/ Aug 22, 2014 / 3:15 pm
Doug McDermott (photo. Comcast Sportsnet)
Let’s just say this: Doug McDermott is definitely a better shooter than he is a singer. The Chicago Bulls rookie began his Windy City initiation by leading Wrigley Field’s rendition of “Take Me Out To The Ballgame” during a recent Cubs game. Read More »
/ Aug 22, 2014 / 2:15 pm
The Atlanta Hawks of the late 2000s and early 2010s were the laughing stock of the NBA. Entrenched in the dark confines of mediocrity, General Manager Rick Sund made one ill-timed move after another to maintain his big-name, slightly-above-average core for the sake of perennial playoff berths, (all of which ended in first- and second-round exits).
It wasn’t matching Memphis’ five-year, $58 million offer sheet to Josh Smith that killed them; that was an understandable move in principle, despite its repercussions: they wanted to keep a 23 year-old hybrid forward oozing potential on both sides of the floor and touting a PER above 19. What killed them in the long run, were the moves which followed, the ones that reeked of desperation in an attempt to keep a middling roster in a small market heading to the playoffs every year. Then came Danny Ferry and everything changed. Read More »
/ Aug 22, 2014 / 1:15 pm
Tim Leiweke announced yesterday he will be leaving his role as President and CEO of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment by June 2015. MLSE owns the Toronto Raptors, which means this will have a significant impact on the basketball team.
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It’s hard for a certain generation of basketball fans to remember how regal and dominating Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was during his 20-year Hall-of-Fame career. The stalwart Bucks and Lakers center won six MVP awards and was named Finals MVP 14 years apart (1971 and 1985). Perhaps the best way to show young fans how the man most Lakers players referred to as simply, “Cap,” conducted himself on the court, is to show you a clip of a young Michael Jordan swooping along the baseline in an attempt to dunk on the man who blocked the third-most shots in NBA history. Read More »
We have some tattoos, and a few of them came while there was some bourbon in our blood stream, which you’re not supposed to do. Despite our predilection for permanent tattoos on our bodies, we don’t have any of our favorite NBA stars — there isn’t enough epidermis for that. That being said, one fan recently got a Damian Lillard tattoo, and Dame RT’d the work last night on Twitter. Read More »
/ Aug 22, 2014 / 11:30 am
Kawhi Leonard (photo. LenArtMovies YouTube)
Training camps don’t open for another few weeks, but it’s never too early get excited about the looming NBA season. After a wild summer that saw an influx of promising young talent, several contenders reap the benefits or fall victim to the pitfalls of free agency, and the world’s best player return to his roots, 2014-2015 promises to be among the most exciting campaigns in recent memory. Read More »
/ Aug 22, 2014 / 11:15 am
It’s been a less than ideal offseason for the Indiana Pacers. After consecutive Eastern Conference Finals appearances, Lance Stephenson left for Charlotte in free agency, and Paul George suffered a season-ending injury while playing for Team USA. Add to the fact that the other centerpiece of the team, Roy Hibbert, struggled mightily in the second half of last season, and there are a lot of question marks in Indiana. But fans of the team might find comfort in knowing that George Hill has been having a great summer.
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Kenneth Faried was among the longest of shots to make Team USA’s World Cup roster when the finalized pool of training camp candidates was announced in mid-July. Even after LaMarcus Aldridge withdrew late in the process, the Denver Nuggets forward was firmly behind Kevin Love and Blake Griffin in USA Basketball’s power forward pecking order – and that was even before considering the merits of guys like Kevin Durant that can ably function as nominal interior players in international competition. Read More »
According to Jerry Zgoda of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune a three-team trade will be completed on Saturday sending Kevin Love to Cleveland in exchange for the No. 1 pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, Andrew Wiggins, the No. 1 pick in the 2013 Draft, Anthony Bennett, and Philadelphia’s Thaddeus Young. Philadelphia will receive Miami’s 2015 first-round pick Cleveland owns as well as Minnesota’s expiring contracts of Luc Mbah a Moute and Alexey Shved. Read More »
These are the days before the biggest days of Ricky Rubio’s heretofore wayward career. The one-time prodigy has reached a basketball roundabout at 23 years-old, and which route he takes from here could ultimately decide his hoops legacy. Will Rubio lead hometown Spain to gold at the FIBA World Cup? Will he become the new face of the Minnesota Timberwolves? And will he make good on the incredible promise he showed as a teenager by becoming a star in the NBA? It speaks to the divisive nature of Rubio’s game and his potential that multiple answers to each question seem so possible. If they’re to be responded to affirmatively, though, plays like the one he made in Spain’s exhibition against Croatia will have to become much more commonplace. Read More »