Archives for May 2012
Today’s news around the league was dominated by the results of Wednesday night’s draft lottery. Some seem to believe in conspiracies, while others laugh at the notion. You can find all kinds of opinions about it below. The New Orleans Hornets acquired the No. 1 lottery pick on Wednesday night, giving the franchise an opportunity to draft a franchise-level player in Anthony Davis, and perhaps draw up a new logo as well. The problem? Though they are in the process of selling
Just a great piece of writing today by Zach Lowe on SI.com that should quiet all the conspiracy theorists (although, of course, it will not). Among the details reported by low were the winning ping-pong ball combination (6-4-9-7), and the fact the Cleveland Cavaliers were in the mix to win the lottery for the second straight year. But they needed a 3 to come up on the final ping-pong ball, and when “7” came up Hornets general manager Dell Demps initially
Yesterday, we ran down the top 20 unrestricted free agents. Today, we look at the top 10 restricted free agents, which is a little trickier. By and large, restricted free agents are all on their rookie contract, which provides guaranteed money that can establish the starting point for negotiations. And that’s where it gets tricky. JaVale McGee made $2.46 million this season and has a qualifying offer for $3.49 million next season. Both figures are well below what starting centers receive. But how
// First of all, the draft lottery was NOT fixed. NBA commissioner David Stern would be committing a felony if he rigged the lottery, and the guy does not want to be using soap on a rope for 15-to-20 years. OK? So lay off the conspiracy theories. Your time would be better spent perusing our first Mock Draft, now that the order is known. Is Stern’s idea of limiting the Olympics to players 23 and younger a good one? Hell no! It is idiocy in
Wally Szczerbiak, a teammate of Kevin Garnett for seven seasons with the Minnesota Timberwolves, had a surprising take on the performance of the Big Ticket, who has been scorching hot in these playoffs but had a rare off-game in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Heat, needing 18 shots to score 18 points.
The draft lottery is over. The pecking order has been established. We all know that the New Orleans Hornets will do with the No. 1 pick. But then what? The draft is a month away, and the stock of certain players will rise and fall. You can bet your bottom dollar there will be trades, and there might even be some team making a pick on behalf of the Orlando Magic if it is going to ultimately land them Dwight Howard in a
Let’s get a little overly dramatic here, shall we? On what will forever be known as Black Wednesday everywhere from Boston to Brooklyn to Beijing to Barcelona, commissioner David Stern’s referees swallowed their whistles when Rajon Rondo got whacked in the forehead late in overtime, and Stern’s ping-pong ball machine magically delivered the No. 1 pick in the draft to the league-owned New Orleans Hornets — all on the same night Stern sounded as though he endorsed the idea of banning