July 1 is almost here. Wait, it isn’t? You mean there is still two feet of ice, slush and snow piled up outside the home office in New York? Well, if you compare July to October, then July is almost here! And there is no bigger date on the NBA calendar than July 1 (although the May 19 draft lottery is a close second). Phil Jackson becomes relevant again for something other than his Twitter vitriol. Jeanie Buss becomes more interesting
Why is the trade deadline different from all other nights of the year? It’s not. The West just got tougher. In the East, where there’s no life-or-death importance attached to getting better, the top teams sat this one out while the bad teams—your Knicks and 76ers—dumped, shut down or otherwise disposed of their best players in order to tank more definitively.
I have written this before but I haven’t written it in quite some time. When all is said and done on the Sam Hinkie Era, the Philadelphia 76ers will be counting up their multiple titles. Yes, multiple. But no, I do not expect JaVale McGee to be a part of any of that. Emmanuel Mudiay? Yes. Jahlil Okafor or Joel Embiid? Yep. The mad scientist in Philadelphia may just be a mad genius. Yes, it was fashionable to make fun of the young
Finally! There are two NBA games tonight that actually count in the standings, with contests at DraftKings closing at 8:00 Eastern. It’s also trade deadline day, and Arron Afflalo has been dealt to Portland in the first significant deal.
With the NBA trade deadline quickly approaching – Thursday, to be exact – teams around the league are scrambling to see what changes they can make to improve their rosters for now and/or the future. Goran Dragic, of course, has been dominating the conversation since it was reported on Tuesday that he wants out of Phoenix. The team has agreed to meet his wishes, and although the point guard has a wishlist in terms of where he wants to end up
Much has been made about all the drama going on in Cleveland recently with the way it has struggled over the past couple of weeks. Kevin Love, who has not been himself this year, has now been benched a couple of times for the entire fourth quarter with mixed results, while Kyrie Irving doesn’t seem to grasp what it means to run a team as the point guard. These are obviously troubling things, but there have also been some positives with the
What a rotten week for the Spurs — three straight losses, the last two in triple overtime. Damian Lillard (career-high 43 PTS, 6 AST) and LaMarcus Aldridge (32 PTS, 16 REB) were fantastic to own on Friday as each played over 50 minutes.
Why would the Spurs bother using their veterans in Philadelphia? Assume that Tim Duncan $8600, Tony Parker $7200 and Manu Ginobili $4900 will be rested, avoid using them in daily lineups and be sure to check for news later in the day to confirm my suspicions.