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  • Horford playing it safe in Hawks' camp

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    30 Sep 2014 | 7:06 pm
    Al Horford stood on the sideline during the first day of training camp Tuesday, tugging anxiously at his No. 15 jersey while his teammates went through a five-on-five drill.
  • OJ Mayo Lost 15-20 Pounds and Says ‘Last Year is Dead’

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    Marcel Mutoni
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Milwaukee Bucks guard OJ Mayo ballooned in weight and endured a miserable season in 2013-’14. That’s all behind him now, the 26-year old Mayo says, and he’s ready to have a much better year. New Bucks head coach Jason Kidd envisions Mayo — who played in only 11 games after Jan.25, and missed 17 of the team’s final 19 games — playing a large role this season. Per the Journal Sentinel: “Last year is dead and buried,” Mayo said after practice at the Cousins Center. “You all can dig it up if you want. … It was a summer to get better. As…
  • Bosh, Wade Prepare For New Challenge

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    CJ
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:57 am
    When Lebron James announced that he was going back to the Cleveland Cavaliers, it was an end of an era in South Beach. He was able to win a pair of NBA championships with the Miami Heat, and he also made the NBA finals all 4 seasons he wore the jersey. Now, the team looks to move on, as 2 of the big 3 still remain on the squad. Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade have certainly heard the doubters, and they are putting in the work to show that they are still contenders in the Eastern conference. Things did not exactly and as planned last season for the Miami Heat. They were looking for their 3rd…
  • Guilty plea is expected in Heat fraud case

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    Associated Press
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:48 am
    A guilty plea is expected in the case of a man charged with a multimillion-dollar investment scam involving three former Miami Heat players and the team itself.
  • Denver Nuggets mascot Rocky appeared at a Colorado GOP rally, upsetting the franchise

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    Eric Freeman
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:32 pm
    Professional sports franchises, like most businesses, do whatever they can to appeal to the most potential consumers possible. In most cases, this means that they shy away from making any statements or taking stands that could offend a sizable portion of their fan base. Few topics divide more than politics, and so teams typically reserve comments on social issues for special occasions in which a groundswell of support makes silence untenable. This phenomenon is certainly not unique to the NBA or other leagues, but it's apparent enough that any crossing of that line tends to stand out. An…
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  • Horford playing it safe in Hawks' camp

    30 Sep 2014 | 7:06 pm
    Al Horford stood on the sideline during the first day of training camp Tuesday, tugging anxiously at his No. 15 jersey while his teammates went through a five-on-five drill.
  • Wizards, Cavaliers renew dormant rivalry

    30 Sep 2014 | 5:04 pm
    Dormant for years, the rivalry between the Washington Wizards and Cleveland Cavaliers may be back.
  • Hornets' Jefferson ready to build on last season

    30 Sep 2014 | 4:33 pm
    Al Jefferson breaks into a wide, giddy smile and anxiously rubs his large hands together when he thinks about what he and the Charlotte Hornets might to able to accomplish this season.
  • Timberwolves move on without star Love

    30 Sep 2014 | 4:13 pm
    The Kevin Love era officially ended in Minnesota in August when he was traded to Cleveland to team up with LeBron James and the Cavaliers. In retrospect, it may have been over far sooner.
  • Ex-NBA player George seeks new fraud trial

    30 Sep 2014 | 3:51 pm
    A former NBA player convicted of wire fraud in an alleged real estate Ponzi scheme is seeking to have his conviction thrown out and claiming prosecutorial misconduct, among other allegations.
 
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  • OJ Mayo Lost 15-20 Pounds and Says ‘Last Year is Dead’

    Marcel Mutoni
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Milwaukee Bucks guard OJ Mayo ballooned in weight and endured a miserable season in 2013-’14. That’s all behind him now, the 26-year old Mayo says, and he’s ready to have a much better year. New Bucks head coach Jason Kidd envisions Mayo — who played in only 11 games after Jan.25, and missed 17 of the team’s final 19 games — playing a large role this season. Per the Journal Sentinel: “Last year is dead and buried,” Mayo said after practice at the Cousins Center. “You all can dig it up if you want. … It was a summer to get better. As…
  • JR Smith Calls Dennis Rodman Comparison ‘an Honor’

    Marcel Mutoni
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:50 am
    The New York Knicks are holding training camp at Army’s Christl Arena in West Point, NY. JR Smith, naturally, feels a bit out of place. Smith, a notorious night owl, acknowledges that he wouldn’t survive in the armed forces. Smith says team president Phil Jackson comparing him to Dennis Rodman — the personality, not necessarily the basketball player — is something to be proud of. Per the NY Post: Could Smith have been a cadet, with the dawn-hour inspections at the barracks? [...] “I definitely don’t think I could do it,’’ Smith said. “Wake up at 5 a.m., go to…
  • DeMarcus Cousins Aiming for Only 5 Technical Fouls This Season

    Marcel Mutoni
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:40 am
    Inside DeMarcus Cousins’ locker in Sacramento hangs a sheet with the number 5 on it. The big fella is looking to improve his relationship with the referees, and set a goal of only getting whistled for a handful of technical fouls this season. Boogie Cousins, who’s never accumulated fewer than 12 technical fouls in a single season and has averaged 14.8 per year, tied for a League-high 16 techs in 2013-’14: This would be less than a tech a month for the season …. pic.twitter.com/qaPaujhC9D — Jason Jones (@mr_jasonjones) September 30, 2014 The post DeMarcus Cousins…
  • Stephen Curry Says the Warriors Have the Best Backcourt in the NBA

    Marcel Mutoni
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    Golden State Warriors All-Star guard Stephen Curry likely won’t engage in the war of words between the backcourts in Cleveland and Washington, but in his opinion, the Curry-Klay Thompson duo is the best backcourt in the NBA. Speaking of being the best, Curry wants to challenge his new head coach Steve Kerr to a three-point contest. Per the San Fran Chronicle: Curry on why he and Kerr haven’t had a three-point contest yet: “He’s blaming it on his knees not being ready to take on that many jump shots. He got up and down pretty well in a couple of three-man weaves to demonstrate how…
  • Kevin Martin Claims He Learned Kevin Love Was Traded This Week

    Marcel Mutoni
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:20 am
    Minnesota Timberwolves guard Kevin Martin told reporters at Media Day that he didn’t find out about the blockbuster trade of former All-Star teammate Kevin Love until he showed up for training camp. Martin apparently made this claim with a straight face. Per the Star Tribune: If anybody had the inside scoop on betting the exact date, it was Wolves center Nikola Pekovic, who shares the same agent with Love. [...] “My agent informed me what was happening,” Pekovic said. “I think the loss of Kevin Love, there was something in the air toward the end of the season. Still, we had some…
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  • Bosh, Wade Prepare For New Challenge

    CJ
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:57 am
    When Lebron James announced that he was going back to the Cleveland Cavaliers, it was an end of an era in South Beach. He was able to win a pair of NBA championships with the Miami Heat, and he also made the NBA finals all 4 seasons he wore the jersey. Now, the team looks to move on, as 2 of the big 3 still remain on the squad. Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade have certainly heard the doubters, and they are putting in the work to show that they are still contenders in the Eastern conference. Things did not exactly and as planned last season for the Miami Heat. They were looking for their 3rd…
  • Adidas Unveiled The J Wall 1 Signature Basketball Shoe

    CJ
    29 Sep 2014 | 2:12 pm
    adidas today unveiled the J Wall 1 signature basketball shoe – The first in a line of signature products designed for Washington Wizards NBA All-Star point guard, John Wall. The J Wall 1 features a sleek, bold design inspired by Wall’s quick on-court play and fashion forward off-court style. Each piece of the collection is branded with the new John Wall logo which incorporates Wall’s initials, “JW” and is designed with the “J” crossing-over to the “W” as a nod to his quick playing style and ability to cross over defenders. The J Wall 1 launches at adidas.com and Foot Locker…
  • NBA Star Jeremy Lin Meets Fans at Culver City Foot Locker

    CJ
    26 Sep 2014 | 8:31 am
    Yesterday, Los Angeles Lakers guard Jeremy Lin greeted fans at Foot Locker at the Westfield Mall in Culver City to celebrate his arrival to L.A. and the opening of the adidas a Standard – An exclusive destination within select Foot Lockers offering the best of adidas’ performance and style collections. More than 350 fans gathered to meet Jeremy, get autographs and take selfies with the new Laker. Jeremy and the Lakers surprised 75 fans that waited in line with game tickets to see him in action during one of the Lakers’ upcoming home games. Stay tuned to adidas Basketball Facebook,…
  • Introducing The Nike LeBron 11 Low ‘China’

    CJ
    25 Sep 2014 | 8:14 am
    A few weeks ago, we saw Kobe Bryant’s special ‘China’ colorway of his ninth signature shoe, and now LeBron James gets his turn in the spotlight. The LeBron 11 Low has seen it’s share of special colorways, but the Nike LeBron 11 Low ‘China’ might be the best one yet. Reminiscent of fine Chinese porcelain, the latest LeBron 11 Low features a blue-and-white swirl pattern above a clean white midsole and icy-blue Max Air cushioning unit. On the heel counter, a spray of blue speckles builds on the shoe’s unique look. If you’re feeling this colorway, you can pick up a pair…
  • Step Up Your Game With The Nike Air Max Lunar 90

    CJ
    8 Sep 2014 | 7:53 am
    Nike recently released another awesome retro sneaker, the Nike Air Max Lunar 90 WR, featuring the iconic silhouette while getting updated with modern extras for a comfortable, high-performance fit. Designed for challenging conditions, the Nike Air Max Lunar 90 WR (Water Resistant) shoe features a seam-sealed water-resistant nylon upper to help keep your feet dry. A Lunarlon midsole and Nike Air heel unit deliver lightweight cushioning and a smooth ride. I loved the ‘Infrared’ treatment that Nike gave these shoes, which in my opinion is the best colorway available for the Air Max…
 
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  • Denver Nuggets mascot Rocky appeared at a Colorado GOP rally, upsetting the franchise

    Eric Freeman
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:32 pm
    Professional sports franchises, like most businesses, do whatever they can to appeal to the most potential consumers possible. In most cases, this means that they shy away from making any statements or taking stands that could offend a sizable portion of their fan base. Few topics divide more than politics, and so teams typically reserve comments on social issues for special occasions in which a groundswell of support makes silence untenable. This phenomenon is certainly not unique to the NBA or other leagues, but it's apparent enough that any crossing of that line tends to stand out. An…
  • Kevin Martin swears he didn't know Kevin Love was traded until training camp hit

    Kelly Dwyer
    30 Sep 2014 | 2:37 pm
    Former Minnesota Timberwolves superstar Kevin Love was, in effect, dealt to the Cleveland Cavaliers during the first week of August. The Wolves and Cavs could not execute the deal until Aug. 23 because of the NBA’s bylaws regarding the trading of rookies, but eventually the two teams did follow through on the agreed-upon move to send Love (in essence) to Cleveland for youngsters Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett, and scoring forward Thaddeus Young. That’s a pretty large franchise shift, especially for a player in Kevin Martin who decided to join Minnesota two summers ago so as to ride out…
  • The 10-man rotation, starring the unique resolution to the Morris twins' contract negotiation

    Dan Devine
    30 Sep 2014 | 2:28 pm
    A look around the league and the Web that covers it. It's also important to note that the rotation order and starting nods aren't always listed in order of importance. That's for you, dear reader, to figure out. C: Bright Side of the Sun. From Phoenix Suns Media Day, Dave King relays the story of how the team re-upped twin brothers Markieff Morris and Marcus Morris to four-year contract extensions: "With the agreement of managing partner Robert Sarver and GM Ryan McDonough, [president of basketball operations Lon Babby] offered a total of $52 million over 4 years to the brothers as a package…
  • Why should Trey Burke have to apologize for taking nude pictures of himself?

    Kelly Dwyer
    30 Sep 2014 | 12:04 pm
    Perhaps I’m missing something here. Actually, I know I’m missing something here. By choice I’m working without a working knowledge of what Utah Jazz guard Trey Burke looks like without his clothes on, which is not something I can say for dozens of other athletes I’ve been around in various states of undress while working in NBA locker rooms. Burke’s reason for disrobing wasn’t to change back into his everyday clothes following a Jazz game, in this instance, as apparently he took nude photos of himself and sent them to someone who apparently appreciated receiving those sorts of…
  • James Harden: 'Obviously, there's times my defense is pretty bad ... I have to be a lot better'

    Dan Devine
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:37 am
    When James Harden proclaimed himself the "best all-around basketball player in the NBA" this summer, the claim was met in many quarters with a hearty laugh, followed by a link to one of the supercuts of his poor defense that have gone viral over the past year. As it turns out, the reigning All-NBA First Team shooting guard heard every last chuckle, even all the way over in Spain for the 2014 FIBA World Cup, and while he understands the skepticism regarding both his commitment and capacity to play both ends of the floor, he's entering the 2014-15 season intent on making us all into believers.
 
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  • Previewing the 2014-15 Pistons: Jodie Meeks

    Sean_Corp
    1 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Stan Van Gundy's newest weapon provides much-needing perimeter shooting but that's not all. When reviewing game film of Jodie Meeks last season he reminded me of a former Detroit Piston -- Rodney Stuckey. Wait, wait, don't throw your laptop out the nearest window just yet. He reminds me of Rodney Stuckey ... with 3-point shooting. Stuckey was a quality player whose game was always hampered by his inability to develop a jump shot. Meeks is everything good about Stuckey plus the ability to sink 150 3s per season. [Jodie] Meeks is everything good about [Rodney] Stuckey plus the ability to sink…
  • Greg Monroe and the Pistons have something to prove to each other

    Sean_Corp
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:33 am
    Monroe wouldn't commit to the team because of "things," while the Pistons have 82 games to decide if a pairing of Monroe and Andre Drummond even makes sense. Whatever went wrong last year, Greg Monroe isn't willing to throw anyone under the bus. Speaking at media day Monday at the Pistons practice facility, the Detroit big man wouldn't get into the details of why he turned down a multi-year deal and instead opted to sign his one-year qualifying offer. "There were a few things" and "there's been a lot of different things here" was the closest Monroe came to addressing the reasons behind his…
  • Stan Van Gundy's big problem

    Sean_Corp
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:38 am
    While getting everyone to buy into the game plan will be difficult, how he handles his three big men is priority No. 1 in training camp. Stan Van Gundy has a big problem. No, I mean he literally has a big problem, as in he has three big men who want to start and only two spots for them. While there is myriad issues Van Gundy faces as he takes control of the Detroit Pistons, there is no bigger priority than sorting out how he going to make the combination of Andre Drummond, Greg Monroe and Josh Smith work. "(Drummond, Monroe and Smith are) clearly three of our best players and yet when they…
  • Andre Drummond: This is 'absolutely' my team

    Sean_Corp
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:58 am
    Drummond has one thing on his mind -- leadership. Andre Drummond is ready to take ownership of the Detroit Pistons. No matter what the question asked of him during Pistons media day Monday, Drummond circled back to one core principle -- leadership. It wasn't gold medals, better free-throw shooting, pick-and-roll defense or all-star appearances. It was leadership. Asked about his experience playing for Team USA? Drummond says it will make him a better leader. Asked what he learned from the coaches? Leadership. Asked what he he needs to do to grow his game? Become a more vocal leader. I just…
  • The Pistons leader is and must be Stan Van Gundy

    Sean_Corp
    29 Sep 2014 | 3:28 pm
    One of the most talented coaches in the NBA has stepped into one of the trickiest turnaround jobs in the league. Everyone is excited for a fresh start. The new head coach is preaching fundamentals and comes with a winning reputation. Josh Smith talks leadership, Brandon Jennings preaches accountability and Andre Drummond talks about growing his game. The date is Sept. 30, 2013 at Pistons media day to introduce new head coach Maurice Cheeks and kick off another season of Pistons basketball. The season would see the Pistons finish with 29 wins and with Mo Cheeks out of a job. The Pistons held…
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  • Catching Up With Chuck Hayes

    Ryan McNeill
    30 Sep 2014 | 4:45 pm
    Chuck Hayes talked with the media about the Raptors bonding over bowling, being a grizzled vet and admitted to still being bitter that the Raptors didn’t beat the Brooklyn Nets in the playoffs last season.
  • Patrick Patterson Talks About T.I.F.F. And Al Pacino

    Ryan McNeill
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:23 am
    Patrick Patterson talked with me about what loving his experience Toronto International Film Festival earlier this month, liking new movies from Chris Rock and Jennifer Aniston, joked that some films needed to be edited again and he explained how he tried to find Al Pacino for a chat over coffee.
  • Masai Ujiri Weighs In On Raptors Getting Their Own D-League Franchise

    Ryan McNeill
    29 Sep 2014 | 3:53 pm
    Masai Ujiri talked with the media about slowly developing Bruno Caboclo and Lucas Nogueira and Toronto eventually having their own D-League franchise that they won’t need to share with other NBA teams.
  • DeMar DeRozan Explains Why He Will Have A Chip On His Shoulder This Season

    Ryan McNeill
    29 Sep 2014 | 3:50 pm
    DeMar DeRozan talked with me about being irked by the ranking he was given by Sports Illustrated and ESPN, playing in the Drew League with Terrence Ross and how the World Cup helped him grow.
  • Photos From Toronto Raptors’ Media Day

    Ryan McNeill
    29 Sep 2014 | 3:44 pm
    Here's a collection of photos from the Toronto Raptors' media day.
 
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  • Pelicans Media Day Recap, Observations

    Michael Pellissier
    29 Sep 2014 | 6:01 pm
    The Pelicans hosted their media day from 1-330 at the practice facility. This was my first Media Day, but I was accompanied by Dru, who helped guide me around, and Trew, who destroyed Luke Babbitt’s dreams of becoming a giraffe. It was a simultaneously fun and informative experience- just about each player spent time in the interview corner with the media members, and Dell and Monty also spent time answering questions. If you’d like to read some of their quotes, you can check out the Bourbon Street Shots Twitter page, where my fat thumbs battled my iPhone keypad in a quest to…
  • Tyreke Evans to Miss 3-5 Weeks with Right Hamstring Injury

    Mason Ginsberg
    27 Sep 2014 | 1:10 pm
    According to a statement released by the New Orleans Pelicans this afternoon, Tyreke Evans will be sidelined for about a month after straining his right hamstring in a pick-up basketball game. As a result, the Pelicans will yet again be without Evans for a portion of the team’s preseason activities; Evans injured his ankle in New Orleans’ first preseason game last year. There are many possible reactions to this news, most of which will likely be negative. We have the “Pelicans can’t catch a break” storyline, as the team picks up right where they left off…
  • A Critical Time for Austin Rivers

    Jake Madison
    26 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    With the New Orleans Pelicans roster pretty much set, the onset of training camp and preseason is key Monty Williams to get an idea of the rotation he plans to use. Players will have an opportunity to edge out one another for limited minutes. And there is no one on the Pelicans who needs a strong training camp than Austin Rivers. Last season the now third year guard saw his minutes decline yet saw a marked improvement in many of his stats. The departure of Brian Roberts seemingly opened the door for Rivers to be the backup point guard, but the trade for Russ Smith and signing of Jimmer…
  • Average Guards Galore

    Ryan Schwan
    25 Sep 2014 | 10:09 am
    It’s that time!  Training Camp is around the corner.  The Pelicans are about to embark on another rough and tumble slog through a Western Conference that has more titans than Godzilla, Pacific Rim, Destiny, and Mecha Anime combined. The Pelicans arrive on the scene with their own trio of giants in Asik, Davis and Anderson that should provide a storm of complimentary skills capable matching any frontcourt they could face.  The only questions about that unit that remain are “Is Anderson Healthy?” and “Will Anthony Davis Marry me?” The big name backcourt trio…
  • Pelicans “Brave New Court” Redesign Wish List

    Chris Trew
    24 Sep 2014 | 10:50 am
    When Grantland’s Zach Lowe revealed earlier this month in his court design power rankings that our New Orleans Pelicans were embarking on an ambitious redesign of the basketball court, the ears of Crescent City Basketball fans perked up. His words: The Pelicans have a brave proposed court redesign that might be the league’s boldest, but they have not received final approval to deploy it this season, per several league sources. Since then, I haven’t slept much. What could it be? I’ve gone from dreams of having the best, weirdest court design in the NBA to nightmares of…
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  • Video: Recent Andrew Wiggins scrimmage highlights

    Inside Hoops
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:49 pm
    Enjoy these video highlights of rookie Andrew Wiggins from a recent Minnesota Timberwolves late-night public scrimmage:
  • Rick Fuson named president of Pacers

    Inside Hoops
    30 Sep 2014 | 2:09 pm
    Jim Morris, president of Pacers Sports & Entertainment, will move into the role of vice chairman and Rick Fuson will succeed Morris as president in addition to continuing his role as chief operating officer, PS&E chairman and CEO Herb Simon announced Tuesday. Both moves are effective immediately. “This is not about change but continuity,” Simon said. “Jim [...]
  • Denver Nuggets training camp: Jerrelle Benimon, Alonzo Gee, Pops Mensah-Bonsu, Marcus Williams added to roster

    Inside Hoops
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:28 pm
    The Denver Nuggets will open training-camp with 19 players after signing forwards Jerrelle Benimon, Alonzo Gee, Pops Mensah-Bonsu and Marcus Williams, Nuggets General Manager and Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations Tim Connelly announced today. Benimon, 6-8, 245, went undrafted in 2014 out of Towson University where he was named the CAA player of the year [...]
  • Not exactly a basketball reality TV show, but…

    Inside Hoops
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:28 am
    There are no basketball reality TV shows that we know of on any television network these days, aside from the occasional NBA TV special that goes behind the scenes of various players, but a series in that general universe is coming to TBS in Spring of 2015: “The Smiths,” starring Kenny Smith along with his wife [...]
  • Heat center Justin Hamilton undergoes heart-related procedure

    Inside Hoops
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:25 am
    The Miami HEAT announced today that center Justin Hamilton underwent a procedure at South Miami Hospital on Monday to repair an atrial flutter (abnormal heart rhythm). After experiencing light-headedness during practice, he was sent to Doctors Hospital where the diagnosis was discovered. He will remain sidelined for a few days and can then begin non-contact exercises for [...]
 
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  • DeMarcus Cousins sets a goal of only 5 technicals for the season

    Aykis16
    30 Sep 2014 | 4:11 pm
    The Kings big man doesn't want a chance of getting suspended again. DeMarcus Cousins has a bit of a reputation as a hothead, and at times he's deserved it.  Cousins has led the league in technical fouls in both of the last two seasons and has finished in the top 5 every year he's been in the league.  Last year saw him get his 15th technical in a late February matchup with the Houston Rockets, meaning he'd get suspended for each ensuing technical.  After that, Cousins kept his temper in check for almost the entirety of the rest of the season before picking up one in the second to last game…
  • 30Q: What will it take for this Kings season to be considered a success?

    Aykis16
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    We end our 2014 30Q series with a roundtable discussion on the success of the upcoming season. We round out our 30Q series today by taking a look at the upcoming season and trying to figure out just how to determine if it will be successful.  We asked each of our writers to provide their own perspective on how they'll view the Kings success, or lack thereof, this season. Akis: So, what will it take for this season to be considered a success?  Success is an interesting term, especially for a team that probably isn't good enough to be considered good.  The Kings have been so bad for so long…
  • Sacramento Kings NBA 2K15 ratings revealed

    Greg Wissinger
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:46 am
    How do the Kings stack up according to the folks at 2k Sports? The NBA 2k series has become the unquestioned industry leader in NBA video games.  Each year, the big question is how the teams will stack up, and how your favorite players will be rated.  Well, thanks to Operation Sports, we now know how the Kings will start the year. 86   DeMarcus Cousins 82   Rudy Gay 79   Darren Collison 74   Ben McLemore 75   Jason Thompson 75   Carl Landry 74   Ray McCallum 74   Reggie Evans 74   Nik Stauskas 71   Derrick Williams The list is incomplete, mostly due to roster moves.
  • Kings hire stats guru Dean Oliver

    Aykis16
    29 Sep 2014 | 8:10 pm
    The Kings just got a lot smarter. We've heard a lot about how the Kings front office under Vivek Ranadivé and Pete D'Alessandro want to embrace analytics as they rebuild the team.  We saw them try something a bit out of the box this summer by crowdsourcing draft data, but now they're going a more conventional route and simply bringing in one of the experts in Dean Oliver. Congrats to @DeanO_ESPN, the father of basketball analytics, as he leaves us @ESPN to join the Sacramento Kings. Was a huge help to me! — Fran Fraschilla (@franfraschilla) September 30, 2014 Oliver is one of the fathers…
  • Reno Bighorns to hold open tryouts in Sacramento next Sunday

    Aykis16
    29 Sep 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Think you have what it takes to play in the pros? The Reno Bighorns, Sacramento's D-League affiliate, are holding open tryouts in Sacramento at the Kings Practice Facility next Sunday.  The tryouts will be from 12pm to 6pm and you can get in by calling the Reno Bighorns office and submitting a $150 fee.  Otherwise you can show up at the door, but then the fee goes up to $200. The Bighorns can bring up to as many as five players to training camp from open tryouts, and last year four actually made the team, including Kings Summer League standout Ra'Shad James and guard K.C. Rivers, who…
 
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  • Catching Up With Chuck Hayes

    Ryan McNeill
    30 Sep 2014 | 4:45 pm
    Chuck Hayes talked with the media about the Raptors bonding over bowling, being a grizzled vet and admitted to still being bitter that the Raptors didn’t beat the Brooklyn Nets in the playoffs last season.
  • Patrick Patterson Talks About T.I.F.F. And Al Pacino

    Ryan McNeill
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:23 am
    Patrick Patterson talked with me about what loving his experience Toronto International Film Festival earlier this month, liking new movies from Chris Rock and Jennifer Aniston, joked that some films needed to be edited again and he explained how he tried to find Al Pacino for a chat over coffee.
  • Masai Ujiri Weighs In On Raptors Getting Their Own D-League Franchise

    Ryan McNeill
    29 Sep 2014 | 3:53 pm
    Masai Ujiri talked with the media about slowly developing Bruno Caboclo and Lucas Nogueira and Toronto eventually having their own D-League franchise that they won’t need to share with other NBA teams.
  • DeMar DeRozan Explains Why He Will Have A Chip On His Shoulder This Season

    Ryan McNeill
    29 Sep 2014 | 3:50 pm
    DeMar DeRozan talked with me about being irked by the ranking he was given by Sports Illustrated and ESPN, playing in the Drew League with Terrence Ross and how the World Cup helped him grow.
  • Photos From Toronto Raptors’ Media Day

    Ryan McNeill
    29 Sep 2014 | 3:44 pm
    Here's a collection of photos from the Toronto Raptors' media day.
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  • How the Portland Trail Blazers Can Improve Their Defense

    Willy Raedy
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:21 am
    How might the Blazers go about improving their defense and how much improvement should we expect? It all starts with the pick and roll, the first topic in a three part series. If you were to describe last year's Blazers in four words or less you might start with "elite offense, average defense". A thrilling and somewhat surprising series victory doesn't change the fact that, historically, "elite offense, average defense" is more typical of a first round exit than a deep playoff run.As you might expect, the man tasked with getting the Blazers to the promised land is well aware of this. Here's…
  • Orlando Magic 2014-15 Season Preview

    Chris Lucia
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:41 pm
    Philip Rossman-Reich of Orlando Magic Daily joins Blazer's Edge to discuss the 2014-15 Orlando Magic, continuing a month-long, 30-team NBA season preview feature. Over the next month, Blazer's Edge will be rolling out season previews for all 30 NBA teams. Continuing this feature, we discuss the Orlando Magic with Philip Rossman-Reich of Orlando Magic Daily. Orlando Magic 2014-15 Season Preview 2013-14 Record: 23-59, No. 5 in Southeast Division, No. 13 in Eastern Conference Roster additions: Kadeem Batts (rookie, undrafted), Drew Crawford (rookie, undrafted), Seth Curry, Channing Frye, Aaron…
  • Paul Allen Watches Portland Trail Blazers Training Camp

    Gaz
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:51 pm
    Paul Allen scopes out Day 1 of the Portland Trail Blazers training camp. Hear his impressions here! Joe Freeman at oregonlive.com reported that Paul Allen got a first hand look at the '14-'15 Blazers today. After watching the Blazer's first training camp session he spoke with reporters and answered questions on a wide range of topics. Allen was asked about his team that has so many potential free agents and if he was willing to go into the luxury tax to keep the present team together. I think it's been a while since I've been in the luxury tax. David Stern used to give me an extremely hard…
  • How Much Are Wesley Matthews and Robin Lopez Worth?

    Sagar Trika
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:15 am
    A panel of Blazer's Edge writers discusses how valuable Wesley Matthews and Robin Lopez are to the success of the Portland Trail Blazers. As we saw at Media Day yesterday (and have discussed on-site all summer) the Portland Trail Blazers can't start their 2014-15 season without the specter of next summer rearing its head. After this campaign is finished LaMarcus Aldridge will likely get a max contract from the Blazers. Nicolas Batum is already making more than $12 million per season and Damian Lillard's price tag is rising. That puts pressure on the front office to allocate their other…
  • Chris Kaman and Dorell Wright Discuss Their Role with the Trail Blazers

    RyanAChase
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:03 pm
    Chris Kaman and Dorell Wright, veterans who will be counted upon to bring stability to the Trail Blazer bench this season, sit down with Blazer's Edge to discuss their roles on a changing team. Carrying a young and largely-untested bench into a high-expectation season, the Portland Trail Blazers will depend on veterans to provide stability and support their starting unit. Two of those veterans sat down with Blazer's Edge during the Trail Blazers 2014 Media Day. Chris Kaman is an 11-year veteran coming in for his first season in Portland. Famous as a prankster, he has already built a…
 
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  • Kobe Bryant Following Lakers’ First Practice: “I Felt Like Myself”

    Jack Winter
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:00 pm
    For the Los Angeles Lakers to defy long odds and make a playoff run in the loaded Western Conference, they’ll need 36 year-old Kobe Bryant to perform as the transcendent Hall-of-Famer he’s been throughout his career. With each passing day, that possibility appears far more likely than most anyone but his ardent fans anticipated. Following […] The post Kobe Bryant Following Lakers’ First Practice: “I Felt Like Myself” appeared first on Dime Magazine (dimemag.com) : Daily NBA News, NBA Trades, NBA Rumors, Basketball Videos, Sneakers.
  • Report: Kevin Durant Can’t Palm A Basketball

    Jack Winter
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:15 pm
    Kevin Durant stands at least 6-10. His wingspan is approximately 7-5, and his fingertips hang less than 10 inches from the rim when he puts his arms above his head. Despite those Gumby-like proportions, though, there’s finally something KD can’t do on the court that some of our reads can – palm a basketball. Most […] The post Report: Kevin Durant Can’t Palm A Basketball appeared first on Dime Magazine (dimemag.com) : Daily NBA News, NBA Trades, NBA Rumors, Basketball Videos, Sneakers.
  • Wall Responds To Waiters: “You Got To Be A Starting Backcourt To Be The Best”

    Jack Winter
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:15 pm
    The rivalry for which we pined earlier today is already developing. Responding to Dion Waiters calling Bradley Beal’s boasts of the Washington Wizards having the league’s best backcourt “nonsense,” John Wall fired back with even greater aplomb. John Wall responds to Dion Waiters "nonsense" quote: "They haven't seen a playoff game yet. When they make […] The post Wall Responds To Waiters: “You Got To Be A Starting Backcourt To Be The Best” appeared first on Dime Magazine (dimemag.com) : Daily NBA News, NBA Trades, NBA Rumors, Basketball…
  • Video: I Love Basketball TV Teaches You The Spin Move Step-Back Jumper

    Dime Magazine
    30 Sep 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Once you’ve dribbled off the pass, you’re no longer in triple-threat position. Sometimes, you’ve even dribbled below the arc, and you’re spinning past your defender for a pull-up. Coach Rocky of I Love Basketball TV shows how to counter tight defense with a step-back after the spin to give you the separation you’ll need to […] The post Video: I Love Basketball TV Teaches You The Spin Move Step-Back Jumper appeared first on Dime Magazine (dimemag.com) : Daily NBA News, NBA Trades, NBA Rumors, Basketball Videos, Sneakers.
  • Kevin Durant Says He Has Killer Instinct Of Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant

    Jack Winter
    30 Sep 2014 | 2:15 pm
    26 year-old Kevin Durant, already established as one of the greatest basketball players the game has ever seen, is finally comfortable in his own skin. The reigning MVP and four-time scoring champion made that clear in an illuminative, wide-ranging interview with Sam Amick of USA Today. Absent from the piece are platitudes, generalities, and typical […] The post Kevin Durant Says He Has Killer Instinct Of Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant appeared first on Dime Magazine (dimemag.com) : Daily NBA News, NBA Trades, NBA Rumors, Basketball Videos, Sneakers.
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  • Jeff Green doesn't like blogs, worked on getting stronger

    Jeff Clark
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:27 pm
    Jeff Green is more consistent at basketball than Jeff Clark is at writing good, or well, or whatever. Ahh Jeff Green.  He's both a blessing and a curse for bloggers like myself.  If I ever want to post an article that's guaranteed to have 100+ comments, I just toss out some Jeff Green facts and sit back and watch brothers fight brothers in our own little interweb civil war. In theory it is all in good fun and this is part of the deal athlete's sign up for when they become celebrities.  Yet, sometimes you get a peek into their lives and realize that they are human beings too. They can say…
  • Celtics training camp updates

    Jeff Clark
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:44 pm
    Checking in with the Boston Celtics during their training camp practices. #Celtics coach Brad Stevens: I thought I was too gradual putting stuff in last year. Will do it more rapidly this year. — Scott Souza (@scott_souza) September 30, 2014 Stevens called Evan Turner, "notwithstanding Rondo," as good a pick and roll player as Celtics have. — Jay King (@ByJayKing) September 30, 2014 #Celtics Brad Stevens: Jeff Green has different way about him this year. Has already tried to pull James Young aside for extra tutelage. — Scott Souza (@scott_souza) September 30, 2014 Evan Turner (who…
  • First practice update

    wjsy
    30 Sep 2014 | 2:04 pm
    With Brad Stevens emphasizing a more read-and-react offense, Evan Turner is making a case to be the team's primary ball handler in the absence of Rajon Rondo. #Celtics coach Brad Stevens: I thought I was too gradual putting stuff in last year. Will do it more rapidly this year. — Scott Souza (@scott_souza) September 30, 2014 Stevens called Evan Turner, "notwithstanding Rondo," as good a pick and roll player as Celtics have. — Jay King (@ByJayKing) September 30, 2014 #Celtics Brad Stevens: Jeff Green has different way about him this year. Has already tried to pull James Young aside for…
  • Boston Celtics Camp Battles: Determining the starting power forward

    Kevin O'Connor
    30 Sep 2014 | 12:59 pm
    Jared Sullinger the starter? Not quite. If you think the Boston Celtics' starting lineup and rotations are set in stone, think again. While most people assume that the opening night starting power forward will be Jared Sullinger, nothing is official. With sophomore Kelly Olynyk and veteran Brandon Bass still on the roster, training camp and pre-season will be important for Brad Stevens in determining which player will earn that starting role. "The key question for me is who separates himself, not only as the best players to play, but as the best groups," coach Stevens told the media when…
  • Minnesota Timberwolves 2014-15 Preview - Embracing a New Era

    Dustin Chapman
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:50 am
    The Kevin Love era has officially come to an end in Minnesota, but while it is difficult to lose a player of that caliber, the Timberwolves have constructed one of the most exciting and promising young teams in the NBA. The Minnesota Timberwolves are no longer lead by an All-NBA guy like Kevin Love, but that's nothing to be upset about if you're a Wolves fan. Love was no longer happy in a rebuilding situation; these things happen. Minnesota had two choices - let him walk in 2015 and risk losing him for nothing in return, or pull the trigger now and bring in a package of valuable assets to…
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  • Bucks Media Day 2014: Brandon Knight hopes to continue growing as point guard and leader

    EricBuenning
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:08 am
    After a career best season that saw him improve nearly every level of his game, Brandon Knight faced questions about his point guard skills and whether or not he can take his game to the next level...again. Anyone who follows the Bucks closely has probably come across some type of debate about Brandon Knight. After coming over from the Detroit Pistons with Khris Middleton in exchange for Brandon Jennings--a deal that continues to look more and more lopsided--Knight posted career-highs in points, rebounds, steals, true-shooting percentage, and win shares (among several other stats) with the…
  • Bucks Media Day 2014: Kendall Marshall Learning From Past Experiences

    Aron Yohannes
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    The plan wasn't for Kendall Marshall to end up in Milwaukee this off-season, but being claimed off waivers by the Bucks was just the latest development in his short spiraling NBA career. After being selected with the 13th overall pick in 2012 NBA Draft by the Phoenix Suns, Kendall Marshall's NBA career has proven anything but typical. Two years into his career, he's already been a member of four teams, been waived twice and finished second in the league in assists per game. Still, the ups and downs of his early career have helped him become a more productive and confident NBA player, one who…
  • Milwaukee Bucks Media Day 2014: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Jabari Parker and Larry Sanders highlight start of camp

    Frank Madden
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:22 pm
    The sun is out, the future is bright, and day one of Bucks' training camp had all the Kool-Aid a Bucks fan could have hoped for... The Milwaukee Bucks' 2014 media day is officially in the books, but our coverage of the new-look, hope-springs-eternal Bucks is just beginning. Our guys Eric Buenning and Aron Yohannes were at the Cousins Center for all the cliches festivities earlier today, so look for plenty of content starting with Aron's piece on the Resurrection of LARRY SANDERS! this afternoon. In the meantime, we culled through all of our favorite Twitter quotes, pictures and commentary to…
  • Bucks Media Day 2014: Larry Sanders "Hungry As I've Ever Been" After Cloudy 2013-14 Season

    Aron Yohannes
    29 Sep 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Larry Sanders is healthy with the hopes of rebounding after a disastrous 2013-14 season that was plagued by injuries and troubles off the basketball court. This time last year, Larry Sanders was feeling pretty comfortable heading into his fourth NBA season. After a breakthrough season cemented his fan favorite status and won him a four-year, $44 million extension, Sanders entered camp widely viewed as the team's best player and the franchise's most recognizable face. But Sanders' season was quickly derailed by injuries and troubling off the court issues that forced him to take on a…
  • Milwaukee Bucks Media Day 2014: Follow along live!

    EricBuenning
    29 Sep 2014 | 6:31 am
    You guys... The Milwaukee Bucks begin their 2014-2015 season today as they host media members from all across the state for Media Day from 12:30 to 2:30 CT. Lots of folks have been waiting for this day since the end of Summer League--or even as far back as last April--and it has finally arrived. For starters, here's the official camp roster, which features everyone you'd expect plus D-Leaguers Elijah Millsap (brother of Paul) and Micheal Eric as token camp bodies. All told, 18 will enter camp but only 15 will make it to the opening night roster. Media Day is a lot of fun, but there can also…
 
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  • Golden State of Mindcast: 2014 Mini Season Pre-Preview

    Ivan Bettger
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:29 pm
    Ladies and gentlemen: we're now a month away from the 2014 season. If you've been slacking on your Warriors and NBA obsession this summer, it's time to get back down into that rabbit hole, and make your browser window all small in the corner so that your boss and coworkers don't see you wasting precious company time on Golden State of Mind. While you're at it, stick those earbuds in and fire up the ol' podcasting machine. Golden State of Mindcast is back with a mini season preview on the eve of training camp (we recorded last night), in which we mostly fret about what a Steve Kerr offense…
  • Training Camp Day 1: Live stream interviews with Steve Kerr and Andrew Bogut

    IQofaWarrior
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:59 am
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    29 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
  • Warriors sign Jason Kapono to non-guaranteed deal

    Sam Sorkin
    27 Sep 2014 | 11:25 am
    Adrian Wojnarowski (who else?) reports that Golden State has agreed to a training camp deal with sharpshooter Jason Kapono. Jason Kapono, the only player to lead the NBA in three-point percentage in consecutive years, has agreed to a non-guaranteed training camp deal with the Warriors, team sources said on Friday. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports first broke the news. Free agent Jason Kapono has agreed to a training camp deal with the Golden State Warriors, league sources tell Yahoo Sports. — Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) September 26, 2014 Kapono had apparently retired from the NBA…
  • "This could be Draymond Green’s last year with the Warriors."

    Evanz
    25 Sep 2014 | 11:44 am
    Marcus Thompson speculating on Draymond Green's future with the Warriors this morning: This could be Draymond Green’s last year with the Warriors. Naturally, my reaction was not one of joy. @ThompsonScribe "This could be Draymond Green’s last year with the Warriors.” Marcus, you’re killing me man. Killlllling me.— EvanZ (@thecity2) September 25, 2014 If the Warriors re-sign Klay early and let Draymond walk, it’s over. They will basically have no chance of winning after that.— EvanZ (@thecity2) September 25, 2014 What do you guys think about this? It hasn't even registered to me…
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  • Joakim Noah talks offseason surgery

    JayPatt
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:44 am
    Noah hasn't played much basketball since his surgery in early May, and it remains to be seen if he'll be limited during training camp. Anybody watching Game 5 of the Bulls' first-round series loss to the Wizards could tell that Joakim Noah was hurting. Noah was basically dragging one leg around the court during the second half, and later we found out that he was suffering from a knee injury and needed surgery. Noah had arthroscopic knee surgery on May 1, leading to an offseason dedicated to rehab. And while Bulls general manager Gar Forman said at Bulls Media Day that the rehab has gone well,…
  • Ricky and Jay talk Bulls Media Day

    JayPatt
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:21 am
    Ricky was at Bulls Media Day, and he talks with Jay about that and other Bulls happenings.
  • Bulls Show Podcast: training camp, Jimmy Butler's contract

    your friendly BullsBlogger
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:33 am
    From Mitch and Nillz: After nearly a month long hiatus, the Bulls Show is back with Nillz catching up with Jay Patt of Blogabull.com. We reflect on the FIBA World Cup, discuss media day anecdotes/optimism, and analyze Jimmy Butler's value. You can listen directly at their site or using the embedded player below: Subscribe to The Mitch & Nillz Bulls Show on iTunes, and follow on Twitter (@TheBullsShow). For any questions or comments, you can contact Mitch & Nillz via email at thebullsshowATgmail.com. LIKE BaB on FACEBOOK!, the Bulls Show has been contributing good stuff to the BaB Facebook…
  • Chicago Bulls rotation: will Thibodeau play McDermott and Mirotic?

    your friendly BullsBlogger
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:29 am
    Bulls brass faced the media on Monday to open training camp, and there was some...well, Bulls stuff. Gar up here spitting some truths. Just kidding. Usual media day pablum. — jon greenberg (@jon_greenberg) September 29, 2014 And maybe part of the reason they're so bland is that when they're not we get maybe too interested? Nah. So here's Tom Thibodeau when asked about his rookies, as transcribed by Ricky from media day. Nikola and Doug are two guys we're real excited we got. Nikola we waited for. And there will be a period of adjustment for him. And Doug as well. It's a big jump coming into…
  • Chicago Bulls media day in photos

    your friendly BullsBlogger
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:29 am
    tweets...with photos! There's much-needed context provided...right? In case you missed it... The stage is set for #BullsMediaDay at the new Advocate Center pic.twitter.com/x26M3GYlwl — Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) September 29, 2014 Gar just out there depressin' the folks... Forman: "The added depth will be a plus for us. All of our guys are in a good place mentally & physically." pic.twitter.com/vSDzxKHmBz — Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) September 29, 2014 The look of a man who hasn't seen a missed defensive assignment yet this season. pic.twitter.com/6q7ypPCwfY — Nillz…
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  • Pacers Preseason: Rodney Stuckey knows how to adjust to a new offense

    Tom Lewis
    1 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    The Pacers new combo guard has been through his fair share of change during his seven-year career in Detroit. Changes was the only constant for Rodney Stuckey while playing for the Detroit Pistons. So heading into camp with the Indiana Pacers, the combo guard has no concerns about picking up the offense his new team runs. "There were a lot of offensive schemes I ran in Detroit," Stuckey said when asked about any similarities in offense. "I had six coaches in seven year, so we did a lot of different things there." Stuckey did admit the scheme with the Pacers will be a little different but he…
  • Solomon Hill, Rodney Stuckey begin camp with starting unit for Pacers

    Tom Lewis
    1 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Someone has to fill the two big holes in the starting lineup with Paul George hurt and Lance Stephenson in Charlotte. Hill and Stuckey filled that role on day one of camp. The Pacers opened training camp on Tuesday morning searching for answers to unknown questions including just which players would fill in the cavernous gap in the team's starting lineup. Frank Vogel expects the two open wing positions to create the most competition in camp with a few new faces and a couple of lightly used returning players in the mix for minutes. Day one had Vogel giving the nod to Rodney Stuckey at shooting…
  • Rick Fuson adds president to COO duties with Pacers Sports & Entertainment

    Tom Lewis
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Former PS&E president Jim Morris maintains a role at the Fieldhouse as vice chairman after helping the team improve their stature in the community over the past seven years. Pacers Sports & Entertainment chairman and CEO Herb Simon announced on Tuesday that Rick Fuson would assume the role of president and chief operating officer for PS&E effective immediately. Fuson, 61 tacks on the role of president to his prior COO title as former president Jim Morris steps aside. Morris, 71 will stay with the organization in a vice chairman role, certainly available to provide advice to Simon and the…
  • Indiana Pacers Season Preview: Where does Damjan Rudez fit?

    acsnyde16
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    A look at Croatian forward Damjan Rudez and how he fits in with the Pacers this season. The Indiana Pacers' offseason has been defined more by departures than additions. First, Lance Stephenson fled for the Charlotte Hornets and then Paul George suffered his horrific injury while gearing up for the FIBA World Cup. In the midst of all the turmoil, Larry Legend and company signed C.J. Miles and Rodney Stuckey to help reinforce the depleted perimeter depth. Chris Singelton was signed as well, but who knows if he will be a consistent member the rotation. They also added an intriguing piece…
  • Pacers Media Day Links: Pacers talking about not talking, Paul George walking

    Tom Lewis
    30 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Roy Hibbert and George Hill don't plan on making the media's job easy this year while Paul George surprised everyone by walking onto the Fieldhouse floor without a boot or crutches on his right leg. The main take aways from the Pacers Media Day event were stark in contrast. To begin, PG easing his way across the floor on his own provided a ray of hope for the future. During an online interview with Mark Boyle and Chris Denari, PG even talked about hoping to return to action this year, saying he told the team they need to make the playoffs to give him a better chance to play at the end of the…
 
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  • 2014 Phoenix Suns Media Day - All the videos in one place

    Dave King
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:40 pm
    Sit back and watch all the videos from Suns Media Day 2014 in this special playlist by Bright Side of the Sun! Or, click the playlist to watch at your own pace. Eric Bledsoe Markieff Morris and Marcus Morris Zoran Dragic The Big Men Goran Dragic Isaiah Thomas Archie Goodwin Thanks Evan!
  • The Phoenix Suns Need Alex Len To Have a Big Year

    Sean Sullivan
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:20 am
    Is this the year that the Suns' young big man breaks out? Although this off-season will likely be remembered as "The Summer of the Guards", The Phoenix Suns have also made a statement by who they chose to sign at the center position. Nobody. The only "moves" the Suns made to address the post this off-season are bringing back Shavlik Randolph (his contract for the season was guaranteed after the Suns chose to keep him past the July 17th deadline), and signing Earl Barron to a non-guaranteed training camp deal. That's it. Last season, Miles Plumlee averaged only 25 minutes per game as the…
  • Solar Flares 9/30: Morris, Morris, Dragic, Dragic, Earl Barron

    Keith M. Scheessele
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    I'm confused at what exactly you can buy for $52 million. An unprecedented negotiation. The Morris boys are worth $52 million. Together. Or each. Something like that. Read more here. Here's a word that's not always familiar in Phoenix: defense. Goran Dragic says his brother Zoran can be "a little bit of a dirty player," without the ball. Oh right, Zoran Dragic is now a Phoenix Sun. And because now you're missing seeing Goran play, here's a look at The Dragon's top five games from last season. Eric Bledsoe stated that he wanted to stay in Phoenix all along. With everything that transpired, is…
  • Phoenix Suns to Morris brothers: Here's 52 million. You split it up.

    Dave King
    29 Sep 2014 | 8:44 pm
    The Morris brothers have always wanted to play together. UPDATE: Added the formal presser at the end of this story "Since day one, since the day we picked up a basketball," Markieff Morris said at the press conference where the Suns announced signing the twins for $52 million over 4 years. "This was our dream to play on the same team. We did it in college, did it in high school, and now the Suns made our dream come true." The Phoenix Suns acquire Marcus Morris less than two years after he was drafted by the Houston Rockets one pick later than Markieff in the 2011 Draft, "Every time we played…
  • Video: Inside Phoenix Suns Media Day

    Dave King
    29 Sep 2014 | 7:09 pm
    Contributor Evan Wendt joined us on Media Day to film some exclusive content for Bright Side. This is just the first installment of great video from today. Take a look!
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  • Kris Humphries probably won't start shooting threes, but it'd be cool if he did

    Mike Prada
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:20 am
    The Wizards' big man, whose range generally extends only to 20 feet, was shooting three-pointers at the end of the team's first practice. Does this mean he's the team's new Stretch 4? CSN Washington's Ben Standig noticed something interesting at the end of the Wizards' first training camp practice on Tuesday: Getting to watch Wizards practice now. Well, more like watching them shoot. Kris Humphries taking lots of corner 3's.#WizardsTalk — Ben Standig (@BenStandig) September 30, 2014 Then, he wrote about it, with shot charts, pictures and everything. No definitive conclusions were made,…
  • Wizards look for ways to replace Trevor Ariza

    Umair Khan
    30 Sep 2014 | 2:31 pm
    Trevor Ariza became a key cog in Washington's defense over the past two seasons. With him gone now, the Wizards will look to fill that void internally. How will they do so? WASHINGTON -- Two years ago, you wouldn't dare to dream up a scenario in which Paul Pierce chose to sign with the Washington Wizards in free agency. Despite overhauling an entire roster, the Wizards hadn't rid themselves of a losing culture. Under a young point guard still learning the game and an unproven head coach with a shoddy track-record, the cards were stacked against them. "The culture wasn't good," Pierce admitted…
  • The 10 biggest questions of Washington Wizards training camp

    Mike Prada
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:39 am
    These are the big issues that will determine how successful the next month of Wizards basketball ends up being. How will they be answered? Media day and the talk of mohawks and goofy photos is now over. Soon, the business of actually preparing for the biggest Washington Wizards season in years begins. Here are 10 key issues that I'm tracking as training camp begins. 1. Can Randy Wittman build a better offense? We begin with the head coach because this is the head coach's time to install most of what he wants the team to carry out during the season. Long travel schedules and an increased…
  • Wizards, Cavs fight over the best backcourt in the NBA

    Amin Vafa
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:39 am
    WIZARDS CAVS RIVALRY ALREADY HEATING UP, Y'ALL! UPDATE: Here's Wall's full quote, which is even hotter than the tweets: "Why he thinks that? They haven't seen a playoff game yet so when they make one they can start talking," said Wall, who took the Wizard to the second-round of the postseason for the first time in his four-year career and became a first-time All-Star, when asked about Waiters' comments. The Cavs, despite having an All-Star point guard in Kyrie Irving and Waiters together for two seasons, have won an average of just 28 games per year. "If you're going to be the best backcourt,…
  • Drew Gooden's storybook ending lands him in D.C.

    Nick Bilka
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:25 am
    Drew Gooden's career could have been over last year. Then, he got a call from the Washington Wizards. WASHINGTON -- Drew Gooden's NBA career has taken him all over the United States, from playing four seasons with Lebron James in Cleveland to playing a single game in Sacramento in 2009. One place Gooden probably didn't expect to be in 2014 was on his couch in Florida, not knowing if he'd play in the NBA again. Several years earlier, Gooden has signed a five-year ontract with the Milwaukee Bucks. But despite Gooden's efforts to make a home in Milwaukee -- including becoming best buds with…
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  • Sharpshooter Richard Jefferson ecstatic to land with Mavs

    Bobby Karalla
    30 Sep 2014 | 12:03 pm
    Getting to know Richard JeffersonMavs F Richard Jefferson dishes on why he chose to play for Dallas, the secret to his longevity in the league, his spectacular sense of humor and much more! Richard Jefferson isn’t your typical basketball player. That’s an awfully common statement, one that you see all the time. Players have Twitter and Instagram accounts in today’s NBA, giving fans a glimpse into their personal lives. It makes unique players even more unique than we thought they were. For example, this summer Ekpe Udoh hosted a meeting for his own book club made up of fans…
  • Chandler Parsons is eager to show his versatility for Mavs this season

    Earl K. Sneed
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:06 am
    DALLAS — Prior to ever taking the court for an official practice with his new team, Dallas Mavericks small forward Chandler Parsons had already began to turn heads during offseason workouts. Joining the Mavericks this summer during free agency after signing a reported three-year deal worth $46 million, Parsons knew he would have to take another step in his budding career following three seasons with the Houston Rockets. So, after not making the final cut for the USA Basketball National Team that competed in the FIBA World Cup, Parsons immediately traveled back to Dallas and began…
  • Mavs look to hit the ground running when training camp commences Tuesday

    Earl K. Sneed
    29 Sep 2014 | 2:02 pm
    DALLAS — Despite adding a cast of new characters this summer, the Dallas Mavericks expect to hit the ground running this upcoming season with a strong first day of training camp on Tuesday. Starting the jelling process already this summer during offseason workouts, the new-look Mavericks don’t expect to have a rocky start to the season when it tips off Oct. 28 against the defending NBA champion San Antonio Spurs. With that said, the Mavs are also well aware that it will take plenty of chemistry in order for the team to accomplish its ultimate goal of seizing the championship at…
  • Rick Carlisle says Mavs will rely on grit, toughness in ’14-15

    Earl K. Sneed
    26 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    DALLAS — Despite leading his team through the 2013-14 schedule with a 49-33 record and returning the franchise to the playoffs for a 13th time in the last 14 years, Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle enters this season with loftier aspirations. Looking to build on last season’s success, Carlisle hopes to see this year’s squad exhibit the same grit and toughness that was on display when the Mavericks pushed the eventual champion San Antonio Spurs to seven games in the first round of the playoffs. But, with a new-look team to engineer, Carlisle also admits that it will be a…
  • Mavericks Media Day and Training Camp Information

    Adam Wermuth
    25 Sep 2014 | 12:55 pm
    1-on-1 with Tyson ChandlerMavs.com's Lonnie Franklin III chats with Tyson Chandler after the team's player introduction press conference. The Dallas Mavericks today announced the details for 2014 Mavericks Media Day and Training Camp. The Mavericks will open Training Camp by holding its annual Media Day at 1 p.m. on September 29 at American Airlines Center. This yearly event provides the opportunity for credentialed media to shoot photos, video and conduct interviews with Mavericks players and coaches as they tip-off the 2014-15 season. Individual press conferences with Head Coach Rick…
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  • Photographer Q&A: Media Days

    30 Sep 2014 | 3:58 pm
    What is it like to photograph Nuggets Media Day? Garrett Ellwood tells Nuggets.com
  • reddit Contest Winner Covers Nuggets Media Day

    30 Sep 2014 | 1:26 pm
    This year, the Denver Nuggets did something totally unprecedented on media day: they offered redditors an exclusive opportunity to cover the event. Adam Mares won, and so did NBA and Nuggets fans on reddit.
  • Denver Nuggets Announce 2014-15 Training Camp Roster

    30 Sep 2014 | 1:16 pm
    The Denver Nuggets will open training-camp with 19 players after signing F Jerrelle Benimon, F Alonzo Gee, F Pops Mensah-Bonsu and F Marcus Williams, Nuggets General Manager and Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations Tim Connelly announced today.
  • Lawson Q&A: Media Days

    29 Sep 2014 | 4:35 pm
    This is Ty Lawson's sixth media day with the Nuggets. What makes this one different?
  • 2014-15 Training Camp Infographic

    29 Sep 2014 | 8:55 am
    2014-15 Training Camp by the numbers
 
 
 
 
 
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  • New Knicks… that may or may not make the final roster on opening night

    knicksdefense
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:34 pm
    Invited to training camp are the following now signed players: Orlando Sanchez Langston Galloway Travis Wear
  • The Eastern Conference in 2014-2015

    knicksdefense
    8 Sep 2014 | 2:43 pm
    Indiana – A major injury to Paul George makes me think they’ll slip in the rankings. New York – resigned Melo, brought in Jose Calderon, Samuel Dalembert, Shane Larkin, and Cleanthony Early. Goodbye to Tyson Chandler and Raymond Felton. Phil jackson is the MVP and he is on the sideline in a suit, not ready to coach yet… Derek Fisher will teach the triangle. If they make any more changes before the season begins, look for Prigioni, J.R. Smith or Amar’e Stoudemire to be shopped. No one will take Bargnani so I hope Phil can mold him into a player who competes.
  • JR Smith wants to be a leader this year

    knicksdefense
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:10 am
    JR Smith is an x-factor for the Knicks this year along with Amar’e Stoudemire. Recently Smith was interviewed by ESPN, click here to read more on what was said. How much Smith and Stoudemire can provide on the court and in the locker room can greatly help the Knicks in their efforts to become a team to be taken seriously. Stoudemire said the Knicks didn’t “buy in” early on in the 2013-2014 season. The fact that Phil is in town and in control means there are no more excuses for the Knicks. Time is running out and the expiring contracts of Bargnani and Stoudemire mean…
  • Cavs are attempting to deal for center Timofey Mozgov

    knicksdefense
    26 Aug 2014 | 8:51 am
    Mozgov, a once-promising young Knick who was dealt to Denver in the Carmelo Anthony trade, finished the season strong check out his numbers in April:
  • Knicks add another Jackson disciple in Cleamons to fill out coaching staff

    knicksdefense
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:16 am
    The Knicks have hired assistant coach Jim Cleamons to work with head coach Derek Fischer under the soon-to-begin Phil Jackson era of New York basketball. Cleamons, leftmost in the picture above, will join assistant coach Kurt Rambis with head coach Fisher on the bench this season. Longtime Knicks stalwart Herb Williams was let go upon Jackson’s arrival as president of basketball operations. In other news, Jackson has recently laid down $4.85 million for this house, located on 57th street in Manhattan.
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  • Ryder Cup Betting 2014

    Luke Ross
    27 Sep 2014 | 4:26 am
    We’ll see captains Paul McGinley (Europe) and Tom Watson (U.S.A) take each other on at Gleneagles when Scotland hosts the 40th Ryder Cup from September 26 through to September 28, 2014. McGinley and his side are the defending champions, who defeated the U.S. side in Medinah, Illinois in 2012. Watson, on the other hand, is the oldest man to have captained a side in Ryder Cup. He was also the captain back in 1993, when the American side won the Ryder Cup at Belfry. Though he is the non … [visit site to read more]
  • Manchester United v West Ham United Preview & Odds

    Luke Ross
    27 Sep 2014 | 4:24 am
    The Premier League will set Manchester United against West Ham United on the afternoon of Saturday, September 27 at Old Trafford. Both sides are among the eight current clubs to have never gone below tier two of English football so you can expect a game that is thrilling by all standards. The Red Devils will be playing at home this Saturday afternoon. Comparing the two sides with respect to their larger league victories, we’d say Man United has the upper hand. Unlike Man U, West Ham have never … [visit site to read more]
  • Liverpool v Everton Preview & Odds

    Luke Ross
    27 Sep 2014 | 4:22 am
    Barclays Premier League will see Liverpool host Everton for a big lunchtime clash on Saturday. Liverpool won famously against Everton in the last season (4-0). Will they repeat the same streak this Saturday at Anfield? Probably not. Both the teams have yet to perform to their full potential this season. Liverpool, for instance, have lost two of their five League games. The record of Everton is no good, either. They have won two and lost three of the last five matches played. Combine that weak … [visit site to read more]
  • Chelsea v Aston Villa Preview & Odds

    Luke Ross
    27 Sep 2014 | 4:20 am
    Barclays Premier League will pit Chelsea and Aston Villa on Saturday, September 27, at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea plays to keep the unbeaten starts to the season ongoing. While Aston Villa will play with the intention of defeating the Blues on their home ground, unbeaten starts to the season will not be on the agenda. Their unbeaten streak has already been snapped the week before. The Blues remain unbeaten even though the draw at Manchester City snapped their 100 percent start to the … [visit site to read more]
  • Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur Preview & Odds

    Luke Ross
    27 Sep 2014 | 4:18 am
    Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur will battle it out at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday, September 27 and expect it to be nothing but outright fierce. Arsenal will certainly have the advantage of home grounds, but given the sheer intensity of rivalry in this North London derby, both groups will certainly bring their A games when they meet Saturday evening. In the 44 meetings of the Gunners and the Lilywhites till date, the two have scored a whopping 126 goals. This makes their derby Premier … [visit site to read more]
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  • Ask us questions following media day

    Jeffrey Sanders
    30 Sep 2014 | 4:05 pm
    I have started a weekly mailbag feature that will allow you to ask questions about the Phoenix Suns. Questions will be answered and posted in a story every Friday afternoon. Your questions can be... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Zoran Dragic’s defense earned him an NBA contract

    Jeffrey Sanders
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:51 am
    PHOENIX — Can an overseas player translate his professional success to the NBA? That’s the million (and a half) dollar question for the Suns and their final roster addition heading into... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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  • Player Preview: Kyle Lowry

    Tim Chisholm
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    With all due respect to DeMar DeRozan and the fantastic All-Star season that he posted last year, but it was Kyle Lowry that propelled the Raptors to arguably their best season in team history. Lowry handily led the team in win shares, offering an estimated 11.7 wins for the club last season (over DeRozan’s 8.8 according to basketballreference.com), which was good for 8th in the NBA, and his leadership gave the team its identity, its never-say-die attitude. Last year’s was one of the most balanced rosters that the organization has ever fielded, but it achieved what it did last year…
  • Morning Coffee – Wed, Oct 1

    Sam Holako
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:40 am
    Toronto Raptors starting from scratch to prepare for season, coach says | National Post “We’re going back to scratch,” Casey said on Tuesday after the team’s first practice, a marathon outing. “You want to skip a few letters of the alphabet but what we’re doing is starting from scratch like we normally do, building from there. We’ll build a little bit quicker from [a defensive] standpoint, but we don’t want to skip any letters, even for the older guys. [They need] to get that muscle memory back of being where they’re supposed to be and that type of thing.” To spruce up…
  • Player Preview: Jonas Valanciunas

    Garrett Hinchey
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Budding big man Jonas Valanciunas, as was to be expected from Raptor fans and NBA insiders in general, posted a landmark 2013/2014 campaign. The kinks in the armour weren’t completely ironed out – it was, after all, his second season in the league – but a number of important boxes were checked that demonstrated it wasn’t just blind faith leading the fanbase’s belief that he could, indeed, become the cornerstone of a frontline not seen in these parts since Chris Bosh (and defensively, maybe ever). That being said, like fellow soph Terrence Ross, it’s the…
  • Morning Coffee – Tue, Sep 30

    Sam Holako
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:16 am
    Raptors must build on last season’s euphoria: Arthur | Toronto Star “Hell, yeah,” said DeMar DeRozan, fresh off a summer on Team USA’s gold medal-winning group at the World Cup. “Yes, it do. Just the energy and the positivity of everything, and not the, ‘what ifs,’ so much. It definitely do. It do feel different.” He told a story about talking to Kyle Lowry from a plane headed to the Philippines when Lowry was re-signed — “I spent $45 talking to him,” said DeRozan — and Lowry, for his part, turned up Monday looking less like the fire hydrant he’s sometimes compared…
  • FACT or FICTION: Toronto Raptors Edition

    forumcrew
    29 Sep 2014 | 8:32 am
    You know how the game is played. Come make a statement on this upcoming Raptors season and decide whether you think its “Fact” or “Fiction”. The post FACT or FICTION: Toronto Raptors Edition appeared first on Raptors Republic: ESPN TrueHoop Network Blog.
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  • USA wraps up preliminary play with record-setting 119-44 rout of Angola

    Staff
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:40 pm
    Nnemkadi Ogwumike led the USA with 18 points and 10 rebounds and shot 7-of-8 from the field. Photo: Ned Dishman/NBAE/Getty Images. From USA Basketball: Box Score Additional Quotes Photo Gallery Complete Schedule & Results The 2014 USA Basketball Women’s World Championship Team (3-0) completely overpowered Angola (0-3) for a record-setting 119-44 win to wrap up preliminary round play in the 2014 FIBA World Championship on Tuesday night at Abdi Ipekci Arena in Istanbul, Turkey. The 75-point win was the USA women’s largest margin of victory in FIBA World Championship play, and it…
  • Hoopfeed Daily Twitter Digest for 09-29-2014

    Cheryl Coward
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:43 pm
    2014 #FIBA World Championship Day 2: #USA holds off Serbia, 94-74, in hard fought victory (Hoopfeed) http://t.co/Y1jKEVFW5y #Turkey2014 -> 2014 #FIBA World Championship for Women: Latest News http://t.co/ChdGSgyeyu -> #Turkey2014: Canada loses battle to Turkey, 55-44 http://t.co/88aiOYGjlr #FIBA -> #Turkey2014: Australian Opals dominate Korea 87-54 for back-to-back wins http://t.co/qEWr953ILu #FIBA -> #Turkey2014 Rest Day: Day 1 Recap http://t.co/L7eDMKY6YP || Day 2 Recap http://t.co/Y1jKEVFW5y || Video highlights http://t.co/shO3tUj1VT -> 2014 FIBA World Championship: 12 teams…
  • 2014 FIBA World Championship Daily Schedule

    Staff
    29 Sep 2014 | 11:15 am
    Tuesday, September 30 (TV: NBA TV, ESPN3, LiveBasketball.TV) Ankara Istanbul 2:00 p.m./7:00 a.m. ET Brazil – Japan 2:15 p.m./7:15 a.m. ET Serbia – China 4:15 p.m./9:15 a.m. ET Spain – Czech Republic 4:30 p.m./9 a.m. ET Australia – Belarus 7:00 p.m./12:00 p.m. ET Mozambique – Turkey 7:15 p.m./12:15 p.m. ET South Korea – Cuba 9:15 p.m./2:15 p.m. ET France – Canada 9:30 p.m./2:30 p.m. ET USA – Angola Quarterfinal Play-In Games Wednesday, October 1 Ankara Arena Istanbul A2 – B3 C2 – D3 B2 – A3 D2 – C3 Quarterfinals Friday,…
  • Hoopfeed Daily Twitter Digest for 09-28-2014

    Cheryl Coward
    28 Sep 2014 | 10:43 pm
    World Championship Day 1 recap: USA’s second-half surge leads to rout of China, Turkey stuns France (Hoopfeed) http://t.co/L7eDMKY6YP #FIBA -> #Turkey2014 Day 2, Final: France 89, Mozambique 45 http://t.co/hY1W4fzHVA -> #Turkey2014 Day 2, Final: Australia 87, Korea 54 http://t.co/sUkQyadYvA #FIBA -> #Turkey2014 Day 2, Final: Czech Republic 71, Japan 57 http://t.co/JsbSB2wXPU #FIBA -> #Turkey2014 Day 2, Final: China 65, Angola 39 http://t.co/dDXrA1pWAK #FIBA -> #Turkey2014 Day 2, Final: Turkey 55, Canada 44 http://t.co/WlbwDGTfy8 #FIBA -> #Turkey2014 Day 2, Final: Belarus…
  • 2014 FIBA World Championship Day 2: USA holds off Serbia, 94-74, in hard fought victory

    Staff
    28 Sep 2014 | 6:03 pm
    Box Score Additional Quotes Photo Gallery Complete Schedule & Results The 2014 USA Basketball Women’s World Championship Team (2-0) fought off a resilient Serbia (1-1) team that was within six points at the start of the fourth quarter before the USA pulled away for a 94-74 win in the 2014 FIBA World Championship on Sunday night at Abdi Ipekci Arena in Istanbul, Turkey. “That’s a really, really good team that plays with a lot of heart, that plays with a lot of passion,” said USA head coach Geno Auriemma (University of Connecticut). “I’m not surprised that the game was…
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    Sheridan Hoops

  • Tweet of the Night: Dion Waiters reacts to John Wall’s comments with a big laugh

    James Park
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:11 pm
    It’s always fun to discuss who the very best is in the league, and you’ll always hear plenty of different opinions depending on who you ask. The topic of interest heading into this season is the best backcourt duo. That’s quite understandable, given all the intriguing combination of talents around the league such as Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, John Wall and Bradley Beal, Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters, Chris Paul and J.J. Redick, Goran Dragic and Eric Bledsoe, Patrick Beverley and James Harden and the list simply goes on and on. So who could or should be considered the…
  • Tweet of the Day: Byron Scott Has LA Lakers Focused On Conditioning

    Michael Brumagin
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:19 pm
    Lakers players make sure their feet hit the line while running suicide sprints. The Los Angeles Lakers have opened training camp and held their first practice under new head coach Byron Scott on Tuesday. Scott’s approach is markedly different from that of previous coach Mike D’Antoni. Scott is more disciplined and structured, and so, it seems, are his practices. Big difference in coaching style, D’Antoni kept it light, breezy & fun – Scott is establishing discipline, hard work & conditioning — Eric Pincus (@EricPincus) September 30, 2014 The focus of their…
  • Photo of the Day: Danilo Gallinari Ready to Get Back on the Court

    Austin Remo
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:17 pm
    When Danilo Gallinari tore his left ACL at the end of the 2012-13 season, the Denver Nuggets’ hopes of a deep playoff run were essentially ended. Gallinari suffered the injury during a late season matchup with Dallas, and without its leading sharpshooter, Denver was upset in the first round by Golden State. After being diagnosed as an ACL tear, it was yet to be seen whether Gallo would be ready for any of the 2013-14 season after he underwent surgery. In January 2014, his knee required a second surgery after a setback during rehab from the initial procedure, ending his campaign before…
  • SH Blog: Miami Upset LeBron With Miller Amnesty, Durant Plans To Rejoin Team USA in 2016

    Ben DuBose
    30 Sep 2014 | 4:47 pm
    Many believed the Heat’s loss to the Spurs in the NBA Finals was when LeBron James first began to seriously consider leaving Miami. As it turns out, the wheels may have already been put in motion. Mike Miller, who followed James this offseason to the Cleveland Cavaliers, told the Cleveland Plain-Dealer this week that James initially began questioning the Heat’s brass when they used the amnesty provision on Miller in July 2013, sparing owner Micky Arison millions in salary and luxury-tax fees and ultimately sending Miller to Memphis. “LeBron thought it was an unnecessary…
  • May: Rondo and Celtics are Stuck With Each Other

    Peter May
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    Rajon Rondo takes as many as five showers every day. I am not making this up. So it makes perfect sense for him to break his hand falling in the shower. Sort of. This is not to challenge Rondo’s version of events that led to his latest mishap, which will sideline him for a couple of months. (But admit it: Wasn’t your first reaction something like, “That’s his story?’’) Unless some other evidence surfaces contradicting Rondo’s version, well, it is what it is. The larger issue, of course, is Rondo’s mindset going forward, not the broken bone in his left hand. He is eligible to…
 
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  • Las Vegas sportsbook sets Atlanta Hawks over/under at 40.5 wins

    Brad Rowland
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    It is often said that Las Vegas is smarter than everyone, and in advance of the season, one sportsbook has set the over/under for Atlanta Hawks victories at 40.5 for 2014-2015. Training camp is underway, and as such, various NBA preview information is popping up everywhere. However, the real "experts" had not weighed in until Tuesday, as our friends in Las Vegas have (finally) released their over/under win totals for the 2014-2015 NBA season. The leading sportsbook in the desert is the Westgate (formerly the Las Vegas Hilton and/or the LVH) has posted their odds, and ESPN brought that…
  • Atlanta Hawks Training Camp: Al Horford ok with playing center

    Kris Willis
    1 Oct 2014 | 5:27 am
    Al Horford puts to rest one of the most annoying storylines of the past several years. Al Horford put to rest one of the more annoying storylines that seems to pop up on the internet every year about this time when he told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Monday that he was fine with playing center position for the Atlanta Hawks. "The league is changing so much and we are playing at a faster pace," Horford said. "In this offense, the way I look at it, the 4 and the 5 are very interchangeable. Paul (Millsap) and I can both play inside and out. It works here. Before it might not have worked…
  • John Jenkins injury: Atlanta Hawks guard ready to compete at training camp

    Kris Willis
    1 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    John Jenkins enters camp healthy and fully recovered from the back injury that limited him to just 13 games during the 2014 season. Atlanta Hawks guard John Jenkins had his sophomore season derailed by a back injury that eventually led to surgery. It was a long road back from injury but Jenkins now appears to be healthy heading into camp. "I feel really really good," said Jenkins when asked how he was feeling. "Best I have ever felt in my life." Pretty big statement for a guy who really was never healthy for any stretch during the 2014 season. Jenkins had to shut down his summer workouts…
  • 2014-15 Atlanta Hawks Media Day - Full Coverage

    Kris Willis
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:17 pm
    The Atlanta Hawks held their annual Media Day event on Monday in advance of their preparations for the upcoming season. Atlanta Hawks media day for the 2014-15 season just wrapped up and here are a few quick thoughts on what was a productive session. Mike Budenholzer took the podium first and navigated his way through some difficult questions about the controversy that has engulfed GM Danny Ferry and the franchise this summer. Budenholzer repeatedly called the situation unfortunate but said that he and the players were trying move forward. He was very excited about his team that returns 12…
  • VIDEO: Kyle Korver on Team USA and his preparation for the upcoming season

    Kris Willis
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:12 pm
    Kyle Korver talks about his experience with Team USA this summer and how he thinks that will give him a jumpstart for training camp.
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  • 2013-14 Spurs Total Season Review: Part 3

    Chris Itz
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:46 pm
    Here you go Pounders, a long-form season review for you to relive the season. There is quite an array of links to follow for a truly in-depth season review in this one. If that's not your speed, hopefully this review can remind you of some things you forgot about or missed the first time around. The first two parts of the review: Part 1Part 2 Good news, everyone! The Spurs won the championship about three and a half months ago and now we're just under a month away from opening night. They'll get some rings, they'll drop a banner down and it'll be a great time. Here's part three of the Total…
  • Kawhi Leonard's contract extension status, Diaw to join the team in Berlin, and other offseason tidbits

    J. Gomez (Edg5)
    30 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    The last few things you need to know before we can re-focus entirely on actual basketball. Training camp is upon us! Michael Erler has been providing us some excellent updates on all things Spurs on that front and there will be a game against Alba Berlin on October 8, which will mark the official return of Spurs' basketball. But before we embark or that journey and start concerning ourselves with the on-court stuff, I thought it would be helpful to do some off-season house-keeping, explaining where the Spurs are on all the boring off-court stuff. Kawhi's (and Cory's) extension Kawhi Leonard…
  • Tiago Splitter out with strained right soleus

    J. Gomez (Edg5)
    29 Sep 2014 | 2:52 pm
    Splitter suffered a calf injury and will be re-examined in 7-10 days Two days into training camp and we have the first - and hopefully- last injury of the off-season: SPURS INJURY REPORT Spurs forward Tiago Splitter has suffered a strained right soleus. A timeline for his return to the court has not been determined. He will be re-evaluated in 7-to-10 days. The soleus is one of the calf muscles. As you probably remember, a calf injury bothered Splitter last season, so this could be related to that lingering issue or be a new malady. At this point, that remains unclear. Regardless of the cause…
  • A portrait of Tony Parker

    Michael Erler
    29 Sep 2014 | 1:30 pm
    The fourteenth in a series of profiles on each member of the 2013-2014 San Antonio Spurs. From forgotten hero to role player on a champion, Parker has had an unparalleled career in San Antonio. There have been ups and downs, but he'll go down as the most successful point guard of his generation. Regular Season68 G, 29.4 MPG, 16.7 PTS, .499/.373/.811, 2.3 Rebs, 5.7 Ast, 0.5 Stl, 0.1 Blk, 2.2 TOs, +4.0 per game, 107.5 ORtg, 100.8 DRtg, .141 WS/48, 18.9 PER, 115 YTS Points Playoffs23 G, 31.3 MPG, 17.4 PTS, .486/.371/.729, 2.0 Rebs, 4.8 Ast, 0.7 Stl, 0.1 Blk, 2.7 TOs, +4.4 per game, 112.1 ORtg,…
  • Boris Diaw is more suave than you can imagine

    J.R. Wilco
    29 Sep 2014 | 12:35 pm
    Basketball player. NBA Champion. Photographer. Foodie. Oenophile. After helping the Spurs defeat the Miami Heat in the Finals, Boris Diaw then went to Europe where he lead the French national team to a third place finish in the FIBA World Cup. Finally able to rest before the 2014-15 NBA season, Boris took a moment to enjoy the finer things in life, and take a picture of himself doing so. Not only did Boris post this to his Instagram account, but he also included a little message to his coach, "No worries pop only one glass of wine and daily workouts!" While training camp has already come to…
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  • Do the Lakers have the best bench in the league?

    Jonathan Woo
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:41 pm
    I get that people are not high on the Lakers this year and many even expect them to be in the bottom 5 in the western conference. I disagree, but we'll save that for another post. I want to take a look at the Lakers bench in this post. In my opinion, I think it is a top 5 bench unit in the league and arguably the best. So lets disregard the starters for now and just focus on the guys coming in off the bench. At PG, they have Jeremy Lin, a player who has proved to be a starting caliber point guard in the NBA. You may not think he is a top PG in the league, and you would be right, but we can at…
  • Irving and Waiters: NBA's best backcourt?

    Matthew Shovlin
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:19 pm
    Between LeBron James and Kevin Love, the Cleveland Cavaliers have a lot to be excited about as they get set for the 2014-15 season, but could their backcourt also be one of their biggest strengths? Shooting guard Dion Waiters certainly thinks so. Waiters recently responded to a quote from Washington Wizards shooting guard Bradley Beal, who said that he and John Wall are the NBA's best backcourt. "That's nonsense," Waiters responded. "[Beal is] supposed to say that, but I know deep down, he's not messing with me and [point guard Kyrie Irving]. I think me and Ky are the best backcourt, young…
  • Cleveland Basketball: Lebron and Co. or James, Irving and Love?

    Trevor Roberts
    28 Sep 2014 | 10:49 am
    We saw the slow start that Heat got off to when they first came together in 2010. This year a more mature Lebron James is saying that the offense will run through Kyrie Irving, but the general expectation is that Lebron will be the man. Will he truly share the ball the way he says? And after having not made the playoffs in their careers, are Love and Irving ready to join one of the best players of all time on equal terms? What are the Cavs going to look like come the season opener?
  • Celtics Rajon Rondo breaks his finger on left hand out six to eight weeks.

    Jake Smith
    27 Sep 2014 | 11:49 am
    Rondo will be ok, after breaking finger on left hand after fall in shower.I think Rondo is still a great player, I know he is having these unfortunate injuries, it seems like one after another.What to me Rondo needs is a change of scenery, after all what's been going on around him being on trade block often of late seeming like management wants him out anyway. It just time for a change for Rondo in my eyes.
  • Are the Knicks a playoff team?

    Max Petkevicius
    26 Sep 2014 | 1:32 pm
    Phil Jackson has stated that he believes the Knicks will be a playoff team in the upcoming season. As the President of the team he probably should feel this way, and they were only 1 game out of the playoffs last season. The team has made some big changes hiring new coach Derek Fisher and trading Ray Felton and Tyson Chandler for Jose Calderon and Sam Dalembert. Last season's steal of the draft Tim Hardaway should improve in his second year and they may have gotten another steal in the second round of this years draft in Cleanthony Early. The landscape of the Eastern Conference has greatly…
 
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  • Coach Casey Wants Jonas Valanciunas To Learn How To Dance

    Stephen Brotherston
    30 Sep 2014 | 2:57 pm
    In today’s NBA centers need to be mobile active defenders and as Toronto Raptors Head Coach Dwane Casey likes to say, they need to learn how to dance. Now dance lessons probably were not what Jonas Valanciunas thought would be on the table when he was drafted from Lithuania into the NBA.
  • Your Complete Guide To NBA Media Day

    Stephen Brotherston
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:29 am
    This was too good not to share. Every Media Day cliche in one place.
  • Raptors Are A Team That Is Still Developing Core Players

    Stephen Brotherston
    29 Sep 2014 | 6:33 pm
    The Toronto Raptors are coming off a franchise best 48-win season and have all of their key players back, however, as a young team, Head Coach Dwane Casey remains focused on developing his young core players, Terrence Ross and Jonas Valanciunas.
  • What Did The Toronto Raptors Do This Summer?

    Stephen Brotherston
    28 Sep 2014 | 7:51 pm
    With training camps about to open, what did the Toronto Raptors do this summer to build on a franchise record setting 48-win season?
  • Pro Bball Report Week in Review 09/28/14

    Stephen Brotherston
    28 Sep 2014 | 8:59 am
    On Pro Bball Report last week: Remembering Media Day, a Tim Leiweke legacy, Why Bruno Caboclo, Raptors vs. Wizards, Rondo breaks hand, Ranking the NBA West, Ranking the NBA East and more.
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  • Is This the Year of the Cleveland Cavaliers?

    Emmanuel Altenor
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:59 pm
    LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers Author: Matt Jenkins For over 50 years, fans in the city of Cleveland have been looking for a world championship in a major professional sport. The Cleveland Browns won an NFL Championship in 1964, but since then the city has been desperate for a champion to rally around. They believed LeBron James would help bring a title the first time around, but fans will gladly take a championship now that he is back in town. However, is a really realistic to think that the Cleveland Cavaliers can turn everything around in one season? When LeBron James initially left the…
  • LeBron James Unveils New LeBron 12 Shoe (Photos)

    Emmanuel Altenor
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:06 pm
    LeBron James got together with Nike on Tuesday to unveil his upcoming shoe, the LeBron 12. The Cleveland Cavalier star’s sneaker will be available at the retail price of $200. Check out a few photos of the LeBron 12 below. Darren RovellLeBron James The post LeBron James Unveils New LeBron 12 Shoe (Photos) appeared first on Basketball Bicker.
  • Sacramento Kings to Retire Peja Stojakovic’s Jersey

    Emmanuel Altenor
    16 Sep 2014 | 7:23 pm
    Peja Stojakovic’s No. 16 to be retired by Sacramento Kings.Credit: @sacramentokings Instagram The Sacramento Kings announced they will be retiring Peja Stojakovic’s jersey. Peja’s jersey will be raised to the rafters during the Kings’ home game against the Oklahoma City Thunder on December 16. Peja Stojakovic had a memorable run with the Kings as a key member of their great teams of the early 2000s. He averaged 18.3 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.0 steals in eight seasons with the franchise. His best season came in 2003-04, when he put up 24.2 points on a 48/43/93…
  • Deron Williams: Surprised by Jason Kidd’s Exit, Hasn’t Spoken to Him Since

    Emmanuel Altenor
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:01 pm
    Deron Williams surprised Jason Kidd left Brooklyn Nets. After a rough start to his coaching career, Jason Kidd was finally getting the hang of things, turning the Brooklyn Nets into a playoff threat by season’s end. And then left for the Milwaukee Bucks. It appears as though Deron Williams was just as shocked as we were by his departure. According to ESPN’s Ohm Youngmisuk, D.Will was “surprised” by Kidd’s Nets exit and hasn’t talked to him since. At his charity Dodgeball event, Deron Williams said he's surprised w/ Kidd's departure. Deron says he…
  • Lionel Hollins: Kevin Garnett to Be Brooklyn Nets’ Starting Power Forward

    Emmanuel Altenor
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:44 pm
    Kevin Garnett to start over Mason Plumlee. Brooklyn Nets head coach Lionel Hollins informed reporters that Kevin Garnett will indeed be starting for the team at the start of the 2014-15 NBA season. Nets coach Lionel Hollins says Kevin Garnett will start this season and if healthy he will play more than 15-16 mins a game — Ohm Youngmisuk (@NotoriousOHM) September 15, 2014 After a second-round playoff loss to the Miami Heat last postseason, Garnett’s NBA future was in question. He struggled in the close-out game of the series, scoring just two points to go with two turnovers. Still,…
 
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  • Bold Predictions for Dwyane Wade’s 2014-15 Season

    Cory Sanning
    21 Sep 2014 | 4:40 pm
    Coming off a season in which he only played a total of 54 games, Dwyane Wade returns to Miami with something to prove. Now 32 years old with chronic knee ailments, the questions still(and always will) loom: can he be a legit first option anymore? While highly effective as a second option to LeBron James for four years, (in which he averaged 25.5, 22.1, 21.2, and 19.0 points respectively), the narrative still has not changed, even with huge contributions to back-to-back titles in 2012 and 2013. With LeBron and the weight of the world gone, Wade seems primed for a bounce-back season.
  • Predictions: USA vs Serbia – FIBA World Cup 2014

    Harish R.
    14 Sep 2014 | 8:30 am
    Some of The League News writers have given their predictions on the FIBA World Cup 2014 final between USA and Serbia. The game is at 3 P.M. on ESPN 2. FIBA World Cup 2014 Winner What team do you think will take home the gold for the 2014 FIBA World Cup? USA Serbia Vote View Results Zach Drapkin: USA 97 – Serbia 81 Team USA will dominate the lucky (so far) Serbian team to take gold in the FIBA World Cup for the second straight time and for their fourth straight international competition gold. The Americans will be led by contributions from Anthony Davis, who will have a double-double,…
  • Top FIBA Players Being Recruited By NBA Teams

    Zach Drapkin
    11 Sep 2014 | 10:01 am
    This FIBA World Cup in Spain has been very exciting, with stars from every country emerging and with some huge upsets being won. A select few players that stood out this World Cup have been noticed by NBA teams, and are on the brink of being signed into the NBA. Some of these players have already played as NBA players, but none are currently on teams in the league. Here is a look at the top FIBA players being recruited by NBA teams: The post Top FIBA Players Being Recruited By NBA Teams appeared first on The League News.
  • The Latest on the Danny Ferry – Luol Deng Controversy

    Liam OBrien
    10 Sep 2014 | 7:22 pm
    Boy, has it been a rough week for the Atlanta Hawks organization. The answer is simple: There is no place in this league for Danny Ferry. Just days after the resignation of Bruce Levenson, the former majority owner of the ATL’s NBA franchise, following the release of a 2012 email which exposed his incredibly racially insensitive views towards a fan base which is largely African-American, discriminant remarks against Africa native Luol Deng by general manager Danny Ferry has created an even bigger controversy surrounding the team. When reviewing a free agent scouting report on Deng with…
  • Atlanta Hawks Owner Levenson to Sell Team

    Harish R.
    9 Sep 2014 | 7:55 pm
    Bruce Levenson, owner of the Atlanta Hawks, has abruptly decided to sell the team in light of racial controversy over an email he sent in 2012. His email contained some comments regarding his teams fan base. One of his statements is as follows, from CNN: Regarding game ops, i need to start with some background. for the first couple of years we owned the team, i didn’t much focus on game ops. then one day a light bulb went off. when digging into why our season ticket base is so small, i was told it is because we can’t get 35-55 white males and corporations to buy season tixs and…
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  • Watch the Best Basketball Fails and Bloopers

    Courtney Campbell
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:07 am
    For your entertainment: the Best Basketball Fails & Bloopers Compilation Vines: Including the most epic, funny fail and blooper compilation. Vol 1   Vol 2   Vol 3
  • How to improve basketball skills

    Courtney Campbell
    13 Jul 2014 | 8:05 pm
    Improving your team’s basketball skills is not about doing random drills and hoping for success. Their should be a plan and structure when developing youth basketball players.  In addition, learning how to improve basketball skills should be based on the current science. When you are training basketball skills there are 3 phases to acquisition. 1. The Cognitive Stage 2. The Associative Stage 3. The Autonomous Stage   The Cognitive Stage In the Cognitive Stage, your basketball player learns what they are suppose to do. The goal is to give your athlete a clear mental picture of…
  • How to Enhance the Basketball Defensive Stance

    Courtney Campbell
    13 Jul 2014 | 3:48 pm
    The purpose of coaching proper basketball defensive stance technique is to lead us to the ultimate goal of great man on man defensive play.  We know it when we see, and when we see it looks efficient, smooth and coordinated.   In order to improve your player’s defensive stance, first, we need to breakdown the fundamentals. Keys to great basketball defensive Stance: 1. Balance and on the ball of your feet 2. Wide base with feet slightly turned out 3. Low hips 4. Hips back and shoulder approximately over knee. 5. Staggered foot position to influence direction of the dribbler…
  • Watch amazing Basketball Dunk Vines

    Courtney Campbell
    5 Jul 2014 | 8:03 pm
    I put together a list of the best basketball dunk vines. Watch and enjoy: Dunk Vines Vol 2 Best Dunk Cam Vine Compilation Get Dunked on Compilation
  • The best Basketball Crossover Vine compilation

    Courtney Campbell
    5 Jul 2014 | 3:52 pm
    Watch an entertaining of the best basketball crossover Vine compilation. Enjoy these vines
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  • Carmelo Anthony Underrated?

    Vladimir Dessources
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Is Carmelo Anthony underrated as a superstar in the NBA? Apparently Melo believes so, in his latest comments to the media. He told Chris Broussard how he felt about the way he was viewed in the NBA. Melo told me he's "the most underrated superstar" in the league… — Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) September 29, 2014 Carmelo Anthony feels that he does not get his just due in the NBA. Often times people go back and forth about if Carmelo is truly a star or not. There is a strong contingent that is all for Carmelo Anthony and an equally strong group against Carmelo.
  • Is Eric Bledsoe a Max Player?

    Vladimir Dessources
    25 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Eric Bledsoe recently signed a 5 year  deal with the Phoenix Suns worth 70 million dollars. That is a pretty penny for a player that has been courted by many teams. Recently the Timberwolves offered Bledsoe a 5 year 63 million dollar deal. Many teams wanted Eric Bledsoe’s talents this off-season. Yet, it can’t help, but seem that Bledsoe’s  large contract was a reactionary measure  by the Phoenix Suns. Were the Suns going to Re-sign Eric Bledsoe for Max Money? The Phoenix Suns did not seem like they wanted to sign Eric Bledsoe for a max deal. One of the major tip…
  • Winning Coach That Needs to get Fired

    Vladimir Dessources
    23 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    A winning coach is never referred to be on the  on the chopping block in the NBA.  It is usually an outrage when we see a coach that is fired even though he has a winning record. There are some circumstances in which the firing of a head coach, winning or not, is acceptable. Often times there are coaches who can pile up a whole bunch of wins during the regular season, but fail to make the  playoffs. This goes even deeper to the point where there are coaches that get their team to the playoffs only to fall short in the same round every year. Mike D’antoni was the king of racking up a…
  • How to Stop Players from Flopping in the NBA

    Vladimir Dessources
    19 Sep 2014 | 9:33 am
    Flopping in the NBA has to stop! The integrity of the game is being compromised when our best stars are playing Denzel Washington. Unlike Denzel’s movies these players are starring in a real life roles where competitive balance is  being shifted due to acting. Players often act as if they are hit in the face or have been murdered on the court. Five minutes later they are bouncing around as if nothing happened. Some of the biggest culprits are Lebron James, Dwayne Wade and  Manu Ginobli. These players have won multiple championships, but it was not strictly on talent alone. Flopping…
  • Kyrie Irving The Best Point Guard in NBA

    Vladimir Dessources
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:52 pm
    Is Kyrie Irving the best point guard in the NBA?  Irving is great, but not so fast “Uncle Drew”. Kyrie Irving has a ton of flash and flare.  He has wicked handles and a great jump shot. With all that being said he still has to improve in certain areas to surpass the Tony Parkers and the Chris Paul’s in the world. It is difficult in the NBA to crown the best point guard because what is your criteria? Is it rings,is it scoring ,is it assist; All of these aspects come into play when deciding who is the best point guard in the NBA. Kyrie Irving’s name comes up as the…
 
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