Kurt Helin

LeBron James, Dwyane Wade with elaborate pregame handshake


Way back when LeBron James played for the Miami Heat (okay, like a year and a half ago), he and friend/teammate Dwyane Wade had some serious pregame rituals, like the chalk toss and at one point an homage to boxing.

Wade and his Heat team are in Cleveland Friday night to take on LeBron’s Cavaliers in an interesting preseason matchup. When it came time for the pregame greetings, the two friends broke out a pretty elaborate handshake.


If you’re trying to read anything more into this than friends shaking hands, stop.

LeBron has looked phenomenal in the first half against Miami — his back doesn’t seem to be bothering him, and Miami doesn’t have an answer for him defensively. Not that anyone else does, either.

(Hat tip to CBS’s James Herbert for the vine)

Chandler Parsons questions Mark Cuban’s fashion choices

Mark Cuban, Chris Paul

While still sidelined due to injury — at least until this weekend — Dallas forward Chandler Parsons still has a little time on his hands.

So, he decided to take to twitter to poke fun of the guy who signs his paychecks.

Why do I feel like that T-shirt costs more than a couple of my suits — and I wear nice suits.

By the way, the three commas on the shirt is the international sign for billionaire — at least according to shop.markcuban.com, where you can buy a number of such lovely shirts.

Maybe what Cuban’s clothing line needs is a stylish male model.

Saunders family establishes memorial fund for fallen coach

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The family of the late Minnesota Timberwolves coach Flip Saunders has established a memorial fund that they say will help carry his legacy forward.

The family announced Friday that Saunders will be laid to rest this weekend in a private ceremony after dying from complications of Hodgkin’s lymphoma on Sunday.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be sent to the Flip Saunders Legacy Fund. They say the fund will be “solely devoted to aiding and supporting deserving individuals or groups and continue the positive impact of the life of coach Flip Saunders.”

The family says a public memorial celebration of Saunders’ life will be held sometime later this year.

Fund details: Flip Saunders Legacy Fund, P.O. Box 46410, Plymouth, Minnesota, 55446

Grizzlies’ Tony Allen gets league’s first flopping warning of season

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With five minutes left in the third quarter of the Grizzlies’ eventual win over the Pacers, Tony Allen gets the ball and brings it up court. The Pacers’ George Hill decides to provide a little on-ball pressure and be disruptive.

Allen flopped a little try and draw a call. The referees ignored it and play continued.

However, the league did not ignore it and issued its first flopping warning of the young season to Allen.

This means next to nothing. It’s not even a slap on the wrist; it’s just a warning. If the league determines that Allen flops again this season, then he can be fined $5,000. (The penalties escalate from there by increments of $5,000.) Allen will make $5.2 million this season, if he does get fined it comes to 0.1 percent of his salary. That will teach him.

Pacers, ABA legend Mel Daniels passes away


Think about all the great players who came out of the ABA — Julius Erving, Moses Malone, Artis Gilmore, George Gervin — then went on to legendary NBA careers.

Mel Daniels may have been better than all of them. At least he was in the AAA years — a three-time ABA champion with the Pacers, two-time ABA MVP, seven-time ABA All-Star, a force inside that averaged 18.4 points, and 14.9 rebounds a game. He played only one season in the NBA near the end of his career, but his contributions to basketball were so large Daniels was inducted into the Hall of Fame back in 2012.

Daniels has passed away, something first reported by Peter Vecsey:

There has been an outpour of appreciation for Daniels across Twitter. And also within the Pacers organization itself.

“I join our extended Pacers family in offering my sincerest condolences to CeCe and Mel’s family,” said Pacers Sports & Entertainment owner Herb Simon. “We will miss him greatly, but when we look at that Hall of Fame banner in Bankers Life Fieldhouse, we will be forever reminded of what he meant to this franchise.”

“We’ve lost a great one,” said Bobby “Slick” Leonard, who was Daniels’ coach on the three ABA Champions and joined him in the Hall of Fame in 2014.