As you may have heard by now, the NBA has decided that it will indeed lock out its players once the current collective bargaining agreement expires at 12:01 a.m. on July 1. You may also have heard about just how many aspects of league business will be affected by this lockout decision — basically, all of them, but for our purposes here, let’s focus on the league’s web content.
The short version is, there won’t be much of it, as long as a lockout is in place. Kevin Arnovitz broke it down nicely over at TrueHoop, and what it comes down to is this: All images of players and video highlights on league-owned websites will have to disappear once the lockout officially goes into effect, and stay tucked away on a server somewhere until a new agreement is reached.
As a public service to our readers, and to perhaps give you all a glimpse at the type of content these team websites might be forced to publish, we bring you former BYU star and Sacramento Kings first round draft pick Jimmer Fredette’s brother, T.J., showcasing his rapping ability during halftime of a streetball game in New York City. Thankfully (?), InsideHoops.com was there to capture the video.
So, yeah. It’s going to be a long, long summer.
Watch Kawhi Leonard, Mike Conley in epic playoff duel Saturday (VIDEO)
Kawhi Leonard scored 16 straight points for the Spurs at the end of regulation to give San Antonio the lead and a chance. Then Mike Conley hit a floater in the lane forced overtime.
There Mike Conley hit a floating bank shot that had the Grizzlies up three with :47 seconds left, only to have Leonard answer with a three to tie the game. Marc Gasol would break that tie and get Memphis the series-evening win.
Conley and Leonard traded blows through the clutch parts of Saturday’s epic Game 4 between Memphis and San Antonio. It’s worth checking out the highlights again.
John Wall goes coast-to-coast, behind-the-back for lefty dunk (VIDEO)
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) —Stephen Curry scored 34 points, Klay Thompson added 24 and the short-handed Golden State Warriors overcame a slow start to take a 3-0 lead in their playoff series against the Portland Trail Blazers with a 119-113 victory on Saturday night.
The Blazers led by as many as 17 points in the first half, but couldn’t hold off the Warriors, who can clinch the series with a win Monday night in Game 4 at the Moda Center.
Golden State was without Kevin Durant, who was sitting for a second straight game cause of a left calf strain, and coach Steve Kerr stayed back at the team hotel because of illness.
The Warriors took a 108-100 lead after Andre Iguodala‘s dunk with 4:05 to go.
Noah Vonleh‘s dunk got Portland within four at 110-106 with 1:29 left, but Curry answered with a 3-pointer that all but sealed it, sending fans streaming for the exits.
Paul Millsap had 29 points, pulled down 14 boards, got to the line 11 times, and led the Hawks to the win. He got the calls he wanted this game, but Washington’s Markieff Morris was not exactly down with high praise for Millsap.
The key line here: “”He just did more for his team. He’s a crybaby. Get all the calls and you a crybaby.”
Millsap was asked about that comment in his postgame presser — and the best part may be Dennis Schroeder’s reaction.
“It definitely got personal now, yes. I mean, I don’t care. So what? He can take his loss and go back to the hotel and be ready for the next game.”