TAG: Nate McMillan

NBA / Jun 26, 2013 / 12:00 pm

Doc Rivers’ Top 5 Potential Replacements In Boston

Doc Rivers

The Doc Rivers saga in Boston has finally come to an end after talks between the Celtics and Clippers were revived four times over the past week. Doc is the first domino to fall for the Cs in what looks to be one of the organization’s busiest offseasons in a long time. Read More »

NBA / Nov 21, 2012 / 12:00 pm

Nicolas Batum Could Be The NBA’s Most Improved Player This Season

Nicolas Batum

Signing a huge deal affects athletes in different ways. For some players, the pressure of living up to the cash is just too much to bear and their play suffers from the added expectations. Others put up career numbers in a contract year to earn the big payday, and then relax on the court as they watch their bank accounts swell. In addition to frustrating the Hell out of loyal fan bases, these reactions can lead to general managers prematurely cleaning out their offices and updating their resumes for a new line of work. Read More »

NBA / Nov 14, 2012 / 4:30 pm

5 Early Season NBA Statistical Anomalies That Won’t Last

J.R. Smith

The NBA season is just warming up, and like everything from Kobe‘s shooting percentages to Marcin Gortat leading the league in blocks, there are bound to be some statistical anomalies occuring out of sheer luck. Yes, sometimes, you can spot trends or improvements in a player’s game before they really happen (or at least get noticed on a larger scale). But five, six or seven games is a VERY small sample, and there are plenty of statistical numbers that are all out of whack through the season’s first two weeks. Read More »

Latest News, NBA / Oct 19, 2012 / 2:15 pm

What LaMarcus Aldridge Must Do To Be The NBA’s Best Power Forward

LaMarcus Aldridge

Maybe it’s a good thing no one is talking about Portland. They have a rookie point guard, and while it’s obvious he’s both mature (during the preseason, he’s scoring 12.3 of his 16.3 points a night in the second half) and comfortable running high screen-n-rolls (he was a better-than-advertised distributor in college), Damian Lillard still has a ways to go to understand running a NBA offense. Read More »

NBA / Mar 26, 2012 / 2:00 pm

Nate McMillan Takes Out A Full-Page Ad To Thank Portland

Nate McMillan

It’s been over a week since Nate McMillan was fired as the Portland Trail Blazers head coach, a position he has had held for seven seasons. McMillan was instrumental in taking the team from the “Jail Blazers” era into a force in the West and a regular playoff team. In a recent interview with the Oregonian, McMillan discusses his emotions after receiving the news of his dismissal: Read More »

NBA / Mar 15, 2012 / 4:25 pm

Breaking News: Portland Trail Blazers Have Fired Nate McMillan

Portland Trail Blazers

The bloodletting in Portland has reached a fever pitch – no one is escaping the house-cleaning, not even the coach.

At the head of the Blazers reboot, news is out that Portland has officially fired Nate McMillan. Read More »

NBA / Feb 6, 2012 / 2:30 pm

Playing The NBA Market: Who To Invest In, Who To Stay Away From

Kevin Durant

Facebook is about to go public with its IPO, which has everyone in a buy/sell mood and streaming “The Social Network” soundtrack on Spotify. It leads to conversations about how big the company can become. If you’re a hoops fan looking for a steal, it’s time now, at nearly a third of the way through the season, to see what teams you should invest your hopes in and who to sell off quick while you still can.

I don’t know anything about tech stocks but here’s who you believe in and what teams, if bought too aggressively, could ruin your portfolio. Read More »

NBA / Jan 18, 2012 / 3:00 pm

No One Wants Gilbert Arenas

Gilbert Arenas

“I can stand in a room full of dead people and make it exciting.”

Gilbert Arenas told us this once back in Dime #29, when he was plastered on the cover with the headline “Who’s Better Than Me?”

It’s a tired cliché but yet it’s true. Gilbert Arenas isn’t what he once was. Neither are Stephon Marbury, Steve Francis, Allen Iverson and all the rest of the once 30-point scoring, magazine-covering, teammate-aggravating, crossover-dropping stars the league put through the gauntlet and then filtered back out. Read More »

NBA / Jan 11, 2012 / 3:00 pm

Gerald Wallace Is The Key For Portland’s Present And Future

Gerald Wallace

Tuesday brought another Portland victory, this time over the Clippers, at the Rose Garden, where the Trail Blazers are undefeated at home this season. After Brandon Roy‘s retirement, news that LaMarcus Aldridge underwent heart surgery in the fall and another Greg Oden injury setback, things in Portland are perhaps unforeseeably sunny right now after an early December of discontent. Read More »

2011 Free Agency, Latest News, NBA / Dec 15, 2011 / 2:00 pm

Report: Jamal Crawford Will Sign With Portland

Jamal Crawford

The long, drawn-out courtship of Jamal Crawford appears to be over. Sources are reporting the former Sixth Man of the Year will sign a deal with Portland, deciding to go with the playoff team closest to his hometown after spurning Sacramento and New York. The Blazers have been hot on the offensive dynamo’s trail ever since this summer when LaMarcus Aldridge voiced his love for Crawford and began recruiting the two guard away from Atlanta. That continued throughout the free agency period, until it came down to two teams last night: Portland and Sacramento. Read More »