It’s very rare that the worlds of basketball and mixed martial arts cross paths, but when it does it’s always interesting to see a players take on the sport. With the highly anticipated main event between Anderson Silva and Chris Weidman at UFC 168, players from around the NBA watched the bout. With their interests particularly rooted in this match, their reactions were mixed as the fight ended with a shocking injury.
Saturday, December 28 was a high-octane day in the NBA with 24 teams playing in 12 games. There were further examples of individual’s statistical brilliance, another exhibition of greatness from a top championship contender, and a number of familiar results from disappointing teams. Here’s everything that you need to know about last night’s games.
Earlier today the Cleveland Cavaliers announced they have suspended center Andrew Bynum indefinitely for “conduct detrimental to the team.” During the offseason much attention was directed to where Bynum would end up signing after spending the previous year rehabbing an injury with the Philadelphia 76ers. Several teams were rumored as a possible landing spot, however, he ultimately picked Cleveland in the latter part of the summer. Minutes after the Cavaliers made its announcement, rumors quickly began to spread about why he was
Cleveland Cavaliers center Andrew Bynum was suspended indefinitely Saturday morning for “conduct detrimental to the team.” The announcement was made by Cavs GM Chris Grant in a news release that also said Bynum did not travel with the team Friday night for Saturday afternoon’s game at Boston. Bynum will not participate in any team activities until further notice. The timing of the suspension could dramatically impact Cleveland’s payroll. Bynum signed a two-year, $24.5 million contract with the Cavaliers in the offseason, but “only”
I was curious to see how the Thunder would react to the news of the loss of Russell Westbrook/OKC for the next few weeks. The Bobcats did their best, but could not stop Kevin Durant/OKC once he found his outside shot. Durant is the best I’ve even seen at making short range shots after driving to the hoop. When his outside jumper is working no defense can stop him. In the nightcap, Stephen Curry/GSW almost had a triple-double in the
(When Kevin Durant switched agents, joining Jay-Z’s Roc Nation and bidding adieu to Rob Pelinka and Landmark Sports, author Brad Graham lost a lifeline for the traditional publication of his 250-page book on Kevin Durant: “The Backpack Baller: The Fantastical Basketball Voyage of Kevin Durant.” Undeterred, Graham, 32, is crowd-funding his book through a Kickstarter campaign that ends Dec. 31. You can show your support by clicking through to the Kickstarter page, or you can simply read on and enjoy.
After two days with limited action, the NBA returned with a heavy slate of games featuring 18 teams in the pursuit of the postseason. There was an injury to a rising star, a breakout performance by an embattled player, and a meeting between two of the Western Conference’s hottest young teams. Here’s everything that you need to know about last night’s action.
News broke earlier Friday afternoon that Oklahoma City point guard Russell Westbrook has undergone yet another surgery on his right knee—his third procedure. Thunder president Sam Presti addressed the surgery in a recent statement. [Russell Westbrook has knee surgery again, out until after the All-Star break] “Russell has been playing pain free, but recently had experienced increased swelling. After consultation and consideration by his surgeon in Los Angeles, a plan was established to monitor the swelling that included a series of scheduled MRIs. “On