Western Conference: Lottery Bound Teams

15. Los Angeles Lakers Additions:  Luke Walton (coach), Loul Deng, Timofey Mozgov, Brandon Ingram, Ivica Zubac, Jose Calderon Departures: Roy Hibbert, Metta World Peace, Kobe Bryant, Robert Sacre, Ryan Kelly, Brandon Bass The Lakers did a lot right in this offseason.  They made the right call at head coach, bringing in one of, if not the most promising young assistant in the league.  Luke Walton was an assistant coach for the Golden State Warriors, and stepped … Continue reading Western Conference: Lottery Bound Teams

NBA Finals Game 1 Recap and Reaction

The Golden State Warriors beat the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 1 of the NBA Finals by a score of 104-89.  Leading the way for the Warriors was Draymond Green, who put up 16 points, 11 rebounds, 7 assists, 4 steals and a block and Shaun Livingston, who totaled 20 points (8-10 shooting and 4-4 from the line), 4 rebounds, 3 assists and a steal in … Continue reading NBA Finals Game 1 Recap and Reaction

Western Conference Finals Preview and Predictions

Warriors vs. Thunder Tale of the tape: The Thunder are coming into this series playing some of the best basketball they’ve played all season.  They beat the Spurs three straight games, and twice at home, which is impressive since San Antonio went 40-1 at home this season.  Waiters and Roberson have been able to give them good play on the wings, and inside Steven Adams … Continue reading Western Conference Finals Preview and Predictions

Projecting Team USA’s Final Roster for the Olympics

Team USA recently announced their thirty man shortlist for the upcoming Summer Olympics.  These thirty players will compete in camps against each other to be named to the twelve man roster for the Olympics.  The shortlist is loaded with talent and can be found here.  This list is pretty overwhelming.  We are dealing with a dearth of extremely talented players, and there will be many hard … Continue reading Projecting Team USA’s Final Roster for the Olympics

Instant Reaction to the David Blatt Firing

Friday afternoon, the Cleveland Cavaliers announced they were parting ways with David Blatt and promoting assistant Tyronn Lue to head coach on a three year, $9.5 million dollar deal.  The firing is not totally unexpected, LeBron and company have apparently been lobbying for him to be fired for the better part of the year.  Despite the fact that the front office was saying they didn’t … Continue reading Instant Reaction to the David Blatt Firing

Is It Time the Knicks Had a Full Rebuild?

Back in 2010, the Knicks were building something promising.  Build around head coach Mike D’Antoni and newly minted franchise superstar Amar’e Stoudemire. The team played uptempo, was pass heavy, and didn’t defend well. The front office had decided that the team, as constructed, was not good enough to win a championship.  Miami had just formed a big three to combat Boston’s, and the Knicks looked … Continue reading Is It Time the Knicks Had a Full Rebuild?

Could Tristan Thompson Really Bet on Himself Again?

So, back in March I had an idea for an article about Tristan Thompson.  It would outline his career so far, his development, his market value, potential fits, and if he made a good decision turning down 4 years, $52 million at the extension deadline last year.  At the time, $13 million a year seemed like an overpay for a third big who can’t shoot or protect the rim.  Then, the TV deal officially came in.  And we saw the cap projections, and Tristan Thompson’s finish to the season.  And then we saw Tristan Thompson in the playoffs.

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