Sacramento Kings All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins has drawn significant trade interest from the Boston Celtics, Miami Heat and Chicago Bulls, league sources tell SheridanHoops. Sacramento is listening, but the Kings are in a holding pattern and currently have no plans to make a deal despite sitting in 13th place in the 15-team Western Conference, the sources said. But should owner Vivek Ranadive, general manager Vlade Divac and coach George Karl decide to change course, they have been made acutely aware what is
On Tuesday night, Kobe Bryant played his final game before his hometown crowd in Philadelphia. A rare sellout crowd at the Wells Fargo Center got everything it could’ve hoped for: a flurry of early threes from Bryant that touched off off a hard-fought game and ended in a standing ovation and a rare 76ers victory. The Philadelphia faithful – who had booed Bryant in many past visits – continued to chant “Ko-Be!” after the final buzzer sounded, praising him for a
NEW YORK – Some of the 2016 NBA draft’s top prospects were in town for the 2K and Legends Classics with executives drooling over their potential, including Philadelphia’s Sam Hinkie and Boston’s Danny Ainge. With Brooklyn holding the third-worst record in the league (3-12), Ainge should give Nets GM Billy King a Thanksgiving turkey for sending him Brooklyn’s unprotected first-round pick next summer as part of the 2013 trade for Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce. However, Hinkie – the man who puts
Based on how the Boston Celtics’ roster is currently assembled, they need to be greater than the sum of their parts in order to succeed. The Celtics undeniably lack star power right now. According to ESPN’s preseason rankings of the league’s top 400 players, Isaiah Thomas is Boston’s best player at 65th overall. Only the Nuggets, Lakers and Sixers have their top player ranked lower. Yet through 13 games, Boston boasts a statistically elite defense thanks to coach Brad Stevens and
After being acquired from Phoenix at the February trade deadline last season, Boston point guard Isaiah Thomas scored 19 points per game off the bench and helped lead the Celtics to an extremely unlikely playoff appearance. Now in his first full season with the Celtics, Thomas took some time to talk to SheridanHoops after a preseason game in Brooklyn about his departure from the Suns, Boston coach Brad Stevens and his expectations for the upcoming 2015-2016 season. Click on the box to
The NBA’s color barrier was broken in 1950. Chuck Cooper became the first black player ever drafted and Earl Lloyd was the first black player ever to play in a game. Bill Russell became the NBA’s first black head coach when he was designated player-coach of the Celtics following Red Auerbach’s retirement in 1966. [Read more…]
This is a really interesting season for the Boston Celtics. Fresh off an improbable – and for some fans, unforgivable – playoff run, the Celtics are looking at what might be a quicker-than-anticipated rebuild. Think of this Celtics team as a hurricane brewing in the Atlantic Ocean. They are at that early stage where the meteorologist tells us, “It’s trying to get its act together, and if it does, it could develop into a big storm.” Sometimes those become Category 5 monsters.
**The Celtics ranked last in transition offense. Boston was 7.1% less efficient than the NBA median. But the kicker is that they tried to run. The Celtics ranked 9th in the league in transition plays. Two of the team’s primary ball handlers – Evan Turner and Marcus Smart ranked among the 3 least efficient transition players in the NBA (min. 100 transition plays), along with Manu Ginobili (130 players qualified). **The Celtics’ pace reflected their desire to run. Boston averaged 98.4