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Bucks’ Kendall Marshall done for season with torn ACL

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The Bucks have had more their fair share of injury news this season, but the basketball gods were not done with them.

Backup point guard Kendall Marshall is out for the season, the team announced Saturday.

Ugh. The Bucks had already lost No. 2 pick Jabari Parker for the season due to injury. Plus they have been without Larry Sanders since Christmas and will be for a while longer.

Marshall is a playmaking point guard and had filled that role well for the Bucks off the bench playing just shy of 15 minutes a night. He’s been solid and part of a young, improving, and entraining team.

Hopefully the basketball fates will be done handing the Bucks injuries.

Brilliant Kobe Bryant “Let It Go” Frozen parody is must watch

Los Angeles Lakers v Los Angeles Clippers
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Brilliant. Well done Bleacher Report.

Even Kobe Bryant might find this funny. Like any father of young girls, you know he has heard this song before. Roughly 562 times.

Stephon Marbury says during struggles with Knicks in 2009 he contemplated suicide

Former NBA superstar Stephon Marbury cel
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Starting around 2007 things really spiraled downward for Stephon Marbury. In 2007 his father died. His NBA career was clearly winding down while his shoe company was going out of business.

You may remember that time in Marbury’s life as when he was doing crazy live-streamed videos, like when he ate Vaseline.

He remembers it as the time he was depressed, to the point of being suicide.

Marbury discusses it in an upcoming HBO Real Sports, as reported by Ben Golliver at Sports Illustrated.

“When everything went on with the Knicks, and, you know, my father passed on, the [Starbury] brand was — it was basically losing life slowly,” Marbury tells HBO Real Sports’ Carlos Quintanilla. “And I was watching it. And I think that was hurting me more than seeing my basketball career going in the direction that it was going. … I was trapped in my thoughts. I was trapped in how I felt about how I felt I was treated. I was trapped with decisions that I made.”

Marbury admits now that he was “definitely” clinically depressed and “suicidal” at that point in his life.

“I wanted to die,” he remembers. “I wanted to kill myself some days. I did. … It wasn’t about basketball. It started to become about me. Because I was that depressed and I was that sick.”

Fortunately, Marbury found a way back. It just took a trip to China

There he has been reborn and is a basketball icon — he has led Beijing to two titles, they have put up a statue to him and there has been a play written about him and the impact he has had on the city.

Hopefully his story can inspire other people facing depression to find help. The episode airs on HBO on Jan. 20 at 10 p.m. ET.

D-League call ups: Spurs to sign JaMychal Green, Kings to sign Quincy Miller to 10-day contracts

2015 NBA D League Showcase
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The annual D-League Showcase is taking place right now in beautiful Santa Cruz, California, (home of the Banana Slugs), which is a chance to bring all the D-League talent into one location for scouts and GMs to see, and to facilitate some signings.

Either it’s working or there are some nice coincidences.

The Spurs are about to sign JaMychal Green to a 10-day contract, while the Kings will do the same for Quincy Miller, according to multiple reports.

Green is a 6’8″ forward out of Alabama who has played the last two seasons with the Austin of the D-League. This season he is averaging 23 points a game on 58.5 percent shooting, plus pulling down 10.5 rebounds a game, and he has impressed the trusted eyes of the San Antonio Spurs, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

Quincy Miller is very athletic, and that will keep getting a guy chances.

After tearing up the D-League for 13 games — 25.6 points and 7.6 rebounds per game, with a ridiculous PER of 29 — the Sacramento Kings have reached a deal to sign former Denver Nugget Miller to a 10-day contract. This was first reported by Shams Charania of Real GM and has since been confirmed by multiple other sources.

Miller was projected as a 3-and-D guy at the NBA level but hasn’t developed those skills — his defense hasn’t been great and he is a career 31.6 percent shooter from three. While Miller shot better than 50 percent overall on playing for the Reno Bighorns this season he is still shooting just 32 percent from three. He was getting his buckets thanks to that athleticism.

We’ll see if he has developed enough to stick at the next level now, Sacramento is certainly a roster where he could fit in, use that athleticism and get a chance.

With both Green and Miller the teams can offer them a second 10-day contract after the first one is done, but after that the team has to make a call on them for the rest of the season.

Atlanta’s Al Horford dunks all over Amir Johnson (VIDEO)

Atlanta Hawks v Toronto Raptors
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That pretty much sums up how the Raptor’s night went.

This was supposed to be a meeting of the two top teams in the East but Atlanta went on a 14-5 run in the first quarter to get a little separation and just kept separating — the Hawks led by as many as 26 as the cruised to a 110-89 win.

Horford had 22 points to lead the Hawks, who shot 60 percent as a team in this one. Dunks help that percentage, although it really speaks to Toronto’s defense. And how far Atlanta really is ahead of everyone in the East.