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Kyrie, Rose put on exhibition show

A couple of months ago, Kyrie Irving and Derrick Rose were teammates in search for the gold. Last night, they were adversaries looking to get their bearings together for the regular season. In only their second-ever matchup against each other, they gave us a preview of what should be a fulfilling rivalry over the next seven months.


VIDEO: Kyrie Irving scores 28 and Derrick Rose puts in 30 Monday night

Other than splendid scoring at the point guard position, there were couple of takeaways from Monday’s showcase. Rose was very aggressive with his 3-point shot, pulling up off the dribble with ease and confidence (finished 4-for-5 from deep). His 30 points and zero turnovers in 24 minutes was easily his best game of the preseason.

Secondly: Oct. 31 can’t get here fast enough.

Lance Stephenson picks up where he left off

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — All Lance Stephenson wants to do is win basketball games — he made that clear to us during the Hang Time Road Trip when he boarded the bus in Philadelphia. And in that pursuit of Ws, Lance is willing to do whatever it takes to make them happen. Does this mean that sometimes Lance goes too far? Perhaps, but wouldn’t you rather have someone try to hard than not try at all?

Last season during the playoffs Lance caught a fine for flopping, and on this play last night, Lance seems to once again exaggerate the contact just a bit, unless Kirk Hinrich has been on some kind of secret workout plan.

(via B/R)

Mamba reaches, Burks teaches

On Sunday night in a preseason contest against the Jazz, Kobe was on the wrong side of an old-school hardwood axiom.


VIDEO: Alec Burks slips Kobe, then completes the tough layup in traffic

It’s not often you see a guy with a first-ballot Hall of Fame ticket abused like this. It’s doubly unusual when this Hall of Famer has 12 All-NBA Defensive Team selections under his belt.

Kudos to Alec Burks, who went back at the five-time NBA champion after being on the receiving end of a Kobe corner 3 the possession prior. He also reminded us it rarely pays for a defender to lunge for a steal, even if said defender is 16th all-time in that department.

This isn’t something the uber-competitive Bryant is likely to forget.

Swaggy P plays tour guide in Hollywood

By Jeff Case

The L.A. Lakers will be without the services of Nick “Swaggy P” Young on the court for a few weeks after he had surgery to repair a torn ligament in his thumb. But, Swaggy P being Swaggy P, you can’t very well expect him to stay out of the L.A. limelight can you? Of course not. The fine folks over at Lakers.com tagged along with Young as he served as guide on a Hollywood bus tour though the city’s most famous sights.

And, as you’d expect, it’s a video you’ve just got to see …


VIDEO: Nick Young serves as a tour guide in Hollywood

 

Ronnie Price employs novel defensive strategy

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — During last night’s Lakers/Warriors game, Lakers guard Ronnie Price had a little equipment problem: While driving to the basket, Warriors defender Andre Iguodala stepped on Price’s shoe, causing it to pop off Price’s foot. As Iguodala made the steal and sprinted the other direction, Price grabbed his shoe and did, in the moment, perhaps the only thing he could really do: He threw the shoe at Igoudala. He picked up a technical foul on the play, sure, but he did also stop the fast break.


VIDEO: Price Shoe

Pau Gasol dances with Elmo and friends

By Jeff Case

Chicago Bulls forward/center Pau Gasol is one of the more dependable low-post performers in the NBA and, also, one of the more personable guys in the league, too.

In the past, we’ve seen him tackle a couple of different things off the court, such as singing karaoke, doing good deeds for UNICEF, holding in a beard-growing contest with his brother, Marc, throwing out the first pitch at a White Sox game and more.

So what’s Mr. Gasol up to now? Why, dancing with Elmo, Abby Cadabby and Murray Monster on the set of Sesame Street, of course … (more…)

Buzzer-beaters take over the night

Last night featured the biggest slate of NBA games since April, with 15 teams in action. The usual wonders of athleticism were on display from the usual suspects: James Harden, Andre Drummond, DeMarcus Cousins, Chris Paul, DeAndre Jordan, et al. Equally on display were the abnormal number of buckets swished right before end-of-the quarter horns.

Everybody who has put up shots alone has done it. “5 … 4 … 3 … 2 … 1 …” Launch. In the Bulls-Pistons overtime affair, there were four buzzer-beaters to close a frame. And on and on it went, an endless loop of dramatic finishes, celebrations and dejection.

Another night like this and I don’t know if I can wait another three weeks for opening night.


VIDEO: It was buzzer-beaters galore Tuesday night

‘Dancing Usher’ is already in mid-season form

By Nick Margiasso IV

He’s baaaaaaaaack.

By now the jiving and thriving of the Detroit Pistons’ dancing usher, Shannon Sailes, aka ‘The Dancing Usher’, are well known. Be it the jerking and working he did high atop the stairwell to first gain notoriety or the beautiful breakdown he provided on late night TV, the moves of the the most famous ticket-taker at The Palace at Auburn Hills are well worth a view. That is, if you haven’t seen it a million times already.

But, if ya don’t know, now ya know. And check the sunglasses indoors flow, bro…


VIDEO: Detroit’s dancing usher is a dandy

Matt Bonner goes sandwich hunting in Germany

By Jeff Case

Perhaps the most famous foodie in the NBA, San Antonio Spurs forward Matt Bonner is a well-documented lover of sandwiches (and, really, any kind of grub). As the Spurs are overseas this week readying for preseason games in Germany and Turkey, Bonner has taken in the local sights (and chow) while he’s in Berlin.

And what better place for Bonner to give his expert critique than the famous Hasir Restaurant. It was there that Bonner tried the Döner Kebap sandwich, which is nearly as popular in Germany as hamburgers and hot dogs are.


VIDEO: Matt Bonner tries out the Döner Kebap sandwich

Spurs, mascot take in Germany’s sights

By Jeff Case

By design, the NBA preseason puts just about every team in a variety of environments other than their home stadium. From a jaunt to nearby-ish locales (such as the Toronto Raptors heading to Vancouver yesterday to take on the Sacramento Kings) to the NBA’s Global Games (the full schedule is here), the preseason is an opportunity for non-NBA cities to get a look at the world’s best basketball players.

The defending NBA champion San Antonio Spurs are part of the 2014 Global Games slate and have two games overseas this week: Oct. 8 vs. Alba Berlin in Berlin, Germany and Oct. 11 vs. Fenerbahçe Ülker Istanbul in Istanbul, Turkey. The team left for Germany last Friday and has been there since, practicing and such as it readies for the Wednesday night game.

But when they’re not practicing, some of the Spurs (and the team’s mascot, Coyote) took in the sights in Berlin. First, here’s the mascot …


VIDEO: Coyote treks about Berlin

And here’s Tiago Splitter and Patty Mills chatting up and visiting with the locals …


VIDEO: Mills, Splitter meet with fans in Germany