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Smack / Oct 21, 2010 / 1:41 am

Orlando runs unbeaten preseason streak to 21 wins

Vince Carter

Funny how everybody looks at preseason differently. If your team is killing, the exhibition games only make you more optimistic for the season. If your team is getting killed (or if your rival is killing), you’re in full “It’s just preseason, it doesn’t matter” mode. However you slice it, the Orlando Magic have turned the NBA preseason into a Rookie mode dynasty on NBA 2K. Last night’s win over the Mavs was the 21st straight preseason win for the Magic, and it seems like every one of them has been a blowout. Does it mean anything? Read More »

NBA / Oct 20, 2010 / 2:30 pm

Orlando Magic 2010-11 NBA Season Preview

Jameer Nelson

As the NBA regular season approaches, we preview the upcoming campaign with the “Highs and Lows” system — predicting the respective ceiling and basement for each team.

Added: Quentin Richardson, Chris Duhon, Daniel Orton, Malik Allen

Lost: Matt Barnes, Anthony Johnson Read More »

Smack / Oct 2, 2010 / 3:11 am

NBA Training Camp updates on the Lakers’ biggest challengers

Al Jefferson

As Week 1 of NBA training camp continues, we’re learning some things about the teams that will challenge the L.A. Lakers in the West. In Utah, Al Jefferson is looking less like Karl Malone and more like Carl Winslow, showing up to Jazz camp at 280 pounds when he was at 265 last year in Minnesota. It’s not exactly Mike Sweetney territory, but — as we were reminded in the conference semis sweep — the Jazz don’t have any margin for error if they’re seriously trying to knock off L.A. this time around. Read More »

College, NBA, NBA Draft / Jul 9, 2010 / 1:00 pm

John Wall & DeMarcus Cousins: Kentucky Rookies Set To Rule

DeMarcus Cousins

Kentucky ruled the first round on Draft Night with a record-breaking five first-round picks. John Calipari called it the greatest night in Kentucky hoops history, a night when Lexington blue kicked-off the top 30 frenzy and also ended it. With NBA Summer League going on right now, let’s look forward to what we can expect from those five rookies next season: Read More »

Smack / Jul 7, 2010 / 2:33 am

LeBron sets a date; Who’s the lucky franchise?

LeBron James

What constitutes “news” these days? It was already getting hard to tell after the past week of one million made-up rumors and random speculation, but then this LeBron-on-Twitter thing hit yesterday and further confused the situation. If you haven’t heard, LeBron officially signed onto everybody’s favorite social media toy, and that development was actually reported by the Associated Press and other major outlets like a real-life “news” story. (Not that we’re claiming superiority; we’re all following @KingJames too.) Read More »

Smack / Jul 6, 2010 / 12:09 am

Kings of New York: Amar’e, Lance Stephenson own the day

Born Ready

Best-case scenario: Amar’e Stoudemire is for the Knicks what Patrick Ewing used to be, a dominant interior force who can carry a slumping franchise back to its glory days. (Even better “best-case” is if he convinces LeBron or Carmelo to join him.) Worst-case: Amar’e is the next Allan Houston, New York’s $100 million letdown who will be remembered for effectively putting the ball in the bucket and not much else … Amar’e made the first real big free-agency splash of the summer yesterday, agreeing to a five-year, $100 million deal with the Knicks — putting NY back on the map and leaving Phoenix scrambling for a replacement if they want to keep contending for a championship. Read More »

College / Jul 2, 2010 / 3:21 pm

NCAA investigating Kentucky for alleged player-agent agreements

John Wall at Kentucky

I’m all for the concept of “innocent until proven guilty,” but I doubt few people were surprised to hear about the latest potential scandal involving Kentucky basketball.

According to sources cited by gossip site TMZ (so take it with a grain of salt), the NCAA is taking an “aggressive look” at UK’s program, and specifically into the possible involvement of four players with pro agents. Read More »

NBA / Jul 1, 2010 / 3:23 pm

NBA Trade Rumor: Carlos Boozer to Orlando for Vince Carter

Carlos Boozer

After their season ended in disappointing fashion, Orlando Magic GM Otis Smith vowed that changes would be made, but also said he didn’t foresee a major roster overhaul. If today’s rumor that Carlos Boozer may be headed to Orlando is true, then change is certainly coming.

The proposed sign-and-trade for Boozer would have Orlando getting Boozer while giving the Jazz Vince Carter, Marcin Gortat and Brandon Bass. Read More »

NBA, NBA Draft / Jun 25, 2010 / 12:30 pm

Top 5 Biggest NBA Draft Losers

Each year during the NBA Draft, some teams come out looking significantly better than they had prior, while other teams have you scratching your heads searching for answers. These five teams made some very questionable decisions last night, and ultimately came out of the Draft as the Top 5 NBA Draft Losers. Read More »

Smack / Jun 25, 2010 / 4:25 am

The First Day of the Rest of Your NBA Career: 2010 NBA Draft

John Wall

Of all people, Lou Williams best summed up last night’s NBA Draft and the surrounding, um, activities. On his Twitter account (@TeamLou23), Williams wrote: “Early congrats to all the guys gettin drafted tonight and for all the women in NYC tryna get drafted as well. G’luck ladies.” … While the first five picks went pretty much according to form — John Wall to Washington, Evan Turner to Philly , Derrick Favors to Jersey, Wes Johnson to Minnesota, and DeMarcus Cousins to Sacramento — things started getting crazy at six. The Warriors passed on Greg Monroe (a big man who can rebound and pass better than almost all of G-State’s guards) to take Baylor’s Ekpe Udoh, which appeared to cause Detroit to drop its fascination with Ed Davis and snatch up Monroe. Read More »