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Dennis Schröder loses tooth, puts it in his sock (video)

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Hawks point guard Dennis Schröder lost a tooth when colliding with Meyers Leonard‘s knee, but I was more intrigued by what happened next.

Schröder put the tooth in his sock:

I guess, what else is he supposed to do with it?

James Harden shakes Jeremy Lin off his feet (video)

Dwight Howard #12 of the Houston Rockets and Cody Zeller #40 of the Charlotte Hornets battle for the basketball during their game at Toyota Center on December 21, 2015 in Houston, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. *** Local Caption *** Dwight Howard; Cody Zeller

I thought James Harden might have pushed off Jeremy Lin when crossing him over, but this angle shows the play to be clean:

With that out of your mind, enjoy these other angles:

Celtics’ R.J. Hunter sinks shot from beyond halfcourt (video)

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R.J. Hunter sinking a deep 3-pointer at the buzzer – where have we seen this before?

The Celtics rookie compensated for the less clutch situation – second quarter of a 113-99 win over the Timberwolves – by shooting from farther out.

His dad, Georgia State coach Ron Hunter, made the joke for you:

Justin Bieber was baptized in Tyson Chandler’s bathtub

LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 13:  Singer Justin Bieber and NBA player Tyson Chandler stand onstage during The 2011 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 13, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for ESPN)
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Justin Bieber is no stranger to NBA players. He has dined with Kevin Durant and sat courtside for plenty of Heat games.

But Bieber has a more, um, special relationship with Tyson Chandler.

Maurice Peebles of Complex:

One of the world’s biggest pop stars found salvation in the Upper West Side bathtub of former Knicks center Tyson Chandler.

According to an article in the January 2016 issue of GQ, the rebirth of Justin Bieber happened last year in the unlikeliest of places. GQ writer Taffy Brodesser-Akner tells the story of Bieber living with Pastor Carl Lentz

The two traveled to a Manhattan hotel where Hillsong rents pools for baptisms, but by that time the paparazzi had found out and there was already a crowd of hundreds. Pastor Carl called a friend who had a pool, but by the time they arrived there was a crowd there, too. So, finally, Pastor Carl called his boy.

Tyson Chandler—who now plays for the Phoenix Suns—offered his building’s pool for JB’s baptism, but the pool was closed. Out of options, Chandler decided to offer up his tub

Being famous must be weird.

Yao Ming being considered for Hall of Fame through international committee

BEIJING, CHINA - OCTOBER 15:  Yao Ming (R) former NBA basketball star talk with Shaquille O'Neal during the 2014 NBA Global Games match between the Brooklyn Nets and Sacramento Kings at MasterCard Center on October 15, 2014 in Beijing, China.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)
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Shaquille O’Neal, Allen Iverson and Yao Ming are on the Basketball Hall of Fame ballot a year sooner than initially expected.

But Yao faces an easier path to enshrinement.

Despite spending a majority of his career in the NBA, Yao was nominated through the international committee, which can directly induct him. He’ll be judged against players like Vlade Divac and Toni Kukoc – hardly the bar set with the North American committee.

Shaq and Iverson are trying to enter the Hall through the North American committee, which names finalists. Then, another committee chooses among the finalists. Shaq and Iverson – whose career accomplishments easily top Yao’s – should clear that two-step process.

But Yao would have had a tougher time. Luckily for him, he won’t have to deal with that.

This exemplifies my problem with the Hall. It values diversifying the backgrounds of its members rather emphasizing their accomplishments. Why should Yao’s playing career face less scrutiny because he’s from China than Shaq’s and Iverson’s? They all spent the relevant portions of their careers in the NBA.

Similarly, too many players are enshrined for excelling at lower levels. The numerous paths to the Hall leave the NBA undervalued.

At least Yao proved himself a quality NBA player.

If only that’s how he were being judged.

Here’s a full list of nominations:

Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2016 Ballot

* Indicates First-Time Nominee

North American Committee Nominations

Mark Aguirre (PLA)

Geese Ausbie (PLA)*

Bill Bertka (COA)

Junior Bridgeman* (PLA)

Irv Brown (REF)

Maurice Cheeks (PLA)

Terry Cummings (PLA)

Lefty Driesell (COA)

Hugh Evans (REF)*

Bill Fitch (COA)

Cotton Fitzsimmons (COA)

Darell Garretson (REF)*

A.C. Green (PLA)

Tim Hardaway (PLA)

Del Harris (COA)

Robert Hughes (COA)

Allen Iverson (PLA)*

Tom Izzo (COA)*

Kevin Johnson (PLA)

Marques Johnson (PLA)

Bobby Jones (PLA)*

Jerry “Tiger” Jones (COA)*

Gene Keady (COA)

Rollie Massimino (COA)

George McGinnis (PLA)

Gary McKnight (COA)*

John McLendon (COA)*

Danny Miles (COA)

Sidney Moncrief (PLA)

Dick Motta (COA)

Swen Nater (PLA)

Shaquille O’Neal (PLA)*

Mark Price (PLA)

Glenn Robinson (COA)

Lee Rose (COA)

Bo Ryan (COA)

Jack Sikma (PLA)

Steve Smith (COA)*

Fred Snowden (COA)

Eddie Sutton (COA)

Reggie Theus (PLA)

Rudy Tomjanovich (COA)

Chris Webber (PLA)

Paul Westphal (PLA)

Women’s Committee Nominations

Leta Andrews (COA)

Jennifer Azzi (PLA)

Rebecca Lobo (PLA)

Muffet McGraw (COA)

Susie McConnell (PLA)

Pearl Moore (PLA)*

Kim Mulkey (COA & PLA)

Harley Redin (COA)

Theresa Shank (PLA)

Marianne Stanley (COA)

Barbara Stevens (COA)

Sheryl Swoopes (PLA)*

Wayland Baptist (TEA)*

Theresa Weatherspoon (PLA)


Early African-American Pioneers Committee Nominations

Clarence “Puggy” Bell

Sonny Boswell

Zack Clayton

Chuck Cooper

Bill Garrett

Inman Jackson

Clarence “Fats” Jenkins

Bucky Lew

Dave Minor

Hudson Oliver

Cumberland Posey Jr.

Al “Runt” Pullins

James “Pappy” Ricks

Paul Robeson

Eyre Saitch

William “Wee Willie” Smith


International Committee Nominations

Tal Brody

Jackie Chazalon

Vlade Divac

Nick Galis

Semen Khalipski

Vladimir Kondrashin

Toni Kukoc

Yao Ming*

Aldo Ossola

Amaury Pasos

Dino Radja

Manuel Sainz

Togo Soares

Ranko Zeravica

Marcos Leite


Contributor Committee Nominations

Marv Albert*

Al Attles

Dick Baumgartner*

Marty Blake

Vic Bubas

Wayne Duke*

Harry Glickman

Marty Glickman

Curt Gowdy

Tim Grgurich

Mannie Jackson

Tom Jernstedt

Johnny “Red” Kerr

John Kline

Red Klotz

Jerry Krause

Jack McCloskey

Johnny Most

Dennis Murphy

Joe O’Toole

Billy Packer

Jerry Reinsdorf

Zelda Spoelstra

Jim Valvano

Donnie Walsh

Frank Walsh


Veterans Committee Nominations

1936 US Olympic Team*

1964 State Dept Basketball Ambassadors

Zelmo Beaty

Ron Boone

Sid Borgia

Carl Braun

Frank Brian

Joe Caldwell

Mack Calvin

Charles Eckman

Leroy Edwards

Leo Ferris*

Clarence “Bevo” Francis

Buck Freeman

Donnie Freeman

Travis Grant

Bob Grody

Joe Hammond

Robert Harrison

Flo Harvey

Cam Henderson

Robert Hopkins

Lou Hudson

Warren Jabali

Jimmy Jones

Freddie Lewis

Jim Loscutoff

Loyola of Chicago

George McGinnis

Ray Mears

Donald Moore*

Willie Naulls

John O’Brien

Philadelphia SPHAS

Mel Riebe

Glenn Roberts

Holcombe Rucker

Kenny Sailors

Fred Schaus

Charlie Scott

Kenny Sears

Frank Selvy

George Senesky

Paul Seymour

Charles Siler

Talvin Skinner

Ken Suesens

Tennessee A&I

Dick Van Arsdale*

Tom Van Arsdale*

Willie Wise

Max Zaslofsky