1:26 AM EDT, Sun July 31, 2016
Silver Screen and Roll 3 hours ago

Luke Walton throws out the first pitch at Dodgers game

Los Angeles’ new head coach might be a multi-sport athlete. Luke Walton was a fan-favorite in Los Angeles even before becoming the newest head coach of the Lakers, but his first summer with the team has further improved his standing in the city. From pumping up the team’s young players with positive comments in the media to playing beach volleyball while listening “I Love L.A.”, Walton is picking up fans left and right this offseason. The latest stop on his summer introductory lap was Saturday night’s Los Angeles Dodger’s game, where Walton tossed out the first pitch before the...
Silver Screen and Roll 4 hours ago

2016 Olympics: When and how to watch Team USA Basketball and the two Lakers at the games

Team USA is looking for gold, but the Catalyst will try to defend his home turf. The Los Angeles Lakers don’t have any players on Team USA for to the 2016 Olympic games in Rio. However, that doesn’t mean you, our loyal readers, don’t want to check out Team USA, right? Not only can you check out Brandon Ingram’s definite future mirror-image, Kevin Durant, but surely there are some #FutureLakers on the team as well. Here’s the roster, in case you’re interested: -Carmelo Anthony -Harrison Barnes -Jimmy Butler -DeMarcus Cousins -DeMar DeRozan -Brandon Ingram Kevin Durant (I have to...
Brew Hoop 5 hours ago

Greg Monroe-Pelicans trade links, Thon Maker and Malcolm Brogdon officially sign, Jabari Parker USA Select highlights

Monroe to Pelicans was kinda sorta close? | Lowe PostWhat's that? A Greg Monroe trade rumor?  As discussed on the latest Zach Lowe podcast with Marc Stein: The Bucks are still looking to find a taker for Greg Monroe and it sounds like they’ve spoken to the Pelicans about him this offseason. "I think [the Bucks] got closer than maybe has been reported with New Orleans during either the draft or free agency," ESPN’s Zach Lowe said during today’s episode of The Lowe Post podcast (54:25 mark for the relevant portion). "Monroe’s a New Orleans native," ESPN’s Marc Stein...

Let's watch some Willy Hernangomez highlights from Spain's recent dominance of Venezuela

Willy the low-post wizard! Carmelo Anthony struggled mightily from the field in Team USA's Friday night win over Venezuela, shooting 2-10 (0-4 from beyond the arc) in the 80-45 victory. This may explain why he seems unwilling to walk a thousand miles just to see you tonight. But fear not, for Venezuela is not the kryptonite of every Knick. Young center Willy Henrngomez had some fun early this week in two exhibition games against the Venezuelan national team. First, from July 23: Willy came off the bench to contribute 10 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists. Second, we have a damn-near-repeat...
Hot Hot Hoops 7 hours ago

What Dwyane Wade didn't say at his Bulls press conference

What Dwyane Wade didn't say and what it means. Dwyane Wade said a lot in that Chicago Bulls press conference. Information was hard to swallow when the surreal image of another uniform is draped over an icon that was YOUR franchise player a few months ago. At times it felt LeBron James-like with all the "home references." He said the right things too, like how it was Jimmy Butler's team, and how he would fit in the Bulls system. He looked into the past and took no shots at Pat Riley, citing "difference in direction" (hint: 2017 Free Agency, Hi Russell!) I sat in front of my laptop watching...
Fear The Sword 7 hours ago

Cavaliers announce waiving of Dahntay Jones

Dahntay Jones had a star turn in the NBA Finals, but he was waived Sunday afternoon Dahntay Jones was signed late in the regular season as insurance in case of injury or disaster or both. It was hard to see him making a big impact for the Cavs, but for a brief moment during Game 6, he did just that. On Sunday afternoon, the Cavaliers announced that they are waiving the veteran wing. From the Cavs: The 2016 NBA Champion Cleveland Cavaliers have waived guard/forward Dahntay Jones, Cavaliers General Manager David Griffin announced today from Cleveland Clinic Courts. Jones was signed by the...
Pounding The Rock 9 hours ago

Monty Williams will join the Spurs organization for the 2016/17 season

Williams will return to San Antonio after being an assistant in Oklahoma City last year. Monty Williams will join the Spurs organization in a still to be determined capacity next season, according to ESPN's Marc Stein. Williams, 44, started his coaching career by interning with the Spurs over a decade ago before landing an assistant coach job with the Trail Blazers under Nate McMillan. After that experience he became head coach of the New Orleans Pelicans, a position he held for five years before being fired after the 2014/15 season. He became Associate Head Coach of the Thunder in Billy...
Fear The Sword 9 hours ago

5 takeaways from Team USA's Chicago showcase vs. Venezuela

Notes from the United Center where Kyrie Irving and Team USA beat Venezuela. On Friday Night, a sellout crowd at Chicago's United Center hosted a showcase between Team USA's Men's Basketball Team and Venezuela. Thanks to the generosity of Fear the Sword's own Carter Rodriguez, I was in attendance in lower level seats, directly across from the USA bench. What follows are some notes from USA's 80-45 victory: American Exceptionalism Wanting the full fan experience, I lined up at the gate two hours before tip-off to catch pre-grame warmups. As fans lined the lower bowl and launched a hundred...
CelticsBlog 10 hours ago

Boston Celtics Daily Links 7/30/16

All the Celtics news you need in one convenient place. Herald  Wade excited to join hometown Bulls Judge refuses to dismiss sex suit against Derrick Rose Globe  Doc Rivers wants to make it possible for Paul Pierce to retire a CelticThe activist athlete revivedThe Raptors’ focus this offseason? Take care of their ownCeltics release exhibition scheduleCelticsBlog  Answering the deep Celtics offseason mailbag questions Lex Nihil Novi  Pistons Visit BostonCeltics Lose Nail BiterRed's Army  Jaylen Brown in the lab Your Morning Dump… Where Jaylen Brown’s Working on His "Growth...
Pounding The Rock 10 hours ago

Spurs sign Patricio Garino to 2-year deal

Garino will get a chance to earn the last spot in the roster during training camp. The Spurs have signed Patricio Garino to a two-year, partially-guaranteed deal, the team announced. Garino is an undrafted free agent out of George Washington. With this signing the roster now has 16 players. Garino, 23, played four years of college basketball after leaving his native Argentina. In his last season with the Colonials he won the NIT and made the All-Tournament team. Garino finished his college career with averages of 12 points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals. He made the Atlantic 10...
Fear The Sword 11 hours ago

For a vindicated LeBron James, all that's left is NBA history

The 2016 NBA Finals should leave no doubt LeBron James place in history. With 10 seconds left in Game 6 of the 2013 NBA Finals, LeBron James came clean off a Chris Bosh screen for an in-rhythm, wide-open three pointer. With his team down three, and on the verge of elimination, it was a career defining moment. Until it wasn’t. James missed the three. Bosh recovered the offensive rebound and found a scrambling Ray Allen in the corner, and the best shooter of all-time  pre-Stephen Curry did not miss. The Heat ultimately won the game, and then Game 7, and with it the NBA championship. If...
NetsDaily 11 hours ago

Film Study: How newest Net Beau Beech fits with Brooklyn

It’s good to focus on what someone can do as opposed to what they can’t. On the surface, Beau Beech isn’t a groundbreaking acquisition to the rebuilding Brooklyn Nets, but he’s an acquisition, with a great name. Also, the undrafted North Florida product brings a skill set which, if utilized, could keep him in the league for a very long time. The dude can shoot. Over the course of four seasons, Beech earned significant playing time for the Ospreys – 28.7 minutes per game in 133 appearances to be exact. Throughout his four-year run, Beech averaged 11.7 points and 5.1 rebounds per...
Blog a Bull 11 hours ago

Dwyane Wade was perfect in his introductory press conference with the Bulls

Wade showed an incredible amount of poise and grace in his introductory press conference in Chicago. Dwyane Wade is really good at this. That was the main takeaway as the Bulls introduced the eldest of the 3 Alphas on Friday afternoon at the Advocate Center. If it didn't feel real before, it does now: From Chicago, Illinois... #3... @dwyanewade! A video posted by NBA (@nba) on Jul 29, 2016 at 2:30pm PDT Wade spoke about watching the Bulls win their first championship as a 9-year-old and dreaming about playing in Chicago. He called back to Shaquille O'Neal joining the Heat in...
Straight Outta Vancouver 12 hours ago

ESPN Disses Grizz in their Summer Forecast

What ESPN Gets Dead Wrong In Their Summer WC Power Rankings This week, ESPN unleashed the 2016 edition of their Western Conference Standings Summer Forecast. At least to this hoops aficionado, something stank in Denmark. Though their top three prediction feels accurate, the win totals do not. And the rest of their top 8 seems woefully short-sighted. I think they're  underestimating the Grizzlies and the Clippers (two of the WC's three biggest threats to the Dubs if everyone stays healthy), and mildly underestimating the Thunder and Timberwolves. They are overestimating all three Texas...
Posting and Toasting 12 hours ago

Carmelo Anthony has no patience for Team USA's Vanessa Carlton singalong

Wait for the end: Melo ain't having it... A video posted by DeMar DeRozan (@demar_derozan) on Jul 30, 2016 at 8:48am PDT When Carmelo Anthony lays waste to the entire Eastern Conference this year, it'll be vengeance for what DeMar, Kyrie, and Jimmy did to him right here. (But seriously cheer up and sing along, ya grump.)
Blog a Bull 12 hours ago

Watch Jimmy Butler lead a Vanessa Carlton singalong with USA Basketball

Let Vanessa Carlton and Jimmy Butler Make America Great Again. Melo ain't having it... A video posted by DeMar DeRozan (@demar_derozan) on Jul 30, 2016 at 8:48am PDT This is the most beautiful thing I have ever seen. Fresh off their exhibition victory over Venezuela at the United Center on Friday night, USA Basketball boarded a plane and ... started singing Vanessa Carlton's 2002 smash hit "A Thousand Miles". Jimmy Butler was the front man taking care of lead vocals and ripping some sick air piano lines. Kyrie Irving provided backup vox while DeMar DeRozan added supplemental...
Blazersedge 13 hours ago

Reminiscing About our All-Time Favorite Portland Trail Blazers Role Players

Take a stroll down memory lane this weekend on the Blazer's Edge Podcast as Eric Griffith joins Chris Lucia and Brandon Goldner to list their all-time favorite Portland Trail Blazers role players. Tune in to hear a few names from over the years you probably haven't thought of in a while.. Take a stroll down memory lane this weekend on the Blazer's Edge Podcast as Eric Griffith joins Chris Lucia and Brandon Goldner to list their all-time favorite Portland Trail Blazers role players. Tune in to hear a few names from over the years you probably haven't thought of in a while... Subscribe to us...
Blazersedge 13 hours ago

CJ McCollum's Extension Not a True Max Contract

Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum is going to make in excess of $100 million over the next five seasons - but his contract is not a true maximum deal as initially reported. CJ McCollum's extension with the Portland Trail Blazers will not be for a true maximum salary, Basketball Insiders' Eric Pincus relayed via Twitter this past Friday. Instead, McCollum will earn a fixed rate of $106 million over the duration of the extension. Added CJ McCollum's extension - 5-yrs, not a max deal but $106. mil @BBallInsiders https://t.co/IotJMqX4qL — Eric Pincus (@EricPincus) July 29, 2016 If...
Chris Manning / Fear The Sword 14 hours ago

Watch highlights of Team USA’s win vs. Venezuela

Team USA won by 35, but struggling from three. Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving and the rest of Team were in action in Chicago last night against Venezuela. Predictably, the Americans rolled and Irving co-led Team USA with 13 points in 21 minutes of action. Irving also dished out one assist and pulled down three rebounds. But for the first time on their current exhibition tour, Team USA struggled. They finished just 4-25 from behind the arc with Irving and Warriors guard Klay Thompson combining to make all four of Team USA’s threes. Dominance on the boards, however, carried the...
Net Income / NetsDaily 14 hours ago

For a lot of Asian Americans, Brook-Lin is a cultural phenomenon. Ask the Fung Bros.

The Fung Bros are a trio of rappers and comedians who focus on Asian-American topics.  They have a thriving YouTube channel and a TV show on A&E Network's FYI channel entitled "Broke Bites: What The Fung?!" So when Jeremy Lin, one of their favorite topics, signed with the Nets, it was only a matter of time before they produced a video -- nearly 10 minutes long-- on how Lin will "save New York again."  Some of it is laugh-out-loud funny, but all of it deals with the effect Lin has had  and will have on New York and the Asian-American culture in the U.S. There are also suggestions about how...

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