With a myriad of injuries and a questionable roster, the Los Angeles Lakers had the fourth-worst record (21-61) in the entire league during the regular season. On Tuesday, all the losing paid off, as the team managed to take the No. 2 spot in the upcoming 2015 NBA Draft. Luckily, the Lakers can now retain their pick instead of having to fork it up to the Philadelphia 76ers - part of the conditional agreement made during the Steve Nash trade. Kobe Bryant, who had a
19. Tim Duncan, F-C, San Antonio (Unrestricted): At this time next season, Duncan will be doing one of two things: playing for the Spurs or fully ensconced in his next vocation of customizing muscle cars. Any team outside of San Antonio making him an offer will be wasting its time. In fact, he is probably less likely to change teams than James. The bet here is that Duncan, 39, continues to play for the Spurs on a year-to-year basis until he
36. Omer Asik, C, New Orleans (Unrestricted): He may have the Pelicans over a barrel; GM Dell Demps gave up a first-round pick for him because he knew he needed a big body to alleviate some of the pounding on Anthony Davis at the defensive end. Now that New Orleans has had a taste of the postseason – however brief it was – there is pressure to keep moving forward and become a contender in the West. That is less likely
If you’ve ever played basketball, you know how important running is. And if you know how important running is, you understand the importance of a good, comfortable, supportive shoe to help you attain your goals on and off the court. But if you’re having trouble picking out just the right shoe in order to maintain or achieve top form, some experts in the field are here to help. Over at the Dick’s Sporting Goods blog, experts show you their favorite running
11. Indiana Pacers – Kelly Oubre, SF, Kansas Like many Jayhawks prospects, Oubre should be even better in an NBA system where he will have more scoring opportunities. As a rookie Oubre should be able to hit open jumpers, and if he develops his ball-handling skills to create his own scoring opportunities he could be very good. He averaged 9.3 points and 5.0 rebounds in just 21 minutes per game for Kansas, his best game coming when he got to the line
21. Dallas Mavericks – Jarell Martin, PF, LSU Martin is a prospect with great skills and can mix it up as a rebounder, however his combine measurements will go a long way toward determining how high he is drafted. The Tigers list him at 6-foot-10. Martin will be best suited to defend PFs in the NBA, but also has some versatility facing up to draw out defenders and help space the court. He was one of three Tigers who averaged almost 35 minutes per
You’re competing and going hard on the court and then it hits you. A sprain, strain, break or tear. You’re going to be sidelined for a decent period of time and your precious time playing the game is taken away from you. How can you ensure that you’ll be back out there as soon as possible? First of all if the injury is severe, seek immediate medical attention. Ice, elevation and compression help, as does waiting until you’re truly back to 100%.
Some of the greatest and most fit athletes on the planet get injured on the court so there’s no 100 percent foolproof way to totally avoid injuries, but there are preventative measures you could take that will help keep you off injured reserve. From staying hydrated and stretching, to having the right gear and knowing your own limitations, Dick’s Sporting Goods blog got five easy ways to avoid injury from Dustin Willis, a physical therapist at Rancho Therapy in Southern California.