The NBA is a point guard driven league. Look at personnel on the top teams in the Association. With just a couple exceptions, the best teams in the league have stellar point guard play. After the point guard position, the power forward position is emerging as the deepest talent pool in the league.
What’s been lost in the NBA is great play from the shooting guard position. Having a great shooting guard isn’t a necessity anymore. Just look at the San Antonio Spurs for proof. Gregg Popovich used a platoon of players at the shooting guard position last year, and none of them are superstars anymore. Danny Green is an elite three-point shooter, Manu Ginobili is past his prime but still a crafty offensive weapon, and Marco Belinelli can shoot it with the best of them, but struggles in other facets of the game. None of those guys – at least at this point in their careers – could carry the offense alone. Read More »
The games are similar, basketball and soccer. Both are contact sports with little protective equipment; both have goals (or baskets) on the two sides of the field (or court) where a player must put the ball in to score points. Both have situations where a costly turnover could quickly turn into a counterattack or fast-break and cost a team points. Both games require elite athleticism, and players from both sports get paid tons of money to play their game at an elite level.
That’s where the similarities end between soccer and basketball, but that hasn’t stopped us from compiling a full soccer team with NBA stars. Read More »
Compounding the loss of Z-Bo after he was suspended for Game 7, and the strained hamstring of point guard Mike Conley, now comes word from ESPN’s Brian Windhorst that Tony Allen might miss Game 7 because he’s suffering from a severe migraine. Except, updated reports say he’ll play and wasn’t suffering from a migraine, but was poked in the eye at shootaround this morning in Oklahoma City. Read More »
For Thursday’s Thunder Extra addition to the Oklahoman, the paper shows a large photo of Kevin Durant appearing to miss a shot against the Grizzlies. There’s a stand-alone headline above that picture that dominates he rest of the front page reading, simply: “Mr. Unreliable.” Durant will likely pick up the regular season MVP award next week, and some Thunder fans are a little pissed their paper is throwing him under the bus so soon. Read More »
/ Dec 18, 2013 / 3:30 pm
With everyone so focused on the double travesties going down in the Big Apple — New York is ready to can Mike Woodson and Brooklyn has resorted to all types of shady practices involving soda to try to win games — two other underachievers have gotten away relatively unscathed. Cleveland was supposed to be one of the up-and-coming teams in the East this year. Instead, in one of the worst conferences we’ve ever seen, they’re still just 9-15 and out of the playoff picture. Read More »
Towards the end of the first quarter in tonight’s intense Western Conference battle between the Clippers and Grizzlies, Tony Allen did a Bruce Lee leg kick that caught Clippers point God Chris Paul directly in the face. This was one time when CP3’s animated reaction to a foul was totally warranted. Read More »
The Indiana Pacers are go 8-0 after beating their Western Conference doppelgÃ¤ngers, the Memphis Grizzlies. But it’s Lance Stephenson that’s the story. He put together a triple-double with 13 points, 12 assists and 11 rebounds to help the Pacers win their eighth consecutive game to start the season. It makes Stephenson’s ridiculous taunting technical almost worth it, too. Read More »
/ Oct 29, 2013 / 2:00 pm
With the start of the 2013-14 NBA season rapidly approaching, we thought it only fair to share what makes each team so exciting. Ontologically speaking, all 30 teams deserve our eyeballs this season. Even disastrous lineups still present oodles of plays, personalities, highlights and headaches. Here are five things to keep in mind for each team before flipping the channel.
Next up, a Grizzlies team that’s again being underrated in the West. Read More »
/ Oct 25, 2013 / 12:45 pm
The basketball culture expands further than the court, the players and their appearance. Music and basketball have also had their influence on each other through the years. As I scrounged the NBA this year, studying players and their style of play, I also happened to be listening to music. It’s simple, an easy comparison. Read More »
/ Oct 2, 2013 / 3:00 pm
The engine and brains of an NBA starting lineup rest with the point guard â€” the orchestrator â€” and the complementary role often belongs to the shooting guard. When the two talents fit, an NBA backcourt is a bad place to get caught up against on either end of the floor.
With the season right around the corner, and after dropping knowledge on the 15 best frontcourts in the NBA, let’s take a look at a few backcourts that will rank at the top of the league. Read More »