The month of July is typically an awkward one for NBA fans. We’re fresh off the NBA Finals and the NBA Draft, but suddenly realizing that there won’t be any legitimate competition played for the next three months. Of course, as with any NBA summer vacation, there are plenty of things happening with player movement and free agency, but also incidents of the more peculiar variety. Deals are made, teams are transformed, and players find themselves with a bit too much free time
Even from the iron shores of Montego Bay and the congested streets of Kingston, Jamaica, New York City remains on my mind. As I journeyed from the West end of the island of Jamaica over to the East, and as I have interacted with members of Jamaica’s basketball community and chatted up fans of the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets—yes, they are down here in Jamaica, too—I look forward to what promises to be an exciting NBA season for the
It’s a simple, yet complex decision for the Washington Wizards. John Wall is the team’s unquestioned franchise player. It would be incredibly difficult to replace him and build around someone else. From that standpoint, it makes sense that Washington is locking him up for five years and the maximum $80 million it can give the former top overall pick. The problem? Wall is nowhere near as good as other point guards given max contracts in recent years. He has to sound confident when he
FIBA Americas, Baby! As the calendar turns to August, international basketball junkies (such as your truly, as well as our Chris Sheridan) have their sights set squarely on the FIBA Americas tournament in Caracas, Venezuela. The tournament tips off on August 30 and will feature a pool loaded with talent. And while thoughts of international basketball run rampant in the minds of some, many across the NBA are already thinking about July 2014. Paul George is the latest to
Heat check: Now that LeBron’s talents are in South Beach, how long will they stay? July would seem to be either way too late or way too early to suggest the twice-defending NBA champion Heat’s fate is teetering, moreso because of a name from the past like Greg Oden. Unfortunately, it’s a new, head-hunting age.
WASHINGTON — The 2013 Nike Global Challenge didn’t quite match the 2012 version in terms of overall talent. There was no future No. 1 draft pick like Andrew Wiggins and no flurry of Kentucky commits headed to arguably the greatest recruiting class in history. “There’s no Wiggins, there’s no Jabari Parker. There’s some nice kids who have a chance to be good college-level players,” one veteran scout in attendance told SheridanHoops.com. “That being said, there’s always a couple kids who will come
Most people are under the impression that the basketball season ends with the last game of the NBA Finals. But that was over a month ago, and the NBA is still in full swing. Commissioner David Stern has done a fantastic job of keeping the momentum going with the draft, free agency and an exciting Las Vegas Summer League showcase with a new twist. In contrast to the Orlando Summer League, which is open only to the media and personnel from NBA and
By Evin Demirel In 29 years as NBA commissioner, David Stern has led his league to unprecedented heights by opening its doors to nearly every corner of the world. He expects its next generation of stars, some of whom just finished playing on their franchises’ summer teams, to continue fueling growth through diversity and global expansion. A quick scan at the statistical leaders for the NBA Summer League, which wrapped Monday in Las Vegas, seems to indicate everything is on track. There are