The NBA is on the cusp of dramatic change. Thanks to a sharp increase in television revenue, the league’s salary cap will balloon from $67 million to an estimated $89 million for the 2016-17 season. Then the cap will rise again to around $108 million for 2017-18. If you happen to be an NBA player about to hit the free-agent market, the world is your oyster. This will also be an opportunity for pretty much every NBA team to make some
By examining the current playoff picture, we determined the chances of seeing a rematch of last year’s NBA Finals between the Cavaliers and Warriors. These two teams are on track to win their first round series (the Warriors lead their series with the Rockets 2-1 while the Cavs have a 2-0 lead against the Pistons), but their road to the NBA Finals to set up a rematch from last year is long and hard. Who are the potential opponents for these
Being fit and healthy is in everyone’s interest and none more so than among our top athletes. For example, getting ready for a major basketball season is hard work and sometimes unnerving, as you need to get your mind as well as your body fit for purpose. This means that as well as focusing on building strength, speed, and agility, today’s athletes also prepare themselves for the emotional stress that is often associated with the pressure to win. Here are
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Basketball was invented in 1891 by a teacher in Springfield, Massachusetts. His name was James Naismith. He was a physical education teacher and came up with the concept of basketball as a way to keep his students busy during his classes. The first string nets only appeared in the 1900s. Before this, peach baskets were used as hoops, and there was no opening at the bottom of the basket, which meant that officials were tasked with removing the ball after every
Remember when a potential homecoming for Kevin Durant with the Washington Wizards was the buzz around the league? It wasn’t all that long ago, and it seemed more than plausible, for rational reasons. Free agents sometimes want a new start; players sometimes want to return closer to their hometowns; teams that are one superstar away from being legit contenders can sometimes get that superstar of their dreams. That was the plan that drove the Wizards’ thinking for the past 12 months … if not
Club basketball in Europe is currently booming with the highest level tier and most prestigious competition, the Euroleague experiencing rising attendances, greater commercial income and more global fans than ever before. The Euroleague is now second only to the National Basketball Association (NBA) in terms of profitability. Since its inception back in 2000, the competition has played a key role in increasing the popularity of the game in traditional basketball hotbeds such as Spain, Turkey and Greece and new territories
Basketball is a game of momentum. Often, the ebb-and-flow throughout a game balances out somewhat evenly, making most games back-and-forth affairs. However, sometimes things shift so hard in one team’s favor early on that you can’t help but think the game is a lost cause. But occasionally, those giant early (or even second half) leads develop into monumental comebacks that turn what was going to be a forgettable game into one you’ll remember forever. This unpredictable-to-the-very-end element is one of the reasons