TAG: Tom Thibodeau

NBA / Apr 18, 2014 / 5:00 pm

8 Keys To Watch For In The NBA Playoffs This Weekend

Manu Ginobili

Manu Ginobili (Soobum Im/USA TODAY Sports)

The NBA postseason is upon us and it should be a great one. The Western Conference has three can’t-miss first-round series, while the elite teams in the East look to get by some of the new faces in the playoffs.

For teams like San Antonio, Miami, Oklahoma City and Brooklyn, the most important key to the first round is to stay healthy. San Antonio and Brooklyn have veteran rosters and will need the extra rest to stay healthy throughout the playoffs. Read More »

NBA / Apr 18, 2014 / 4:30 pm

Dime End Of Season Awards: Coach Of The Year

Gregg Popovich

Gregg Popovich (Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports)

The 2013-14 NBA season has officially ended, so now it’s time for regular season awards before the real season starts on Saturday. There’s a lot of wiggle room before we’re able to name some of the winners, which is why for Dime‘s 2014 NBA Awards we had our writers and contributors provide their top-three choices in an abridged version of what the NBA does with certain media members. Next up, a battle between a first-year former player and this season’s Coach of the Year, who might as well receive a lifetime achievement award at this point. Read More »

NBA, Smack / Mar 3, 2014 / 3:15 pm

Carmelo Anthony Says Bulls Fan’s “Melo To Chicago” Was “A Good Sign”

Carmelo Anthony

Carmelo Anthony (Mike DiNovo/USA TODAY Sports)

During New York’s 19-point blowout in Chicago on Sunday, a sign in the stands read, “‘Melo to Chicago.” When Carmelo Anthony was asked about the sign after the game, he didn’t deflect the question or claim he didn’t see it. Instead, he complimented the sign, unleashing another albatross in New York’s plans to re-sign the NBA’s second leading scorer to an extension this season despite New York’s deplorable play. Read More »

Smack / Feb 5, 2014 / 10:45 am

Mike Dunleavy Responds To DeMarcus Cousins Calling Him A “Clown”

Mike Dunleavy

Mike Dunleavy (Jennifer Stewart/USA TODAY Sports)

When informed by ESPN Chicago’s Mike Friedell yesterday that DeMarcus Cousins had called him a “clown” who was “scared” (presumably of Cousins), Mike Dunleavy responded with a joke about, well, clowning. “I mean, I’d like to respond but clowns can’t talk. So (I can) mime or (give him) some animal balloons or something. Oh man.” It gets better from there. Read More »

GIFs, NBA / Feb 4, 2014 / 10:45 am

Video: Derrick Williams Botches Breakaway Off-The-Backboard Dunk

Derrick Williams

Derrick Williams (Lance Iversen/USA TODAY Sports.)

This was a bad decision. While it’s a little hypocritical of us to say NBA players should practice good sportsmanship, and refrain from gloating during a blowout, this was a bad idea the moment it didn’t work. If Derrick Williams had completed his off-the-backboard dunk in the waning moments of Sacramento’s blowout of the Bulls, then we might be showing this anyway as an example of an awesome off-the-backboard dunk — we’ve done it before when he hooked up with Zeke for one on the break. But he messed this whole thing up. Badly. Read More »

NBA / Jan 23, 2014 / 11:30 am

Luol Deng Is Ready To Save Cleveland’s Lost Season

Luol Deng

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 »

NBA / Jan 17, 2014 / 2:00 pm

The Top 10 NBA Coach Of The Year Candidates

Frank Vogel

Doc Rivers, referee Gary Zielinski (Kelley L Cox/USA TODAY Sports)

Many NBA pundits are quick to tell you it’s a player’s league, and in many respects that’s true. Without a game-changing talent like LeBron James or Kevin Durant, it’s hard to compete with the league’s upper echelon.

Ignoring the impact of a good coach would be foolish, however, as we see from year to year the impact that an upgrade on the bench can bring to a team. Unless your team is one of the top seeds, coaches usually receive too much blame for failure and not enough credit in periods of success. Read More »

NBA, Smack / Jan 16, 2014 / 3:15 pm

The Bulls Are Using The Movie “Major League” For Motivational Tactics

Joakim Noah

Joakim Noah (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

After the Bulls dealt forward Luol Deng to Cleveland, for what was basically a salary dump — since they immediately released Andrew Bynum to avoid paying the back-half $6 million option on his deal, people thought it was time to tank in Chicago. After a prolonged silence, Bulls center Joakim Noah is finally talking to the media again, and he made it clear the Bulls are trying to win after their triple OT victory against the Magic on Wednesday night, and they’re using the movie, Major League to help motivate themselves. 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 »

Latest News, NBA / Jan 2, 2014 / 12:45 pm

Report: Unnamed Former Teammate Says Carmelo Anthony Will Leave The Knicks

Carmelo Anthony

Carmelo Anthony (Jeff Hanisch/USA TODAY Sports)

The New York Knicks are suffering through one of their most disappointing seasons in a few years, and their future looks even more tenuous. Carmelo Anthony isn’t even a free agent yet, but the rumors have already started about what his decision will be this summer when he can opt-out of the final year of his Knicks deal, which would pay him $23 million, to look for a longer-term deal in free agency. Now comes word from an unnamed former teammate that ‘Melo is leaving the Knicks despite their ability to add $30 million and an extra year on his deal. Read More »