big Three - was his biggest coup while controlling the Heat.

"I'll say this, and I mean this," Riley said, "Shaq's acquisition was bigger than any acquisition that we ever made, including the Big Three.

"The seminal moment," Riley says, "to really make us really, really legitimate. (O'Neal) turned our franchise around. He gave us real legitimacy."

O'Neal averaged 19.6 points, 9.1 rebounds, and 1.9 blocks during his time with the Heat.

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Jimmy Butler of the Chicago Bulls and Anthony Davis of the New Orleans Pelicans have been named NBA Player of the Week in the Eastern and Western conference, respectively.

Butler averaged 27.3 points and 9.3 rebounds in three games, scoring 40 points in a win against the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday.

Davis, meanwhile, averaged close to 34 points and 14 rebounds in the three games he played in, carrying the Pelicans to victory in all three. He also registered three blocks per contest.

Davis now leads the NBA in scoring at 31.7 points per game.

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Toronto Raptors head coach Dwane Casey was apoplectic following the officials' decision to wave off Terrence Ross' game-tying 3-pointer against theSacramento Kings Sunday.



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With the apparent press conference today, the Detroit Pistons will announce they will be moving to the new "Little Caesar's Arena" (hate that name) starting with the 2017/2018 season.

There's talk of demolishing the Palace, built in 1988.

It's amazing how these stadiums can just pop up and be knocked down so easily!!

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chrob61 wrote: With the apparent press conference today, the Detroit Pistons will announce they will be moving to the new "Little Caesar's Arena" (hate that name) starting with the 2017/2018 season.

There's talk of demolishing the Palace, built in 1988.

It's amazing how these stadiums can just pop up and be knocked down so easily!!

Does Detroit even have the money to demolish the Palace? If they do, Ron Artest should be the one allowed to detonate the place.



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