PHILADELPHIA – Let’s begin with a question. In the three-plus decades since David Stern took the reins as NBA commissioner from Larry O’Brien and handed them to Adam Silver, what do these franchises – the Atlanta Hawks, Minnesota Timberwolves, Golden State Warriors, Memphis Grizzlies, Toronto Raptors, Sacramento Kings, Washington Wizards, New Orleans Pelicans, Charlotte Hornets, Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Clippers – have in common? Answer: None has gone to the NBA Finals. Furthermore, among that group only Denver, Minnesota, Milwaukee, Sacramento and
On a day as somber as Friday, August 1, it’s hard to focus on anything but the tragic incident involving Paul George. One of the league’s premier players suffered a gruesome leg injury that shook the association at its core. When something like this happens, it’s hard to do anything but offer support. Regardless of how hard it may be, it is necessary to look forward and acknowledge that this impacts more than just George and the Indiana Pacers. The NBA will be altered
This isn’t your child’s game of King of the Hill. No sir. No m’am. This is grown man, elite athlete, basketball “King of the Hill.” A game of one-on-one involving three players. It starts with Player 1 trying to score on Player 2. If he succeeds, Player 2 exits the floor and Player 3 takes over on defense. If Player 2 manages to prevent Player 1 from scoring, Player 1 exits and Player 2 moves to offense to try to score on Player
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban. [Photo by Keith Birmingham via Newscom]Very rarely do birthdays merit being Tweet of the Day. Today, however, one such celebratory day gets the nod. Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, born in 1958, celebrated his 29th year today. That’s right, the math doesn’t quite add up.
The National Basketball Association is a business. As much as it is both a job and teams are a brotherhood for players, and as much as it is both a sport and an exciting form of entertainment for fans; for all intents and purposes, the league is a multi-billion dollar business. With league revenue reaching $5 billion, franchise valuations escalating and teams selling for anything from $550M to $2B, the proof is in the pudding. NBA athletes often talk about the bonds of
As the fury of NBA free agency slowly dies down as we approach the dog days of August — the dreadfully slow period of the NBA offseason — we’re left with a few big names standing. One of which is Eric Beldsoe, the standout guard for the Phoenix Suns who has had a difficult time navigating restricted free agency. He and his agent, Rich Paul (LeBron’s agent and close friend), have been miles apart on negotiations with the Suns front office. The
The recent rookie signings of Doug McDermott in Chicago and Andrew Wiggins in Cleveland put the possibility of a Kevin Love trade in a temporary holding pattern. Rookies cannot be traded in the first 30 days after signing their deals, so we are looking at late August before Minnesota Timberwolves GM Flip Saunders can complete a deal for his All-Star power forward. But that doesn’t mean Saunders can’t discuss those deals or another possible trade with the Golden State Warriors, whose proposal does
Monday, July 28 was a monumental day in the NBA. As written by our Chris Bernucca, Donald Sterling lost the Los Angeles Clippers via legal decision. That wasn’t the only news to shake up the league’s power structure. The NBA Players Association finally named a replacement to the embattled Billy Hunter. Unlike the response to the Sterling ruling, the optimism involved in this decision wasn’t quite as unanimous. The NBPA ousted Hunter from his position as executive director on February 16, 2013. In the 17 months