Del Curry not allowed to vote in the Rookie of the Year race

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The NBA is a family-first organization. So naturally, when Del Curry, former NBAer and current Bobcats broadcaster empowered with an award ballot, had a chance to vote for Steph Curry, his son, as the rookie of the year, they removed his ability to put family first. Hyuk-hyuk-hyuk.

From the Associated Press:

NBA spokesman Tim Frank says Dell Curry will be allowed to vote for all
the other postseason awards, but the league did not want to put him in
an awkward position with the rookie award.

…Franks says the league will replace Curry with another voter who covers the Bobcats, but has not picked a replacement yet.

HOW DARE THEY?! WHAT OF DEMOCRACY?! WHAT OF AMERICA?! WHAT OF FREEDOM?!?!

Honestly though, this isn’t a huge deal…it’s just very weird. Now, it’s one thing entirely if Curry asked that the ballot be given to someone else, which is possible albeit completely conjecture. Otherwise, what’s the point? Removing Curry’s vote seems to imply that biases don’t exist within media members around the league, which couldn’t be further from the truth. Do we honestly think that Bob Fitzgerald and Jim Barnett, Golden State’s TV broadcast crew, will be voting for anyone other than Stephen Curry for Rookie of the Year? Or is it that those two are trusted to do their job despite their leanings, while Curry is not?

I’m not quite certain that being a broadcaster for Steph Curry’s team and being his father are the same thing, but this move by the NBA is a bit odd, regardless. 

Al Horford shows he still has hops dunking on Solomon Hill (VIDEO)

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That’s just nasty.

Atlanta’s Al Horford gets the ball out high, but within his range, so when he pump fakes Indiana’s Lavoy Allen goes flying by. That opens up the lane and Horford attacks it, Solomon Hill tries to cut him off, but Horford just finishes threw him.

Pacers and Hawks played an entertaining, close game Friday night.

Dwyane Wade shows he still has hops with dunk on Hornets (VIDEO)

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Dwyane Wade still has some springs.

In what may be his best dunk in recent memory, he shoulders Michael Kidd-Gilchrist to create space in transition, then gets up and throws it down before Nicolas Batum can get there for the block.

Not sure even Wade saw that one coming.

Reigning dunk champ LaVine: ‘I’ve got tricks up my sleeve’

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Timberwolves guard Zach LaVine is heading back to All-Star weekend to defend his slam dunk title. And he says he has “a few tricks up my sleeve” after dominating the event last year.

LaVine will compete against Detroit center Andre Drummond, Denver swingman Will Barton and Orlando forward Aaron Gordon in Toronto next weekend.

LaVine was one of the breakout stars of All-Star weekend last year with his electric performance in the dunk contest. He says he debated about coming back and made his decision after strong encouragement from his fans.

If LaVine wins, he will become the fourth player in the 31-year history of the event to repeat as champion. Michael Jordan, Jason Richardson and Nate Robinson are the others.

Report: Blake Griffin has second procedure on hand, timeline remains unchanged

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Blake Griffin will still return to the Clippers some time in March (barring any setbacks).

That said, he had a second procedure this week to repair the boxer’s fracture in his right hand, reports Ramona Shelburne of ESPN.

Clippers forward Blake Griffin underwent a second procedure this week on his broke right hand, sources told ESPN. The procedure was a part of the original surgery last week, so sources said the 4-6 week timeframe for his return remains unchanged.

This might help explain why Griffin’s hand looked so swollen and scarred this week. But to be clear, this was a planned second procedure, not a setback.

Griffin suffered the fracture punching a Clippers’ equipment manager while everyone was out to dinner in Toronto recently, while Griffin was still sidelined with a quadricep injury. The Clippers have moved on, but it is likely the league will tack on a couple of game suspension for Griffin upon his return to health.

And no, the Clippers are not looking to trade Griffin in spite of this. So stop asking.