Scotto: Nets Got It Right Second Time Around By Hiring Hollins

Lionel Hollins Barclays Center Sign

BROOKLYN — One season after the Jason Kidd experiment failed in bizarre fashion, the Brooklyn Nets introduced the man the franchise should have hired in the first place. Lionel Hollins isn’t here for power struggles, whether they be with staff members, GM Billy King or ownership. He’s here to coach. “I’m a basketball coach,” Hollins said. “I don’t want to do Billy’s job. I don’t want to do anybody else’s job in the organization but the one that I’m hired to do


Earl Monroe says Carmelo Anthony “has unfinished business” with Knicks

Carmelo Anthony

The pursuit of free agent Carmelo Anthony has reached a fever pitch on both coasts, with the Knicks and Lakers both having reportedly offered max contracts to the superstar scorer in hopes of luring Anthony to their respective franchises. But the money should not be the top motivating factor in Anthony’s decision, according to New York Knicks legend Earl “The Pearl” Monroe. “Everyone’s throwing a lot of money at him,” Monroe told SheridanHoops in a one-on-one interview Monday morning. “It should be about


Heisler: Lakers can’t sign Melo — if they’re still the Lakers


In NBA news from Los Angeles, Donald T. Sterling isn’t “mentally incapacitated,” or at least won’t be certified as such in Probate Court, where his wife is now trying to pry his cold, if not dead fingers off the Clippers franchise. Both sides have agreed to make the Sterling Trust agreement between Donald and Shelly the issue, rather than Donald’s actual state of mind. In other words, it doesn’t matter if he’s wacky. If the judge agrees that the trust agreement stipulated


Scotto: Jason Kidd Burns Brooklyn Bridge With Nets

Jason Kidd Twitter Search Photo

Jason Kidd didn’t just burn a bridge with the Nets. He basically set it ablaze with an entire gas station’s fuel supply. Once groomed to be the face of the franchise, Kidd will now have all his images removed from Barclays Center – perhaps even his retired jersey hanging from the rafters. [Read more…]


May: It’s all on LeBron as free agency draws near with multiple Heat opt outs


During the NBA Finals, Tim Duncan made many trips to the podium to regale the ever-rapacious NBA press corps. He was asked a lot of questions. I went through all of the transcripts on ASAP Sports and here’s one group of queries I didn’t see: Question: “Tim, when you took a 50 percent pay cut after the 2011-12 season, did that affect your lifestyle at all? Did you have to trade in the Land Rover for an Explorer? Did you limit the


How Atlanta Could Attract LeBron and Carmelo to Create a Dynasty in the East

NBA: Orlando Magic at Cleveland Cavaliers

This may come as a surprise, but the Atlanta Hawks are actually closer to becoming championship contenders than you might think. This summer, Atlanta has a realistic opportunity to present LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony with the most attractive free agent pitch of any team in the league, if Danny Ferry maneuvers contracts aggressively and appropriately. It’s certainly an ambitious idea, but it’s far from ridiculous. First and most obviously, the Hawks are situated in the Eastern Conference. This gives them a succinct


Knicks, Mavs upgrade rosters in Chandler-Calderon trade


The New York Knicks acquired a major upgrade at point guard at the expense of their starting center in a six-player trade with the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday. The trade sends Jose Calderon to New York along with center Samuel Dalembert, wing Wayne Ellington, point guard Shane Larkin and the 34th and 51st picks in Thursday’s NBA Draft in exchange for center Tyson Chandler and point guard Raymond Felton. [Read more…]


Schayes: The NBA Draft, Back in the Day


With the NBA draft coming up, it is kind of fun to remember back to my draft day in 1981. It’s like going through your wedding album years later. But instead of the burgundy tuxedo and ruffled shirt, its 1980s hair and wide ties. Going into my senior year at Syracuse, I was a relatively unknown player. I had played behind All-American center Roosevelt Bouie and had just played my first season as the starter. Scouting was primitive by today’s standards.