Karl wins Coach of the Year by Surprisingly Large Margin


When I cast my Coach of the Year vote for George Karl, I had no idea so many others would do the same. More than half the voters made the same choice. The final individual award given out by the NBA was announced this morning, and Karl was the Coach of the Year in a runaway. with Erik Spoelstra of the Miami Heat second and Mike Woodson of the Knicks third.


SH Blog: Amar’e Eyes Game 3 Return; So Does Derrick Rose? Paul George Earns His Stripes


The second round of the NBA playoffs have kicked off with a bang. And after what was a rather drama-less first round has become  quite the opposite as we watch the final eight contend for the title. Most notably, the Chicago Bulls shocked the Miami Heat in Game 1 Monday night — on the road no less — and the Indiana Pacers came into Madison Square Garden and punked the Knicks Sunday afternoon. Did you know the Bulls are 9-8 against the Heat


Adding Up NBA Fines: How Many? How Much?


(A guest post from our friends at Crunchology. I recommend you check out their site.-CS) For the 2013 playoffs the NBA introduced a new, harsher flopping rule. Unlike the regular-season flopping rule that gives players a warning for their first offense, the playoff rule does not utilize a warning. A players’ first offense results in an immediate fine, and repeat offenders incur harsher penalties with each offense. We have seen some fines in the playoffs so far, but none for flopping.


Suns begin rebuilding at top, hire Ryan McDonough as GM


The Phoenix Suns have a huge rebuilding project on their hands. However, they have the tools to do it. And now they believe they have the right man to use those tools. Two weeks after firing Lance Blanks, Suns president Lon Babby on Tuesday hired Ryan McDonough as the team’s new general manager. The hiring puts interim coach Lindsey Hunter’s status in immediate jeopardy. Hunter was working in player development when he was installed by Blanks after Alvin Gentry was fired. Assistants


Collapse Comparison: Nets vs. Warriors

Stephen Curry

The two best games of the playoffs thus far have clearly been Game 4 between the Brooklyn Nets and Chicago Bulls and Game 1 between the Golden State Warriors and San Antonio Spurs, which had a number of similarities. Both games went multiple overtimes. Both games had plenty of big shots. Both games had role players becoming unlikely heroes. And unfortunately for the Nets and Warriors, both games had huge collapses late in regulation.


SH Blog: Rose addresses Steve Kerr’s commentary on playing status, Nets contact Phil Jackson for coaching job

Derrick Rose

Can Derrick Rose still come back this season to help the Chicago Bulls against the Miami Heat in the Conference semifinals? Much has been made of why he – despite being cleared to play by doctors some time ago – has still been unavailable to play for the team. Perhaps there wouldn’t have been so much scrutiny on the point guard, who is still in the process of recovering from the torn ACL he suffered in last season’s playoffs, had he