/ Jan 10, 2014 / 1:30 pm
There’s a clear difference in a team that’s attempting to tank and a team that is flat out bad. There are teams that are constructed to be bad. Take the Philadelphia 76ers for example. The roster consists of players like Elliot Williams, Lorenzo Brown, James Anderson and Brandon Davies. Bless your soul if you know who any of those players are. Read More »
/ Jan 6, 2014 / 3:45 pm
Being a great sixth man is all about energy. Currently, the NBA’s Sixth Man award’s criteria is quite simple: a player must play more games coming off the bench than they start. The rule has no minutes per game requirements. Why is this important? Last year, J.R. Smith won the award playing 32.5 minutes a game, which was second most on his team. Essentially it doesn’t matter if you’re a key guy on your squad — players like Manu Ginobili, Jason Terry and Lamar Odom have all won the award in recent years while being one of the top players on their teams. Read More »
/ Dec 18, 2013 / 3:30 pm
With everyone so focused on the double travesties going down in the Big Apple — New York is ready to can Mike Woodson and Brooklyn has resorted to all types of shady practices involving soda to try to win games — two other underachievers have gotten away relatively unscathed. Cleveland was supposed to be one of the up-and-coming teams in the East this year. Instead, in one of the worst conferences we’ve ever seen, they’re still just 9-15 and out of the playoff picture. Read More »
Prior to the NBA Draft, the 2012 class received mixed reviews from all the critics. The draft had a clear number one: Anthony Davis. It had a few potential star guards: Damian Lillard, Dion Waiters and Bradley Beal. It even had the athletic postmen, Andre Drummond and Thomas Robinson. But it seemed to lack real depth. Read More »
Go into any locker room in the NBA… actually, go into any locker room in the country and you’ll hear some Meek Mill. Some Jigga. Some Drake. Music and basketball. The NBA and hip-hop. It all goes together. Read More »
There’s nothing quite like that first irrational confidence jumper from Jamal Crawford. Nothing. Sure, you probably ripped open NBA 2K14 on release day, popped it into your console and starting gunnin’ with LeBron or Kobe or KD right off the bat, playing iso-ball and leaving a barrage of pissed off pixelated teammates in your wake. That’s ordinary. Read More »
/ Oct 2, 2013 / 3:00 pm
The engine and brains of an NBA starting lineup rest with the point guard â€” the orchestrator â€” and the complementary role often belongs to the shooting guard. When the two talents fit, an NBA backcourt is a bad place to get caught up against on either end of the floor.
With the season right around the corner, and after dropping knowledge on the 15 best frontcourts in the NBA, let’s take a look at a few backcourts that will rank at the top of the league. Read More »
/ Oct 1, 2013 / 1:45 pm
When I watched the video of Kevin Durant proclaiming James Harden should replace Dwyane Wade in Sports Illustrated‘s top 10 NBA players list, a few things processed through my head, in this order:
1. Sweet! This is exactly what the NBA needs: two of its biggest superstars having beef with each other, especially superstars who play on two of the league’s very best teams.
2. Wait, this is clearly fake, right? I mean, Wade and Durant did that awesome Gatorade commercial together last year, and Durant’s tone of voice doesn’t sound very convincing. This has to be some setup for another commercial or advertisement.
3. Well, even if it isn’t real, I think I agree with Durant. Wade’s getting older and Harden is really growing into a true superstar. Read More »
/ Sep 24, 2013 / 3:00 pm
With so many young players gracing the Cavaliers roster this upcoming season, it makes sense that some would be considered kids to new head coach Mike Brown. The Cavs are so young, even third year point guard, 21-year-old All-Star Kyrie Irving is considered a veteran by some. But he has no idea why Brown has recently taken to calling him the “The Pied Piper” of Cleveland basketball. Read More »
/ Sep 16, 2013 / 5:00 pm
Cavs General manager Chris Grant is not in danger of losing his job, writes the Cleveland Plain Dealer‘s Mary Schmitt Boyer in this weekend’s mailbag. He’s drafted well, and the Baron Davis trade that landed the Cavs presumptive franchise player Kyrie Irving was a smart move when combined with lottery luck. But the optimism heading into next season should be tempered by the countless injuries the Cavs have suffered in the wake of LeBron’s (original) Decision. Read More »