In the name of journalistic objectivity, I probably shouldn’t even be writing about Zach Randolph. I’ve made it pretty clear in this space that Z-Bo might be my favorite player in the NBA, to the point where I’ll engineer trade scenarios to get him on my favorite team, and lead campaigns to get him into the All-Star Game. (Which finally worked in 2010.)
So when I read reports that Zach has gone into Memphis Grizzlies training camp with a specific, big-time monetary goal in mind, my instinct was to defend him. And even after gauging the numbers, my instinct is pointing me in the right direction. Read More »
Ask JaMarcus Russell or Darrelle Revis; contract disputes that cause an athlete to miss preseason training and join their team later than everyone else often translate to injuries and a longer adjustment period from which some players never recover.
The NBA isn’t as prone to contract holdouts as the NFL, but sometimes they do happen. Like this summer, when the Memphis Grizzlies tried to go against rookie-contract protocol and spent the offseason in disputes with 2010 Lottery pick Xavier Henry and first-round pick Greivis Vasquez. Read More »
One of the biggest myths about the NBA has resurfaced during the Carmelo Anthony trade rumor mill, as teams like Chicago and New Jersey debate whether or not to part with non-superstar centers like Joakim Noah and Brook Lopez to get a proven superstar in ‘Melo. That myth:
Scorers come a dime-a-dozen.
Not true. Yes, any player who is good enough to be in the NBA would treat your Wednesday rec league to a heaping plate of Buckets Tempura. Read More »
The hype surrounding Reggie Bush and his Heisman Trophy scandal has swamped the media. Five years after he was the face of college football, Bush has forfeited the sport’s defining trophy amidst the revelation of NCAA violations committed during his USC career. (Good thing O.J. Mayo didn’t win any Player of the Year awards during his one-year stop at USC, otherwise that would be another source of public embarrassment for the school that seems to ignore the fact that their athletes are amateurs.) Read More »
We’re resuming our look at the projected top 10 fantasy players at each position. Yesterday we went through the top 10 fantasy point guards. Today we’ll look at the top 10 fantasy shooting guards. Judging from yesterday’s comments, our readers aren’t afraid to speak up, which is peachy keen. The more varied the perspectives, the better the discussion, so keep the reactions coming. Remember that these rankings are based on a nine-category scoring system. Read More »
After dominating the college scene in his lone season at Kansas State — averaging 26.2 points and a nation-leading 12.4 rebounds per game — Michael Beasley had the look of a potentially unstoppable talent destined for NBA greatness. But the same can’t be said about his brief time in the pros so far.
Beasley wasn’t exactly a bust for the Miami Heat, but he wasn’t the future All-Star force the team envisioned when they took him No. 2 overall in the ’08 Draft, ahead of Russell Westbrook, Kevin Love and Brook Lopez, to name a few. Read More »
This summer, you could find trainer Rob McClanaghan between two small Southern California high school gyms in Santa Monica and Hollywood (when he did make it out West). And despite battling above 90-degree heat at times outside and his players’ hectic off-court schedules, McClanaghan managed to have an incredibly productive offseason. We got up with him in L.A. for two separate workouts â€“ one with Derrick Rose, Tyreke Evans and O.J. Mayo, and the other with Evans, JaVale McGee and Jarron Collins. This is what ensued.
Among high school and college basketball fans, the name Sonny Vaccaro rings bells nationwide. The noted power-broker has been attached to prep stars from Kobe Bryant to Brandon Jennings — he was basically Worldwide Wes before Worldwide Wes, but on an even more recognizable level within the industry’s structure.
Vaccaro has been laying low lately, but rumor has it he’s returning to the scene backed by rising sneaker company Li Ning. And if Vaccaro is back, we could see the return of his famous ABCD camp, formerly a summer proving ground where stars were made and reputations born. Read More »
Pretty much every wing player — i.e., a two-guard or small forward, typically someone who can play both — in the NBA is athletic. It’s one of the job requirements. And if they’re not very athletic, they can at least compensate by shooting your face off. So simply being able to do a YouTube-friendly dunk or knock down a rack’s worth of threes isn’t always enough to make an impact in the League.
The key is expanding your game. Here are five wing players who have added pieces to their original arsenal and are poised for a breakout season in 2010-11: Read More »
This will be the last year of the Pac-10 as you know it. The tradition-rich (albeit often overlooked) West Coast staple is expanding, adding Colorado and Utah to the mix. The Utes will join in the 2011-12 academic year, while the Buffaloes will complete the “Pac-12″ the following year.
In the meantime, the Pac-10 is looking to rebound from what was at best a down year in basketball, and at worst an all-out disaster. Read More »