Trail Blazers’ Chris Kaman Stars in Reality Web Series ‘Exploring Kaman’

Chris Kaman may be known as the man who lies down on his team’s bench during games, but the Portland Trail Blazers big man has a pretty active life outside of basketball.

The 32-year-old is starring in a reality web series called Exploring Kaman. The trailer for the web series shows that Kaman does some crazy things in his free time.

Exploring Kaman will premiere on Oct. 17.

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LeBron James to Produce and Star in New Disney Television Series

LeBron James has a childhood story unlike anyone else’s.

He hasn’t been shy about sharing it, especially of late, as he returns to his Ohio roots to play for the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Now it will be the subject of the pilot for a new series called Becoming, developed by his Springhill Production Company along with ESPN Films, premiering Sunday, Oct. 26 at 8 p.m. ET on Disney XD.

In the pilot, James and friends, teammates and former coaches will speak about the past alongside footage of his playing days for the Northeast Ohio Shooting Stars team in the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU), as well as at St. Vincent-St. Mary High School.

There are plans for future episodes of the show to profile other prominent athletes. In a statement, James said:

I’m really excited about helping develop Becoming and bringing this kind of program to kids. Sports and athletes were my inspiration growing up. It was the stories about Michael Jordan, Deion Sanders and Allen Iverson that kept me dreaming. When I learned that they had some of the same struggles and challenges I did, it made everything seem possible. That’s what Becoming is all about.

Springhill Production has another program currently on the air, one also—if much more looselybased on James’ experiences. The first two episodes of the comedy Survivor’s Remorse have already aired on the Starz cable network. That series is set in Atlanta and focuses on a basketball star and how the people around him react to that stardom.

 

Ethan Skolnick covers the NBA for Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter, @EthanJSkolnick.

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LeBron James bringing his story to TV series (Yahoo Sports)

CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James is hoping to motivate kids by telling his own inspiring story.

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Jeremy Lin Continues His Offseason Video Series by Imagining His Endorsements

Los Angeles Lakers point guard Jeremy Lin has spent his offseason showing off his video-making skills. Now, he’s giving advertisers a chance to see what his video skills can do for them.

Lin daydreams about what it would be like to serve as the face of Dos Equis, Beats by Dre, State Farm and more in this “Lindorsements” video, complete with a nice cameo from Steve Nash.  

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Blake Griffin recites ‘slam poetry’ in a new series of commercials

The Clippers star appears in a new series of ads for Vizio.

      
 

 

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Huskies to play series against Ohio State, Arizona

UConn men’s basketball reaches deal to play series with Ohio State and Arizona

      
 

 

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Huskies to play series against Ohio State, Arizona (Yahoo Sports)

Ohio State head coach Thad Matta calls out to his team during the first half of a second-round game against the Dayton in the NCAA college basketball tournament in Buffalo, N.Y., Thursday, March 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Bill Wippert)

STORRS, Conn. (AP) — The Connecticut men’s basketball team, looking to bolster its nonconference schedule, has announced deals to play Ohio State and Arizona in a pair of home-and-home series.


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Huskies, Wildcats agree to series (Yahoo Sports)

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Connecticut and Arizona have agreed to play in a home-and-home series starting in the 2017-18 season.

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Washington, Gonzaga to renew series in 2016-17 (Yahoo Sports)

Washington students cheer their team as they hold giant cut-out photos of C.J. Wilcox, left, and head coach Lorenzo Romar against Colorado in the second half of an NCAA men's basketball game Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014, in Seattle. Washington won 71-54. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

After a decade-long layoff, Washington and Gonzaga are finally getting together on the basketball court again. ”This series is great for the fans of our state,” Washington coach Lorenzo Romar said in a statement. ”The fans have shown that they really appreciate the game with Washington and Gonzaga. There was a proposal for a series of ”neutral site” games played at KeyArena in Seattle presented by Washington in 2009 that was almost immediately shot down by Gonzaga.


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Why We Should Root for a Warriors-Clippers Playoff Series

The Los Angeles Clippers and Golden State Warriors played the fourth and final installment of their riveting regular-season series on Wednesday, with the Clippers prevailing, 111-98. 

Don’t let the final score fool you: These two rivals played a tense, exciting game up until the final minutes.

And the fireworks continued after the game, as star forward Blake Griffin got into a bit of a confrontation with veteran backup big Jermaine O’Neal, per the Orange County Register‘s Dan Woike:

Starting Warriors center Andrew Bogut took exception with some of the Clippers’ actions after plays, per ESPN Los Angeles’ Jovan Buha:

These comments are reminiscent of these two teams’ now-infamous Christmas Day fracas, when Draymond Green was ejected for elbowing Griffin in the neck and Griffin was ejected after piling up two technicals tussling with the Golden State bigs. 

After the game, which the Clippers lost, Griffin went off on the Warriors, per the San Francisco Chronicle‘s Rusty Simmons:

Unfortunately, Griffin seems to have learned his lesson, as the Los Angeles TimesBrad Turner reported after Wednesday’s game that the Clippers big refused to comment on the alleged incident with O’Neal.

Make no mistake: This has all the makings of a basketball blood feud between a pair of talented young teams. These hostilities date all the way back to last season. Who could forget David Lee hurling the “stop flopping” insult Griffin’s way?

And with the Clippers and Warriors currently occupying the third and sixth seeds, respectively, in the Western Conference, there is a legitimate chance we could see this beautiful matchup in the first round.

 

Good Teams, Better Matchup

Golden State went into halftime with a 56-54 lead thanks to a combined 35 points from Klay Thompson (11), Andre Iguodala (10) and David Lee (14). 

But the Clippers would pull ahead for good by the end of a back-and-forth third quarter, holding off a brief Golden State rally in the fourth before dropping the final nail into the coffin with a 14-5 run in the final minutes.

Griffin finished the night with yet another 30-point gamehis 15th of the season, matching James Harden and his Tuesday-night rival, Golden State’s Steph Curry, for fifth among all players.

Curry would finish the game with a disappointing 13 points, though he did rack up 11 assists. Thompson led all Warriors in scoring with 26 points.

When you look at the firepower on both of these rosters, it’s not hard to imagine a scintillating postseason matchup, even without all the personal history. Both squads are loaded with weapons in the starting five but have struggled at times to get production out of their reserves. Per HoopsStats.com, Golden State and L.A. rank 22nd and 24th, respectively, in efficiency rating difference between starters and bench.

Surprisingly, it was the bench that helped keep the Clippers in the game through those critical first three quarters. Danny Granger and Willie Green were revelations in the backcourt for L.A. on Wednesday. Granger, the former Indiana Pacers All-Star whose career has been derailed by knee problems, scored 18 points, his highest total since 2012. Green, a key performer for the Clippers bench last season, chipped in a season-high 13. 

Those points came in handy early on, as Granger’s 14 first-half points helped to pick up a Clippers starting unit that, with the exception of Griffin, looked to be struggling. 

Any contributions from Granger and Green would be welcomed by coach Doc Rivers, who has seen his once-stocked stable of wing players turn into a virtual MASH unit. J.J. Redick might not return this season due to back problems, and Jamal Crawford is still out with a nagging calf injury. Even the struggling Jared Dudley has not been an option of late, as he missed the three previous games with back spasms.

Rivers only needed to play Dudley 15 seconds on Wednesday, thanks to the inspired play of Granger and Green—a fact that was good for everyone involved.

On the other end, Golden State’s midseason bench pickups, Steve Blake and Jordan Crawford, struggled mightily. The two combined for zero points, 19 fewer than Crawford managed by himself in Tuesday’s win over the Dallas Mavericks.

Still, Hardwood Paroxysm’s Seerat Sohi believes that Blake is a quality pickup:

 

The Odds Are Not in Our Favor

With so many teams bunched so closely together, predicting first-round matchups in the Western Conference is a bit of a fool’s errand.

Though the Clippers are likely to win the Pacific Division—their closest interdivision rivals being these same Warriors—they could still very well fall to fourth. The Houston Rockets are tied with L.A. in the loss column, with the Clippers holding a one-game advantage thanks to two extra victories. As good as they’ve been of late, they have not been able to pull away from the Rockets, who have won 15 of their last 18 games.  

While the Warriors have a slightly higher margin for error, they sit only two games above the hard-charging Memphis Grizzlies. That’s right, Clippers fans: Your team sits on the precipice of yet another L.A.-Memphis playoff series.

Let’s face it: There is no bad potential Western Conference playoff pairing. The current 1-8 matchup, Mavericks vs. San Antonio, would be an offense-heavy thriller featuring two of the greatest players of all time in Dirk Nowitzki and Tim Duncan.

Even the ninth-place squad (the Phoenix Suns) would provide a stiffer challenge than half the playoff teams in the East.

But there’s just something about Clippers-Warriors—that intoxicating blend of star power and mutual hatred. Basketball fans around the world should be praying for this matchup come playoff time.

 

*Unless otherwise noted, all statistics courtesy of Basketball-Reference.

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