With LeBron James out of the picture, the franchise player on the Miami Heat once again becomes Dwyane Wade for the upcoming season and moving forward. Wade and Chris Bosh will look to take on a much bigger role to fill the void left by the best player in the game, and both appear ready to do so. Bosh has looked invigorated in the preseason so far, averaging 18.9 points on 49 percent shooting from the field. Wade hasn’t been the most consistent,
For Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors, it was another summer of dreams and possibilities after a relatively disappointing 2013-2014 season that ended in dramatic fashion in the first round of the playoffs against the Los Angeles Clippers. During the offseason last year, there was some talk about the possibility of Dwight Howard having interest in joining the Warriors. It was unlikely (and never materialized), but the interest alone elevated the team’s status to a destination that was slowly but surely becoming
Lets talk about the New York Knicks. By now, you all know that Phil Jackson fired Mike Woodson and hired Derek Fisher after failing to entice Steve Kerr to take the coaching job. You also know that the team’s roster still has plenty of familiar faces that played a role in what turned out to be a disastrous season last year, along with some key additions – most notably being Jose Calderon and Sam Dalembert. Carmelo Anthony, of course, re-signed with
Over the past summer, we learned just how big of a Kobe Bryant fan Brandon Jennings truly is. The Detroit Pistons point guard received plenty of criticism when he openly stated that Bryant is greater than Michael Jordan, but that hasn’t stopped him from showing unwavering loyalty to his favorite player of all-time, and that trend continued on Tuesday after reading the controversial ESPN article about why Bryant is going to be the reason for the Los Angeles Lakers’ downfall.
There has been plenty of concern since the summer on whether Derrick Rose would be able to regain half the form that made him the MVP of the league a few seasons ago. The point guard was selected to play for Team USA in the FIBA World Cup, but was noticeably ineffective despite playing against mostly inferior competition. After his breakout performance against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday, the concerns are beginning to subside. Despite losing 107-98, Rose looked dominant on the
There’s no getting around the fact that injuries are a part of basketball. Whether it’s something as minor as a thigh contusion or something devastating as a broken bone, it’s the frustrating aspect of playing a sport that most simply can’t avoid. Having to sit and watch while everyone else plays can become particularly difficult if the injury is a lingering one, and Nick Young of the Los Angeles Lakers appears to be having a pretty tough time at the moment.
Jimmy Butler of the Chicago Bulls is known for his tenacity on the defensive end. While he is capable of producing on the offensive end as well from time to time, that’s not exactly what he’s known for. Perhaps the latter is something he’s looking to change heading into this season, because the shooting guard has been a standout on offense during the preseason. In five games so far, he has averaged 18.6 points on a whopping 60.4 percent shooting from
The NBA has been considering, or at least entertaining the idea of finding ways for the regular season to be shorter in some way to help prevent its valuable players from being too worn out. So in Sunday’s upcoming preseason contest between the Boston Celtics and Brooklyn Nets, the league will try out a 44-minute game for the first time ever just as a simple sample to evaluate. Here are the details, from ESPN: The contest will be four minutes shorter than