NBA releases Las Vegas summer league schedule

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If you’re a casual NBA fan, two to four games remain before next season.

But if you’re a junkie, the NBA Finals aren’t your last fix. The summer leagues offers many more games before next season. Las Vegas alone – there’s also one in Orlando – features 67 games, all of which will be televised by NBA TV, including 38 live.

Here’s the full schedule:

All Times listed are PACIFIC

* denotes broadcast live on NBA TV

Friday July 11

COX Pavilion

1 PM – New York vs. Dallas* (Game 1)

3 PM – Toronto vs. LA Lakers* (Game 2)

5 PM – Cleveland vs. Milwaukee* (Game 3)

7 PM – Sacramento vs. San Antonio* (Game 5)

Thomas & Mack

5:30 PM – Golden State vs. Charlotte (Game 4)

7:30 PM – NBA D-League vs. New Orleans (Game 6)

Saturday July 12

COX Pavilion

1 PM – Portland  vs. New York* (Game 7)

3 PM – Toronto vs. Denver* (Game 9)

5 PM – Phoenix vs. Golden State* (Game 11)

7 PM – Houston vs. Miami (Game 13)

Thomas & Mack

1:30 PM – Atlanta vs. Washington (Game 8)

3:30 PM – Dallas vs. Minnesota (Game 10)

5:30 PM – Chicago vs. LA Clippers (Game 12)

7:30 PM – Utah vs. Philadelphia* (Game 14)

Sunday July 13

COX Pavilion

1 PM – Cleveland vs. San Antonio* (Game 15)

3 PM – Sacramento vs. Charlotte* (Game 17)

5 PM – Chicago vs. Denver* (Game 19)

7 PM – Milwaukee vs. Phoenix* (Game 21)

Thomas & Mack

1:30 PM – LA Lakers vs. New Orleans (Game 16)

3:30 PM – Atlanta vs. NBA D-League (Game 18)

5:30 PM – Portland vs. Houston (Game 20)

7:30 PM – Washington vs. Minnesota (Game 22)

Monday July 14

COX Pavilion

1 PM – New York vs. Charlotte* (Game 23)

3 PM – Toronto vs. Dallas* (Game 25)

5 PM – Cleveland vs. Philadelphia* (Game 27)

7 PM – Golden State vs. LA Lakers* (Game 29)

Thomas & Mack

1:30 PM – Sacramento vs. NBA D-League (Game 24)

3:30 PM – San Antonio vs. New Orleans (Game 26)

5:30 PM – Miami vs. LA Clippers (Game 28)

7:30 PM – Utah vs. Milwaukee (Game 30)

Tuesday July 15

COX Pavilion

1 PM – Portland vs. Atlanta* (Game 31)

3 PM – LA Clippers vs. Houston* (Game 33)

5 PM – Philadelphia vs. Phoenix* (Game 35)

Thomas & Mack

1:30 PM – Chicago vs. Minnesota (Game 32)

3:30 PM – Miami vs. Washington (Game 34)

5:30 PM – Utah vs. Denver (Game 36)

Wednesday July 16

COX Pavilion

1 PM – # 9 Seed vs.  #24 Seed* (Game 37)

3 PM – #11 Seed vs. #22 Seed* (Game 39)

5 PM – #13 Seed vs. #20 Seed* (Game 41)

7 PM – #15 Seed vs. #18 Seed* (Game 43)

Thomas & Mack

1:30 PM – #10 Seed vs. #23 Seed (Game 38)

3:30 PM – #12 Seed vs. #21 Seed (Game 40)

5:30 PM – #14 Seed vs. #19 Seed (Game 42)

7:30 PM – #16 Seed vs. #17 Seed (Game 44)

Thursday July 17

COX Pavilion

1 PM – #8 Seed vs. Winner of Game 37* (Game 45)

3 PM – #6 Seed vs. Winner of Game 39* (Game 47)

5 PM – #4 Seed vs. Winner of Game 41* (Game 49)

7 PM – #2 Seed vs. Winner of Game 43* (Game 51)

Thomas & Mack

1:30 PM – #7 Seed vs. Winner of Game 38(Game 46)

3:30 PM – #5 Seed vs. Winner of Game 40 (Game 48)

5:30 PM – #3 Seed vs. Winner of Game 42 (Game 50)

7:30 PM – #1 Seed vs. Winner of Game 44 (Game 52)

Friday July 18

COX Pavilion

1 PM – Game 37 Loser vs. Game 38 Loser* (Game 53)

3 PM – Game 41 Loser vs. Game 42 Loser* (Game 55)

5 PM – Game 45 Loser vs. Game 46 Loser* (Game 57)

7 PM – Game 49 Loser vs. Game 50 Loser* (Game 59)

Thomas & Mack

1:30 PM – Game 39 Loser vs. Game 40 Loser (Game 54)

3:30 PM – Game 43 Loser vs. Game 44 Loser (Game 56)

5:30 PM – Game 47 Loser vs. Game 48 Loser (Game 58)

7:30 PM – Game 51 Loser vs. Game 52 Loser (Game 60)

Saturday July 19

Thomas & Mack

1 PM – Game 46 Winner vs. Game 51 Winner* (Game 61)

3 PM – Game 47 Winner vs. Game 50 Winner* (Game 62)

5 PM – Game 45 Winner vs. Game 52 Winner* (Game 63)

7 PM – Game 48 Winner vs. Game 49 Winner* (Game 64)

Sunday July 20

Thomas & Mack

3 PM – Game 61 Winner vs. Game 62 Winner* (Game 65)

5 PM – Game 63 Winner vs. Game 64 Winner*(Game 66)

Monday July 21

Thomas & Mack

6 PM – Game 65 Winner vs. Game 66 Winner* (Game 67)

LeBron James, making career-low 67%, pledges to shoot at least 80% on free throws in playoffs

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LeBron James is making a career-low 67% of his free throws this season.

LeBron, via Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com:

“Yeah it’s killing me, it’s killing me,” James said

But I’ll be fine for the playoffs. For the rest of the regular season I’m going to end up shooting in the 60s, which is a career-low for me, but the postseason I’ll be up there in the 80s.

LeBron has never shot better than 78% in any regular season. He has only once eclipsed 78% in a postseason, shooting 81% in 2014.

If he could simply decide to shoot better from the line, why hasn’t he done it already?

That said, the Cavaliers look like they’re just biding their time until the playoffs. Their focus should increase, and LeBron’s free-throw percentage should rise with it.

But to 80%? Though I’ve learned never to count out LeBron, I’m skeptical.

Dwight Howard ate equivalent of 24 candy bars daily for about a decade

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Dwight Howard‘s love for candy is infamous, though in recent years he has talked more about healthy habits.

Just how much candy did he consume at his peak?

Baxter Holmes of ESPN:

By February’s All-Star break, it was time for a full-blown intervention, and Dr. Cate Shanahan, the Lakers’ nutritionist, led the charge, speaking to Howard by phone from her office in Napa, California. Howard’s legs tingled, he complained, but she noticed he was having trouble catching passes too, as if his hands were wrapped in oven mitts. Well, he quietly admitted, his fingers also tingled. Shanahan, with two decades of experience in the field, knew Howard possessed a legendary sweet tooth, and she suspected his consumption of sugar was causing a nerve dysfunction called dysesthesia, which she’d seen in patients with prediabetes. She urged him to cut back on sugar for two weeks. If that didn’t help, she said, she vowed to resign.

To alter Howard’s diet, though, Shanahan first had to understand it. After calls with his bodyguard, chef and a personal assistant, she uncovered a startling fact: Howard had been scarfing down about two dozen chocolate bars’ worth of sugar every single day for years, possibly as long as a decade. “You name it, he ate it,” she says. Skittles, Starbursts, Rolos, Snickers, Mars bars, Twizzlers, Almond Joys, Kit Kats and oh, how he loved Reese’s Pieces. He’d eat them before lunch, after lunch, before dinner, after dinner, and like any junkie, he had stashes all over — in his kitchen, his bedroom, his car, a fix always within reach. She told his assistants to empty his house, and they hauled out his monstrous candy stash in boxes — yes, boxes, plural.

Howard is 6-foot-11 and muscular, and he does strenuous workouts daily. He can handle far more food than the average person.

Still, dear lord, that’s a lot of candy.

This anecdote was part of Holmes’ fantastic story on peanut butter-and-jelly sandwiches’ place in the NBA. I suggest reading it in full.

Report: Paul George wants to play with Gordon Hayward

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Paul George called this “one of the most frustrating seasons I’ve been a part of.” He bemoaned the Pacers’ place as “the little brother of the league.” He pushed back against Indiana fans booing their own team. He expressed frustration about being kept in the dark on trade discussions before the deadline. Just last week, he told Zach Lowe of ESPN the Pacers lack an identity.

This all ought to strike fear into the Pacers, with George headed toward free agency in 2018 and Lakers rumors swirling.

How does Indiana convince George to stay?

One possibility: Signing Jazz forward Gordon Hayward, who has a player option after this season.

Lowe:

George would love to play with hometown boy Gordon Hayward, according to sources

My best guess: George doesn’t have a particular affinity for Hayward, but just wants a better supporting cast, and Hayward – who was born and grew up in Indiana and played at Butler – appears more attainable than other stars.

But the Jazz are better than the Pacers and can offer more money. If he makes an All-NBA team, Hayward might not hit the market at all. If he does become a free agent, the Celtics – with former Butler coach Brad Stevens – loom as a bigger threat to poach the forward.

This is an extreme longshot and only raises more questions about what the Pacers can actually do to keep their superstar.

LaVar Ball rebuffs LeBron James’ warning: ‘They’re not going to stop me from doing what I’m doing’

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LaVar Ball, father of highly touted UCLA point guard Lonzo Ball, continued his media tour by discussing the difficulties LeBron James‘ sons will face due to the high expectations implicit with their dad.

LeBron didn’t like that one bit, saying: “Keep my kids’ name out of your mouth. Keep my family out of your mouth.”

LaVar Ball on Fox Sports Radio:

I don’t have a problem with LeBron.

It’s just how people, they asked me a question about, do I think superstar players’ kids are good? And just my opinion that I’ve never seen one that was really good. LeBron is going to make his kids probably one of the best players ever, according to him. Now, there’s going to be some outside opinions. I’ve just never seen superstars that have kids, because they have to live up to that – they don’t have to live up to it – but I’ve never seen none really live up to what their dad has done.

So, he could be the first or not or the last. So, like I said, it’s not about me having his kids’ mouth. I’m not worried about his family. I’m not worried about his kids. If somebody asks me a question I’ll answer it the way I feel like answering it. But I have nothing against LeBron or his kids.

So, they can go ahead and make them the best or make them the worst. It ain’t got nothing to do with me.

People just asking me questions. I’ve been talking all my life. It’s just now the cameras and the things are in front of me. So, I’m just saying, if people ask me something, I’m going to give you an answer, because I can have freedom of speech to say whatever I want. And it’s either going to be good or bad, and it’s just for conversation for the next day.

I don’t have nobody telling me nothing. I don’t have nobody telling me nothing. It’s just like people saying, “Keep my family’s mouth” – whatever they’re saying, I don’t care. They’re not going to stop me from doing what I’m doing. If they take a little edgy edge on it and they get a little touchy because I answered something a certain way, who cares? They’re not going to do nothing to me. I’m not going to do nothing to them. So, it ain’t no big deal.

LaVar Ball’s inability to say the phrase “Keep my name out of your mouth” or any variation of it is poetic.

Some advice to LeBron: Don’t respond. You’ll get nowhere with someone who can say so much publicly about something he admits “ain’t got nothing to do with me.” The elder Ball is too attention-hungry to back down, and engaging him further will only serve his agenda.