Of all the owners, executives, GMs, and other management types in the NBA, few approach Mark Cuban and Daryl Morey in terms of openness with the media. Neither is afraid to speak their mind, and neither has a reputation for pulling any punches. That’s part of why their first-round matchup is among the most interesting. There’s also the Chandler Parsons saga from last summer, and a rivalry that’s been simmering for a while, but the main sources of fuel for that
The NBA regular season ends tomorrow, and as of now — even with most teams having played 81 of their 82 games — not a single first-round matchup is locked in. It’s an incredibly rare situation that promises to bring loads of drama both Tuesday night and especially Wednesday night, as the 2014-15 slate comes to a close. In the West, the complex playoff picture was reasonably summed up in one tweet on Tuesday morning from San Antonio’s star guard Manu Ginobili: So,
The last week of the season is a great time to be a fan of any of the five teams still fighting to make the Eastern Conference playoffs. Yeah, the Bucks/Celtics/Nets/Pacers/Heat have been kinda bad all season, and they stand little chance against the Hawks and Cavs of the world, but this week, they’ll be playing meaningful basketball, and they’ll have a realistic chance to win and go to the playoffs. The last week of the season is also when things
By now, you’ve probably heard what happened to Chris Copeland, Thabo Sefolosha and Pero Antic. If you haven’t, here’s the back story. Nothing good at all has come of this situation, and the updates have gotten worse since Wednesday, starting with the status of Sefolosha, who suffered an injury significant enough to force him to miss the remainder of the season, from NBA.com:Atlanta Hawks forward Thabo Sefolosha suffered injuries during yesterday’s early morning incident. An examination of Sefolosha’s right leg, including an X-ray
Brook Lopez is now the Eastern Conference Player of the Week for a second consecutive week — something that no other player has done all season long. Lopez led the Nets to a 3-1 week from March 30 through April 5 behind team-leading averages of 20.8 points (sixth in the East), 10.3 rebounds (fourth in the East) and 2.0 blocks (tied for fifth). He shot better than 50% in all four of Brooklyn’s contests, and ranked seventh in the East for
Any time the University of Kentucky does anything (like they did Saturday night), two subjects come up: John Calipari and the NBA’s age restriction. The two are inextricably linked, and how you feel about one most likely influences how you feel about the other. If you think that making players play a year in college before going pro is good because it means better players at the college level, and more polished players entering the NBA, you might love (or at
Oklahoma City Thunder superstar Kevin Durant underwent successful bone graft surgery on Tuesday morning for his ailing right foot, and the timetable of 4-to-6 months for his return to basketball activities remains in place. From the team’s official release: Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant underwent successful bone graft surgery today for the fifth metatarsal of his right foot, Thunder Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti announced. The procedure was performed by Dr. Martin O’Malley with Thunder medical personnel present at
Stephen Curry has become a megastar in the NBA because there is seemingly nothing he can’t do on the court if it is skill-related. He is quite possibly the most gifted shooter in the history of the league, and recognized as one of the best ball handlers in the game right now. These things aren’t accomplished just by sheer talent and game experience. He puts in the kind of work that is necessary to be as good as he is before every game.