The NBA is a point guard driven league. Look at personnel on the top teams in the Association. With just a couple exceptions, the best teams in the league have stellar point guard play. After the point guard position, the power forward position is emerging as the deepest talent pool in the league.
What’s been lost in the NBA is great play from the shooting guard position. Having a great shooting guard isn’t a necessity anymore. Just look at the San Antonio Spurs for proof. Gregg Popovich used a platoon of players at the shooting guard position last year, and none of them are superstars anymore. Danny Green is an elite three-point shooter, Manu Ginobili is past his prime but still a crafty offensive weapon, and Marco Belinelli can shoot it with the best of them, but struggles in other facets of the game. None of those guys – at least at this point in their careers – could carry the offense alone. Read More »
/ Oct 2, 2014 / 5:45 pm
LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers might be the league newest super-team, but they certainly have work to do to meet expectations. Talent is never enough in the NBA – champions have chemistry, cohesion, and continuity forged by years of trials and tribulations. Perennial contenders like the San Antonio Spurs, Oklahoma City Thunder, Los Angeles Clippers, and even Chicago Chicago Bulls have built those attributes over the past few seasons. James, Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love, and company have training camp to do so before the scrutiny begins and games start to matter. Read More »
/ Sep 30, 2014 / 6:15 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. Read More »
/ Sep 30, 2014 / 1:30 pm
There’s a fine line between confidence and hubris. The great players routinely toe it, careful not to cross and fall victim to the pitfalls of brash and outright arrogance. Dion Waiters isn’t and he doesn’t, two realities that led to him butting heads with Kyrie Irving and the rest of his teammates in a toxic Cleveland Cavaliers locker room over the past two years. But Waiters maintains he has a new attitude this season, and is primed for big things on the court given that new maturation and a summer of diligent training. For his pointed dig at the Washington Wizards’ John Wall and Bradley Beal to hold weight, though, Waiters will need to do far more than say all of the right things. Read More »
The colossal NBA 2K franchise is launching NBA 2K15 in less than a month (Oct. 7) after an offseason that included a usually bereft Cavs franchise landing LeBron James and Kevin Love. In 2K’s new trailer for the game, “The Land,” we get a sneak peek at the refurbished starting lineup introductions for the Cavs featuring ‘Bron, Love, recent FIBA World Cup MVP, Kyrie Irving, Dion Waiters and Anderson Varejao. Cavs fans rejoice. Read More »
LeBron James might have more confidence in teammate Dion Waiters than anyone else in the NBA. Since the four-time MVP announced his return to the Cleveland Cavaliers in July, those close to James have insisted that he has special appreciation for Waiters’ mostly unrealized talents. And now comes a report that a call LeBron made to Waiters before his decision was made public confirms that belief. Read More »
/ Aug 19, 2014 / 1:30 pm
With the return of LeBron James and the imminent arrival of Kevin Love, the Cleveland Cavaliers have championship expectations for next season. In order to reach those heights, they’ll be counting on Kyrie Irving to perform at a high level as well. Irving is a great player, but he was also part of a very contentious locker room environment in Cleveland last season. After signing a max level extension with the Cavs this summer, Irving admits there’s a more compatible roster now for him to improve as a leader.
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/ Aug 13, 2014 / 2:00 pm
Whenever people talk about blocks, we always picture contemporary players swatting the ball into the fourth row. Dwight Howard does this all to often, sometimes flexing after the fact, which has to vex Bill Russell — the godfather of the touch block to keep the ball in bounds and start a momentum-changing fast break the other way. Regardless, blocks have turned into highlights that can lead Sportscenter’s daily countdown, which is why the NBA has cobbled together the top 10 swats from the 2013-14 season. Read More »
/ Jul 30, 2014 / 9:30 pm
Tension in the fragile relationship between Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters almost boiled over last season. And as the Cleveland Cavaliers’ pair of ball-dominant guards readies for basketball life with LeBron James, one of them will have to take a backseat. Given Irving’s All-Star caliber, his recent $90 million extension, and natural playmaking instincts, the onus falls on Waiters to make wholesale adjustments or risk falling by the wayside. Fortunately for coach David Blatt and the Cavs, Waiters says he plans to do just that as a result of James’ homecoming. Read More »
/ Jul 17, 2014 / 3:15 pm
The Cleveland Cavaliers have LeBron James. That, of course, is great. But how will their offense improve? LeBron will be a huge factor, but new additions to the roster and a change in coaching philosophy will help, too.
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