If you watched the NCAA tournament this past weekend, you had the chance to witness that the best teams do not always win. We saw Duke lose to a 14-seeded Mercer team that destroyed all of our brackets, while also witnessing Kansas, Ohio State, Syracuse, North Carolina and Wichita State all fall early.
Having the best talent can only get you so far when it comes to tournament time. In a tournament where anything can happen, it takes a great team that plays together to win the NCAA title–not just a group of individuals. Read More »
Team LAUNFD features a hodgepodge of former and current NBA players, Marcus Williams and Taj Gibson, and Bobby Brown of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA). But they play well together and they just got one step closer to their fourth consecutive Drew League championship by beating the Top Prospects team with Jordan Crawford. Read More »
Somewhere in the future we will likely see an economics thesis written about what Jeremy Lin‘s value is. He’s the NBA’s version of the hot new start-up that’s the most talked-about thing that no one is positive can bring in money. His two months on top of the NBA’s mountain as social-media king has been parlayed into an offer from Houston, of course. Read More »
GM Billy King is calling them “the best backcourt in the NBA.” We’re calling them a probable playoff team. Joe Johnson just calls them “definitely” better than the Knicks. The venue: Borough Hall. Who: about 1,000 screaming fans. What: a rap cypher. Okay, so the last part isn’t really true. But that’s what it felt like. Someone should’ve just given Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz a mic because the dude was throwing more haymakers at the crosstown “rivals” than Eminem on “The Sauce.” At the rally to celebrate the new stars of Brooklyn, Markowitz instead took the chance to say: “For nearly 40 years the Manhattan Knicks have shown they can’t bring a championship to New York, so it’s going to take the Brooklyn Nets to get the job done. Read More »
A few weeks ago we introduced Under The Armour, a new web series starring the one and only Brandon Jennings. In the fourth episode, travel with Young Money to L.A., where he kicks it with his people in Gardena, gets in a workout and then hoops with Bow Wow, Game, J.R. Smith, Derrick Williams, DeMar DeRozan, Cuttino Mobley, and Marcus Williams. To wrap it up, Jennings hits the Boost Mobile Elite 24 with appearances by Aquille Carr, Kevin Durant, John Wall and Jamie Foxx.
You might have forgotten about Marcus Williams. Let me refresh your memory: he was the point guard for a UConn team that was considered one of the most talented of the past decade, and played well enough to become a first-round pick of the New Jersey Nets. After a few successful years in the NBA, Williams left to go play overseas, where he has developed into one of the best PGs in Russia and all of Europe. Recently, he just signed on to play next year with UNICS Kazan in the Russian Professional Basketball League. Read More »
Each summer the Goodman League in Washington, D.C. hosts NBA stars and streetball legends as one of the most well-known summer leagues in the country. Across the United States in Los Angeles, the Drew League does virtually the same. From Kevin Durant and DeMarcus Cousins in D.C. to DeMar DeRozan and James Harden in L.A., the leagues have been the talk of the summer. So when Durant put on another show, but this time in the Drew League and not the Goodman League last month, he raised a question: Which league is better? Read More »
With the college basketball season coming up in a little more than a month, we decided to catch up with Texas’ guard-forward Jordan Hamilton, who’s looking to have a breakout season this year. Hamilton was ranked as the eighth best high school player in the nation two years ago and took his game to Texas where he averaged 10.0 points and 3.7 rebounds per game. The rising sophomore tells us about his game’s progression, along with a little bit about his past. Read More »
I still remember watching Kwame Brown in his first Summer League for the Washington Wizards up in Boston. It was free and I was a fiend, looking for some No. 1 overall pick love. I can remember telling my boys after his first game, “Don’t worry. Kwame will pick it up. He’s only a high school kid.” Ahh, too bad.
Summer Leagues get their exposure from No. 1 picks, second-year standouts and once-in-a-blue-moon explosions from unheard of players. Below that though, there are always interesting subplots. Here are the Top 10 guys to look out for in this year’s Orlando Summer League: Read More »