TAG: Luol Deng

NBA / Apr 1, 2014 / 12:15 pm

Cold As Ice: 10 NBA Players Slumping At The Worst Time

Luol Deng

Luol Deng (David Richard/USA TODAY Sports)

The All-Star break is just that, it’s a break, a reprieve, after which NBA players are supposed to head back to work rested, refocused, and poised to pounce on the most important stretch of the season. Many players flourish after the All-Star break, coming back rejuvenated and lighting the league on fire. Kevin Durant, for example, took it up yet another notch and has averaged 35 points, seven rebounds and six assists on 51 percent shooting since returning. Read More »

NBA / Mar 6, 2014 / 12:00 pm

Joakim Noah Should Win This Year’s Most Improved Player Award

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Joakim Noah (Rick Osentoski/USA TODAY Sports)

The season was all but over for the Chicago Bulls after watching Derrick Rose suffer yet another knee injury, followed by the front office’s disappointing decision to trade away All-Star small forward Luol Deng for next to nothing (remember, just like Wu-Tang said: C.S.R.E.A.M, or Cap Space Rules Everything Around Me). Or so we thought. Instead Chicago rolled off a 20-9 record since the January 7 Deng trade, led by the incumbent face of the franchise, Joakim Noah. Read More »

NBA / Feb 4, 2014 / 3:30 pm

15 NBA Players With The Most To Prove After The All-Star Break

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Deron Williams (Anthony Gruppuso/USA TODAY Sports)

We’re more than halfway through the 2013-2014 NBA season, as the All-Star rosters are set. We’ve seen high draft picks not pan out, players playing with high criticism, and even some signs of players digressing in their careers. As the ’13-14 season continues, here is a list of the players with the most to prove after the All-Star break. Read More »

NBA / Jan 23, 2014 / 11:30 am

Luol Deng Is Ready To Save Cleveland’s Lost Season

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Luol Deng (photo. David Richard/USA TODAY Sports)

Twenty-two thousand, eight hundred and eighty-two minutes. For nearly ten years Luol Deng filled the small forward position for the Chicago Bulls, blossoming into a premier two-way All-Star along the way. Derrick Rose may be the clear face of the franchise, but Deng was the heart and soul. Before Rose it was Deng, who back when Scott Skiles was roaming the sidelines, brought the Bulls back to the Promised Land of the playoffs in three consecutive seasons. It was Deng who developed into the secondary scoring threat that Carlos Boozer failed to become. It was Deng who kept the Bulls afloat while Rose rehabbed his torn ACL (while Deng suffered and battled through numerous injuries himself, including nearly dying from a mistreated spinal tap). It was Deng who played a seemingly endless amount of minutes (37 or more minutes per game in each season since 2009-2010; twice leading the league in minutes per game, both in 2011-2012 and 2012-2013), becoming Tom Thibodeau‘s most reliable AND favorite player. Now, at age 28 and after 22,882 minutes, it is Deng who finds himself playing against the Chicago Bulls. Read More »

Latest News, NBA / Jan 12, 2014 / 4:00 pm

Joakim Noah Breaks His Silence After Deng Trade

Joakim Noah, Luol Deng

Joakim Noah, Luol Deng (Matt Marton/USA TODAY Sports)

NBA Basketball is never static. Teams need to remain in a constant state of flux as they look to improve via trade, the draft and any of the innumerable deals management discusses to change their personnel. NBA players like to remind us they’re aware it’s a business, but it’s hard to take them seriously after the relationships fostered on a tight-knit team. Never was this more apparent than the recent silence by Joakim Noah following Chicago’s trade with Cleveland, which jettisoned Luol Deng out of the only city he’s known since coming into the league. Read More »

NBA / Jan 10, 2014 / 1:30 pm

The NBA’s 10 Most Underachieving Teams

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Steve Clifford, Kemba Walker (Cary Edmondson/USA TODAY Sports)

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 »

Latest News, NBA / Jan 7, 2014 / 9:30 am

Report: Luol Deng Traded For Andrew Bynum & Picks

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Luol Deng (Pat Lovell/USA TODAY Sports)

The Cleveland Cavaliers and Chicago Bulls have agreed to a deal sending All-Star forward Luol Deng to Cleveland in exchange for Andrew Bynum and draft picks, tweeted ESPN’s Brian Windhorst last night. The deal drastically alters the fortunes of both franchises as the Cavs look to make a run to the playoffs and the Bulls take the inchoate step of a massive rebuild. Read More »

NBA, Video / Dec 27, 2013 / 11:00 am

LeBron’s 20 Best Dunks In The NBA

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LeBron James (Gary A. Vasquez/USA TODAY Sports)

This past Friday, I found myself removed from my seat following another towering slam by LeBron James when I came to the realization that the four-time MVP may be the best entertainer in the country at the moment. And if that didn’t convince me, all I had to do was watch the Heat on Christmas. Those two dunks he caught from Dwyane Wade? OMG. Read More »

Fantasy Doctor, NBA / Dec 11, 2013 / 11:45 am

The Top 50 Fantasy Basketball Players Right Now

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Jrue Holiday (photo. adidas)

Player values are officially set in stone now, so it’s time to update the Top 50. There aren’t too many drastic differences, but certainly there are some changes worth noting.

The biggest jump, once again, goes to Anthony Davis, who’s up 18 spots since the preseason edition, and Andre Drummond, who’s up an incredible 25 spots. You’ll notice that I came around on ranking injured players. It still leaves too much up for debate in my mind, but Anthony Davis’s needed presence was the deal breaker. Read More »

NBA / Dec 2, 2013 / 4:30 pm

The NBA’s 10 Best Frontcourts

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Tim Duncan (photo. Mannion)

The NBA has evolved into an athletic, perimeter-heavy league. While this type of emphasis can excite the audience with spectacular plays, strong froncourts are still the belly of the beast for many teams. Teams that boast dominant frontcourts are a force to be reckoned with, especially in the postseason when the game slows down. Read More »