SH Blog: Jackson thought Kobe faked injury, Bledsoe and Hayward to become restricted free agents

Eric Bledsoe

Some of the teams around the league had tough decisions to make on Thursday with the talented but unproven players they have on their rosters. With the deadline approaching for rookie extensions, do you pay big money knowing those players could hit the market and sign huge offer sheets? Or do you let the season play out and hope that they don’t exceed your expectations? With Eric Bledsoe and Gordon Hayward, their respective teams have decided to take a risk. STORY


NBA Rumors and News for October 25, 2013

Friday, October 25 Daily Trivia: Which team did LeBron’s Cleveland Cavaliers face in his rookie debut? Answer below. Suns and Wizards pull of multi-player trade Posted at 08:49 PM ET Emeka Okafor and a top-12 protected 2014 first-round pick from the Washington Wizards are being dealt to the Phoenix Suns in exchange for center Marcin Gortat and guards Shannon Brown, Kendall Marshall and Malcolm Lee, sources told Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports. If the Wizards miss the playoffs and finish worse than 12th in


SH Blog: Deron Williams still plans to play in opener


The season is a little over a week from starting, but it’s never too early to start thinking about the draft, at least if you’re a Sixers fan. Or a Canadian who can’t wait for the dominance that Andrew Wiggins will surely bring on the international scene. Wiggins, of course, is #1 on our first (very early) mock draft. The real fun comes with #2, or maybe #3. Suns, Kings, Celtics fans: get to know these names. It’s never too early. Now


Sprung: What does Brad Stevens bring to rebuilding Celtics?


BROOKLYN– Brad Stevens is new to the NBA, and the Boston Celtics have had to grow familiar with his brand of coaching over the course of training camp and the preseason. With just about two weeks before the start of the season – and a new era for the franchise – the Celtics seem pleased with the progress the team is making under Stevens’ early stewardship. If general manager Danny Ainge’s plan for the franchise is for the rookie coach to grow


SH Blog: Pippen avoids charges from DA, Barkley puts Sixers organization on blast


Remember when Scottie Pippen was investigated by police for allegedly assaulting a man back in June? That man’s name is Camran Shafighi, and we should all learn to be better than this money-seeking 49-year-old. Shafighi’s is suing the Chicago Bulls legend for $4 million – which is utterly ridiculous no matter how you put it – for allegedly beating him to unconsciousness for no good reason. According to him, he simply went up to Pippen, who was having dinner with his family, and


Five Things to Watch: Boston Celtics

Jeff Green

Six years ago, the Boston Celtics opened what was supposed to be a three-year championship window after the acquisitions of Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen. Along with Paul Pierce, the new “Big Three” won one title and could have won two more if they had remained healthy. Like NASA getting extended use out of an aging Mars Rover, the Celtics trudged along as contenders for a few more years. The three-year window was open for a fourth year. Then a fifth.


Tweet of the Night: Andre Iguodala unhappy with All-Defensive Team snub

Andre Iguodala

The All-Defensive teams were announced on Monday, and suffice to say, Denver Nuggets shooting guard Andre Iguodala was not happy about being left off the team for the second consecutive season. Iguodala, known for his defensive prowess, received 16 total points (2 First Team votes) and was edged out for the Second Team by Boston Celtics guard Avery Bradley, who played just 50 games this season. His frustration is understandable. Last season, he was curiously edged for the All-Defensive Second Team