Kurt Helin

LeBron James

LeBron James sells Miami home for cool $13.4 million

8 Comments

LeBron James’ Miami home was a little nicer than yours (or mine). It was right on the water in the Coconut Grove area, with six bedrooms and eight-and-a-half bathrooms, a game room, a theater, a wine cellar, a pool, and it came with stunning views.

Of course, what with his return to Cleveland and all, he didn’t have much use for it, so he put it on the market.

Turns out, it also was a tad more expensive than your place — LeBron sold it recently for a cool $13.4 million, reports Darren Rovell at ESPN.

James originally put the 12,178 square foot home in Miami’s Coconut Grove neighborhood on the market for $17 million in October. The price was dropped to $15 million in March and was eventually sold for $1.6 million less.

LeBron still turned a $4.4 million profit, based on what he paid for it when he took his talents to South Beach. Which is good, I was really worried about LeBron’s financial standing and lifestyle.

Considering the lower cost of housing, can you imagine what $13.4 million buys you in Akron?

Report: Derrick Rose being sued by ex-girlfriend alleging rape, drugging

Chicago Bulls V Cleveland Cavaliers - Game Four
34 Comments

Drama and controversy have swirled around Derrick Rose in recent years, and that continues even as he starts to gear up for what he hopes is a return-to-form season for the Bulls.

Rose is being sued by someone saying she was a former girlfriend and she alleges some troubling, criminal activities by Rose including rape. TMZ has the story, and I warn you that the report is very graphic, so if you’re easily offended you may want to stop here (and don’t click the link).

The woman, identified only as Jane Doe, says she and Rose dated from 2011 to 2013.  During that time, Rose allegedly tried to pressure her to masturbate in front of him, allow him to have sex with her friends and engage in group sex with strangers, all of which she says she refused….

Rose and his friends broke into her apartment and gang raped her while she was incapacitated. She says she remembers only “flashes” of the incident, but can remember the defendants forcibly raping her. She claims she waited for two years to file the suit because she was “ashamed and embarrassed” of what happened and concerned her “conservative family” would find out.

There is no criminal report filed in this case.

A spokesman for Rose responded, calling the lawsuit baseless and a “shakedown.”

It would be a mistake to speculate on what is alleged here (take it from a former crime reporter, the first filings of a civil suit are but the first steps of a long, winding journey). If Rose did what is listed in the suit, more than financial restitution to the woman is in order — these are crimes and the criminal justice system should step in. But there remain many questions, ones none of us are in a position to answer.

But this doesn’t make Fred Hoiberg’s job any easier, nor is this the kind of issue the Bulls will want hanging over them as they head into training camp.

Kobe, Shaq discuss regrets over feud that ended their Lakers era

Los Angeles Lakers' center Shaquille O'Neal (L) la
52 Comments

The Shaq/Kobe era of the Lakers — particularly the demise of that era — is the stuff of legend. It was two massive egos, and the third massive ego — Phil Jackson — could only keep them on the same page for so long.

Shaquille O’Neal owned the locker room — the veterans sided with him, which meant Jackson had to side with him. Kobe Bryant was dynamic, driven, combative, and even by Shaq’s own admission later the best player in the league. They three-peated as NBA champions despite the fact the two stars simply didn’t like each other. When things started to spin out of control in the 2003-04 season, it quickly became a tornado that ripped through the franchise.

Kobe is going on The Big Podcast with Shaq, which will be released on Monday, but the clips let out on Wednesday showed two more mature men who look back at their youth with some regret. This quote from Kobe summed it up best (hat tip Bleacher Report):

Here’s the thing though, when you say it at the time you actually mean it and then when you get older you have more perspective and you’re like holy s—t, I was an idiot when I was a kid. To me, the most important thing was really just keep your mouth shut. You don’t need to go to the press with stuff. You keep it internal and we have our arguments and our disagreements, but I think having our debates within the press was something I wish would’ve been avoided, but it did kind of create this whirlwind around us as a team with myself and Shaq and the press and the media that just put so much pressure on us as an organization.

I think a lot of us have some regrets about how we treated people when we were younger and more reckless. It’s just few people have done it on such a big stage in such a public way. For those of us who love the drama of the NBA, it wouldn’t have been the same without that era.

Here are some other segments from the podcast.

PBT’s Fast Break news & notes: First black player in NBA deserves a stamp

Miami Heat v Atlanta Hawks
4 Comments

Welcome to PBT’s lightning round. Every day we come across some stories that just don’t warrant a full post (even this time of year, when we’re scrape the bottom of the barrel for content) but should be passed along, and we do so in the traditional blog method of bullet points.

• There’s an effort to get Earl Lloyd, the first black player in the NBA, on a stamp. That seems a very good cause to me.

Fantastic story from Gary Washburn about Second Spectrum, one of the premiere NBA analytics companies breaking down that Sports VU camera data. The challenge for teams now is how to pull out the usefull data, put it together, and use it, from the crazy amounts of it they get from the camera system.

• Here’s another great piece, a Q&A, on Second Spectrum. Seth Partnow is a must-read NBA guy.

• The other place the use of analytics is exploding? Keeping players healthy.

• Along those lines, interesting story on the day-to-day life of an NBA trainer. It’s not all the glorious job of taping up grown men’s ankles.

• Another must-read piece from my man Arash Markazi of ESPN (NDHS!) — the impact of Huricane Katrina on Chris Paul and the trajectory of the NBA is several cities.

• Former NBA player, and before that Syracuse star, Pearl Washington is about to undergo brain surgery.

Great breakdown at Basketball Insiders of where things stand with every player eligible for an extension of their rookie contract this summer.

• Hawks big man Al Horford has been working out at times with Mike Scott, who was arrested on drug charges. Horford says the team stands behind him.

• Blake Griffin doing some basketball tricks:

• Steve Nash is going to produce a documentary on the use of Ecstacy and the Rave scene in and around Dallas. No, not from memory.

• Speaking of Nash, he is very high on Lakers’ second-year player Jordan Clarkson. In his rookie year, Clarkson looked like a guy who could develop into a starting NBA point guard. Now we’ll see if he can play next to D’Angelo Russell.

• The Suns have hired Chris Jent to coach their D-League affiliate in Bakersfield.

• The Heat are bringing Corey Hawkins to training camp, one of the better shooters in college last season. He’s camp fodder.

• Finally, easily the funniest tweet of the week.

D’Angelo Russell hasn’t called Kobe Bryant yet, doesn’t want to bug him

cd0ymzcznguwzdbhnduynddiytjhm2yyzthlmtjjotqwyyznptgwnwzjyzbmmtg1ymfjnwm4odu0m2u4mwixyjhmnzzh
6 Comments

Kobe Bryant is busy these days. He works out, takes trips to China to sell shoes, hits the gym, spends time with his family, goes to a court to get up a bunch of shots, swings by a Taylor Swift concert, and then at some point works out a little.

The Lakers new star rookie, No. 2 pick D’Angelo Russell, would like to pencil himself into one of those windows. Probably during a workout.

But he hasn’t done so yet because you don’t tug on Superman’s cape, he told Mike Trudell of ESPN Radio in Los Angeles, as reported by Kevin Ding of Bleacher Report.

It’s okay D’Angelo, text Kobe and say you want to work out with him. He’ll likely text back to come over right now, he’s already been in the gym for an hour.

Here are some other highlights from the interview, via Serena Winters of Lakers Nation.