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NBA / Oct 25, 2014 / 6:30 pm

Gregg Popovich On Spurs’ 2-5 Preseason After Loss Last Night: “We Look Very Poor”

Gregg Popovich

The defending champion San Antonio Spurs haven’t had the best preseason. They’re 2-5 after losing at in-state rivals Houston last night, 96-87, and their pithy coach didn’t pull any punches when asked how they’re coming together for Tuesday’s regular season opener in Dallas. “We look very poor,” Gregg Popovich told the San Antonio Express News‘ Jeff McDonald. Read More »

NBA / Oct 24, 2014 / 4:30 pm

The Top 20 Centers In The NBA Right Now

Marc Gasol, Joakim Noah

The true center is a dying position, but big men haven’t been completely scrapped in terms of their relevance and impact in the NBA. Despite being erased from the All-Star ballot two seasons ago, when you peruse a box score the position is still manned by someone — even if only in name.

The league has a laundry-list of talented big men, but we wanted to ascertain who might be the best at the center position, so we compiled a list of the best in the NBA today. What you will find here are the names of players manning the middle who are important to their teams based on both previous history/accolades and potential impact this coming season. Stats and analytics tell the story for some, while untapped talent and opportunity tell the story for others. It’s all relevant. Read More »

NBA / Oct 24, 2014 / 3:00 pm

Grant Hill Says Handing Cavs Eastern Conference Title Is “A Bit Premature”

LeBron James, Kyrie Irving

The Cleveland Cavaliers are clear NBA title contenders, and perhaps favorites to win the Larry O’Brien Trophy. Sportsbooks across the betting world place Cleveland’s odds to win the championship ahead of the reigning champion San Antonio Spurs’. And while folks within the league and those covering it think Vegas is a bit optimistic with the Cavs, they’re still exceedingly high on LeBron James’ team. In overwhelming fashion, league GMs and ESPN Forecast predicted Cleveland to win the Eastern Conference. At least one NBA analyst, though, thinks it’s remiss to anoint the Cavaliers as Eastern kings so soon. Read More »

NBA / Oct 24, 2014 / 1:00 pm

Joakim Noah Has “Ways To Go” In Rehab From Offseason Knee Surgery

Joakim Noah

Joakim Noah had minor, arthroscopic surgery on his left knee in early May that was supposed to keep him sidelined for 8-12 weeks. Nearly six months later and with the 2014-2015 season just days away, the Chicago Bulls center says he still has a “ways to go” to reach full recovery. Read More »

NBA / Oct 23, 2014 / 8:15 pm

Report: Steve Nash Will Miss 2014-2015 Season Due To Nerve Damage In Back

Steve Nash

This might be the end for Steve Nash. According to Bleacher Report’s Kevin Ding, the future Hall-of-Famer will be ruled out of the entire 2014-2015 season due to recurring nerve damage in his back. Read More »

NBA / Oct 23, 2014 / 4:15 pm

Dwight Howard On Return To Full Health: “I’m Getting There”

Dwight Howard

Dwight Howard’s goofy personality, oft-ugly post game, and contentious departures from the Orlando Magic and Los Angeles Lakers make it easy to forget that he’s still suffering ill-effects from 2012 back surgery. Recent praise from Houston Rockets teammate Trevor Ariza and franchise player development specialist Hakeem Olajuwon suggested Howard is finally close to full health, though, and the three-time Defensive Player of the Year confirmed that assessment yesterday. Read More »

NBA / Oct 23, 2014 / 2:30 pm

Kevin Love Thanks ‘Wolves Fans, Talks Drive For Title In Players’ Tribune Post

Kevin Love

Kevin Love opens his exceptional debut for The Players’ Tribune in wholly surprising fashion – by lauding Andrew Wiggins. The Cleveland Cavaliers’ superstar is similarly contrite, insightful, and forthcoming as his article unfolds, thanking the fans of Minnesota, expressing his relentless drive for a title, and detailing an eye-opening flight to Rio de Janeiro with his new team. Read More »

GIFs, NBA / Oct 23, 2014 / 8:30 am

GIF: Tristan Thompson’s One-Handed Alley-Oop Smash

Tristan Thompson

The Cavs were in Memphis last night, and unlike their game against the Bulls earlier in the week when coach David Blatt tried to play a similar rotation to the one he’ll be using in the regular season, LeBron James sat for the entire game, and the players hoping to secure a roster slot the got a lot of run in a 97-92 Grizzlies win. On one play, Tristan Thompson, showed why he’s definitely in Cleveland’s rotation and could command a $11 million a year for his next contract. Read More »

NBA / Oct 22, 2014 / 11:30 pm

Video: Terrence Ross Goes Coast-To-Coast For Sweet 360 Layup

Terrence Ross

With the 2014 NBA preseason winding down, the players are looking more and more comfortable on the court as their bodies are becoming game-shape ready. Toronto Raptors wing Terrence Ross proved this point early in the second half of their exhibition match against Maccabi Haifa on Wednesday. Read More »

NBA / Oct 22, 2014 / 5:45 pm

NBA General Managers Rank Kobe Bryant Third-Best Shooting Guard In Survey

Kobe Bryant, Klay Thompson

Houston Rockets All-NBA First Team honoree James Harden believes that he’s “the best all-around basketball player in the NBA.” Meanwhile, the agent of Golden State Warriors sharpshooter Klay Thompson recently opined that his client is “the best two-way 2-guard in basketball.” So, where does that leave fellow shooting guard and Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant? Well behind Harden and Thompson as the league’s third best player at his position, at least according to a survey of NBA general managers. Read More »