Kurt Helin

Associated Press

Ex-Clippers owner Sterling’s NBA antitrust lawsuit dismissed


LOS ANGELES (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed a $600 million antitrust lawsuit filed by former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling against the NBA and his wife Shelly Sterling.

U.S. District Judge Fernando M. Olguin wrote he’s skeptical Sterling suffered any injury at all by the sale of the team for $2 billion to ex-Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and called other parts of the lawsuit implausible.

Sterling had claimed in the lawsuit filed last year that he could have gotten more than that for the team but the circumstances of the sale reduced the price.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver banned Sterling from the league for life in 2014 over recorded racist remarks that he made to a friend.

Sterling’s attorneys did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Information from: Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com/

LeBron James was dunking on Bucks in first half (VIDEO)

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The first half between the Cavaliers and the Bucks was not exactly a defensive clinic — the Cavs led 63-61.

But it was entertaining — and LeBron James was dunking all over the place. And making some impressive passes.

Above are a few highlights from the first 24 minutes alone. Enjoy.

Carmelo Anthony doesn’t think his loyalty to New York should be questioned


If one were cynical, one would say Carmelo Anthony re-signed with the Knicks because they could guarantee him the most money.

But decisions are rarely that simple, factors such as family and lifestyle do factor in (by all accounts Anthony’s wife Lala wanted to stay in NYC). In the couple seasons since he signed that deal, the Knicks have been a mess (although an improved mess this season). There are teams that think if Phil Jackson strikes out landing a big time free agent (as is likely), Anthony will consider waiving his no-trade clause. So is Anthony not loyal to New York?

Don’t tell him that. Here’s what Anthony said at shootaround Wednesday about his loyalty to the Knicks.

“I know the reason why I stuck it out,’’ said Anthony, who feels fully recovered from his migraine headache that caused him to miss the Knicks’ game on Sunday. “People that really understand it know why I’m sticking it out. It’s odd to question my loyalty at this point in time, especially when you showed and I’ve showed time and time again my loyalty to not just the organization, but New York and vice versa.”

I have no doubt Anthony wants to bring a title to New York, it’s just hard to see that happening while he is still a major contributor.

Phil Jackson will look to make moves this summer, but he doesn’t have a draft pick or enough cap space for a full max deal (without a couple of roster moves), meaning it’s going to be difficult to make the kind of changes that move the Knicks way up the pecking order in the East. The best way to speed that rebuilding may be moving Anthony.

But does he want to be moved? Last week he didn’t guarantee he would be back with the Knicks next season, but considering his salary and demands to go to a contender New York is most likely where he plays next season as well.

Shirtless bike rider interrupts Nate Robinson interview to challenge him to 1-on-1 game


This didn’t happen in Boston. Or Chicago. Or New York, Los Angeles, Oakland, Denver or Oklahoma City.

Nate Robinson had a lot of NBA stops but he is in Isreal now for the rest of the season with Hapoel Tel Aviv (he had 25 points in his debut). The people of Tel Aviv are still getting to know him — and some random guys want to play him 1-on-1.

I’m sure our shirtless bike rider is a decent enough hoops player, but people don’t sometimes grasp just how good NBA players really are. I’ll take Robinson and give the points in that matchup.

Linsanity II: Jeremy Lin leading surging Hornets on playoff push

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Perhaps this is the start of Linsanity II.

Hornets guard Jeremy Lin is heating up and surging Charlotte is blazing a trail to its second playoff appearance in three seasons under coach Steve Clifford.

Lin scored 15 of his 29 points in the fourth quarter Monday to lead the Hornets back from a 23-point deficit to beat San Antonio – the largest lead surrendered by the Spurs in the Tim Duncan era. Lin followed that with another strong performance on Tuesday night, scoring 21 points in a win over Brooklyn.

Michael Jordan’s Hornets (41-30) now find themselves in a three-way tie with Boston and Atlanta for the fourth best record in the Eastern Conference, just a half-game behind third place Miami.

Lin is a major reason why.

Acquired in the offseason via free agency, Lin is averaging 11.8 points and 2.9 assists per game for the Hornets in a reserve role.

Ordinary numbers compared to his history, but he’s stepped up his play the last two games, hitting 63 percent (19 of 30) from the field, including 5 of 6 from beyond the arc. He’s scoring in a variety of ways – long jumpers, drives to basket and on fast breaks. He’s also added nine rebounds and six assists, while providing a spark coming off the bench.

“He’s been phenomenal,” Hornets point guard Kemba Walker said.

When the Hornets trailed 30-7 to the Spurs in the second quarter, it was Lin who helped turn the momentum providing energy off the bench. He penetrated into the lane, which in turned opened up the offense

“Jeremy was the catalyst,” Clifford said. “In the first quarter, we were just shooting. The ball wasn’t getting into the paint. And he got the ball going to the basket.”

Lin hit 3-pointers in the fourth quarter and a 16-foot fall away jumper with 48 seconds left to give the Hornets the lead for good.

He said the win over the Spurs was a confidence builder for him.

“I think being comfortable and not thinking as much on the court and letting the ball fly and having fun,” Lin said of the difference in his game. “Shots are going in and I think that helps me, helps open up my drive.”

Forward Nicolas Batum said Lin has been “huge” for the Hornets.

“He did it (Monday) night in the second quarter to give us life, and he did it again (Tuesday) night,” Batum said. “I don’t think we would have won that game if he didn’t step up again for us.”

Lin is no stranger to carrying a team.

He did so back in 2012, when as an unheralded player out of Harvard he took Madison Square Garden by storm with a series of outstanding games for the New York Knicks. He became an international sensation, and wound up on Time magazine’s list of Top 100 most influential people of the year.

The media attention isn’t what it was in New York, but three teams later Lin appears to have found a home in Charlotte where he says “I love playing with this group of guys.”

Charlotte has won 17 of its last 21 games to break free from the pack in the East and vault into playoff contention.

Once a team that viewed simply making the playoffs as a goal, the Hornets now have a realistic shot to host a playoff series.

“We learned a lot about ourselves, and we just want to keep seeing what we can do,” Lin said. “That’s what coach has always been telling us. We don’t know what our ceiling is and we don’t want to say what our ceiling is because we don’t know.

“We’re just going to keep fighting, keep playing and stick with the process.”