Former players know where to sit at Hamline University’s venerable Hutton Arena, the historic and often-overlooked venue in St. Paul, because they know the one enduring quirk of the place: It’s stinking hot, even on the coldest nights. Bleachers on the side opposite the benches press up against the windows, which Hamline staffers keep cracked to counteract the hard-to-regulate heat from the building’s antiquated steam boiler system. That helps. A little. “A lot of teams complain we turn the heat up in their locker room,” said Hamline assistant coach Ed Cassidy, who played here in the late 1970s. “I said, ‘Come over to our locker room. It’s the same. We don’t like it any better.’ It can get stifling in here.” Wednesday night, as light snow fell outside along Snelling Avenue, Dan Holjie, Don Bulger and Gary Fridell — Hamline teammates in the early 1960s and still close friends — settled in atop the window-side … [Read more...] about When it comes to basketball history, the U of M has nothing on Hamline
"I remember what Danny Ainge said 30 years ago. They won a playoff game by 40, and he said, 'This is not the Tour de France.' You don't start with a big lead because it's not based on time or how much you won by," Kerr said. "It's the NBA, so it's 2-1. So doesn't matter what happened yesterday. We have to be ready for a great team that's going to come out like they did in Game 2, attacking, hair on fire. And taking the force to us, and we have to be ready for that tomorrow." … [Read more...] about Is this bad basketball, or are we seeing something else in conference finals?
Drake could use some help with his international diplomacy as the Raptors’ global ambassador. The rapper and Raptors super fan got into a heated courtside shouting match with Cavaliers reserve center Kendrick Perkins during Cleveland’s Game 1 overtime win in Toronto Tuesday night. The scuffle started at halftime, when Drake interrupted his chat with former Raptor Jose Calderon to break up a conversation between Perkins and Toronto center Serge Ibaka as the teams headed off the court. Perkins, who remains inactive for the Cavs after playing in just one game this season, told ESPN in a text message, “What happened was I was talking to my old teammate Serge [Ibaka] walking into halftime telling him, ‘We about to win this game,’ and Drake butted in talking s--t to me. So I said something back to him.” “He said something slick,” Perkins added in reference to Drake, “so I said something back: ‘Sit your ass down and watch the … [Read more...] about Drake calls Kendrick Perkins a ‘f–king p—y’ in shouting match during Cavs’ Game 1 win over Raptors
Dirk Nowitzki and his sense of humor will always be one of the gems of the NBA. Taking a cue from Victor Oladipo, who sent a text to his trainer immediately after the Pacers lost Game 7 to the Cavaliers on Sunday asking when the two begin working out, Nowitzki messaged his trainer, Mavericks director of player development Mike Procopio, and Nowitzki immediately got burned with jokes about his age. The 39-year-old Nowitzki posted the exchange on Twitter, saying he was inspired by Oladipo. I got inspired by @VicOladipo. I also texted my trainer. Here is his response... @HoopConsultants pic.twitter.com/Wgo1p0dmh1— Dirk Nowitzki (@swish41) May 1, 2018 “When do we start?” Nowitzki began, just as Oladipo did in a text posted by Oladipo’s trainer. SEE IT: LeBron James hits game-winning three at the buzzer “I told you 4yrs ago that you were done 4 yrs ago,” Procopio shot back. … [Read more...] about Dirk Nowitzki texts trainer ‘When do we start?’ just like Victor Oladipo … it doesn’t go well