Ben Gordon Arrested After Pulling Fire Alarms at Apartment

Texas Legends shooting guard Ben Gordon, who’s played 11 NBA seasons, was reportedly arrested in Los Angeles Thursday for falsely activating fire alarms in his apartment complex.

TMZ Sports reported Gordon went into “meltdown mode” after apparently getting locked out of his apartment. Members of the L.A. Police and City Fire Departments responded to the call, and officers arrested him on a misdemeanor charge after no fire was discovered.

A.J. Perez of USA Today reported on the arrest as well and noted Gordon “was taken into custody by Los Angeles police at 7:10 a.m. local time and he remained in jail with his bail set at $5,000 as of Thursday afternoon.”

The 34-year-old UConn product last played in the NBA with the Orlando Magic during the 2014-15 campaign. He signed with the Golden State Warriors the following offseason but failed to make the Dubs’ final roster, getting waived during the preseason.

In all, Gordon averaged 14.9 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists while shooting 40.1 percent from three-point range across 744 NBA appearances with the Magic, Chicago Bulls, Detroit Pistons and Charlotte Bobcats. He was named Sixth Man of the Year with the Bulls for the 2004-05 season.

He joined the Legends of the NBA Development League in January. He put up 15.2 points, 3.4 assists and 2.7 boards per game in 25 contests.

In February, Gordon told Bleacher Report’s Yaron Weitzman he was surprised when no NBA teams called about potentially signing him, so he took the D-League route.

“Being able to still do something at a high level and not being contracted to do it, it’s weird and doesn’t make sense,” he said. “Yeah, I’m 33—but I’ve noticed people are selective with how they talk about people’s age. The view that I’m old, that don’t make sense.”

Gordon confirmed to B/R he wants one more shot at the sport’s highest level, but noted, “I’m going to have fun playing wherever I play, whether it’s the NBA or the D-League.”

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LeBron James’ Posterizing Dunk on JaVale McGee Causes Twitter to Explode

Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James wasted little time reminding Golden State Warriors big man JaVale McGee who the defending champions are during the first quarter of Thursday’s Game 1 of the NBA Finals.

James threw down a monster slam over McGee, giving the Cavaliers temporary momentum in the back-and-forth first quarter.

Naturally, social media reacted to the head-turning play:

Black Sports Online found a silver lining from McGee’s perspective:

Robby Kalland of Uproxx Sports placed the blame on Kevin Durant:

Here’s the best of the rest:

While James impressed with his slam, McGee will look to get the last laugh with a Warriors win at home.

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Former Pistons GM Jack McCloskey Dies at Age 91

The Detroit Pistons announced Jack McCloskey, who was the team’s general manager from 1979 to 1992, died Thursday at age 91.

McCloskey’s wife, Leslie, told the Detroit Free Press‘ Perry A. Farrell in May that McCloskey was suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.

McCloskey was one of the architects of the “Bad Boys” era for the Pistons that saw the franchise win NBA titles in 1989 and 1990.

Prior to McCloskey’s arrival, the Pistons had been a somewhat consistent presence in the playoffs but hadn’t reached the NBA Finals since 1956, but between 1979 and 1981, Detroit had won 37 games. In short, McCloskey inherited a total rebuilding job.

By the time he left, the franchise was transformed. In addition to its two titles, Detroit lost to the Los Angeles Lakers in seven games in the 1988 NBA Finals and fell to the Michael Jordan-led Chicago Bulls in the 1991 Eastern Conference Finals.

The legacy of the Bad Boys has far outlasted McCloskey’s tenure and the careers of the key stars. 

And McCloskey played a key role in making in happen.

In addition to drafting Isiah Thomas, Joe Dumars, John Salley and Dennis Rodman, he earned the nickname “Trader Jack” for his wheeling and dealing behind the scenes. Vinnie Johnson, Bill Laimbeer and Mark Aguirre were among those McCloskey acquired through trades.

While he has yet to receive enshrinement in the Basketball Hall of Fame, McCloskey arguably had as big of an impact as any NBA front-office executive in the 1980s.

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Michael Buffer Says ‘Let’s Get Ready to Rumble’ Before Cavaliers-Warriors Game 1

The Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers are ready to rumble.

Famous announcer Michael Buffer came out before Thursday’s Game 1 to ask the fans at Oracle Arena if they were ready to rumble before tip, as the NBA shared:

Tim Bontemps of the Washington Post and Bomani Jones of ESPN were interested in what Buffer commanded for his appearance:

Former Cleveland Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar reacted as well:

A highly anticipated third straight Finals matchup between the Cavaliers and Warriors probably didn’t need any more hype or energy, but it received just that before Thursday’s contest.

 

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Adam Silver Discusses LeBron James, State of NBA at Pre-Finals Press Conference

NBA commissioner Adam Silver addressed the state of the league Thursday at a meeting with the media before Game 1 of the Finals between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors, and he spoke briefly about the racist graffiti that was found on the front gate of LeBron James‘ Los Angeles home Wednesday.

“It’s a sad state of affairs,” Silver said of the incident, according to ESPN’s J.A. Adande

 

This article will be updated to provide more information on this story as it becomes available.

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Steve Kerr Ruled Out of Game 1 vs. Cavaliers Due to Back Problems

The Golden State Warriors will reportedly be without head coach Steve Kerr for Thursday’s Game 1 of the NBA Finals.

According to Anthony Slater of the Mercury News, Mike Brown will fill in for Kerr for the 11th straight game this postseason.

“Kerr hasn’t officially been ruled out of the rest of the series, but his health issues, stemming from a back surgery gone bad two years ago, are still bothering him to the point that he is not able to return to the sidelines,” Slater wrote.

However, Kerr will be in Oracle Arena on Thursday and could address the Warriors at halftime.

He last coached in Game 2 of Golden State’s first-round series against the Portland Trail Blazers. He said during that series he would treat the situation with the appropriate caution despite the playoff stage, via Slater:

The Warriors are yet to miss Kerr from a won-loss standpoint considering they are undefeated in the playoffs. Still, they are facing a Cleveland Cavaliers squad that beat them in last year’s NBA Finals even after they seized a 3-1 lead and will likely be challenged more than they were in the Western Conference playoffs.

Kerr’s absence sets up an interesting subplot with Brown because he coached Cleveland from 2005 through 2010. He teamed with LeBron James to help the Cavaliers reach the 2007 NBA Finals, a series the San Antonio Spurs swept.

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Al Horford, Marcus Smart, Avery Bradley Among Celtics Who Played Injured vs Cavs

The Boston Celtics were reportedly dealing with numerous physical setbacks when playing against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals.

According to Adam Himmelsbach of the Boston Globe, Al Horford was playing through an elbow injury, Marcus Smart was dealing with “significant back spasms,” and Jaylen Brown and Avery Bradley suffered hip injuries.

That’s not even including Isaiah Thomas’ hip injury, which kept him out of the final three games of the series.

President of basketball operations Danny Ainge said neither Horford’s elbow injury nor Smart’s back spasms will require offseason surgery.

“It was just guys playing with a lot of stuff,” Ainge said, per Himmelsbach. “But Avery had some incredible performances, especially when you’ve got a hip pointer on both hips. I mean, that’s pretty tough.”

This news comes after Thomas said he is waiting for the swelling in his hip to decrease before ultimately deciding whether he will need surgery in the offseason, via Himmelsbach.

Considering how dominant the Cavaliers have been all postseason, it is disingenuous to say the No. 1-seeded Celtics would have won the series if healthy. After all, every team is dealing with bumps and bruises this late into the year even if Boston’s were more significant, and LeBron James was on the other side.

Still, the injuries make Boston’s Game 3 win all the more impressive, especially since Thomas was sidelined and the injured Bradley hit the game-winner.

The Celtics will now look to use the offseason to return to health and add the No. 1 pick—if they don’t trade it—to a core that won 53 games and reached the conference finals.

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